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Ross Angelella

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Ross Angelella is the author of the adult literary debut Zombie: A Novel (Soho Press, 2012) that Barnes & Noble described as “simultaneously a bildungsroman à la Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, an homage to zombies in pop culture and a twisted mystery all wrapped up into one utterly original—and darkly delightful—novel” and Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) called “an irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.”

His journalism, essays and award-winning short fiction have appeared in various journals, including The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou'wester, JMWW, The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown and Fiction Writers’ Review. His short story "Sauce" won The Coachella Review's grand prize in 2012.

He holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and screenwriting at Towson University.

He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.

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Lead: Ross Angelella
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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.

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

Nemesis

Short Screenplay, Dark Comedy/Drama (10 pages)

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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.

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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.