The John Jarrold Literary Acency have announced that a film option deal has been negotiated for Adam Nevill‘s horror novel The Ritual:
“Stillking Films have optioned Adam Nevill’s horror novel The Ritual.  Published in the UK in 2011 by Macmillan UK, the book will be published in the US by St Martin’s Press in 2012.
The novel is a contemporary horror tale that follows four men hiking in the northern European forests and the hellish things they discover there…
The deal was brokered by the Gotham Group in Los Angeles, representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency.  Stillking Films have produced many major films including Casino Royale, The Illusionist, From Hell and The Bourne Identity.”

And on the third day things did not get better. The rain fell hard and cold, the white sun never broke through the low grey cloud, and they were lost. But it was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition.
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise.
With limited fitness and experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. And as the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .

‘This novel grabs from the very first page, refuses to be laid aside, and carries the hapless reader, exhausted and wrung out, to the very last sentence… Nevill is excellent at characterisation, and evokes the terror and despair experienced by the quartet with heart-stopping fidelity. Best of all, though, is his depiction of the elemental forces of evil that haunt the hostile arctic wastelands. Superb.’ –Guardian

‘Adam Nevill shows it’s possible to take a tried-and-tested horror cliché – the Blair Witch-esque group of friends lost in the woods – and make it horrifyingly scary again… Often horror loses its power when evil is given a face; in this case, it only gets more disturbing.’ –Culture, Sunday Times

`Highly recommended.’ –

‘Wonderfully, radiantly eerie… with The Ritual that he’s at the top of his class for modern horror writers. He has the rare ability to craft a nebulous atmosphere of terror, as well as to capture cinematic slasherpunk in the written word. Both are incredibly rare talents.’


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