A leading Publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, Pro Se Productions announces a new licensed property to be added to its catalog, one that harkens back to the grindhouse era of drive in movies. Although this style of film has been revisited by mainstream directors in recent years, screenwriter and director Rick Montana made an homage to 1970s exploitation films in 1997 with Search for the Beast. And now, the film considered to be the worst ever made by some critics while being a fan favorite worldwide online and at conventions has been adapted into an over the top New Pulp adventure by one of Genre Fiction’s best writers.
“Search for the Beast,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of and Partner in Pro Se Productions, “can only be described as a 1970s grindhouse movie made in 1997. It’s one of those films that recognizes the material that inspired it and not only strives to emulate that same atmosphere, but literally goes above and beyond, becoming an experience like no other. What appealed to Pro Se about this is that it has all the elements of a really out of this world New Pulp tale, with feet planted as firmly in the ‘Weird Tales’ camp as they are in the ‘70s exploitation movie arena. It’s got a hero out to find the monster and try to protect humanity from it while possibly saving it. It’s replete with characters that could only exist, until now, on an outdoor movie screen late at night in the 1970s. And then there’s the Beast itself. All of those elements and more make this movie not only a prime candidate for an adaptation, but I knew exactly who could make this not only a great novelization of the movie, but something in its own right, a New Pulp tale that stands well with others it. And man, has Derrick Ferguson ever done that.”
Search for the Beast follows Dr. David Stone, an honorably discharged Army Ranger and expert on Bigfoot. When asked to investigate the death of a victim of an alleged ‘Beast’ in the Okaloosa wilderness, Stone leads an expedition into the wilderness, accompanied by his graduate assistant, Wendy. What follows is a hunt for a mythical monster while very human beasts stalk Stone and his team. And as the Professor fights for his life against a crazed horde of outdoorsmen and rednecks, they all come closer to a bloody, violent end in their Search for the Beast.
“A neat part of this process,” Hancock continues, “was being involved as Derrick took a character Rick had established on the screen and added meat to a rather unique skeleton. By the nature of the type of film ‘Search’ is, there is very little characterization on-screen. Derrick takes the threads of Stone and the others and gives them a life all their own, making them as fully realized as characters translated from Grindhouse to New Pulp can be. This book not only works as a great companion piece to this legendary film, but stands on its own as a wild madcap action adventure.”
Search for the Beast adapted by Derrick Ferguson based on the film by Rick Montana will be available from Pro Se Productions in late 2014.
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