According to a press release, Amazon Studios, the original content arm of Amazon.com, has optioned the rights to author Ania Ahlbornís popular horror novel SEED Ė a top seller of 47North Ė the science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint of Amazon Publishing.
Amazon Studios has added the project to its development slate and will begin testing various big screen adaptations of the spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. The move to option a novel in circulation is a first for Amazon Studios, which up to this point has optioned only movie scripts and episodic series projects submitted to Amazon Studios.
Here's what SEED is all about:
With nothing but the clothes on his backóand something horrific snapping at his heelsóJack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a truckerís rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future heís built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.
When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasnít divine intervention. The profound evil from his past wonít let them dieÖat least not quickly. Itís back, and itís hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: Iíve always been here, and Iíll never leave.
Released in mid-2011 as a self-published title, SEED was quick to gain recognition and praise among lovers of horror. Called 'bold,' 'daring,' and 'unflinching,' SEED reached the #1 spot on Amazon's bestselling horror list by nothing more than word-of-mouth. SEED was re-released in 2012 after Ahlborn restructured certain plot points and added over six thousand words to the manuscript.