ALEX PAYNE writes stories

Selected Works

The Sad Museum
short story
anthologized in Places We Fear To Tread

Did you even notice?

When the numbers on the stairs went out of sequence?

short screenplay

The manager of a rural animal control facility discovers a terrifying connection between identical litters of puppies left on her doorstep and her father's new girlfriend.

Semi-Finalist, 2020 Austin Film Festival

Red Death
feature screenplay

In the wake of a devastating plague, a young woman follows her missing sister's trail to a remote mansion. Life inside becomes a struggle for survival amidst elites partying through the viral apocalypse.

A contemporary adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Masque of the Red Death.

feature screenplay

A film school dropout trying to make ends meet takes a high-dollar deepfake video commission from an online stranger, enmeshing him in a global conspiracy.

Overall Winner, 2019 Tracking Board Launch Pad Feature Screenplay Competition

Semi-Finalist, 2019 Austin Film Festival


Alex lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife, daughter, an anxious pit bull, and two cats.

He graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2021 and from the Odyssey Workshop in 2020.

When not writing, Alex invests in early-stage companies and supports a variety of causes. He previously worked in tech.

You can email Alex.