“Creating worlds from words is not the easiest way to make a living, but it’s definitely one of the most gratifying.”
From his early years as a journalist and academic, to writing full time, it’s been a strange and eventful journey for Colin J McCracken.
McCracken has been a contributor to a number of high-profile, international publications for many years. His work regularly graced the pages of print-based magazines such as Fangoria, SFX, Diabolique and Rue Morgue, and academic bodies such as JSTOR: a facility utilized by students the world over.
Over the course of his career, he has conducted hundreds of interviews with writers, musicians and filmmakers, and penned lengthy essays on some of the most iconic cinematic features which have emerged as part of the last century.
In recent years he has become one of the primary writers for Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine, contributing longform articles on politics, history, current affairs and true crime.
He began as a budding cinéaste running his own independent Video store, which led to teaching English and Academic Writing at second and third level. His creative tendencies were complimented with five years he spent in art school, studying Fine Art and Art History. This led to a subsequent Postgraduate course of study that focused on English and Linguistics.
A tireless writer, Colin J McCracken’s most recent book is a biography of German arthouse director Ulli Lommel. Tenderness of the Wolves is a collaboration with Lommel, which charts the filmmaker’s work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Andy Warhol, as well as his time with Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles and William S Burroughs.
McCracken has worked as a script doctor and screenwriter on a number of projects and has also collaborated on screenplays with Ulli Lommel, Brian Yuzna, Mat Johns and more.
Colin J McCracken regularly hosts Q&As and cinematic events in Europe as well as assisting with festivals and conventions.
In addition to writing, he also provides his services as an editor and copywriter.