Wednesday, August 01, 2007

POD News

IM, the New Novel about a Deadly Internet Predator, Optioned for Film

Rick R. Reed's latest novel, "IM," about a serial killer using Internet "hookup sites" to lure his victims, has just been optioned for film by Panic Productions.

(Miami, FL) Horror/thriller author Rick R. Reed has recently signed a contract for a film option of his serial killer novel, IM , with Panic Productions in Hollywood. The book will be adapted by screenwriter and producer Daniel Farrands, who will also serve as producer. Farrands wrote the screenplay for an adaptation of Jack Ketchum's novel, The Girl Next Door, plus scripts for Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, and served as producer for the upcoming A Haunting in Connecticut (with Virginia Madsen).

IM has hit a chord with today's Internet-dominated society. With thousands of online "hookup" services available just a mouse click away, many men have taken their chances meeting a complete stranger, with the hopes of fun and gratification. But what if, instead of pleasure, the stranger behind the screen name arrived with the intention of causing bodily harm, or even death? This perilous possibility is highlighted in IM (ISBN 9781932300796, Quest Books, 2007).

Hailed as "the Stephen King of gay horror" by "Unzipped" magazine, Reed brings readers a fast-paced, enthralling story filled with mystery and gore. The serial killer of "IM" peruses gay internet "hookup" chat rooms for potential victims. Through lusty instant messages, the killer seduces other men into inviting him to their homes under the pretense of romance. The unknowing victims' hopes of passionate fun, however, are quickly dashed when brutal murder usurps their plans for romance.

"I think what attracted Panic Productions to the book is the resonance it has not only with the gay community but with everyone involved in our brave new online world," Reed says. "This is the kind of horror that can really happen, and I think that's what makes it so terrifying."

IM (ISBN 9781932300796, Quest Books, 2007) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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