John Rester Zodrow, Novelist, Motion Picture Screenwriter, Director, Producer; Broadway Playwright.
John RZ studied for the Catholic priesthood for nine years. Gina Macdonald writes of Mr. Zodrow in the Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Catholic American Writing: " He questions the nature of man, of "sin," of reality; investigates man's relationship to his environment and to his fellows; and considers the savage behind the civilized facade--man at his most primitive, man at his most self sacrificing. His books engage in an interesting counterpoint--the cynical to the idealistic. He exposes the greed and corruption of the Church, and yet demonstrates the good and the true that endure. A sense of contradiction, of duality dominates his works: civilized men who torture and rape; savages who love and sacrifice themselves for others; a truly good man who seeks to do right but who is really the anti-Christ; a Church built on spiritual truths but controlled by financial, economic and political machinations.
Of his own works Zodrow remarks that he prefers stories in which characters "are tried by extreme circumstances"
and "a complex psychological insight" results. Though exciting entertainment, with intriguing plots and perilous encounters, Zodrow's novels are tough-minded analyses of the dual nature of man: selfishness, greed, cruelty and lust; also heroism humanity, self sacrifice and love. They demonstrate the reality behind the facade--for good or for evil." He has written Bright Green Hell,(a thriller based on a true story about a girl who survives a plane crash in the Amazon jungle), In The Name Of The Father, (horror, International Best Seller, translated into Spanish by Elena Valenti as En el Nombre del Padre, an adopted boy, obedient to a demon, rises from priest to pope), Vatican Gold, (thriller, based on a true story of the Vatican stealing gold from Jews in WWII), The Sins Of War (thriller, based on true story set in WWII, the Catholic church sends a priest to partner with gangster Lucky Luciano to stop German saboteurs), All Out, (a published, award winning stage play about a game show in which contestants do all sorts of degrading things to win $100,000, repped by Dramatic Publishing, which for 30 years, has been winning awards while continually being presented on stages across the nation.)
And finally Pig Out! (a children's book about a boy who can't speak, but learns he can talk to animals