Location: In the Map Room playing with a laser pointer
George Lucas' Star Wars saga is about to take a grisly turn in the upcoming book "Deathtroopers". Lucas stated in an interview with the Associated Press:
Well, after all the complaints of my work on the last three films, I came to a decision. I obviously can't kill my fans, but I can kill their beloved characters! That'll show 'em.
Ok, I made that part up, but the book is real, and is a refreshing way to turn the mythos of the series on it's, er, head.
Anne Lu - Celebrity News Service News Writer
Los Angeles, CA (CNS) - Sci-fi hit film franchise "Star Wars" is stepping into an uncharted territory. The George Lucas-conceived series is releasing its first horror tome "Deathtroopers" later this year.
Written by Joe Schreiber, the "Star Wars" novel is slated to hit bookshelves on October 27 in a paperback release from Del Rey Books.
Save from the book's cover, which shows a bloodied decapitated stormtrooper hanging on a hook, no other details were released.
Last month, "No Windows No Doors" author Schreiber wrote on his blog that he had fun writing the book.
He said, "I had the time of my life on this one, I have to say. I'm doing the final edits now, and I've tried to make it into exactly the kind of book you'd want to read if you were a child of the 70s who grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy and really digs horror in the vein of The Shining and Alien, with a little dose of William Gibson mixed in."
This Halloween, Star Wars publishing goes someplace very new and very scary, with the release of the first Star Wars horror novel, Deathtroopers, by Joe Schreiber. The text for the back cover is still to come, but this front cover art by Indika is so creepy, we just couldn't wait to share it with you.
I look at that cover and I'm thinking Jigsaw is involved somehow...
Exactly. I keep deabting whether this is going to be the SW version of Alien or Saw.
But I will admit, this book has me very excited. I've always been a huge SW film fan, and a nearly equal fan of the EU (except the fact that Luke, Han, and Leia have been running around for 40+ years!). I would read all the books and then just stop. Then six months or a year later my interest would perk back up and I'd read all the new ones I'd miss. I think this book has already done just that.