Dean Drinkel

Ambitious, Dean M Drinkel is a published author, editor, award winning script-writer and film director as well as being Associate Editor of FEAR Magazine – he has also contributed several non-fiction pieces to various publications.

He has over thirty credits to his name in the field of genre writing (including short stories, collections, novellas, anthologies); has written and directed fifteen theatrical plays in London and the South East of England and during the years 2002 – 2008, he wrote and directed several short experimental films.

In 2016 Dean moved to Cannes, France to write a script with Romain Collier entitled “The Tragedy Of The Duke of Reichstadt”. This won two screenplay awards (Best Historical Drama / Best Independent Spirit) at the Monaco International Film Festival and is being delevoped as a European TV series.

In 2017 Dean directed the short film “15” for Midas Light Films which won "Best European Film" at the 2018 Malta International Film Festival - he is currently slated to direct the British comedy film "Chocolate Potato" also for Midas Light.

In 2019 Dean signed a deal to write / direct a horror film for Pink Flamingo Films. He is also developing a historical feature film "Hamilton" for Lionstar Productions and a UK / FR TV series with the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation.

Also in 2019 Dean was selected to attend two BFI Project Labs (writing and producing) and in 2020 he was selected to attend the BFI / Storyfutures Lab.

Dean has won five awards (thus far) for his script-writing (and one for his directing) and was runner-up for the 2001 Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award (International Emmys) – for his script “Ghosts”.

In 2018 Dean established DEMAIN PUBLISHING - a bespoke horror publishing company (DEMAIN FILMS will be following in 2020 / 2021) with over 50 releases so far.

 

“Dean M Drinkel is the first to admit his affection for Clive Barker’s work. He’s not shy about the influence that Barker has had. He doesn’t hide from it. Indeed, like with Barbie Wilde or Paul Kane’s fiction, the undeniable influence that encompasses the stories feels like an extension on a quietly whispered mythos. And for that alone it sends shivers down any Barker fan’s spine. For his contribution to the anthology [DARKER BATTLEFIELDS] Drinkel offers up a tale of remorse, regret, loss and passionate loyalty within the murky waters of a manically fragmented story. However, amongst this chaotic mayhem there’s a very human element rising up out of the blood-drenched trough of hurt and pain...of course, this is a Drinkel tale so you need to expect darkness vividly painted with an air of almost poetic grace. There’s a murk to every angle. A sinister tone that coats every sentence and every turn in the tale. But there always seems to be a purpose to it all. Something that’s always hinted at. A wisp of a suggestion added to everything that takes place. And running underneath all of that a distorted, quietly-corrupted religious element to it all. The title alone prods the reader towards such associations: “Descensus Christi Ad Inferos” roughly translated as “Christ’s descent into Hell”. And as you’d expect, the story is littered with connotations suggesting many such links, should you wish to dig deeper. The story is textbook Drinkel. If you’ve come across Drinkel’s work before, if you’ve already delved into his ferociously dark and deviant mind - somewhere where demons and angels seem to blur - then you’ll know exactly what to expect here. This is how Drinkel writes. This is his love affair with Barker’s vision of a tangible, far more seductive and intrinsically human Hell. It’s got it all in there. And holy fuck does it drag you into a dark and endlessly chilling embrace.” – Chris Hall, DLS Reviews


South East



Stories include:

1998             Noctambulation iv                 MOSTLYPOETRY                 Saying It Louder

2001             The Machinator                     Millivres Press                        The Next Wave

2008             Why Do I Keep Counting    Literal Translations              Issue 11

2009             Lucifer’s Crown                     Literal Translations              Issue 12

2009             A Rump’s Tail                        Literal Translations              Issue 13

2009             The Black Death                    Literal Translations              Issue 14

2009             The Fields Of Melancholy   Literal Translations              Issue 15

2010             Y Is For YHWH                     John Prescott Publishing     M Is For Monster

2010             Monster Love                        Literal Translations              Issue 18

2011             The Red Mercury                  Morpheus Tales                  Issue 11

2011             Zeusophobia                          Dark Continents Publishing   Phobophobia

2012             The Liturgy Of The Hours  Static Movement                MonkPunk

2012             Same Kind As Bad as Me     Western Legends Publishing  Unnatural Tales

2013             Le Noir                                       Static Movement                Cities Of Death

2013             X Is For Xezbeth                Western Legends Publishing  Demonologia Biblica

2013             Der Engel Der Liebe            Crystal Lake Publishing        Fear The Reaper

2013             Q Is For Qareen                 Western Legends Publishing  Bestiarum Vocabulum

2014             H Is For Hadephobia            Western Legends Publishing  Phobophobias

2017             The Pale Emperor                 TK Pulp                             Gruesome Grotesques

2017             Mothers Of The Disappeared TK Pulp                             Grues. Grotesques 2

2018             TdM                                 TK Pulp                             Grues. Grotesques 3

2019             Antarctica                         TK Pulp                             Grues. Grotesques 4

2019             Weird                               TK Pulp                             Grues. Grotesques 5

2019             The Trail Of Tears              Roberto Segate                  Grim Magazine

 

Novellas

2015             The Curse Of The Vampire   Hersham Horror Books

2016             Descensus Christi Ad Inferos  The Exaggerated Press

2018             Le Chemin De La Croix        Lycopolis Press

2019             Dirty Paws                        Demain Publishing

Collections

1996             The Burial                         Minerva

2015             Within A Forest Dark     Lycopolis Press

 

