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In Theaters/Coming Attractions

Just back from San Diego Comic Con – an impossible city that only exists 5 days out of the year, a bit like Brigadoon – and still riding on the sugar high. While I was there, Things Happened. Here are some updates, with minimal commentary:

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This fall, Mandalay Pictures and Red Granite will be filming HORNS, with Alexandre Aja behind the camera, and this guy in front of it, starring as Ig:

 

It probably goes without saying that I’m amped beyond all rational measure. I could not be happier about the casting of Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish. My fanboy feelings for the Harry Potter pictures are well-established, but aside from that, I thought Woman in Black was one of the best horror films of the last decade, and the picture worked because of Radcliffe’s quietly focused performance. I hope HORNS serves the kid just as well.

More casting news in the near future.

(Horns image – Vincent Chong/Daniel Radcliffe photo – Wikimedia Commons)

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This is out:

 

 Shadow Show, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, is an anthology of stories honoring Ray Bradbury. I’ve got a new story in there, “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” alongside shorts by a whole heap of great writers. Very grateful to be a part of the collection, which is a celebration of a remarkable American creator, one of the defining voices of 20th century F & SF.

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 And this dropped a couple days ago:

Part II of “In The Tall Grass,” a story I wrote with my pa, appears in the latest issue of Esquire magazine. Don’t let the grass grow under your feet. Go check it out.

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24 Responses to In Theaters/Coming Attractions

  1. Don Thompson says:

    It was great talking to you at yet another SDCC. Thank you for being so gracious with your time, signing my stack of books and just being a positive, approachable, guy. It is so refreshing that you and Gabe are so down to earth. Can’t WAIT for Horns! Congrats. Now if ONLY someone will do LOCKE & Key!

  2. This_Girl says:

    Oh my!!! I am so very happy and excited for you and all involved. Wishing only great things for you and the future. Good things for you = great entertainment for me ;) That Harry Potter guy may bring some hype to the project and that’s great. *Some day I WILL read those books and watch the movies* Congratulations and enjoy the ride!

  3. Emma says:

    I’m incredibly excited about Horns. I’ve been meaning to read your books for ages, but never quite got around to it. As soon as I heard Dan Radcliffe had been cast in the film, I bought the book and read it in a matter of hours, Couldn’t put it down. I’m really looking forward to sending how it translates from page to screen.

    I’ve ordered another of your books, and will be working my way through them all.

  4. Tinker Toymaker says:

    Joe

    In the book’s intro, “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” was labeled as a ‘sibling to Bradbury’s classic story THE FOG HORN.’ For me, sea monster aside, it came off more as a homage to “The Lake.” And not just because it was set by a lake, but because there is an innocent childhood love story at the core. Am I wrong?

    Either way, fun and poignant tale.

  5. Tinker Toymaker says:

    *To my previous comment, I think “tragic childhood love story” better describes my thought. #WriterRemorse

  6. Don R. Lewis says:

    Of ALL the movie news crap that came flying out of Comic-Con, that HORNS news as by far the very best. Radcliffe is an outstanding choice and I hope Aja makes a return to HIGH TENSION form. Congrats man, have a year why dontcha!

  7. Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish? I wouldn’t have called that one, but I can see him playing the part. Congrats on nabbing him for the role! Now I’m stoked to see the movie and compare it to my mental vision of the story.

  8. Alessio says:

    how strange…you call him “your pa”.
    We call it the most inspired fiction, horror and drama writer in these last 2 centuries….

  9. Peggy says:

    How very cool! I’m so excited that “Horns” has started casting….and nabbing Daniel to play Ig is inspired. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the cast fleshes out. I soooo wish you’d do a signing around Chicago, or just about anywhere in the Midwest. Bummed that I can’t spend hours in line to get one of your titles signed in person ;-p Congrats on all the well deserved buzz!

  10. Carrie's Younger Brother says:

    What is it with Daniel Radcliffe and snakes??? :)

  11. Samara says:

    I am beyond excited about Radcliffe playing Ig! I’m not sure what I’m a bigger fan of, all things Harry Potter or all things King family. It’s a perfect marriage and I hope the movie does your book justice.

