Production of “THE LATE SHIFT” set to start in November

“The Late Shift begins in November,” producers of the film say.

To aid in the production of the film, the film’s producers, Joshua Brucker and Kate Riffe, will start a crowdfunding platform through Indiegogo in order to raise funds.

The film, which stars veteran horror actor Bill Oberst Jr., also stars Breanna Mayberry, Jamila Webb, and Jessica Tomasko.

“We’re entirely thrilled to work with such talented individuals,” Brucker said. “It’s exciting to envision the final product. The Late Shift was a short little script that’s taken many forms throughout the years. It started as a short story I wrote around 2016, then it became my first screenplay. I’ve tinkered with it on and off since and we’re really all digging what we have.”

The Late Shift follows Beth, a night-shift nurse tasked with babysitting a quiet and near-empty patient wing. All is calm until a mysterious patient is brought it, exhibiting a high fever and sporting terrible wounds. His condition stabilizes and all returns to normal. But Beth is new to the late shift and she eventually closes her heavy eyes and accidentally drifts asleep. When she wakes up, however, not all is as calm and safe as it once was. Her new patient, she finds, harbors a dangerous and deadly secret that could cost Beth her life.

“It’s a fun script with tremendous tension and dread,” Brucker said of the story. “I wanted to present a very tense creature feature as a first-time director. I’ve always held a special place in my heart for monster movies. It probably all stems from my childhood fascination with films like Tremors and Critters. While some of my favorite monster flicks have a bit of a campy flare to them, I want to take The Late Shift in a different direction and focus less on the monster and more of the struggle our protagonist faces. Does she run for help? Or does she do what she’s called to do; to keep her patients safe from all forms of danger?”

The cast is set and production begins in Chicago once the crowdfunding campaign is successful.

Contributors of the Indiegogo campaign can expect perks such as access to view the film before the festival run, official posters, production stills, digital and tangible copies of the shooting script, film t-shirts, official film props, Blu-ray and DVD copies of the film, and producer credits. The perks are separated by the amount donated, ranging from $5 to $1000.

The campaign is set to launch mid to late August and expected to run no longer than 60 days.

“Kate Riffe and I are stoked to put this out there,” said Brucker. “With Bill Oberst Jr. on board, we’re very confident in our vision. We will deliver an exciting and intense horror short, reminiscent of the classics that frightened us as children.”

The Indiegogo campaign pre-launch page can be found at:


One for the Road, starring Lance Henriksen, begins Production in September

International Falls, MN, July 19th, 2017 – One for the Road, based on the short story by Stephen King, will begin production in September. Currently set to star in the film is veteran horror and science fiction actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark, Pumpkinhead), as well as Don Scribner, Matt Roy, and Daniel Bielinski. The film’s director, Joshua Brucker, aims to raise funds for the production over the next month and a half, using the popular crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

“It’s truly an honor to work with such talented actors,” Brucker said. “I’ve gotten to know many of them personally over the past few months, and I’m quite confident in their abilities. Lance Henriksen is a legend in the business and I’m incredibly excited to watch his character come to life. All actors involved will complement the story quite well.”

One for the Road was first introduced to readers in 1977, then republished in 1978 in Stephen King’s first short story collection Night Shift. The story follows two reluctant men who agree to help a desperate and stranded traveler who unknowingly stumbles across the danger that lurks in ‘Salem’s Lot. It gives the reader a brief glimpse into the world of Jerusalem’s Lot, the setting of King’s second published novel, years after vampires infested the town.

“It’s a small, contained tale but filled with tremendous lore and mystery,” Brucker said of the story. “I’ve been a fan of King my entire life, and Night Shift was the first book I purchased that was penned by him. The story stuck with me since childhood, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to bring the story to life in a way that hasn’t been done before.”

The cast and crew are set and production begins in September in International Falls and Ranier, Minnesota, once the crowdfunding campaign is successful. Contributors to the Indiegogo campaign can expect perks such as access to view the film before the festival run, official posters, production stills, crew t-shirts, official film props, as well as the opportunity to have their image featured on a missing poster in the film.

The campaign launched on July 19th and is expected to run until August 19th or later.

“Filmmaking has always been a passion of mine,” Brucker finished. “I’ve been a huge fan of horror my entire life, and I aim to bring to the audience a film that stands out among the rest, doing King’s story justice and frightening viewers in the same way horror of the 80’s and 90’s frightened me. I want to give them something they can really sink their teeth into.”

The Indiegogo campaign can be found at:

Joshua Brucker can be reached via the official film website,

‘One for the Road’ – Short Film Coming Late 2017

Since I haven’t issued a post for quite a while, I want to send out an update regarding what I’m currently working on.

