Hulu making series based on ‘North American Lake Monsters: Stories’


Hulu is developing a horror anthology series based on Nathan Ballingrud’s ‘North American Lake Monsters: Stories.’

A Creepshow anthology series may be coming to Shudder soon, but Hulu is continuing to add to its horror series collection as well.  According to Deadline, a presently unnamed Hulu series will be created, written and executive produced by Mary Laws, in conjunction with Annapurna Pictures. In addition to being based on Balligrud’s short story collection, North American Lake Monsters: Stories, a few scant details are already known. The first season will consist of 8 episodes and is slated to include stories of “Gothic beasts,” fallen angels and werewolves (familiar themes to horror readers and viewers).

Writer Nathan Ballingrud is known for such horror and dark fantasy fiction.  In addition to getting the attention of filmmakers, North American Lake Monsters: Stories was nominated for various awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

Mary Laws is also no stranger to horror themes, either. She was a writer for the quirky, stylish horror film The Neon Demon and the critically acclaimed the AMC series Preacher (based on the comic book series). She’s also known for plays such as Bird Fire Fly and Blueberry Toast.

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The upcoming horror series, tentatively called The Untitled Mary Laws Project, also has involvement from Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh.

Earlier in 2019, Anvari and Toh released the film Wounds, based on Balligrud’s novella, The Visible Filth. Anvari has directed feature film Under the Shadow and short film Two & Two. Under the banner of Two & Two Pictures, Anvari and Toh also have a deal with AMC for more upcoming television projects. Toh has produced films such as An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn and Netflix original film iBoy. 

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As it’s a fresh development, a definite release date hasn’t been established for the Mary Laws project.  However, it’s a potentially winning idea, and may give viewers something as unique as Castle Rock.  

What are your thoughts on Nathan Ballingrud’s ‘North American Lake Monsters: Stories’ and this series?  Let us know in the comments!

(Source: Deadline)