Friends, about a month ago I shared the first trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, the upcoming Netflix series from Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep). In said article I made a mention that I was rather bummed to say the very least, that due to COVID-19, we would not be getting the second season of Shudder’s Creepshow in time for October. With that in mind I hope you will imagine my shock of delight when I found this message on the official Shudder Twitter feed:
Suprise! A @CreepshowTV Animated Special will premiere on Shudder on October 26.
Starring Kiefer Sutherland & Joey King, the special will feature two segments based on short stories by Stephen King & Joe Hill & is directed by Greg Nicotero. Part of our #61DaysofHalloween”
I all but flew out of my chair, fist pumping the air in celebratory excitement – it quite honestly felt like October had been saved. Over a decade of writing I have had ample opportunities to share just how much I love this time of year – when the green leaves of the trees begin to turn to beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red. In my mind, that most magical time of the year, the signaling of the arrival of Ray Bradbury’s Autumn People:
“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries face away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.” – The October Country
Now, the question is what two stories by Stephen King and Joe Hill are being adapted for this Creepshow animated special? Thanks to John Squires of Bloody Disgusting, we know the answer to that question – “Survivor Type” as well as “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead“. The former is adapted by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero and will feature Kiefer Sutherland, while the latter has been adapted by Melanie Dale (The Walking Dead) and features Joey King (The Conjuring, Fargo).
Thanks to the likes of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and Shudder – it is most certainly looking like the month of October will be full of Holiday horrors to entertain us all!