Dean Drinkel

Ambitious, Dean M Drinkel is a published author, editor, award winning script-writer and film director and was Associate Editor of FEAR Magazine. He has contributed several articles to various publications and in 2018 established the horror press DEMAIN PUBLISHING (over 100 books published to date!).

He has been invited / selected to attend The Script Factory’s SCENE INSIDERS programme (2005), two BFI project labs (2019 – writing & producing), two Storyfutures (immersive technology) labs as well as in December 2020, a Sundance Institute programme in TV writing (ran early 2021).

Also in 2020, one of Dean’s spec TV scripts reached the top 4% of submissions for the BBC Writer’s Academy and he joined the board of a Scottish based TV & Film production company as well as becoming an active member of both the WGGB’s Film & TV committees. In February 2021 BBC Radio Kent broadcast his short story “The Tale Eaters” (with Michael Chance, Keith Drinkel and Carolyn Seymour) and his story “Weird” was broadcast as a Cyro Pod Tape (Episode 5) in May.

Dean has over fifty 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.

Dean moved to Cannes, France in 2016 to write a feature film script with Romain Collier - “The Tragedy Of The Duke of Reichstadt” (about the son of Napoleon). This subsequently won two screenplay awards (Best Historical Drama / Best Independent Spirit) at the Monaco International Film Festival and is now in active development with producers from Austria and France.

In 2017 Dean returned to directing with the short film “15” for Midas Light Films (screened at the Solaris Festival in Nice, the Med. Film Festival and the Malta International Film Festival amongst others) which in November 2018 was awarded Best European Film at Malta. In 2019 Dean was 1st AD on the horror / comedy “Dracula On Holiday”. In 2021 he directed the feature film “The Good Wife” for Fourstreete Productions (currently in post). He is also line producer on the upcoming feature film “The Island Of Wonder And Despair” (2022 - HOTS Productions).

Dean is slated to direct several feature films including “Werewolf On A Plane” (also writer) for Pink Flamingo Films.  Currently Dean also has a number of film (“Hamilton” for Lionstar as an example) and TV projects (“Season In Hell” with the Rimbaud / Verlaine Foundation) in development.

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

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



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


1996             The Burial                         Minerva

2015             Within A Forest Dark     Lycopolis Press



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



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



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



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



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


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