Hulu announced today that it has ordered a series from Mary Laws (The Neon Demon, Preacher) based on author Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters: Stories.
Originally published in 2013, the Shirley Jackson Award winning anthology achieved both critical and popular success for its depiction of real working-class American men and women who find themselves in the most unreal situations when they encounter everything from fallen angels to werewolves.
Ballingrud’s fiction blurs the lines between these realities, inviting his readers into dark anc fantastic worlds where an ending does not promise resolution and resolution does not mean that all questions have been answered.
Upon its initial release, Natalie Zina Walschots wrote:
“Ballingrud’s writing is piercing and merciless, holding the lens steady through fear, rage and disgust, showing a weird kind of love to his subjects, in refusing to turn away, as well as an uncompromising pitilessness. Angels and vampires are placed next to lost white supremacist boys and burnt-out waitresses. All are equally, horribly ugly and real.”
Laws will write and serve as an executive producer on the as yet untitled project alongside Lucan Toh (Under the Shadow) and Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow). Anvari was also direct the series which will be produced by Annapurna Television.
North American Lake Monsters is the latest in a list of recent adaptation announcements from Hulu including the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon.