Amazon Original Stories will publish a Guillermo del Toro short story collection. Scheduled for release in 2021, the (still untitled) collection will only be available from Amazon.
Guillermo Del Toro is the Academy Award-winning director of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water. Genre fans know Guillermo Del Toro as an auteur who brings his strange and surreal visions to the big screen. The Guillermo del Toro short story collection he will shift mediums, to bring his unique stories to the smallest screens – those of our e-readers.
According to the official press release, Del Toro’s collection will be ‘a world of strange happenings, otherworldly horror, and dark fantasy.’ The collection will be available only on Amazon. Readers can purchase del Toro’s collection to read on the Kindle in ebook form. It will also be available as an audiobook, exclusively on Audible. No word yet on if del Toro himself will provide the narration for the audiobook, or if he will bring in some of his famous friends to help him out.
“Throughout the years, I’ve been inspired by reading short stories, from ghost stories to fairy tales,” says del Toro. “Now I have the privilege to create and share my own.”
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Is Amazon Playing The Long Game With Guillermo Del Toro’s Short Story Collection?
This is not del Toro’s first foray into published fiction. In 2009 he joined forces with writer Chuck Hogan to co-author The Strain. The two went on to adapt the vampire trilogy into a television show. The Strain ran from 2014-2017 on FX, with LOST showrunner Carlton Cuse at the helm. Guillermo del Toro is comfortable working in a visual medium as a film director. And since he has experience adapting his own work, it is likely that the stories from his collection will translate to the silver screen. Perhaps the acquisition of del Toro’s short story collection by Amazon was the first step in securing the rights for these unpublished stories.
“Guillermo del Toro is unmatched as an architect of creativity and horror,” says Mikyla Bruder of Amazon Publishing. “We cannot wait to unveil the world he has created to readers and listeners.” Odds seem high that if del Toro’s short story collection does get adapted, it will be by Amazon Studios. It would be an interesting move for Amazon to start publishing books, with the goal of eventually adapting them into a series for their streaming service.
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Del Toro Is Not The Only Big Name In Amazon Original Publishing
Amazon Original Stories has recently picked up many acclaimed genre authors to write for them since the service launched in 2017. Just last week they put out a collection called Forward. These short stories are free for Amazon subscribers as ebooks or audiobooks. Among the original short stories in Forward is work by N.K. Jemisin and The Martian author Andy Weir. The audiobooks for this collection boasts a repertoire of famous voices including Jason Isaacs, Evan Rachel Wood, and David Harbour. Now Amazon has an Academy Award-winning director bolstering their ranks. It seems like only a matter of time before del Toro directs a Prime exclusive movie. This may be one more step towards Amazon’s domination over media, and the world as we know it.
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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.