I describe some of my productions involving fiction and poetry, screenplays, and essays. Interested readers may wish to “Like” the Mark Koltko-Rivera, Writer Facebook page, where I will announce future productions.
Fiction and Poetry
Some of my work been published in literary journals, including the following:
- Mark Koltko-Rivera. (October, 2010). The cryptographer. Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. Online here.
- _____. (November 20, 2010). The death of Mozart. The Legendary, issue 22. Online here.
- _____. (December, 2010). The gondolier of Bethesda Landing. The Fear of Monkeys, issue 8. Online here.
- Mark Edward Koltko. (Spring, 1992). Waiting [poem]. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 68-69. Online here.
The stories above and others as well appear in my first short story collection, Out of the Alley and Other Stories, which comes in either editions with full-color illustrations (including the Kindle edition) or a print edition with black-and-white illustration.
I have treatments available for the following screenplays. Producers are welcome to reach me through the Contact tab above.
- Brain-Sucking Aliens. To these aliens’ palates, human brains are tasty—the smarter, the sweeter, but even folks dumb as hammers provide a taste delight. The alien invasion at a backwater branch of a rural state university looks grim for the humans until an extraordinary act of self-sacrifice saves the people of Earth.
- Crowley. The London newspapers called him “the wickedest man in the world.” The Beatles put him on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album. Seducer, spy, visionary, black magician, egotist—this is the true life story of Aleister Crowley, one of the most colorful and enigmatic personalities of the last century.
- Cthulhu. An adaptation of “The Call of Cthulhu,” the masterpiece by H. P. Lovecraft that started Stephen King on his career of terror. This version translates the Lovecraft 1920s tale of dark forces and paranoia to the present day, as a professor at a respected university stumbles across a terrifying plot against humanity that spans aeons, oceans, and bottomless pits of horror.
- Mata Hari. Was she really a spy for the Germans in World War I? Or merely one of the most captivating women in history? The true story of the imposter who rose from rags to the pinnacle of fame in Europe, only to be executed by firing squad as a traitor, accused by some of those most in thrall to her allure.
- She. An adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s classic novel, She is the story of Western explorers in the 19th century encountering the immortal queen of a hidden civilization in the heart of Africa. In this retelling of the tale, the Black immortal queen finds her ancient Atlantean lover reincarnated as a White explorer from the West. Will they unite and rule all the world together? Or will either inner doubts or external forces separate them, perhaps forever?
- Mark Edward Koltko. (1992). Constrictions, potentials, and margins: Thoughts on Mormon writers. Wasatch Review International, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 109-118.
- ___. (Spring 1991). On committing acts of psychotherapy. The Gamut: A Journal of Ideas and Information, no. 32, pp. 79-81.
Aleister Crowley, about 1912