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Owen King to Adapt ‘Sleeping Beauties’ for TV

A father-son King project is now in development for television! The Stephen King renaissance continues with the adaptation of Sleeping Beauties.

 

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The original novel, a collaboration between Stephen King and his son, Owen King, asks ‘What would happen if women disappeared from the world?’

 

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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

 

 

This suspense filled, horror, mystery, is now in development to being adapted into a pilot episode for its own television series. AMC is the TV network behind the newly anticipated pilot episode.

The writer for the script will be none other than Owen King himself, bringing his and his father’s work to life, and this is not his first time adapting his father’s work for television.

Recently, Owen was a producer, and according to Entertainment Weekly a writer, for CBS’ newest addition to their exclusive “All Access” content, The Stand.

Thankfully, unlike CBS and their “All Access” content that’s watchable only if you pay monthly, AMC comes with your cable, so long as you have the channel that is. Hopefully Owen and the rest of the AMC crew won’t rest until Sleeping Beauties is finished for our haunting entertainment.

 

 

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Horror Noire Sheds Light on a Forgotten Genre of Film History

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror has been making the rounds recently. Released as an exclusive on Shudder, the documentary explores the history of black people in the horror genre, from the ugly roots where black people were written as literal monsters by films such as Birth of a Nation to modern black horror film Get Out. The documentary has received critical acclaim for exploring a topic often swept under the rug or ignored entirely. But what’s lesser well known is that Horror Noire is based on a book. This book, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890s to Present by Robin R. Means Coleman explores the same topic in its pages, providing an excellent companion piece to the documentary or vice versa.

 

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Coleman’s interest in the black horror genre began with seeing Night of the Living Dead on rotation at a drive in theatre. In that film, Ben is one of the first significant black protagonists represented onscreen in a non-stereotypical fashion. He takes charge of the situation and lasts beyond his white peers, until the end of the film. There, Ben is shot and disposed of by a group of men hunting down zombies. He’s cast aside with the other dead, his body burned as the credits roll over this image, a terrifying end to the film. This film made an impact on Coleman and began her scholarly research in horror.

 

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In the book, Coleman defines horror films through the lens of black representation through two lenses. “Blacks in Horror” include black actors in significant roles but their roles are stereotypical. ‘Black Horror’ meanwhile finds horror films shaped and created by black directors, writers, etc. to create thematic works that resonate with their audience. Examples of ‘Blacks in Horror’ include films such films where black people serve as the comic relief, the victim for the monster, or have black culture portrayed through a white audience’s eyes, often not well. ‘Black Horror’ includes films such as Blacula, Tales from the Hood, and Get Out. These distinctions are examined critically throughout the book with a wide variety of horror films featuring black people or made by a black audience are dissected in detail, with the lines between the genres often being blurred depending on the era.

Coleman defines each era of black horror by the decade, from the earliest silent films to the modern age, showcasing how black representation goes up and down via the decade. It is interesting to showcase how horror allowed black people representation and true power onscreen, despite being marginalized at the same time. Horror, as Coleman defines it, allows a sense of retribution and equalization that other films genres would not provide for a long time. In this sense, Blacula is defined in the book’s pages as a truly wall shattering piece of piece, dismissed by white audiences but embraced by a black audience, as a black vampire looms large onscreen.

 

The documentary based on Coleman's book, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
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Horror Noire is a must read for fans of the documentary, as well as fans of horror and film history. Covering in-depth aspects of tons of ‘black horror’ films, from the mainstream to the cult to the exploitation, this book is heavily recommended and sheds new light on what has often been unfairly dismissed as a trash genre, showcasing how much horror has meant to generations of black audiences, in shades of good, bad, and the ugly.

 

 

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10 Chilling Horror Novels That Should Turn into Scary Movies

It’s no secret that many people will say how some movies are better left as books. Details get changed, parts of the story get left out, and it never ends up the same. However, in this case, we know these eerie and bone-chilling horror novels should definitely be turned into movies. Check out these scary picks that should make it to the big screen.

 

1. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

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The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod combines the classic struggles of being a teen in high school while also keeping the dark secret that he is a vampire From gothic love to vampire hunters, this book is a go to for many horror readers and puts an exciting twist on our usual movies of teen rebellion and adventure with enough books for a sequel too!

 

2. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

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A tornado sweeps you up into a universe where the good guys are the bad guys and you are forced to take a second look at your enemies. Dorothy Must Die gives us everything we need in a great horror movie, because Dorothy isn’t all that she seems.

 

 

3. The Bone Witch by Ron Chupeco

 

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In a world where there are many types of witches circling around in pop culture, it’s nice to have a book that acknowledges all of them, even the ones that are a bit more sinister. In a time of war, a witch brings her brother back from the dead, unraveling many challenges in their path and the rejection of society. This is a gruesome tale tall enough to fit the silver screen.

 

 

4. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

 

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Nancy Drew’s got some competition in this novel about a suicide… or so they say. A girl ahead of her time and a questionable suicide leave you at the edge of your seat and needing to keep a nightlight close by. That makes it the perfect movie to watch at home on a Saturday night.

 

 

5. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

 

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If you thought girls in high school were mean imagine dealing with demons. This book is the Mean Girls of the horror universe and shows us that you never truly know someone, until you preform an exorcism on them.

 

 

6. Marked by P C and Kristen Cast

 

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Apart of the House of Night series we meet Zoey Redbird. A normal girl turned extraordinary, chosen to go on a four year journey to being a “Vampyre”. There’s Native American legends and a challenge at every corner. With over ten million books sold its hard to imagine why this wouldn’t be a movie!

 

 

7.The Outsider by Stephen King

 

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A vicious crime and a mystery the police can’t seem to crack leads them to dig deeper into a case where the monsters aren’t exactly human. Stephen King, a horror legend in his own right, gives us everything we could want in a horror movie.

 

8. Dark Visions by LJ Smith

 

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The Zetes Institute is the place where Kaitlyn Fairchild learns about her psychic abilities, but the school is doing far more than just teaching these gifted individuals. With a secret plot and danger lurking, we see some serious movie worthy qualities in this novel, but what else can we expect from the author of the hit TV shows The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries.

 

 

9. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

 

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A book on the brink of madness or greatness will leave you frightened beyond belief. This would be the movie where the dark leads you to a cult and the circus freaks take the standards of beauty into their own hands.

 

10. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

 

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An underground rave in New York City goes wrong when a group of besties embark on what is supposed to be a night of fun, only to end up trapped in a battle for their lives. Survival skills and relationships are tested to their max while danger lurks in the shadows leaving readers, and possibly viewers, begging the question: would you survive the night?

 

 

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