In the world of horror authors, Duncan Reyneke is something out of the ordinary. A South African writer with influences from pop culture all over his work, Reyneke has produced some of the most intense moments in horror in recent years. But he does it…subtly. With a style like Kevin Smith if Kevin Smith cut off his characters’ arms and legs. Then wrote giant zombie hell spawn guys into their lives to terrorize them up and down their suburban streets.
Like we said: subtly.
And it’s clearly working, because his latest novel, Bay City Monsters, has just been picked up for a multimillion-dollar book movie deal with a major Hollywood development company.
Bay City Monsters: The Small Town Horror Story That Made It
For those of you who haven’t picked up this underground banger of a novel, yet, the following is our official Bay City Monsters recap. A concierge at the rundown Duke Hotel stumbles into a supernatural shitstorm after falling in love. More specifically, falling in love with a paranormal tomb raider named Cheri with a demon after her. Paul must do everything he can to keep Cheri alive long enough to see where all of this leads.
Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work. And her death kicks off a series of adventures from the depths of hell to the end of the world. This is more than just another “Fiction Books 2018”, clearly, as it’s attracted the attention of Hollywood’s finest. This sleeper hit Amazon shelves in May of this year and has been met with strong reviews so far. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Bay City Monsters is about to get imitated all over the big screen.
A Book Movie Deal That Celebrates Great Horror
In a true underdog story, Reyneke’s second book caught the attention of a major indie film studio out of Atlanta in June of this year. Bay City Monsters is a dark comedy/horror novel set at a hotel in the middle of the apocalypse. Read about bored hotel worker, Paul Goddard, as he falls in love with a woman fleeing the forces of hell. They are pursued by an undead giant on an adventure from the edges of hell and back.
In a story splattered with coming-of-age comedy, science fiction, black magic, and violence, as well as a heavy splash of truly unsettling sex, Reyneke’s story is something truly unique and very much a product of its time.
And, for those of you who haven’t picked up the book yet, we mean it when we say the sex in this book gets super weird.
Now, while NDAs between Reyneke and the producers prevent us from disclosing anything of real value, we can confirm some of the following:
- Production will begin as early as the second quarter of 2019
- The movie will feature an ensemble cast of several big Hollywood names and the directorial team from one of 2018’s biggest horror movies
- Following indie horror wins like “John Dies at the End”, this movie is expected to develop a cult following
The latter point is very important: Bay City Monsters takes a lot of its story writing dark humor from the success of John Dies at the End. While it’s hard to predict the outcome of any movie, look to John Dies at the End for style notes.
Reyneke was unavailable for comment at the time of this article but has confirmed the deal is in place and will be issuing his official book movie deal comment in the upcoming week.
Bay City Monsters Book Movie Deal
While we wait for production and casting announcements, it’s probably best for readers to go out and buy a copy of Bay City Monsters, by Duncan Reyneke. You can expect to see a lot more of that name in the next year.