Thursday, 7 October 2010 Hammered

Films, as much as stories and books, made me want to write way back when I was young. Some of those early inspirations were the classic Universal monster flicks, the Amicus portmanteau films and, of course, the seemingly endless supply of Hammer productions.

The good news is that Hammer is back with a remake of the Swedish original Let the Right One In, and a number of other works in progress.

All well and good and I hope it works out.

What I found really interesting though, was that they’re venturing into the publishing world too. Arrow Books are gearing up a Hammer imprint and the first title will be a novella by renowned literary author Jeanette Winterson. More details here.

It may well be too early to say things are looking up for our much maligned genre, but I’m certainly looking forward to this and hope they can deliver.

Baited breath, and all that.

5 comments:

Michael Stone said...

I was chuffed to read Jeanette Winterton is writing a horror novella. As you point out, it could bring some respectability to the genre. IF she does a good job. :)

Aaron Polson said...

Hooray for Hammer. I've been a fan for years...and publishing, even...*eyebrows raise

abrokenlaptop.com said...

Horror has crept into every other genre now. Chills are delicious. This could be very cool for us!

Also, I think I'm the only person in the universe who hasn't seen "Let The Right One In." I'm so out of the loop.

-Mercedes

L.R. Bonehill said...

Mike – Other writers not normally associated with horror are lined up too by all accounts. I have high hopes for this.

Aaron – I’ll second that hooray.

Mercedes – That makes two of us on the outside looking in.

Mercedes said...

Did you realize that you are mentioned in the NEW YORKER?! You are now famous forever. Congratulations!!!! :D

-Mercedes

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2010/10/what-can-you-do-in-twenty-five-words.html