I love anthology horror. I grew up with it—The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Friday the 13th, Monsters—and so did you. All the classics, from the man breaking his glasses at the end of all things to a man making love to a pig to some…thing on the wing, have thrilled us for generation and now I am happy to report that we will continue to be thrilled by anthology horror shows for (hopefully years to come) as both Tales from the Dark Side and Tales from the Crypt are currently in development. But wait there’s even more good news!
Tales from the Crypt, a show which scarred more than a few of us as children, is being produced by the comeback king of 2015, M. Night Shyamalan. I could not be happier about this. His recent feature, The Visit, would absolutely fit into Tales from the Crypt, or on the pages of any of the EC comics of old. Shyamalan is perfect for this, there is no doubt of this in my mind at all. Oh! I almost forgot about Wayward Pines! That show, heading into its second season, was note perfect and well done. All of these indicators point to a high level of potential for this reboot.
Also coming to us is Tales from the Darkside. Honestly of the two this is the project is what I am more interested in seeing happen. Coming to us from my favorite author, Joe Hill, TFTDS (if it finds a home) will be a fantastic endeavor. Hill has PEDIGREE. The son of Stephen King (as if this isn’t enough) has published three acclaimed novels with a fourth on the way. He has also won an Eisner for his (and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s) comic series Locke and Key. If you haven’t read this series you should definitely put it on your Must Read list for 2016. What really instills hope in me for TFTDS is Hill’s short fiction though. His collection 20th Century Ghosts is a masterclass in short fiction and his Ray Bradbury tribute By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain is perfect. Being able to effectively create pieces of short fiction is, in my humble estimation, a must for someone running an anthology series. Hill can do this and I can’t wait.