Raised in the Northeast on a steady diet of macabre and arcane fiction, Kurt Lustgarten owes much of his storytelling style (and neuroses) to the work of H.P. Lovecraft. His screenplay based on William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder was inspired by a love of supernatural horror and the detective/adventure genres. He is currently developing the sci-fi thriller Futures with writer Jesse Mittelstadt (Across the Hall), which Kurt is attached to direct. He is a product of the film programs at American University, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), and the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he was awarded the Simon Kinberg Fellowship in Screenwriting. He lives in New York City.