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Amazon Studios Adds a Horror Novel to Its Movie Development Slate

SeedAmazon Studios is pleased to announce that it has optioned Seed, a gothic horror novel by acclaimed author Ania Ahlborn. This is a first for Amazon Studios, which up to this point has optioned only movie scripts and episodic series projects.

Seed is a top-selling title of 47North, the science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint of Amazon Publishing. It’s the story of a man who miraculously survives a violent car crash only to face a profound evil from his past — a dark force hungry for his angelic youngest daughter.

“Our primary objective at Amazon Studios is to develop great, commercial projects that our customers love,” said Roy Price, Director, Amazon Studios. “Ania Ahlborn’s Seed has been a top seller for Amazon Publishing’s 47North so we already have a sense of the mainstream attraction of the story and are excited to keep the project in-house for movie development.”

The novel was recently the subject of Amazon Studios’ first book trailer contest. Check out the winner  “Grinning Demons” – selected by Ahlborn herself.

“The enthusiasm of the folks at Amazon Studios is infectious, and I can’t wait to see where that inspiration will lead us,” Ahlborn said. “Having Seed made into a movie is nothing short of a dream come true.”

Seed was released in mid-2011 as a self-published title and reached the No. 1 spot on Amazon bestselling horror list. The book was re-released in 2012 after Ahlborn restructured certain plot points and added more than 6,000 words to the manuscript.

More about the project:
Seed
By Ania Ahlborn
Logline: When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows there’s a profound evil from his past that won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry for Jack’s angelic youngest daughter.
Genre: Horror
Why we optioned it: It’s impossible not to be drawn into Ania’s story of a man struggling to save his daughter from the evil that he himself brought into her life. The characters are rich, the visuals arresting and it explores the fear we all have as parents – that we might pass the worst of us on to our children. This is the kind of slow burn, insidious horror story that Stephen King was known for in his heyday.

The Amazon Studios open-development process remains focused on movie and series scripts. However, the Amazon Studios development team will from time to time take a look at Amazon Publishing and Kindle Direct Publishing books.

Learn more about Amazon Studios.

Amazon Studios Unveils Its First-Ever Book Trailer Contest Winners

Seed book trailer imageAmazon Studios is pleased to announce the winners of its first-ever book trailer contest, for the horror novel Seed, by acclaimed author Ania Ahlborn.

Seed is the story of a man who miraculously survives a violent car crash only to face a profound evil from his past — a dark force hungry for his angelic youngest daughter.

Ahlborn said the “dirty magic” of the rural south inspired her story, and it clearly inspired the winning trailer — “Grinning Demons”, by Vikas Wadhwa — as well. The winner, selected by Ahlborn, becomes the official trailer for the book, published by Amazon imprint 47North, and receives $3,000. The fan favorite “Broken Bindings”, by Samuel Scott — will receive a $500 Amazon.com Gift Card. Learn more about the contest here.

“The winning trailer is a phenomenal take on the book, from the actors portraying the characters to the creepy vibe the director was able to capture,” Ahlborn said. “It was hard to pick a winner because there were so many wonderful entries, but this one outshined (or perhaps out-spooked) the rest.”

Ahlborn says there’s something raw and unforgiving about horror stories, something that “taps into our deepest, most primal fears.” Read her guest post on the inspiration that big-screen scares can provide.

Learn more about Amazon Studios and the opportunities there for writers, filmmakers and fans.

Help pick the fan favorite in the Amazon Studios book trailer contest for the novel “Seed”: Rate the one you like best by Friday, 8/31/12. The best trailer, as chosen by author Ania Ahlborn, will receive $3,000. The fan favorite will receive a $500 Amazon gift card, and 10 semifinalists will receive signed copies of the book.

Help pick the fan favorite in the Amazon Studios book trailer contest for the novel “Seed”: Rate the one you like best by Friday, 8/31/12. The best trailer, as chosen by author Ania Ahlborn, will receive $3,000. The fan favorite will receive a $500 Amazon gift card, and 10 semifinalists will receive signed copies of the book.

Top Old-School Horror Movies, as selected by Ania Ahlborn, author of the chilling novel, Seed (the subject of Amazon Studios’ first Book Trailer Contest):
PoltergeistThere are people in the TV
Trolls and DollsBest of the creepy B movies
The ExorcistCan’t look away’ terror that digs to the soul
The OmenBeing born bad can really happen 
The Texas Chainsaw MassacreProof positive that the worst people live in the most remote places
Ahlborn says of classic horror: “There’s something magical about it; something raw and unforgiving that taps into our deepest, most primal fears.” Read her guest post on the inspiration that big-screen scares can provide.

Top Old-School Horror Movies, as selected by Ania Ahlborn, author of the chilling novel, Seed (the subject of Amazon Studios’ first Book Trailer Contest):

  • Poltergeist
    There are people in the TV

  • Trolls and Dolls
    Best of the creepy B movies
  • The Exorcist
    Can’t look away’ terror that digs to the soul
  • The Omen
    Being born bad can really happen
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Proof positive that the worst people live in the most remote places

Ahlborn says of classic horror: “There’s something magical about it; something raw and unforgiving that taps into our deepest, most primal fears.” Read her guest post on the inspiration that big-screen scares can provide.

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