The writer behind upcoming Netflix original series Hemlock Grove has created a graphic novel prequel to give viewers some backstory of the events that lead up to the show.
For those of you just getting wind of Hemlock, here’s an outline: “When the body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, the question of what caused her death crosses a hazy line between the cruelty of adolescents and rumors of weird experiments on the edge of town, werewolves, and more…”
Brian McGreevy wrote the prequel, which explores the events leading up to the show based on his book. Horror producer Eli Roth has been charged with developing Hemlock for an early 2013 Netflix debut.
Roth explains how the prequel came to be:
About a year ago my producing partner Eric Newman brought me a manuscript called Hemlock Grove. He just said “It’s really dark, really smart, and really fun. You’ll love it.” And from the first page, I did. I met with Hemlock’s young author Brian McGreevy, and we instantly clicked, sharing the same sick sense of humor and love of classic horror storytelling. What I loved about Brian was that, like his book, he’s incredibly intelligent, highly literate, and very respectful of other works in the genre.
This began a yearlong process of us all putting together the team for Hemlock Grove, which we’re now going to begin shooting this summer. The book hit the shelves this week, and the series will premiere on Netflix next January.
Two days ago Brian handed me a graphic novel and said “Oh, here’s the graphic novel I wrote, it’s all the prequel stuff leading up to the first page of the book.”
“I wrote a graphic novel and worked with a really cool artist. We’re gonna put it online so people have some backstory before they see the show. Here you go.”
And that was it. I had no idea he was even doing it. And that’s Brian. He just doesn’t stop, one idea after another. So here you are, a little taste of what’s to come from the mind of Brian McGreevy. Hemlock Grove, the online prequel graphic novel he just told me about two days ago.
You can read a few sample pages from the graphic novel below, and the entire book over at Tor.com — link below (warning, it’s NSFW):
Continue reading the prequel at Tor.
Having read the GN, what do you make of Hemlock Grove’s potential as a small screen serial?