  12. carol says:

    As long as the movie doesn’t turn radcliffe into a radical anti-religious hater i guess i can give the movie a chance, even if the book left me with a horrible taste in my mouth for trying to slut shame women who have sex as “sinners who deserved it”

  13. Tinker Toymaker says:

    Carol

    If by “deserved it” you’re referring to Merrin’s rape, that was from the character Lee Tourneau’s POV, who happens to be a sociopath. What did you expect? He sees women through a different kind of lens.

    As for the adaptation: To honor Joe’s masterpiece, Mandalay needs to make this a dark R. And hey, if the material, script, actions of the characters upset a few people—so be it.

  14. martin allmark says:

    Thats great casting, horns is amazing. Id love to see heart shaped box though think Gary Oldman would be good for judas

  15. Joe Hill says:

    Carol,

    Sorry you didn’t like the book. I, ehrm, humbly suggest you’ve misread it. While HORNS takes a dim view of organized religion, it celebrates Merrin and Ig’s quiet, shared faith. Think about her cross and Ig’s youthful prayers in the Treehouse of the Mind. And the book very much approves of just about every expression of adult, consensual sexuality, as long as its built on a foundation of self-respect. What Lee is into is not about sex, but about destruction and control.

    I could say more, but I prefer writing fiction to explaining it. I hope you’re well, and again, no worries if HORNS wasn’t your kind of thing.

  16. Jeff says:

    Well, this news certainly bumped HORNS up a few spots on my to-read list. I’ve had the book for about a month now, but I was going to read books by some guys named H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King before getting around to it. Those guys will have to wait a while now – I’m really enjoying HORNS after the first few chapters, although I fear I may have spoiled some parts of it by reading the comments here. Oh well, no worries – I have a feeling that the journey will be just as good as the destination.

  17. BK says:

    For an at-times terrifying horror novel, I also thought HORNS was perhaps the most beautiful, touching and utterly heartbreaking love story I’ve ever read. Ig and Merrin’s faith was each other (as best as I could see it), epitomised by Ig suggesting that the demon he ultimately became was “him without Merrin”. And I also thought it raised a lot of interesting philosophical questions about the nature of religion and posed them in an elegant and intelligent way. My opinion certainly isn’t definitive – one man’s opus is another man’s migraine – but I thought it did a remarkable job of addressing some pretty damn major issues.

  18. Betsy Boo says:

    Wow…and wow…and WOW!! I remember previously there was some mention of Shia Lebouf as Ig which would’ve been OK, but Daniel Radcliff is such an inspired choice! It’s going to be even harder to wait! I, too thought “Woman in Black” was awesome, mostly due to Radcliff’s performance. Congratulations to you, for all the great things happening in your life. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

  19. Betsy Boo says:

    Who, oh who will be Merrin?

    BK…love what you said!
    I consider myself a religious person but having been disappointed and burned by organized religion several times I really related to HORNS. And that aspect of the book is just the tip of the iceberg for me. I could go on and on about the different layers of the story…how it made me think and feel but I don’t want to bore anyone. The bottom line is, it’s a damn good story!

  20. Betsy Boo says:

    Gosh…sorry for the (as my daughter puts it) “word vomit” but I had to tell you Joe about this great book I just read: IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS by O’Brien. Just in case your to-read list is getting low.

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  22. Tom says:

    Hey Joe, I’m late to the party but recently read both Heart-Shaped Box and Horns. They’re my kind of stories. I’m also curious to see how Daniel Radcliffe plays Ig.

    I’m stoked about NOS4A2 in the spring, too. Thanks!

  23. Jeremy says:

    This sounds awesome on all counts. I am with Mr. Hill on this one too – The Woman in Black was definitely one of the finest ghost stories of the last decade, thanks to Radcliffe’s performance. Great casting!

    By the way Joe – your father has been my favorite author since I was 12 (I am 35 now). Once I read your novel “Heart Shaped Box” back when it was released, you climbed your way to the top as well. I will now read anything you write, including comics, children’s books, and haiku.

    When is Heart Shaped Box going to become a film? I mean c’mon already! :)

  24. grasshopper says:

    This is exciting news! Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, the rest of casting call yet to be revealed.
    Mr. Radcliffe will no doubt want a stuntman to take the cart cruise.
    Anyone game ???
    The release of “Shadow Show” is wicked cool.
    A supersized group of talent there. Can’t wait to read it =)
    Stoked!

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