News Round-up Week Ending 15 May

Stephen Graham Jones

Portman to star in Annihilation?

Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman is due to star in the big screen adaptation of Jeff Vandermeer’s novel Annihilation, the first book in his Southern Reach Trilogy. The contract is yet to be signed but the wheels are clearly turning, whereas Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton are also heavily linked with the film which follows the story of an expedition cut off from civilisation and battling a deadly infection.

Stephen Graham Jones is howling at the moon

Stephen Graham Jones – This Is Horror Award winning writer and author of The Elvis Room – has announced that he has sold his latest novel, the werewolf themed tome called Mongrels to William Morrow Publishing, a HarperCollins imprint. The book will be published in 2016.

An audio snippet from King

Simon & Schuster Audio have teamed up with CBS Radio to bring Stephen King fans a free audio version of King’s new story “Drunken Fireworks” from his forthcoming collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The story will be available on 2 July on the new CBS Radio on-line platform Play.it.

Stoker Winners Announced

The winners of the Bram Stoker Awards were announced at World Horror Convention on 9 May. The winners saw Steve Rasnic Tem scoop the award for Superior Achievement in a Novel for Blood Kin and Joe R. Lansdale take home the prize for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction. For details of the winners and runners-up head over to the Horror Writers Association website.

DAN HOWARTH

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