Ed Protzel

Ed Protzel

Author of The LIES THAT BIND (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1) (TouchPoint Press), a twisted tale of intrigue in the antebellum South, based on original screenplay

Screenwriter in Saint Louis, Missouri

About Ed


The unique perspective of a mixed-heritage Jew-Cherokee, who lived for a time in an orphanage and later as a teen runaway, gives Ed Protzel special insights into characters that are outsiders, men and women on lonely quests seeking justice, love, and fulfillment against society’s blindness.

THE LIES THATA BIND (published Dec. 2015 by TouchPoint Press), is a darkly ironic antebellum South multiple-mystery/drama, the first book in Ed’s “DarkHorse Trilogy." Ed has written five original screenplays for feature film and developed scripts/projects for 20th Century Fox. The trilogy is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

Ed earned his master’s degrees in English literature/creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his bachelor's in English at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

Ed had a dual career for over twenty years, working as an investments advisory manager for Fortune 100 firms, including Well Fargo Advisors, Met Life, and Merrill Lynch, while writing screenplays and novels. He was a whistleblower against a corrupt commodities futures brokerage in a case documented in the Wall Street Journal.

Ed’s expertise as a novelist and screenwriter is in the American tragicomedy movement (Faulkner, Twain, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor), science fiction, Shakespeare, and a variety of historical periods, including World War II, the American Civil War, and Fourteenth Century Europe.

The final two novels in the "DarkHorse Trilogy" include many of the same major characters as the original: HONOR AMONG OUTCASTS (2017), set in Missouri during the Civil War, and SOMETHING IN MADNESS (2018), returning the characters South during Reconstruction.

Ed’s other completed novel is THE ANTIQUITIES DEALER, a futuristic mystery/thriller about a Jewish gallery owner drawn by his former lover into a scheme to clone the great minds of history—beginning with Jesus Christ. Millennial religion, biotechnology, and human evolution collide in a cauldron peopled by a TV evangelist, a former NFL tackle, Middle East conspiracies, and radicals of major religions.

Ed is married and lives in St. Louis, where he writes full time.

Name: Ed Protzel

Lives in: Saint Louis, Missouri

Company: Author of The LIES THAT BIND (DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1) (TouchPoint Press), a twisted tale of intrigue in the antebellum South, based on original screenplay

Occupation: Screenwriter

Unique traits: Writes genre-stretching novels and screenplays with deep macro themes in the form of dramas-mysteries-thrillers-histories-science fiction.


  • THE LIES THAT BIND (novel))

    THE LIES THAT BIND (novel))
    Drama (Drama, Mystery and History) Author historical thriller, intrigue in the antebellum South. Book 1 of Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy. Book 2, Honor Among Outcasts, due in 2017. Book 3, Something in Madness, 2018. TouchPoint Press


  • Screenplay ("DarkHorse," bases of novel, THE LIES THAT BIND, "DarkHorse Trilogy," Book 1) honored by Missouri Playwrights Association


  • M.A. English Literature/Creative Writing University of Missouri at St. Louis

  • University of Hawaii: West Oahu (Kapolei, HI)

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