Joe Gazzam

Screenwriter & Novelist

Books & Screenplays


Jason Holden has been on thin ice since his mother died. Capping off a burglary and bar fight with a brutal car wreck, the seventeen year old finds himself firmly on the wrong side of the law.

His behavior isn’t winning him any points with his father, who happens to be the state governor. So when Governor Holden learns of a program for troubled youth, he jumps at the chance to deal with Jason’s outbursts while cementing his position for being tough on crime.

The program is a radical exercise designed to frighten teens from a life of crime. It’s called “Scared Straight,” and takes them into the heart of Blackenbush Maximum Security Penitentiary.

Jason, along with a group of hardened juvenile delinquents, quickly comes face to face with some of the most extreme convicts the state has ever seen. But what’s designed as an exercise becomes all too real as a prisoner take-over comes to fruition. Before long the entire penitentiary is under siege, surrounded by feds and overrun with violent lifers loose from their cells.

Jason, trapped in the middle of in the chaos, will have to trust in the most unlikely person— Karl Rix, a convict with his own body count. Between them, they just might find a way to save their skin and even a bit of redemption. But at what cost?

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

Praise for UNCAGED

Wildy suspenseful with great characters. Pure fun to read

Topher Grace, ACTOR

"That 70′s Show,” “Traffic,” "Spiderman 3,” “Predators,” and "Interstellar"

Cinematic in its sweep, terrifying in its possibility, and remarkable in its realism, Uncaged is a book for readers ready to be scared straight till the last page. Joe Gazzam has crafted a novel that reads like a good movie, carrying you along from the first moment of danger, to the last terrifying precipice. It’s fast, shocking, and gritty. You’ll love it.


“Fast and Furious,” “Wanted,” and “47 Ronin.”

 No vampires, werewolves, fairies or unicorns.  Real.  Thrilling.  Scary.  Crack this book and hang on for your life.

Ahmet Zappa, WRITER

“The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless,” and co-writer/producer of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green."

Joe Gazzam uses his screenwriting experience to its fullest potential in Uncaged, a book as action-filled as it is cinematic.  It’s unpredictable and gripping.  A blockbuster, edge-of-your-seat read.

Jessica Therrien, WRITER

Best-selling author of "Oppression"

Fascinating characters, breakneck pacing and as much suspense as you can handle.


“Fire with Fire,” and “Hitman’s Bodyguard”

Ferocious.  A narcotic literary jolt.  Gripping from the first page.


“Stash House,” "American Made"


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Screenwriter/Novelist Joe Gazzam was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL and graduated from the University of Florida. Soon after college he moved to Los Angeles with one script under his arm, never having been to California in his life.

Since then, due to good luck and the support of friends and family, he’s been a working screenwriter for 8 years.  Joe has worked on such films as:






(and many more)

Joe currently lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

His debut novel, UNCAGED, will be re-released this year!