fred pelzer

writer & director

what i do

author of over a dozen short stories, as well as a published collection through the University of Indianapolis
writer, director, and producer of several shorts, music videos, and webseries episodes
plays produced or in development at theatres across the country
producer for a channel of audio-fiction

a little about me

Fred Pelzer escaped the strip mall wasteland of New Jersey at the age of 18 for a theater and creative writing double degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Spent some time delivering seventy pound cases of seltzer in ninety degree heat. Swapped this for a desk job and a negative wind chill in Chicago.


His short stories have been published at a variety of literary magazines, and the collection of his work Static was published by the University of Indianapolis's Etchings Press. His plays have seen stage productions with companies in Chicago and Pittsburgh. He created and executive produced the webseries Losers, overseeing production and writing most of a 27-episode series. He also co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in the found footage horror podcast “Cooking the Books”.


He has previously held the positions of Founder and Executive Producer for Cloud Gate Productions, Artistic Director for Redeye Theatre Project, and Fiction Editor for Wyvern Lit.

published / produced work


Static: Stories- Etchings Press

Short Fiction:

West Coast: Three Stories - The Offing

Soft- Specter

Minutiae- Lockjaw Magazine (contributor)

Blood - N/A Literary Magazine

Blue Subaru - millenial garbage

Your Ghost - Wyvern Lit

Wolf - Microstory

You Need To Stop Texting Me - Microstory

AstroTurf - Stymie

Kanye West Triptych - #GOODLitSwerveAutumn

Dead By Twenty-Five - Flywheel Vol. 2 (as F.D. Pelzer)

Super Fly-Weight - Stymie (as F.D. Pelzer)

Theatre Projects:
The Best Band You've Never Heard Of - New Colony
 - Book by Fred Pelzer, Music by Ben Kaye (In Development)
The Fiend - Tabula Rasa Theatre Company (January 2017)
Mercy - Tabula Rasa Theatre Company (September 2016)
Prank - Tabula Rasa Theatre Company (July 2013)
Dark Matter - Throughline Theatre Company (May 2012)
Random Acts of Violence - Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre (January 2012)
Gallery - Redeye Theatre Festival (September 2011)
Nora the Explora - Redeye Theatre Festival (May 2011)
East Bloc Surf City - Redeye Theatre Festival (October 2008

Cooking the Books - A found-footage horror drama.


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