David Slade, the director of such favorites as 30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is set to direct one of my favorite Halloween-themed horror novellas, "Dark Harvest" by Norman Partridge.
The story takes place in a small town haunted by a curse. Each October, a man with the head of a pumpkin rises from the nearby corn field and the teenagers of the town are let loose to hunt it down, lest a terrible fate befall the town. It's a great suspense tale with a lot of nasty twists in the end.
From the Bookshop.org summary:
Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."
Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol' Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.
Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He's willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror--and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy . . .
"This is contemporary American writing at its finest."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dark Harvest
Credits from ComingSoon
David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) directs from a script by Michael Gilio (Dungeons and Dragons, Kwik Stop, Jolene). Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl serve as producers via Matt Tolmach Productions (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Venom, Jumanji: The Next Level). Gilio will also executive produce.