Born in Chicago, IL. Education: Attended Grinnell College, and American University in Rome and Paris; studied screenwriting at the University of California at Los Angeles; University of Illinois, B.A.
Michael Brown Productions, Chicago, IL, former writer and editor; former staff writer, producer, and director of documentary films for Rainbow Productions; former writer and director for Made-to-Order Productions; Atchity Entertainment International, New Orleans, LA, senior story analyst and editor. Freelance script consultant.
Has earned awards for animated films based on children's books by James Stevenson and Chris Van Allsburg.
Dark Gold (novel), Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 2006.
Author of screenplays, including Square Moon, Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party and Ticker, as well as for animated films.
David Angsten's first novel, Dark Gold, is a fast-paced adventure tale involving modern-day pirates, a mysterious man-eating beast, and a lost fortune. The main character, Jack Duran, sets out with his friends Duff and Rock for a journey around the world in search of Jack's missing brother, Dan. One of their first stops while following Dan's trail is a biker bar in Mexico. Jack awakes after a drinking bout to find the words "Yanqui Go Home" carved into his back. Duff, Rock, and Jack soon join forces with Leopold Bellocheque, a high-living businessman from the Bahamas. They proceed down the coast on Leopold's high-tech yacht, which is crewed by two gorgeous women, Eva and Candy. Jack eventually finds his brother's journal in the possession of a deaf-mute priest who swears that Dan is dead. The notes in that journal lead Jack to make a connection between his brother and Bellocheque's fortune. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly called Dark Gold a "tall tale … for grown-up boys who lust for swashbuckling literary adventure," composed by a "stylish, intelligent" writer. A Kirkus Reviews critic found the prose occasionally overwritten, but added: "It's all part of the campy fun. … Sunken gold, black magic, sea monsters, a beautiful Brazilian in a bikini—what more could you want?"
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2006, review of Dark Gold, p. 475.
Publishers Weekly, May 1, 2006, review of Dark Gold, p. 36.
Banderas News,http://www.banderasnews.com/ (December 12, 2006), review of Dark Gold.
Books 'n' Bytes,http://www.booksnbytes.com/ (December 12, 2006), Harriet Klausner, review of Dark Gold.
David Angsten's Home Page,http://www.davidangsten.com (December 12, 2006).