According to, horror novelist John Skipp is making the transition to filmmaker. OK, it's happened before with varying degrees of success. Clive Barker's turns in the director's chair have been relatively few, but Hellraiser is a genuine classic, and Nightbreed was pretty cool (and badly overdue for a director's cut). The less said about Stephen King's sole directorial effort the better, but if you're really curious about it check out my Retro Cinema piece on Maximum Overdrive. Skipp is probably best known for several horror novels he wrote in the 80s and 90s with his former writing partner Craig Spector (I was particularly fond of The Light at the End, The Cleanup, and The Bridge). Skipp and Spector were two of the more prominent authors in the Splatterpunk genre, which was distinguished by its use of extreme violence and gore.

Skipp is writing solo these days and he's in the process of finishing up his latest novel, Jake's Wake. He's also co-writing, producing and directing a film based on that book. He's spent much of the last ten years focusing on his music career, but apparently he's also been prepping for work as a film director. "I've spent much of it studying the filmmaking process at UCLA, IFP and the Hollywood Film Institute." Skipp says he's made a 12 minute spec version of the film and screened it for Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon whose response was "you're a director now," which Skipp says "was all the validation I needed; the feature is in full-on pre-production now, and that is particularly exciting." The movie, which is being co-scripted by Laura Bahr, deals with a corrupt televangelist who is murdered, but returns from the dead thinking he is the second coming of Christ and, as Skipp puts it, "all kinds of grim, gory, mind-bending pandemonium are unleashed." The film will be a low budget indie affair with no big names in the cast, and negotiations are underway with various effects companies to handle the film's many gore effects. Skipp expects to start shooting in the early spring.

OK, he's got my attention. I'm not familiar with his solo work, but the Skipp and Spector novels showed these guys knew how to scare. Adding to my renewed interest in both authors' work is the fact that an adaptation of their novel Animals is currently in post-production.
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