Bloodlist & Fresh Blood were started to create opportunities and shine light on new horror voices in TV and film. We are pleased today to announce that we’re collaborating with Inkshares to create opportunities not just in scripts but in books as well. The original announcement from The Hollywood Reporter is here. If you’re writing the next great horror novel or thinking about trying your story as a novel before a screenplay, read on.
If you don’t know Inkshares, they’re a reader-driven publisher that has driven some of the biggest deals recently in Hollywood and they publish heavily in horror. They published Star Wars: Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta’s debut novel Abomination and Mr. Holland’s Opus screenwriter Patrick Sheane Duncan’s Dracula v. Hitler. They’ve also broken out total unknowns like J.F. Dubeau, whose horror debut A God in the Shed is now in development at Skydance with Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman producing.
The contest is FREE to submit to, it’s open now and runs through October 31st. The top three books based on pre-orders will be green-lit for publication as well any others chosen by the judges, who include Sam Reader from Barnes and Noble, Bloodlist founder Kailey Marsh, top industry reviewers and assorted big names like Purge writer and director James Demonaco. The contest is also co-sponsored by Dread Central, Horror Talk, and The Horror Writer’s Association of America.
So many movies begin as books and particularly so in horror. The Haunting of Hill House. Amityville. Hell House. Carrie, The Shining, It—and pretty much everything else ever written by Stephen King. So whether you’ve got an amazing manuscript sitting in a drawer or are just thinking about trying your spec script first as a book, head on over to Inkshares and sign up for their 2017 Horror Contest!