Recently, I signed a “Dollar Baby” deal with Stephen King, giving me the permission to adapt one of his short stories to film! I thought I’d announce this as I recently heard from his offices, giving me the formal authorization to go through with the project.

Dollar Babies essentially work like this: I apply through King’s website. Once I’m accepted, they issue a contract. I sign the contract, include a dollar bill in the envelope, and mail it back to him. For that dollar, I’m granted the right adapt. One catch: I cannot distribute the film commercially, meaning I cannot make a profit off the final copy. Really, this is a project designed to show my potential down the road. I can, however, enter the short movie into non-profit festivals and luckily for me, there is a good number of them.

The story I’m adapting is titled ‘One For The Road.’ The short story can be found in his Night Shift Collection. It is a sequel to his second published novel, ‘Salem’s Lot. Though the story itself presents a few difficulties production-wise, I believe it’s entirely doable with the time and patience I’m willing to dedicate. Give it a read if you have a copy on hand. It’s a great little tale!

I recently squared away the script and created a rough budget. Once I work out the budget, to the exact dollar, I’m putting together a Kickstarter campaign to bring this project together. I’m very excited to work on this as it’ll be an entirely new experience for me!

If you live in Kankakee County and have any interest in taking part in this project, I’d love to talk to you! Just go ahead and send me a message or text if you know my number. Thanks a lot, and I will keep up with the updates!




‘When Darkness Comes’ – Full Synopsis

When Darkness Comes has been given a full synopsis. The tentative release is scheduled for mid-January 2016. Find the full synopsis below.

wp-1449273721677.jpegWhen Darkness Comes’ is a collection of short horror stories meant to drive terror into the hearts of readers. From the macabre to the grotesque, J. D. Brucker presents original and gut-wrenching tales tailored to ignite our deepest and darkest fears.

The Late Shift – Charles Ferrell, a once heralded surgeon in the field, is quite tired of working the midnight shift in the local emergency room. One night a stranger is brought in with unique wounds, setting off a string of terrifying events.

The Hunger – The life of a small-town high school student is thrown into chaos when he suddenly realizes something strange is happening to the locals.

Beautiful – The perfect woman with the perfect life. A wonderful home, a beautiful daughter. Not all is what it may seem.

Red – A poem.

Bluff Creek – A reluctant journalist, Clive Dryburn, is sent to accompany a small group of Bigfoot hunters. He believes the legends to be false but as the night grows dark, his skepticism begins to diminish.

Scratching At the Door – A poem.

The Corn Maze – It is 1970. Martha and Clark are in a troubled relationship, one without flare or spark. Clark decides to rejuvenate the relationship by entering a closed corn maze during the midnight hours of Halloween. The two find their troubles far extend what they had previously imagined.

“Facing Oblivion” – Now Available!

11813488_10152945199960443_8768579874886804884_nMy latest, Facing Oblivion, is available for purchase! You can find the book here in eBook format:


In paperback, you can pick up the book here:


The synopsis reads: “Life is an amazing thing, filled with happiness, optimism, sadness and pain. Theists have said atheists are incapable of experiencing the beauty of life because they do not believe in a god. Furthermore, theists have said the grieving process is ruined because atheists generally do not believe in an afterlife. In his fourth book, Facing Oblivion, J. D. Brucker argues against those claims to show it’s possible to live fruitfully and grieve properly without a belief in a god.”

“Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion” – Now Available!

I’m happy to announce my third book (Reason Over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion) is now available on Amazon! Thanks to everyone for the support and a special thanks to Joey Lee Kirkman for agreeing to write the foreword!

Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion – Kindle Edition

“Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion” – Updates

Final CoverReason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion is edited and awaiting release! Stay tuned for more information.

The synopsis goes as such: Many contend religion is, in its entirety, tolerant and stands as a force for good. Millions of human beings worship a god and follow the doctrine of their chosen faith, never considering how harmful their beliefs may be. In Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion, J. D. Brucker takes a stand against all that is considered holy, giving the reader an introduction to how the top three monotheistic religions and faith have failed the human race in a miserable way.

Joey Lee Kirkman recently published the foreword he wrote for my book on his personal website, which can be found here.

I’ve also supplied a sample chapter of my own, which can be found here.

I look forward to your responses once the book is released!

Announcing “Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion” – Coming Soon

Final CoverComing soon, my book Reason over Faith: Antitheism & the Case against Religion is on the home stretch. I’m happy to publish again with Atheist Republic, great group of guys and gals! The book will also include, which I’m very excited about, a foreword by the awesome Joey Lee Kirkman. More info to come!