As previously announced, the next Levi Stoltzfus book is called Last of the Albatwitches. Now that I’m actually knee-deep in writing it, I know that it is going to tie heavily into Castaways, and also feature connections to Scratch and An Occurrence In Crazy-Bear Valley. So, if you haven’t read them yet, there’s no time like the present. Click the covers below to order.
As previously announced, my novel Castaways is optioned by Drive-In Films (Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale) with Jon Wagner (Anniversary at Shallow Creek) and Damian Maffei (Closed For the Season) attached, Charles St. John Smith III producing, and Robert Angelo Masciantonio writing and directing.
Today we’re asking you to help get the film into production. And it won’t cost you a dime. We need to show Amazon Studios that there is a demand for this movie. This can be done in two easy clicks of your mouse.
STEP 1: Go to the project’s Amazon Studios page and download the free PDF of the screenplay.
STEP 2: Leave a 4-star or 5-star review.
Sinister comes out this weekend. I encourage all of you to go see it. Twice. Sinister is written by my friends C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson, who are also behind the big-screen adaptation of my novel Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Please show them your support.
Updates on my movie stuff: Ghoul and Fast Zombies Suck will be out on DVD in January. Dark Hollow starts filming next Spring. Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Castaways, The Cage, and The Siqqusim Who Stole Christmas are all in development (the latter under the title Who Shot Santa?) For a list of all the films based on my work, click here.
Director Paul Campion (The Devil’s Rock) is presenting his plan for the big screen adaptation of Dark Hollow at the Fantasia International Film Festival today. Cross your fingers and hope for the production to get a green light. Paul will be posting live updates to the Dark Hollow movie Facebook page, so make sure you “Like” it so you don’t miss the news if and when it breaks. I won’t be posting the news here, because…
…I’ll be heading to New York later today for a meeting tomorrow morning regarding potential film adaptations of The Rising and Dead Sea. Now… don’t get all worked up yet. The Rising has been optioned several times, but has never managed to get off the ground. Maybe things will be different this time, but it’s way too early to celebrate.
Hopefully, I’ll also return from New York with some news on a DVD release date for Ghoul. If you haven’t yet, make sure you snag one of these limited edition collectible screenplay and storyboard books from the Ghoul movie, which ship next week, signed by me.
Finally, the film adaptation of Fast Zombies Suck begins shooting in Central PA in just a few weeks. We will be putting out a call for extras very soon, so if you’ve ever wanted to play a zombie in a Brian Keene movie (or in this case, play a person playing a zombie at a zombie walk in a Brian Keene movie) stay tuned.
For those keeping track, that leaves us with Ghoul and The Ties That Bind both having been filmed, Fast Zombies Suck in production, and Dark Hollow, Castaways, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The Cage, and The Siqqusim Who Stole Christmas in development.
Ghoul premieres Friday night at 9pm EST on Chiller. If you live in the UK, Canada, or anywhere else without access to Chiller, there will eventually be a DVD release. If early chatter is any indication, we may give Chiller a bit of a ratings bump tomorrow night. We’ve certainly raised awareness of their brand. But more importantly, I hope you enjoy the film.
I feel at this point, I probably shouldn’t comment on it anymore, except to say that I like the movie, and I think the filmmakers did a remarkable job at staying true to the spirit and the message of the book. If you like the film, as I do, then make sure to let them know. If you don’t like the film, then remember that the book is still there on your shelf, and you can re-read that instead. But I’m pretty certain that most of you will indeed enjoy it.
Regardless of whether or not you can watch the movie tomorrow night, I hope you’ll join us on Twitter. Please remember to use the #GhoulOnChiller hashtag in your Tweets, so that this big community of ours can keep track of the entire conversation (the hashtag is already busy, thanks to a game authors Robert Swartwood and Nicholas Kaufmann started on Twitter this afternoon).
If it’s any consolation to those of you without Chiller, I also don’t have Chiller. Comcast here in Central PA doesn’t carry Chiller (which is odd, since Chiller and Comcast are owned by the same people). So, although I’ve seen the film about a dozen times, Mary and I will have to trek down to Baltimore tomorrow night and watch it in Meteornotes’ living room (he has promised to feed us, as well).
Just as I won’t be commenting much more on the film itself, neither will I be linking to every review or commentary. I will link to this article and this article from my local papers, because that’s their picture of me above, and I’d feel guilty using it without giving them credit.
So… I hope you enjoy Ghoul. Even if you don’t, I thank you for watching it, and for supporting it. More films are on the way. As I write this, it’s just been announced that casting has begun on Dark Hollow, with Shane Rangi attached to play Hylinius. Castaways and Darkness On The Edge of Town are in the works. Filming begins later this summer on Fast Zombies Suck. Who Shot Santa (based on my story The Siqqusim Who Stole Christmas) is back-burnered but still very much a go. And I’m in talks with some folks about an adaptation of Dead Sea.
I hope you’ll join us on Twitter tomorrow night. Looking forward to fellowship with you all.
UPDATE: Here’s a free prequel I wrote, over on Chiller’s website. It takes place in the film’s continuity, rather than that of the novel.
1. GHOUL: Now airing on Chiller (check your local listings). Eventual DVD release. Directed by Gregory Wilson (The Girl Next Door). Starring Nolan Gould (Modern Family). Official Facebook page. Official Twitter. Official website.
2. DARK HOLLOW: Slated for 2013. Paul Campion (The Devil’s Rock), Paul Finch (The Bill), Shane Rangi (The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia), and WETA Workshop attached. Official Facebook page.
3. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: Scott Derrikson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still) and C. Robert Cargill attached.
5. THE SIQQUSIM WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS: In development as Who Shot Santa? Paul Campion attached.
6. FAST ZOMBIES SUCK: Begins filming in August 2012. Jeff Heimbuch (Leeds Point), Matthew Blazi (Land of the Dead) attached.
7. THE TIES THAT BIND: Released in 2009 on DVD. Directed by Jeff Heimbuch. Starring Logan Tracey (Guiding Light) and Kevin Interdonato (The Sopranos).
I’ve had a lot of new releases over the past few weeks. If you missed them, here’s a rundown before the next round of new releases. Continue reading
Darkness On the Edge of Town, Dead Sea, Castaways, and Clickers III: Dagon Rising are now all available for the Nook. CLICK HERE to order them (or to order the paperback, Kindle, audio book, or German versions).