Cullen Gallagher is a writer and editor with nearly twenty years of experience specializing in film and literary criticism. When he's not reading or writing, he's usually singing and playing guitar and pursuing his life-long love of music. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU and a MLIS from Queens College.

His non-fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Paris Review, Not Coming to a Theater Near You, Arrow Films and Film Movement home video liner notes, and the anthologies Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion (2016) edited by Anthony Nield, and Screen Slate: New York City Cinema 2011-2015 (2017) edited by Jon Dieringer. 

His fiction has been published in the anthologies Bourbon & A Good Cigar (2018) and Time to Myself (2018), both edited by Scott Harris, as well as in the webzines Crime Factory and Beat to a Pulp.

He blogs about books and movies at Pulp Serenade

Additionally, he's curated film/video programs at the Hamptons International Film Festival, UnionDocs, 92Y Tribeca, and has worked as a copyeditor and proofreader on several books and film festival catalogs.


Latest updates:

9/4/2023: New Demoted albums! Live and Lazy available now on Bandcamp, and pre-order for Shit for Brains is up (release date 10/22/2023). Modern Silent Cinema's Passages I–9 (for Solo Piano) is also now up for pre-order!

9/6/2022: Modern Silent Cinema soundtrack for Forbidden Frames is released: Bandcamp and YouTube. (Full film is available on YouTube.)

8/12/2022: New essay over at the Los Angeles Review of Books: "W.R. Burnett: Pretty Big Once."

5/12/2022: Premiere of The Man Who Stopped and Stared at the Clouds, an experimental film directed by Matt Barry, featuring my original classical guitar score.

4/8/2022: Premiere of The Age of Cinema, a feature-length essay film directed by Matt Barry, co-written by and co-starring myself and Matt, and featuring my original music.

1/16/22: Premiere of The Shabby Detective podcast, featuring my original music as the closing theme.

12/21/21: New hardcore album: Demoted, Not Myself Today.

11/27/21: New country album, The Lonely Place of You

10/15/21: Introduction to Peter Rabe's Stop This Man! and Tobruk (Stark House Press).

6/11/21: Featured in new critical anthology Paperbacks at War (ed. Justin Marriott).

5/3/21: Short story, "Death Rides By Night," published at Beat to a Pulp.

4/22/21: Interview with Wallace Stroby published at CrimeReads.

3/6/21: Essay "Becoming Day Keene: The Pre-Pulp Career of Gunard Hjertstedt" published at the Los Angeles Review of Books.