AMC and its premium all-horror/thriller streaming platform, Shudder, have given the greenlight to a currently untitled black horror anthology that is set to premiere later this year.
The series will reportedly be based on new works by established and emerging talents. The decision comes after the success of the streamer’s documentary Horror Noire which chronicled the minefield of black representation in the horror genre highlighting both the highs and the lows.
“When we saw the first cut of our Horror Noire documentary, we realized there was a huge untapped reservoir of great Black horror stories that needed to be told, and an extremely talented group of writers and directors ready to tell them,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler in a statement released yesterday. “While the documentary was a look back at the history of Black horror, this anthology is a showcase for the future and will introduce audiences to fantastic new stories and characters.”
Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, will serve as a consultant on the series along with producers Phil Nobile, Jr., Kelly Ryan, and Ashlee Blackwell. In addition, Eric Tomosunas and Ron Robinson will serve as executive producers under the banner of Swirl Productions.
Writers attached to the project include the NAACP Award-winning husband-and-wife writing duo Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep,Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror) and Steven Barnes (Lion’s Blood), Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer, illustrator and graphic novelist Ezra C. Daniels (BTTM FDRS), World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling) and Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Al Letson (State of the RE:Union).
Shudder has already had a great deal of success with its Creepshow anthology series, and this will be a welcome addition to the platform’s lineup. Stay tuned to iHorror for more details on this untitled black horror anthology as they become available.
Featured Image: (l to r) Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Tananarive Due, Victor LaValle, and Al Letson