Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Star Wars Horror Novel?

While more than a few shrieks were heard around the world after The Phantom Menace hit theaters, Star Wars has never really been all that scary. Del Rey Books and author Joe Schreiber (No Windows, No Doors) hope to change all that later this year with Deathtroopers, a horror novel scheduled to hit bookshelves on October 27.

On January 26, StarWars.com unveiled the gruesome cover art for the forthcoming paperback. While little is known about the book itself, the image of a bloodied Imperial Stormtrooper helmet—with a head presumably still inside—hanging from an ominous hook already has my interest piqued. Will the book itself deliver with an equally-creepy premise? We’ll all find out this Halloween. Well, maybe not all of us, but I'm sure those of us who get thrown into a rage when people misspell Kashyyyk will be lining up for a copy.

I’m an admitted Star Wars fanatic, but I haven’t really gotten into the dozens of ancillary novels based in its universe. Aside from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command), the X-Wing series and Shadows of the Empire, there aren’t many Star Wars novels that I can seriously recommend to casual fans. However, one can’t help but appreciate that this wealth of content does exist, providing other creative minds with the means to further explore George Lucas’ ever-expanding mythology.

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