Stephen King’s upcoming novel, Joyland, isn’t released until June, but has already been optioned for a film. King has granted Tate Taylor (The Help) an option to adapt and direct, while John Norris will produce through his Wyolah Films banner.
Stop-Motion Pioneer And Special Effects Wizard, Ray Harryhausen, Dies At 93
Ray Harryhausen, the Godfather of stop-motion animation, has died at the age of 93. He will be remembered for creating special effects for films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, It Came From Beneath the Sea, One Billion Years B.C., and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. He provided an entire generation with nightmares thanks to his creatures: Talos, Roc, Cyclops and Kali. His work won a number of awards across the years, and inspired thousands of filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Rick Baker, and Tim Burton.
Watch this space for a special tribute to the great Ray Harryhausen.
Nominees For The Shirley Jackson Awards 2012
The nominees for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Christopher Golden have all received nominations. Check out the full list of nominees. The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
Sam Stone on AudioGO
AudioGO has acquired world rights to an original novella from Sam Stone entitled The Darkness Within. The story is set on a spaceship in the far-distant future and concerns an alien infection.
Commissioning Editor, Alexandra Arlango says:
How exciting! I am very pleased to be working with Sam Stone again. Last year AudioGO published her collection of short stories, Zombies In New York And Other Bloody Jottings, and since I came across her work I’ve been a great fan. Not only does she come up with deliciously sinister tales, but the worlds she creates are atmospheric and her characters memorable. They are perfect for audio. I was thrilled to meet Sam earlier this year, and we started talking about other ideas and things that we could work on together. The result? The Darkness Within, an exclusive new novella commissioned by AudioGO. It might well be set in space. And it might well feature new, malevolent life-forms … You’ll have to find out more for yourself. What I can tell you is that I had to stop reading, and look away from the page several times because it was so creepy. This Halloween, things will definitely go bump in the dark!
Street Trash Blu-Ray Premiere Pushed Back
The ‘Meltdown Edition’ of James Muro’s 1987 cult classic, Street Trash, has been delayed slightly due to technical issues in the restoration and HD mastering process, according to Synapse Films President, Don May Jr. Transferring into high-definition from the original camera negative revealed physical flaws that had previously not been visible on the DVD release.