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I am the author of three books on film and pop culture: Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall of Redneck Cinema, If You Like The Terminator, and Stephen King Films FAQ. I have been a freelance writer for two decades, spending eight years as a film critic for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, followed by a stint as film critic for Nerve. I have been writing about television for The Onion's AV Club since 2010. My work has appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, The Oxford American, The Dallas Morning News, Film Threat, and many other publications.

I grew up in downeast Maine and am a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. I co-wrote the screenplay for the independent feature What I Like About You, which played the Slamdance and SXSW film festivals in 2000. My unproduced screenplay The Billionaire won Best Maine Feature Screenplay in the 2017 Maine Film Initiative competition.

My debut novel Charlesgate Confidential will be published by Hard Case Crime in September 2018. 

I live in Austin, Texas.

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