Rob Zombie to Release a Novel Next Year
Rob Zombie seems determined to leave his schlock-mark on every form of media there is. First came music, then films, a comic book titled The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (later adapted for the screen), and now, according to GalleyCat, a novel. To coincide with his upcoming movie The Lords of Salem, Zombie and Hachette Book Group's imprint Grand Central Publishing will release a novelization in March of 2013.
The story follows a recovering drug addict and radio DJ who unwittingly unleashes an ancient evil upon her town when she plays a mysterious record by a band called The Lords."The book offers a different experience from the film since it can obviously go into much more detail," Zombie said in a statement. "The book and the film really complement each other."
To help him achieve his literary vision, Zombie has enlisted novelist B.K. Evenson (AKA Brian Evenson) to co-write the book. As B.K., Evenson is the author of some Aliens franchise novels and a contribution to a Halo anthology of short stories. As Brian, he is an Edgar Award finalist for his novel Immobility and winner of the American Library Association's Best Horror Novel award for Last Days, a book co-written with Peter Straub.
The trailer for The Lords of Salem is online now. Here's a YouTube link. There's some shadowy, hard-to-see bloody stuff happening in the clip, plus some ladies chanting "Satan, come to us!", so maybe mind your surroundings if you're at work.
So what does everyone think? Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with Zombie's work. His music, particularly with White Zombie, is admittedly a guilty pleasure of mine, and I think the key to enjoying anything he does is to not take it seriously (i.e., it's supposed to be schlocky and stupid). There was a time I was a fan of his movies, but as the years have passed my interest in them has waned considerably. Salem looks interesting and the premise is original, but I'm not sure we necessarily need a novelized text to go along with the film.
Agree? Disagree? Let's hear it people.
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