Charles M. Kline is an award-winning writer/producer, author/illustrator, and playwright. His radio drama “Transmission Unknown” was performed live at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Illinois for the Wildclaw Theatre Company’s first annual Deathscribe radio play festival in 2008 (winning 2nd place) and was later produced for the Shoestring Radio Theatre program in 2011, airing on 111 stations in 34 states. He has also scribed horror film essays published in the Rondo award-winning book Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks (2013), When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals (2016), and Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies (2019).

Mr. Kline's desire to tell compelling stories using a variety of media took him to Full Sail University in 2011, where he earned his BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment and graduated Valedictorian in 2014. His student short film "Living With Lycanthropy" (garnering a student award), screened at five film festivals in the U.S. and won "Best Horror" at the 2012 IFQ Film and Webisode Festival in Hollywood, California. In 2016, he directed his first short film "Frankenfriend" for the Beaumont Film and Music Festival's "Small and Creepy Film Contest" and won second place; the film eventually earned several more award nominations during its film festival run and won "Best Editing of a Short Film" at the 2018 International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Nice, France. His latest short film, "Human Resources," was an official mobile film category participant of the AT&T Shape Create-a-thon June 2-3, 2018 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California and his team competed against 64 others filming the same weekend out of over 500 entries.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Kline used his skills as a special effects makeup artist on several short films and an independent horror feature during his enlistment. In addition, he worked on Halloween attractions for the Navy’s MWR program in 2000 and 2006, and appeared in an Armed Forces Network commercial in Europe as well. Mr. Kline is also the author and illustrator of the bleakly comical books The 12 Frights of Christmas (2017) and Mother Noose Nursery Crimes (2018), as well as his whimsically illustrated poetry collection I Dream of Tina (2017) and first cartoon collection Snickerdoodles (2020). He is currently working on an animated short film based on one of his books and is seeking a publisher. 
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