Long time readers of this blog will know that I have an affinity for movie novelizations -especially science fiction and horror stories.
OK- almost exclusively
science fiction and horror novelizations! I get a kick out these literary
bastards for their fascinating quirks and the very real chance to learn about things
left out of the movie. Often scenes are cut from a film that alter the tale in
some way that can influence the viewer in a positive or negative way and
discovering these bits of orphaned narrative is a source of pure joy for a geek
of my type. And, of course, the few times that a novelization slips into publication based
on an early version of the script with drastic differences from the finished
film can be even more fun. Its like a peek inside the creative process of a work.
Enter author Stephen D. Sullivan who, out of nowhere, has decided to do genre novelization fans a great service. He has taken it upon himself to write a novelization for a horror film originally released long before this often insulted sub-genre of literature was big business. That's right classic horror fans- he has crafted an adaptation of the 1932 Bela Lugosi tale of Haitian voodoo WHITE ZOMBIE! HERE he explains why he took on this challenge and why he chose this creaky public domain feature to novelize.