Alright, so you’ve surfed on over here and are probably wondering just who the hell I am, or if you already know , want to know more . I’m not sure why; I’m not a particularly interesting person, and have led a pretty normal life. There’s no deep dark family secrets, no skeletons hiding in closets. I haven’t done anything to cure disease or end war either. I’m just a guy trying to make his way in the world.
But, I have a rich inner life, populated with vampires, and cannibals, flying aces and super-villains trying to turn a new leaf. It’s a world with cyborg cops and doomsday clocks, coming-of age stories, Renaissance-era murder mysteries, and magicians plying their trade in the name of espionage. It is, in short, the fictional world I have created and populated with characters, some of whom you know, many more you do not, at least not yet.
Growing up, I wanted to be (n order) a Marine Biologist, then an Archaeologist, then a Fighter Pilot, then briefly a Lawyer (don’t ask me why), a National Geographic photographer .. the list went on. But, as it turns out, what I really wanted was to be a writer, and that’s what I am now. On a good day I can knock out 2000 solid words of prose and/or 10 solid pages of screenplay before lunch. But, ask me to write something like an autobiography and it’s like rolling a big rock up a steep hill. But, I’m going to give it a shot anyway and hope not to get crushed.
My wife jokes that I live in a perpetual state of pessimism, and to a degree she’s right. When work is slow, when opportunities are few and far between, I am a gloomy guy. At the same time, when the opposite is the case, when work and money are flowing in, I’m gloomy because I know it’s going to end at some point. The contract will be up, the last check deposited, and then it’s resumption of normal activity – being gloomy while I struggle to stay afloat. This has been my life since age 18 (so, half of my life). And while a part of me wishes that things will someday finally turn in my favor and I’ll ride this wave of good fortune for years and decades, the part of me that knows it won’t just has to keep working at it, to turn some negative energy into positive results. That’s because when my back’s up against the wall, I generate my best work – I always have.
As a screenwriter, my work includes the sci-fi thriller STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE. It starred Misha Collins (Supernatural) as a fringe radio host and expert in UFOlogy, embroiled in something out of his nightmares when the ancient stone monument begins to move, counting down to doomsday. It also featured Hill Harper (Law & Order) and Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), and aired on SyFy on June 12, 2010 to a record 2.14 million viewers – double the normal for a Sy Fy Saturday Spectacular, so much so that they repeated it on July 30 2010. It was also heavily rewritten by the director, so not the best example of my work.
Outside of Stonehenge I am probably best known as co-writer of the miniseries ROBOCOP: PRIME DIRECTIVES, which aired to huge success around the world in 2001. Starring Page Fletcher (The Hitchiker), Maurice Dean Wint (Cube), Leslie Hope (24) and Geraint Wyn-Davies (Forever Knight), it was a continuation of Paul Verhoeven’s (Total Recall) 1987 sci-fi classic, and I still receive residual checks for it.
Fresh Meat, a NZ comedy horror based on a screenplay I wrote, arrives in cinemas down under in October 2012. A three-part piece on how the movie came about has proven to be the most popular thing I’ve written on this website.
Oh, I’m also creator of a comic book called Mixtape. You may have heard of it.
This website just got overhauled, so check back often and you’ll see new stuff. In the meantime, I’ll try and update the blog portion as frequently as I can manage.
Thanks for stopping by. If you’re looking for a more formal CV, you’ll find it below.
Brad Abraham is a multi-talented writer of film, print journalism, television, comic books and literature, with more than fifteen years experience in the professional field. He has an aggressive slate of projects in production and active development across a variety of platforms.
Brad was co-writer of THE PICCO INCIDENT for Little Engine Moving Pictures, currently in post-production. This “found footage” thriller documents the fallout from a mysterious airplane crash on a Midwestern family’s farm and was directed by Ben Mazzotta and produced by Maria Kennedy (The Limits).
FRESH MEAT his pitch black horror-comedy about crime, cannibalism and other wholesome family values, was released in New Zealand in October 2012. Starring Temeura Morrison (Once Were Warriors, Star Wars: Episode Two) it was helmed by Danny Mullheron (co-writer of Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles), with North American and worldwide release slated for 2013.
His dark fantasy spec WEAVER ISLAND was recently optioned by Rue Morgue Cinema. A children’s bedtime story as spun by H.P. Lovecraft, this innovative blend of live action and animation is to be directed by Vincent Marcone (Lady Paranorma) and Rodrigo Gudino (The Last Testament of Rosalind Leigh).
Prior to that, Brad co-wrote the SyFy Channel hit STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE. Misha Collins (Supernatural) starred as a fringe radio host and expert in UFOlogy, embroiled in something out of his nightmares when the ancient stone monument begins to move, counting down to doomsday. Stonehenge Apocalypse scored an impressive 2.14 million viewers on its premiere in June 2010 and has repeated that success globally and in repeat broadcasts.
Concurrent with Stonehenge, Brad co-wrote the gritty urban tale EMERGE which won a spot in the National Screen Institute’s Features First program. He subsequently wrote the Pilot for Little Engine’s in development TV series CALL ME; the story of a gigolo and the woman who share him.
Through 2002-2003 Brad was a staff writer for the Breakthrough Films television series I LOVE MUMMY, credited on two episodes; Wheel of Reincarnation, and Master of Disaster. In 2001 he produced the award-winning animated short HOVERBOY.
In 2000 Brad co-wrote the hit miniseries ROBOCOP: PRIME DIRECTIVES for Fireworks Entertainment. This continuation of the 1987 sci-fi classic was praised for its fidelity to the original film’s storyline, and was a worldwide hit that earned over $40 million dollars in international sales.
Brad is also creator and writer of the acclaimed comic book series MIXTAPE, which tells the story of the 90s Alt-Rock explosion as witnessed by five teens coming of age against its backdrop. Called a “must read” by Newsarama, MIXTAPE unspools monthly in finer comic shops everywhere
A graduate of the Media Arts program at Ryerson University; he lives in New York City. You can learn more about Brad at his website www.bradabraham.com and on Twitter (@NotBradAbraham).