A place for
Joe and Jason's
creative endeavors.

Joseph Craig and Jason Rein are the creative team behind Atypical Tales, a repository showcasing their writing and film projects.

So far they've written two screenplays (both highly-regarded by readers), are currently developing a third, and have a short film in the works.

CargoA vengeful slave, a first-mate struggling for his morality, and an unscrupulous lone passenger with ulterior motives find themselves in deadly and historically-altering circumstances on a slave ship voyage.
Gene and Rodger: An Up Stairs Lounge StoryA chance meeting between a bar owner with ties to the French Quarter mafia and a young transient leads to the tragic fire of a gay night club in 1973 New Orleans.
Untitled ProjectAt the height of the Great Depression, a black southern Illinois farmer fends off coal miners and moonshiners leaving a wearied sheriff to make sense of the racial conflict when events turn deadly.
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Joe Craig is a professional archaeologist and historian with a keen interest in turning complicated historical events into interesting and compelling stories.

Joe's love for cinema began in his teens as an usher in a Chicago movie house where he would sneak his friends only into those movies that he considered were good movies (apologies to General Cinema Corporation).

An award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction stories and articles and a popular public speaker, Joe credits his Irish roots for his love of story-telling and being able to embellish a tale with funny details, poignant circumstances, and memorable characters.

Jason Rein's lifelong enthusiasm for filmmaking started with 8mm film shorts in the '90s to award-winning digital shorts in the millenium.

He also enjoys dabbling in other facets of the arts such as animation, music, web, graphic design, and writing. His left noodle interests include programming, technology, science, mapping, and solving triangles.

Jason later had a small stint as a Production Assistant in Hollywood, getting a feel for the industry and a drive to get projects into production.


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