Horror Writing

Horror has always been in my blood. As a child struggling with undiagnosed OCD and sleep paralysis, the horror onscreen helped me cope with the very real horrors that tormented me but that I couldn’t explain or understand.

As an adult, I find the focus horror brings  a perfect framework for exploring difficult topics; horror strips away the extraneous.

On a writing note, I strive for dialogue without exposition and abhor filler.

Dale Luckwitz is HORROR. Below are current and past projects.

Your Own Personal Haunting

screenplay, open for optioning

Honorable Mention 2021 Horror Hotel International Film Festival

Quarter Finalist 2022 Stage 32’s 8th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest 


LOGLINE: Compelled to live in a house that terrifies him, a damaged man with OCD is challenged by spirits as he unravels the mysteries of his troubled life along with the support of an upbeat trans man he befriends 


Your Own Personal Haunting straddles the line between horror and personal drama, exploring themes of loss and hurt and drawing parallels being suffering from OCD /intrusive thoughts and being haunted.

Lawrence, a troubled man who has wrestled with obsessive-compulsive disorder most of his life, nears his 40th birthday and begins considering a return to his childhood home to discover a reason for his misfortunes. Unable to remember details of his childhood, a sense of dread has always surrounded his home. Following a serious car accident, he decides to return to his home, and when he finds it is for rent, he moves in.

Befriending King, an energetic and life-affirming trans man whose mother owns the house, Lawrence begins a journey to unravel the mysteries of the home and why he was sent away as a teen. Told with pathos and humor, Your Own Personal Haunting is a journey of understanding and acceptance and of facing the horrors of life with fresh eyes.


Wicked Sisters

screenplay, open for optioning


LOGLINE: A quirky, loving couple’s relationship is tested after being kidnapped and taken on a nightmarish road trip as a result of claiming three vintage dolls are haunted 

Wicked Sisters is, beneath the death and destruction, a love story with warmth and humor examining the self-imposed roles and responsibilities we put on ourselves in any relationship. Centered around of Bacco and Lilla, a couple who struggle to do the right thing even at a cost to their personal finances, the story seeks to take the haunted doll trope and turn it upside down.

Inspired by my five years as a real-world antique picker and my focus on the macabre and unusual.   



Loopholes (working title)

in progress


LOGLINE: Fired, dumped, and disgusted, a man with little to lose accepts an offer to earn a million dollars by surviving in a haunted house for three days. Ghosts or not, that money is his. He knows every curse is a contract, and ever contract has loopholes.

This playful, non-stop action horror romp is inspired by the  trope of surviving in a haunted house for money. Paying tribute to The House on Haunted Hill as well as other vintage horror movies like The Haunting and The Uninvited,  through a non-stop barrage of monsters, ghosts, and blood, Three Nights in a Haunted House on a Hill explores generational age issues and the fronts we all put on in society.




Out of You and Me (short)


LOGLINE: Two strangers are saddled with the consequences of their incorrect assumptions after being confronted with a serial killer.  

A short script originally penned for a feature anthology film. 



Prism of Madness Podcast

Created and recorded with co-host Chris Robinson, Prism of Madness is a weekly podcast that breaks down the madness of movie making into component parts.

With compelling interviews with industry insiders including directors, producers, special effects artists, sound designers and more, Prism of Madness shines a light on the pieces, parts and people it takes to make a horror/sci-fi/noir film.

Visit the Prism of Madness website to learn more.

Legacy Horror

Time Capsule Open

In addition to growing up on haunted grounds (well, I suspect they may have been haunted) across from a funeral home and next due a dilapidated Victorian house, I also gather inspiration from my surreal experiences as an antique and vintage picker when running my antique shop Time Capsule Open.

From spooky dolls to Victorian poison bottles to terrifying Tiki statues I found hidden in a barn, my experiences in the antique world were a gift to a horror writing that just keeps giving. 

Time Capsule Open


Fear with Beer

A blog I wrote discussing horror movies and pairing them with craft beers. Odd but fun. While I loved doing Fear with Beer, responsibilities and time constraints led me to discontinue the project in 2017.

In March 2022, Fear with Beer was almost resurrected as a podcast with new collaborator Chris Robinson. As we prepared, however, we realized we wanted to take the concept in a different direction and we didn’t need the calories. Additionally, we found that between the time Fear with Beer stopped and almost started again, an unrelated podcast out of Florida called Fear AND Beer had begun, and we wanted to avoid confusion in the podcast market. The Prism of Madness podcast was born. The roots, though are FwB.

 Fear with Beer

R.I.P. 2015-2017 – REBORN as Prism of Madness, 2022


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