Reddit-Spawned Book, Penpel, Optioned By Undefeated Producer

What began as a series of scary short stories posted to Reddit has become a brush with Hollywood for one author.  Dathan Auerbach has been using Reddit’s No Sleep sub-category to post his horror fiction. This endeavor led Auerbach to collect his short stories and mold them into a novel called Penpal, published earlier this year.

Auerbach took to Reddit recently to reveal that Penpal has been optioned by Rich Middlemas, producer of the 2011 award-winning documentary Undefeated.

Auerbach writes, “Rich has just started shopping the book around in an attempt to get it set up in Hollywood, so we’ve still got a ways to go, but I’m hopeful that we’ll get there.”

In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you’ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him. If you’ve ever stayed in the woods just a little too long after dark, if you’ve ever had the feeling that someone or something was trying to hurt you, if you remember the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was, then Penpal is a story that you won’t soon forget, despite how you might try.

Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the tip-off.

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