Anthologies

2011             Phobophobia                      Dark Continents Publishing   Compiler / Editor

2013             The Demonologica Biblica     Western Legends Publishing  Compiler / Editor

2013             Cities Of Death                  Static Movement                Compiler / Editor

2013             The Bestiarum Vocabulum    Western Legends Publishing  Compiler / Editor

2014             Phobophobias                    Western Legends Publishing  Compiler / Editor

2014             Kneeling In The Silver Light  The Alchemy Press             Compiler / Editor

2015             The Grimorium Verum         Western Legends Publishing  Compiler / Editor

2015             Tales Of The Titanic            Lycopolis Press                  Compiler / Editor

2015             Demonology                      Lycopolis Press                  Compiler / Editor

2015             Masks                              Knightwatch Press              Compiler / Editor

2016             Chromatics                        Lycopolis Press                  Compiler / Editor

2016             The Thirteen Signs              Nocturnicorn Press             Compiler / Editor

2016             The Junk Merchants            Nocturnicorn Press             Compiler / Editor

2017             The Whirling World              Tickety-Boo                       Compiler / Editor

2017             Twelve Dark Days              Nocturnicorn Press             Compiler / Editor

2018             Into The Night Eternal         Lycopolis Press                  Compiler / Editor

2018             The Darkest Battlefields       Demain Publishing               Compiler / Editor

2019             The Thread Of The Infinite   Snowbooks                       Compiler / Editor

2019             Junk Merchants (Volume II)  Nocturnicorn Press             Compiler / Editor

2020             All Hope Abandoned            TK Pulp                             Compiler / Editor

 

Non-Fiction

2012             In The Name Of The Son     Filament Press                   Co-writer

 

Articles

2014             “The Magus”                      Book Review            Ginger Nuts Of Horror

2015             “Lisey’s Story”                   Book Review            ‘King For A Year’ Blog

2016             “Meet The Writer”               Personal Review       WGGB Website

2016             “Dracula Pere et Fils”          Film Review             WBD Unsung Horrors V1

2018             “The Iron Rose” / “Shiver Of The Vampire”

Film Reviews            WBD Unsung Horrors V2

2019             Vincent Price / Oscar Wilde   Play Review             Into The Velvet Darkness

 

Films

1993             The Cage                          Short Film                         Director / Writer

2002             The Monster                      Short Film                         Director / Writer

2003             The Army Of The Seven      Short Film                         Director / Writer

2003             The Lazar House                Short Film                         Director / Writer

2003             The Chase                         Short Film                         Director / Writer

2004             Al-Baqarah                        Short Film                         Director / Writer

2004             The Coenobite          Short Film                         Director / Writer

2005             The Imp Of The Perverse     Short Film                         Director / Writer

2005             Sete (Thirst)                     Short Film                         Director / Writer

2005             Bitten                               Short Film                         Director / Writer

2006             Midnight Wired                   Short Film                         Director

2007             The Crumps                      Short Film                         Director / Writer

2008             Ruby                                Short Film                         Director / Writer

2017             15                                   Short Film                         Director

2019             Dracula On Holiday             Feature Film                      1st AD

2020             Echoes Of Mine                  Short Film      (TBC)            Director / Writer

2020             The Lake                          Short Film      (TBC)            Director / Writer

2020             Chocolate Potato                Feature         (TBC)            Director

2020             Werewolf On A Plane          Feature         (TBC)            Director / Writer

2021             Untitled Hamilton Project      Feature         (TBC)            Writer

 

Theatre

2002             The Monster In Me              Hazlitt Theatre (Maidstone)   Writer

2004             Lucifer’s Crown                  Cockpit Theatre (London)     Writer / Director

2004             Zero                                Cockpit Theatre (London)     Writer / Director

2004             A Rump’s Tail                    Cockpit Theatre (London)     Writer / Director

2005             Ruby                                Cockpit Theatre (London)     Writer / Director

2005             The Catskills (part one)                      Little Brook Theatre (Chatham)         Writer / Director

2005             Frankenstein In Love             Barons Court Theatre (London)         Director

2006             The Catskills (part two)       Cockpit Theatre (London)     Writer / Director

2006             The Catskills (parts one – three) White Bear Theatre (London)  Writer / Director

2006             The Crumps                      Little Brook Theatre (Chatham)         Writer / Director

2006               Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show Little Brook Theatre (Chatham) Writer / Director

2006             Frankenstein in Love           Rehearsed Reading             Fantasycon

2007             The Crumps                      White Bear Theatre (London)  Writer / Director

2007             The Catskills (part four)       Cockpit Theatre (London)     Writer / Director

2007             The Catskills v The Crumps  Pleasance Theatre (London) Writer / Director

Awards

2001             Ghosts                    Sir Peter Ustinov Screen. Award /

International Emmys           Runner Up

2012             Bright Yellow Gun      Monaco Int. Film Festival     Best Thriller Screenplay

2013             Splinter                   Monaco Int. Film Festival     Best Action Screenplay

2014             Stella Maris              Monaco Int. Film Festival     Best Action Screenplay

2016             Tragedy of Reichstadt  Monaco Int. Film Festival     Best Historical Drama &

Best Independent Spirit

2018             15                          Malta Int. Film Festival        Best European Film

Books, Film, Short story, Television