Post-Civil War, embittered Confederate veteran and sometime bounty hunter Santo Brady drifts from town to town in the rural Deep South. He reluctantly rescues half-breed Indian prostitute Lucy Damien from a backwater whistle stop only to have the whole world fall in on his head. They embark on a freight train-hopping odyssey to New Orleans, unaware that Lucy's rich white father and psychotic brother from St. Louis are hot on their trail. Sidetracked by a band of sadistic train robbers, Lucy is kidnapped, and the wounded Santo goes on a harrowing mission to track her. Reminiscent of such classic period noirs as James M. Cain's Past All Dishonor and Cornell Woolrich's Waltz into Darkness, Chris D. delivers a tragic tall tale plunging headfirst into a wild heart of darkness.
Chris D. is author of the novels No Evil Star, Mother's Worry and the collection Dragon Wheel Splendor and Other Love Stories of Violence and Dread, all from New Texture Books.
His anthology A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die, a 500 page collection of selected short stories, excerpts from novels and scores of dream journal entries, as well as all of his poetry and song lyrics, was published in December 2009 from New Texture. His non-fiction Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film was published by IB Tauris (distributed by Palgrave Macmillan in the USA) in 2005. He saw release of his first feature film as director, I Pass for Human, in 2004 (and its DVD release in 2006), and worked as a programmer at The American Cinematheque in Hollywood, California from 1999-2009.
Chris D. is also known as the singer/songwriter of the bands The Flesh Eaters, Divine Horsemen and Stone by Stone. He was an A&R rep and in-house producer at Slash Records/Ruby Records from 1980-1984. He currently teaches film genre and film history courses part time, commuting to San Francisco from his residence in Los Angeles.
Upcoming books include the mammoth non-fiction Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980 and the novels Volcano Girls and Tightrope on Fire.