Paul Crilley

Author in Durban, South Africa

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Paul Crilley is a Scottish writer living in South Africa. Over the past 25 years he has worked in television, novels, computer games, and comics. He has written for 30 TV shows, ranging from drama and sitcoms, to crime thrillers and children’s programs. One of the shows was nominated for an international Emmy Award and Paul has won three South African Film and Television Awards. All in all, Paul has written over 480 episodes of television and script-edited over 1300 hours.

Paul is also an award-winning author. He has written 15 novels, with two being optioned for television. Jerry Bruckheimer Television (Pirates of the Caribbean), is developing Poison City with Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire, Hightown) attached to star, produce and direct. Evan Daugherty (Tomb Raider) will serve as showrunner.

His horror/comedy/buddy-cop mashup, Department Zero, about a group of detectives demoted to cleaners for supernatural crimes scenes, is being developed by Boat Rocker Productions. Paul is currently writing the screenplay for his latest novel Breakout, a thriller written under the pseudonym Paul Herron. 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Free Guy) is interested in developing it as a movie.

Paul also writes computer games, the most successful being Star Wars: The Old Republic. On the comics front, Paul adapted the characters from his award-winning Dungeons & Dragons: Eberron novels for IDW Publishing. He also planned the story for the six-issue crossover series, X-Files: Conspiracy, a series that featured the Ghostbusters, X-files, The Crow, Transformers, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Paul wrote three of the six issues. Most recently he worked on the comics, Star Wars Adventures.

His previous novels includeThe Invisible Order series, Rise of the Darklingsand The Fire King, stories set in Victorian England about a hidden war fought in the streets of London between the Fey and humankind. The Adventure of Tweed & Nightingale, (The Lazarus Machine, and The Osiris Curse) is a steampunk series about a boy who is the clone of Sherlock Holmes. Paul also wrote the humorous middle grade novel, My Zombie Hamster under the pseudonym Havelock McCreely. Other projects include Dusk - an X-Files novella which is a satirical take on Twilight, a novelization of Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear for Marvel, and a Hardy Boys novel, Curse of the Ancient Emerald. (Which was the fulfillment of a childhood dream.)

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