Rough Cut

By Brian Pinkerton

New screenplay adaptation in the works by Darren Callahan!

Horror legend Harry Tuttle is desperate for a hit. Harry’s career has been on a painful slide ever since he directed a couple of box office winners in the 1980s. Enter Marcus Stegman, a young unknown with a horror picture of his own. It’s not only a brilliant debut — it’s the movie Harry always dreamed of making. A rivalry ensues — and it’s about to become bloody.

A suspicious film critic, beautiful young starlet, and deranged fan become entangled in the cut-throat competition where hungry hopefuls will go to any means necessary to break into the big-time…and no one is safe.

Rough Cut was originally published by Bad Moon Books in 2011 with the evocative bloody Hollywood film reel cover created by John Everson. When the paperback edition went out of print, Dark Arts Books was excited to be able to keep this unique horror thriller in print!

“Pinkerton’s Rough Cut was easily one of the half dozen best novels I read last year… Rarely does one read a book which can put you ‘on the edge of your seat’ as movies so often do, yet this novel does precisely that.”
Hal Bodner, author of Bite Club

“Brian Pinkerton is the real thing. Rough Cut is a hip and savvy look at the trials and tribulations of a formerly respected horror director and his current status as one that makes low, LOW, budget crap. Pinkerton’s prose hits all the right notes…”
Mark Sieber, Horror Drive-In

“Filled with the set pieces of a Saturday night double feature, Rough Cut will tickle all the right bones… before chopping them off.”
W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf’s Edge (The Nick Lupo Series) and Savage Nights

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ISBN: 978-1540818126
Release Date: 2017
(Dark Arts Books Edition)
Trade Paperback: 366 pages


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“Pinkerton paces his novel masterfully and much like a movie script, with quick scenes and snappy dialogue… This is modern pulp worth checking out.


Rough Cut features a well-crafted plot, tight writing, and a fantastic level of suspense… You won’t be bored for a second.


Pinkerton writes a story that needs to be read in one sitting and the twists and turns are pure bliss.

Crimespree Magazine

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