J. Franklin Evans

J. Franklin Evans


Sacramento, California

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January 2021
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About J.

I write under the name J. Franklin Evans, mostly horror, dark fantasy, and scifi features and TV-show pilots.I grew up in Georgia (USA), and moved to Northern California recently. My experience as a 'black sheep' who never really fit in growing up in the deep red Deep South continues to influence my work and my writing style.

I created and write the podcast Stories That Suck.. I also post mini-movie reviews -- mostly older movies -- on TIkTok. (@jfranklinevans)

I'm more of a feature writer than TV but I'd be open to working in television for the right show.

Unique traits: Grew up in the deep South, spending almost 25 years in Savannah, GA, before moving to Northern California. It gives my work a distinct and unique voice, especially my horror and sci-fi scripts.



  • Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror Fantasy Savannah, GA, January 1990: During a surprise snowstorm that paralyzes the city, an art school student battles a shape-shifting monster to save her friends.

  • Sweet Misery Creek

    Sweet Misery Creek Horror Fantasy Returning home after 18 years to assume control of his murdered grandfather's business, a young man finds his estranged grandfather was hiding some deep, dark secrets — like he was a powerful sorcerer who had made a deal with a duke of hell for his successful life. Now, the old man has escaped somehow without paying his debt, but the duke still wants his due, no matter what.

  • Face The Day

    Face The Day Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror Fantasy After sundown the world now belongs to winged carnivorous monsters who are on the brink of wiping out humanity. As the military desperately tries to eradicate the creatures a teenaged girl, trapped outside after dusk, must find a way to survive the night.

  • Walks Like A Man

    Walks Like A Man Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror Thriller Laura Hanson thinks she's gotten closure when skeletal remains found in the forest were identified as those of her missing husband, Walter. Then, she comes home to find Walter waiting for her ...

  • The Final Communion

    The Final Communion Horror Crime Transferred to another church to escape prosecution and a vengeful detective, a pedophile pastor finds his rural, conservative congregation is hiding the deepest, darkest secret of them all.

  • Too Many Tonys

    Too Many Tonys Mystery Film-noir A cash-strapped private investigator is the only person a criminal organization trusts to investigate the murder of one of their own. The temptation to sell his integrity, his honesty, and his soul may be impossible to resist.

  • The Prince

    The Prince Fantasy Historical Prince Willard is quite content to have no chance of ever being king. When circumstances conspire to push him closer and closer to the throne, however, he must decide which is stronger -- his love of leisure, or his sense of duty.  

  • New Avalon

    New Avalon Sci-fi Family For fifteen years after a global catastrophe a man and his adopted daughter have not seen another human being. Now they've encountered a group of survivors from a place called New Avalon. Wandering the wilderness all that time may have been the easy part.

  • Saint. Sinner.

    Saint. Sinner. Budget: $0 - $100K | Fantasy A true do-gooder sells his soul to the devil to save the life of the woman he loves. In the end, his love and sacrifice still may not be enough. (Coverfly Red List all-time for fantasy shorts.)

  • The Fate of the Highest Bidder

    The Fate of the Highest Bidder Horror Who knows what happened to the owner of the contents of the storage unit? The skull knows.  And it wants to show you ...

  • The Room at the Top of the Stairs

    The Room at the Top of the Stairs Horror A psychologist looking for a missing child finds the case is even more tragic than she ever thought possible.

  • The Adventures of Solna: The Gauntlet

    The Adventures of Solna: The Gauntlet Fantasy Action In the prehistoric empire of Atlantis, newly-enslaved barbarian Solna is accused of murdering her master. To earn her freedom she must run the gauntlet -- fighting and killing twenty gladiators in a row. 

  • War Dog

    War Dog Sci-fi A famous super-soldier grants a hostile reporter's interview request the day before he's due to leave for the moon, on his final mission. His reasons for granting the interview are both more mysterious and more mundane than the reporter suspects.


  • San Francisco Indie Fest, Finalist - The Room at the Top of the Stairs

  • Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition Summer 2022 Semifinalist

  • Capital Fund Screenplay Competition Hot 100

  • Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition Summer 2022 Finalist

  • Creative Screenwriting TV Pilot Screenplay Competition - Quarterfinalist

  • Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition (Action, Horror, Mystery) - Top 100

  • Emerging Screenwriters Suspense Screenplay Competition - Semi Finalist

  • Chicago Screenplay Awards - Finalist

  • Outstanding Screenplays Feature Competition - Quarter Finalist

  • PAGE International Screenwriting Awards - Quarter Finalist

  • Table Read my Screenplay - Hollywood Pitch Festival - Semi Finalist

  • New York Screenplay Contest - Semi Finalist

  • Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards - Semi Finalist

  • ISA Fast Track Fellowship - Top 50

  • San Francisco Indie Film Festival Screenwriting Competition - Semi Finalist

  • Table Read My Screenplay - Austin Semi Finalist

  • Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest - Semi Finalist

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