Stories and Title Revealed for Stephen King Horror Anthology Film
For whatever reason, we didn't report on a new anthology horror film directed by Mark Pavia with stories from master of horror Stephen King. At the time, there was no word on what stories might be utilized for the project, so that might be why we held off. Now we have a full slate of information thanks to Dread Central (via The Film Stage) who has learned that the film itself will be titled The Reaper's Image, and it also stands as one of the short stories being adapted into a vignette as well. The others include Mile 81, The Monkey and N. with all four being handpicked by King and Pavia themselves. More details below!
Here's the rundown of each short story:
The Reaper’s Image - This story was first published in Startling Mystery Stories in 1969 and collected in Skeleton Crew in 1985. The story is about an antique mirror haunted by the visage of the Grim Reaper, who appears to those who gaze into it. This was King’s second professional sale and commercially published story.
Mile 81 - A novella by Stephen King, released exclusively as an e-book on September 1, 2011. With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is the chilling story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid whose worlds collide at an abandoned rest stop on the Maine Turnpike.
N. - The story of a psychiatrist who falls victim to the same deadly obsession as his patient — an obsession that just might save the world! N. was published in King’s collection Just After Sunset in 2008. In March 2010 Marvel Comics published the first issue of a comic book adaptation of N., a four-issue limited series.
The Monkey: A short story first published in Gallery magazine in 1980 in the form of a small removable booklet. It was significantly revised and published in King’s collection Skeleton Crew in 1985. The story centers on a cymbal-banging monkey toy that is possessed by an evil spirit. Every time the monkey claps its little cymbals together, a nearby living thing dies. The monkey is found in a family’s attic in an old toy chest by two young brothers, unknowing that their father had been tormented by the monkey years ago, when it worked its lethal enchantment on his family and friends.
Anthologies certainly seem to be all the rage in horror right now. Not only did V/H/S make a splash at Sundnace and SXSW, but The ABC's of Death is coming soon, and there's also Chillerama. Frankly, I think horror works best in small doses like this, especially if the stories are all tied together. It's not clear if this King project will have a couple of bookend pieces or if all the stories have some sort of link, but each of them sound fairly interesting for a horror short. However, I like the idea of having several directors for each short rather than one working on all of them. Oh well, this could still turn out to be cool. Agreed?