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The Assumption

Sep 11, 2012 in Excerpts, Fiction, Guest Posts, Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

Via Popcorn Fiction, a superstar actor has big secrets in his past in this touch of noir from Ralph Pezzullo, co-author of HUNT THE WOLF: A Seal Team Six novel written with Don Mann. He saw her face in his mind’s eye and there was no mistake. Pale and pleading. Desperate. A ghost with pale […]

Popping Fresh Popcorn Every Monday

Jul 23, 2012 in Mulholland Authors, Mulholland News, Popcorn Fiction

Three years ago this week, I started a website called Popcorn Fiction. The idea arose from a conversation with my buddy Craig Mazin, in which we were both lamenting that Hollywood never looks at contemporary short fiction anymore for inspiration. A slew of movies had popped up in the aught years based on sci-fi short […]

Verst 7156

Jun 18, 2012 in Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

To kick off the week in style, we have the below historical short story from the author of the acclaimed thriller Clawback, whichalso appears as this week’s offering from Popcorn Fiction. Enjoy! He arrived late afternoon, trudging up from the railbed over cracked ice and snow, his Enfield banging against a metal canteen frozen solid. […]

At Her Feet He Fell

Feb 18, 2011 in Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

A Popcorn Fiction Selection. Three lives intersect during a bank heist. Then proceed to betray each other. Let the bank rob the bank. That was the plan. Arbogast had come up with it all, but that only made sense. He was the thinker, the planner. “Einstein” they used to call him back in the neighborhood. […]

Veronica Majeure

Feb 17, 2011 in Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

A Popcorn Fiction Selection. A contract killer gets stuck in Dublin after a job in this crime piece from screenwriter Brian Helgeland. The first round hits the guy higher than I thought I was aiming. In the chin to be precise. I want to blame it on him swiveling over in his chair as he […]

You and Hank

Jan 31, 2011 in Guest Posts, Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

A Popcorn Fiction selection. Two salesmen see the dark side of Bangkok in this short story from screenwriter Darby Kealey. Oh yeah, and one of the salesmen is: you. The first thing you notice as you step out of the airport is the heat. It’s hot in Bangkok. Not like LA heat, either. It’s thicker, […]

Not a Poe Fan

Jan 25, 2011 in Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

A Popcorn Fiction selection. A bookmaker’s heavy haggles with a degenerate sucker who can’t make his payments in this crime story from top screenwriter Brian Koppelman. “…No shit!  Really?  You’re saying they put this cafe on the very spot Edgar Allan Poe used to live?  Well.  Well!  If I were the sort of guy who gave […]

Impulse Kill

Dec 20, 2010 in Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

A Popcorn Fiction Selection. A small-town sheriff has trouble disposing of a dead body in this twisted tale from screenwriter/editor John Patrick Nelson. It had been an impulse kill. Sheriff Dunne mentally kicked himself as he steered his beast of a squad car down the desert road, sweat dripping down his ass crack. Stupid, he […]

The Impossibility of a Diaphanous History Machine

Dec 13, 2010 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

A Popcorn Fiction Selection. An explosive original short story from Mulholland author Charlie Huston. Ten days before all signs of his existence were wiped off the face of the earth, Rail saw Booker and asked her if she could help him with a small problem. He waited for her answer, watching a tendon pop up […]

A Conversation with Mark Bomback

Nov 18, 2010 in Film, Guest Posts, Popcorn Fiction

The writer of Die Hard 4 and Unstoppable, Mark Bomback is one of Hollywood’s leading action screenwriters with a long list of major projects in development or about to go into production. Below, Mark talks about his love of classic genre stories, working with the unstoppable Tony Scott and Denzel Washington and what really makes […]