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Ross Angelella

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Senior Lecturer, English

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Ross Angelella is the author of the irreverent and twisted coming-of-age debut Zombie: A Novel (Soho Press). His award-winning short fiction has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Sou’wester, Coachella Review, Southampton Review and elsewhere. His screenplay Nemesis won the award for Best Dark Comedy Short in the Houston Comedy Film Festival. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College and teaches writing in both the English department at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Electronic Media & Film department at Towson University. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the novelist and editor Kate Angelella, and their dinosaur-obsessed son Geno. Find him on twitter: @jrangelella.

Creative

“Light Like Gunshots.”

The cops release me after they review the surveillance footage. I sign a paper that says I was treated with respect and dignity while incarcerated.

English

Lead: Ross Angelella
Dates:
Annie picks me up from the police station. Jack and Nicole are both asleep in the back seat of the car. Annie turns the key in the engine.

“A Good Hour.”

While later in the day he’ll be let go from his job as a copywriter at an online men’s zine, Ransom spent his lunch break watching the destruction of a church.

English

Lead: Ross Angelella
Dates:
His wife, Venus, watched too and said many things.

Nemesis

Short Screenplay, Dark Comedy/Drama (10 pages)

English

Lead: Ross Angelella
Dates:
A short-tempered business man, suffering a mid-life crisis, interviews a Christian grade school math teacher to be his nemesis.

Zombie: A Novel

High school may be hell. But for fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker, hell doesn’t end when the bell rings.

English

Lead: Ross Angelella
Dates:
His pill-addicted mother, sex-addicted brother, and mostly-absentee Vietnam-vet father aren’t much of an improvement over the bullies at his all-boys Catholic school. He stays sane by watching movies. Zombie movies, to be exact, that provide a useful code of survival: avoid contact, keep quiet, forget the past, lock-and-load, and fight to survive.