Guillermo del Toro, the master of all things dark, fantastic, beautiful and awesome is about to take a different route: children’s literature.
It’s not his first approach to modern literature: along with Chuck Hogan, he wrote The Strain Trilogy (The Strain, The Fall, The Night Eternal), which was recently adapted to TV. In this new phase as a children’s author, he will have to tone down the gore a little bit.
Trollhunters is the title of this new book, co-written with Daniel Kraus (The Monster Variations). It’s a fantastical horror adventure, very Guillermo-style. Set in San Bernardino, California, children are suddenly going missing. The townspeople don’t believe the rumours about trolls, but a 14-year-old boy knows they are the real threat and they should be very careful.
See? Very Guillermo-style, but in a way in which children can take the story and make it theirs.
Editor Tilda Johnson has described it as “effortlessly engaging. The storytelling is playful, atmospheric and action-packed, with a chill that won’t disappoint.”
Trollhunters will be released on June 30 in both the US and the UK, with eleven language translations in the works for other countries. If you want to pre-order a copy, you can do it on Amazon!
Guillermo del Toro has been one hell of a busy man in the last years: following the big success of Pacific Rim in 2013, he started working in the TV adaptation of his novel The Strain, which is currently airing in FX. He also made his big comeback to the horror genre with Crimson Peak, to be released in October and he is also working on the sequel of Pacific Rim. That, of course, without counting his work as producer in projects not directed by him and all the rumoured projects.
Even after all this, I still feel the world needs more of Guillermo’s greatness!
Be sure to get your copy of Trollhunters for a dose of good ol’ Guillermo del Toro stories.
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