Gary Lee Vincent (b. 1974) was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and is an accomplished actor, producer, director, author, musician, and entrepreneur.
As an actor he has appeared in over 100 films, such as MIDNIGHT, MY UNCLE JOHN IS A ZOMBIE (with fellow Guest John Russo), FADED MEMORIES, and STRANGE FRIENDS. He also appeared in numerous television series including: THE WALKING DEAD, STRANGER THINGS, HOUSE OF CARDS, and MINDHUNTER!!!!
His first directorial debut was in the faith-based film, A PROMISE TO ASTRID, starring Dean Cain. He went on to direct DESK CLERK, DISPATCHED, MIDNIGHT (2020)–the remake of John Russo’s 1982 iconic slasher; GODSEND, STRANGE FRIENDS and co-directed JOHN LIGHT, JACK JONAH, A CHILD OF THE KING, CORONAVIRUS: PATIENT ZERO, and CORONAVIRUS: PERFECT STORM and several others.
As an author, Gary has written over 20 novels, including the hit vampire series DARKENED, which includes the award-winning books, DARKENED HILLS, DARKENED HOLLOWS, DARKENED WATERS, DARKENED SOULS, DARKENED MINDS, and DARKENED DESTINIES. His latest thriller, IMPOUND, is a new release.
In 2009, Gary launched Burning Bulb Publishing as a way for unknown authors to collaborate in a co-op environment to help each other explore opportunities and promote their creative endeavors. This started a long run of new literature and by 2020, Burning Bulb had published over 200 different novels.
Gary also has recorded three musical albums: “100 PERCENT”, “PASSION, PLEASURE, & PAIN”, and “SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD.”
Guest Writer John Russo
With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a “living legend.” He began by co-authoring the screenplay for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, which has become recognized as a “horror classic.”
His books on the art and craft of movie making, such as HOW TO MAKE EXCITING MONEY MAKING MOVIES, have become bibles of independent production. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have stated that Russo’s books helped them launch their careers.
John Russo wants people to know he’s “just a nice guy who likes to scare people” — and he’s done it with novels and films such as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, MIDNIGHT, THE MAJORETTES, THE AWAKENING and HEARTSTOPPER. He has had a long, rewarding career, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Recently his screenplay for ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD was made into a five-part comic book released by Avatar to great acclaim; it made the Top Ten of Horror Comics nationally and spawned two graphic novels and ten sequels.
Russo’s latest novel DEALEY PLAZA was published by Burning Bulb Publishing, which has also published Russo’s novels THE ACADEMY, THE AWAKENING, THE BOOBY HATCH, LIMB TO LIMB, LIVING THINGS and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. His short story Channel 666 appears in THE BIG BOOK OF BIZARRO and John was a contributing editor on the Burning Bulb hit anthology RISE OF THE DEAD.
He is also slated to direct two movies: a remake of his cult hit, MIDNIGHT, and a brand new take on the “zombie phenomenon” entitled SPAWN OF THE DEAD.
His popularity among genre fans remains at a high pitch. He appears at many movie conventions each year as a featured guest, and he considers his appearance at the Orion Festival, hosted by Kirk Hammett and METALLICA, one of the highlights of his career.