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Random House And Hammer Films Seal Major New Publishing Partnership

Posted at 1:46PM Tuesday 05 Oct 2010

Arrow Books, an imprint of The Random House Group, is embarking on a major new publishing partnership with Hammer Films.

The partnership, brokered by Caroline Michel at PFD, will create a new Hammer imprint to initially publish around six titles a year, launching in Spring 2011. Titles will include novelizations of new front list film releases, novelizations of backlist classics - to bring them to a whole new market with a modern and sophisticated twist - and new novellas by established authors whose oeuvre does not necessarily encompass the horror genre.

Award-winning author Jeanette Winterson (The Stone Gods, Oranges are not the Only Fruit) is writing the first of these original novellas, which will be published in Summer 2011.

Not in production since the 1980's, Hammer's brand is now being aggressively reinvigorated by Exclusive Media Group (Exclusive) through new investment in the development and production of films, television and digital-platform content.

Hammer's return will be marked this month by its first film release in over 30 years, director Matt Reeve's Let Me In starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass). The film is the story of an alienated 12-year old boy Owen, whose only friend is his new neighbour Abby. Recognizing each other as outsiders, Owen and Abby soon form a unique bond, while in the background, a string of grisly murders grips their wintry New Mexico town. Let Me In is now out in the US, with forthcoming key international releases including France (Oct 6), Australia (Oct 14), Spain (Oct 22) and the UK (5 Nov).

Further upcoming Hammer releases include the Hitchcockian psychological thriller The Resident, which stars two-time-Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Hammer legend Sir Christopher Lee; The Quiet Ones, based on the true story of a group of college kids who created a poltergeist from scratch, written by the 2009 Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear winner Oren Moverman; and The Woman in Black, an adaptation of Susan Hill's modern classic ghost story which is currently shooting on location in the U.K. and stars Daniel Radcliffe.

Kate Elton, Publisher of Arrow, said: 'I'm thrilled to be launching this partnership with Hammer. They're already an iconic brand, and Simon's reinvention of the Hammer brand is a hugely exciting project. With the current interest in all things supernatural, the time is absolutely right for a Hammer imprint which will publish both into the heart of the commercial horror market, and into the literary and thriller markets that border it. We will be publishing books which are entertaining, frightening, transgressive and addictive.

I'm particularly excited that we will be publishing Jeanette Winterson in Hammer next year. She's one of the most inventive and exciting British writers working today, and as such is the ideal ambassador for the Hammer imprint. '

Added Simon Oakes: 'The life blood of any film company is ideas and stories and, as we reboot Hammer, we can think of no better partner in the publishing world than Random House. Like Caroline Michel and PFD, the team at Random House immediately shared our vision for "Hammer 2.0". We can't wait to work with them on the creation of innovative and terrifying new stories for our imprint.'

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