Episode 46: Politics, Gun Control, Violence, and solving the world's problems with Eric Shapiro



Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. Called "the next Philip K. Dick" by author Kealan Patrick Burke, Shapiro is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which has received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


Eric Shapiro is just one of those guys I could sit down at a bar with and converse about anything. In this episode of the DIY Writer Podcast, our conversation started with Red Dennis then shifted to several other topics, including gun rights and creating films. Eric also co-owns and writes for The Milpitas Beat, the local newspaper in Milpitas California.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How people can differ in views and still have a great conversation and have a good time.

  • How to explore politics, gun control, and graphic violence in books and movies in a civilized manner.

  • The difficulties of filmography and script writing.

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