Polly Schattel

Writer • Filmmaker



novel, coming 2022,


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feature film, 2015

Nominated for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Madrid Film Festival, 2015


novel, 2020,


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feature film, 2010
Best Film, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, 2010


short film, 2020

Best Film, multiple other awards, all over the world

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Polly's debut feature film, 2005
Best Film, IndieMemphis 2005



  • Polly's new book, "SHADOWDAYS," will be released Jan 28, 2022. From JournalStone, the company that published "The Occultists," it features a wonderful cover treatment by Don Noble and the terrific folks at Rooster Republic Press.

  • "The Occultists" will be translated into Spanish for the wonderful horror publishing company, Dilantando Mentes. They're a boutique publisher located on the Iberian Peninsula who create deluxe editions of their books, complete with illustrations and fold-out covers. Coming soon!

  • The mighty Mike Mignola recently raved about "The Occultists," saying, "I loved it. It's pretty much everything I look for in this kind of thing--super smart, dark and sad, very human (even with all the magic) and really scary." When the creator of the legendary Hellboy speaks, we listen!

  • Malaprop's is a legendary independent bookstore, a relatively small retail space which looms uncommonly large in the publishing industry. Polly was recently featured in their Halloween Live Stream, along with the terrific horror writer David Voyles. Check it out here. Screw Amazon, buy indie!!!

  • Polly was proud to be featured in John Walker's "SKEERT" Halloween podcast series, which also featured heavyweight writers like Nathan Ballingrud and Sarah Read. Listen to Polly's episode here.

  • The mighty Kirkus Reviews has given "The Occultists" their official thumbs up, calling it, "a delectably moody supernatural nail-biter." Read the full review here.

  • The Mountain Xpress' terrific writer Alli Marshall wrote an article about "The Occultists." Read it here: "Filmmaker Polly Schattel Releases Her Debut Novel."

  • The Occultists Book trailer! Click here!

  • "The Occultists," my debut novel, is released! Go to here to get it!

    John Linwood Grant (The Assassin's Coin and A Persistence of Geraniums) said, "An Edwardian tapestry of ceaseless occult war and worldwide political struggle ... Schattel surprises by skillfully reanimating old tropes as she explores dreadful personal loss, unexpected betrayal, and dogged persistence. With its memorable monstrosities--both human and other--its conflicted protagonist, and a plot full of twists, The Occultists is a fascinating tale of both the esoteric and the mundane."




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I'm a writer and filmmaker who has written and directed three award-winning, internationally distributed feature films, and have had multiple screenplays optioned by various prominent production companies. My first novel, "The Occultists," was published by JournalStone in 2020.

I’ve taught Film Directing, Screenwriting and Film Editing in the NC University system, New York City and elsewhere. Proudly and passionately transgender, I live in the mountains of Asheville, NC with my wife and three wild, vicious animals who love people food.



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