Ransom Riggs’ new book is like Edward Gorey, meets daguerreotype fantasy, meets haunted house horror. I haven’t gotten my mitts on Quirk Books’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children yet, but I’m intrigued by the use of vintage photographs that the below description promises (and who doesn’t love the word “peregrine?”). Dread Central says that film rights to the story — which actually doesn’t publish until June 7 — have already been secured by 20th Century Fox and producer Peter Chernin. He’s behind the new Planet of the Apes movie, which hits theaters on August 5.
You won’t hear me complaining about what seems like a return to old school scares and eerie, child-like nightmare worlds. Insidious’ little boy lost brought the spooky, the upcoming Guillermo del Toro co-written/produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark hinges on a child and the whispering entities that try to lure her into the basement, and Jovanka Vuckovic’s The Captured Bird just received funding to tell its story about a young girl who is drawn into a supernatural world.
Check out the promo trailer below, which Riggs composed from footage he shot in Belgium. Creepy houses galore.
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”
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