So this went out today.
FILM OPTION DEAL FOR TONY LEE AND STOKER GREAT-GRAND NEPHEW DACRE STOKER, FOR HORROR SCREENPLAY BASED ON BRAM STOKER’S CREATION OF DRACULA.
16th October 2015: BoxFly Pictures have optioned Stoker’s Monster: Before Dracula, an original screenplay written by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Tony Lee, based on a story co-created with Bram Stoker’s Great Grand Nephew, Dacre Stoker.
With a setting inspired by actual events, Stoker’s Monster is the tale of Bram Stoker’s creation of one of the most famous literary villains of all time, and the sequence of events that led to it.
So last week, The Thrill List did one of their posts on ‘people who didn’t accomplish anything until their were in their 30s’, showing again that some of the people that have accomplished the most in their lives didn’t start until late into them – and it reminded me of some things I’ve been saying in schools of late. One thing I see the most of when I speak at schools is what I call the ‘desperately ambitious writer‘, the boy or girl (usually in year 11) that has an idea for a story and must write it now because it must be published immediately. And as you can imagine, to these students I often say ‘relax, take your time, it’ll happen.‘ Because it will. Even if it takes a while.
How do I know this? Because it happened to me.
I hadn’t noticed (apologies for the pun), but my new reluctant reader book, Noticed is out today from Badger Learning. This is a different style to my previous ones, as this is part of a range very much aimed at the reluctant reader girl market.
For more information on the book (and a sneak peek inside), go to the Book’s page HERE.
It was about two years ago this month that, while at San Diego I bumped into Chris Ryall, head honcho of IDW Publishing, and he gave me the bad news; that Doctor Who was no longer going to be published by IDW. Fast forward six months to the end of 2013, and my final Doctor Who four parter, Dead Man’s Hand was released in trade format, with the knowledge that it was pretty much the first and only printing it would get – as from 12am on the 1st January 2014, IDW would no longer be able to publish Doctor Who comics.
So I said a while back that I’d be doing another TEEN READS book for Badger Learning, aimed at reluctant readers, and it’s just been announced that my book Noticed is out in September as part of their TEEN READS IV series.
This time however it’s more aimed at reluctant female readers, and the level of talent in the range is phenomenal.
I’ve had a lot of good response for my previous TEEN READ titles, namely Stalker, Jigsaw Lady and Mister Scratch, so I hope you enjoy Noticed as much as those!
So with ATOP THE FOURTH WALL revisiting the Star Trek: TNG / Doctor Who crossover, I’ve had a sudden surge of activity on my Twitter and my Facebook page, asking things like ‘why did you only do four episodes’, ‘why didn’t you use DS9’ and ‘What about Clara?’ Well, the fact of the matter is that by the time I came on board, Scott and David Tipton had already plotted out the story, and after four issues I felt I was a fifth wheel – but in answer to the other two questions, there was a DS9 / Doctor Who plan in my mind, and it did involve Clara.
Last week I returned to my old College. Uxbridge College, in fact, a place of learning I attended back in the eighties, and returned to six years later for a night school course. It was where I learned who I was, where I made some of my oldest friends, and where, even if I didn’t follow up on it for over a decade, I decided what I wanted to do with my life.
And last week I returned to give a keynote speech. (more…)