Winged Creatures

Movie Trailer

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Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jennifer Hudson,Josh Hutcherson, Jackie Earle Haley

The Novel

One of five finalists for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Assocation Award.

Book Reviews:

"...stark, impressive debut... a tightly knit ensemble drama... emotionally charged."

-- Publisher's Weekly

"A riveting debut novel about the aftermath of a mass shooting in a fast food restaurant.  The author achieves the amazing feat of following an utterly disparate cast of dramatis personae through the vicissitudes of their lives as they are irrevocably scarred and changed forever.  A sure-fire page-turner and, without question, has great movie written all over it, vividly reminiscent of Atom Egoyan's great The Sweet Hereafter."

Rex Pickett, author of SIDEWAYS

"A lone gunman enters a fast-food diner, kills two patrons, and then turns the gun on himself. From that depressingly familiar scenario, first-novelist and veteran screenwriter Freirich spins a highly emotional story of how the survivors deal with the tragedy... As the narrative flashes between the surviors’ desperate attempts to cope and the fateful events of that day, Freirich employs a hyper, pop-culture-obsessed narrative voice to home in on the fleeting nature of existence. Soon to be made into a film, which will raise its visibility, this well-crafted debut packs an emotional wallop."

Joanne Wilkinson, on BookList

“When a life is shattered, what is left to hold onto? Roy Freirich’s group portrait of the aftermath of a random shooting delves into areas of the psyche rarely explored with such precision and delicacy. A relentlessly suspenseful and mesmerizing novel from a brilliantly original writer.  Winged Creatures is an astounding debut.”

-- David Angsten, author of DARK GOLD

"A searing emotional drama of an American random shooting and the profoundly moving struggles of the survivors to regain their wholeness.  A great novel!  The film should prove an Oscar winner."
-- R.H.Weber, author of HOMELAND


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Winged Creatures is out, and I feel proud of the work and a little nervous about it at the same time; it’s my first published book, after many years of dreaming about it, and careers of circling this kind of writing by working at other kinds: songwriting and screenwriting.

Not every song and screenplay has been a success, certainly, but the screenplay for Winged Creatures seems to be, with a movie scheduled for release this year, starring Oscar winners Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley, with Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Josh Hutcherson, Embeth Davidtz.

I’ll be updating you in the next few weeks, and in the meantime please feel free to post comments and questions.

Best to everyone,



Roy Freirich