I'm currently about 85% of the way through Joe Hill's NOS4A2, and it's a really smart, scary examination of the ways we try to escape the trauma of our past, and how those past experiences can poison the people around us even years later. It's a breathtaking horror novel that opens a universe that could be limitlessly expanded, which makes it perfect for series adaptation. And AMC might be just the right place for it, so news that the acclaimed network is planning a show based on this unusual yarn is something to celebrate.
Here's a synopsis:
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
Between Vic's childhood trips on her Tuff Burner, Manx and Bing's visits to Christmasland, Maggie Lee's Scrabble tiles and every other potential inscape to explore, this is one story that could really go on forever. I'm already bummed the book is almost over - I've been nursing it, not wanting to cross to the other side of the Shorter Way bridge and end this thrilling journey.
AMC Studios and Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV (Bojack Horseman) are producing the adaptation, and currently searching for a writer. It will join 2011's Locke & Key pilot, last year's Horns feature film and the upcoming Heart-Shaped Box among Hill's big- and small-screen adaptations. If you haven't read a Joe Hill novel yet, go for it. I'm on my second and already can't wait for the third.