Artist Steve McGinnis has made waves in the horror community with his phenomenal artwork. We here at iHorror are big fans of his Fright Night coloring book and his original prints (which you can purchase through our store!), so we’re thrilled to announce his next big project.
McGinnis’ graphic novel, The Rise of the Harvester (available on Amazon – as is book two), is a love letter to classic slasher lore. The Horror Equity Fund Inc. (HEF) has just announced that they will be teaming with McGinnis to bring his acclaimed graphic novel series to the screen as a film adaptation.
The critically-acclaimed The Rise of the Harvester graphic novels were both written and illustrated by McGinnis. The typically monochromatic artwork acts as a stunning contrast to the visceral violence found in the panels. It really makes the gruesome gore “pop”!
But The Rise of the Harvester is not just a blood-bath; the compelling story builds the lore for a brand new slasher superstar.
HEF CEO Marlon Schulman believes that the series has great franchise potential, and will be a “great ride for horror fans” throughout the world. The screenplay for the film will be penned by HEF CCO and screenwriter Brian Herskowitz.
A quote from Steve McGinnis shares his excitement for the new project: “Turning graphic novels from print art to a proper screenplay that flows can be tricky, but they did it seamlessly with respect to the original story.” He continues, “I am very pleased and excited to be collaborating with Horror Equity Fund on The Harvester Franchise. I foresee a very successful partnership between us while creating a new Slasher icon.”
The HEF team are enthusiastic about this new collaboration, saying “Steve’s artwork is known throughout the Horror community and we are thrilled to be working with him. The Harvester is poised to set a new standard for cinematic mayhem and destined to become a Horror Classic.”
From the Horror Equity Fund’s description of the project, it sounds like it will borrow heavily from book two in the series, Con of the Dead:
When Karen Palmer’s 11-year-old child Stevie convinces her to go to a local horror convention, in spite of her fear of all things horror, she finds herself fighting for survival against THE HARVESTER, a supernatural sickle wielding killer.
The Horror Equity Fund is now closed for new investments, but you can learn more about the company and their goals here.
About the Horror Equity Fund Inc.:
HEF’s mission is to establish the company as the premier destination for investors, fans, and content creators to join forces in making profitable horror properties in film, TV,
gaming, live events and publishing.
About Steve McGinnis:
McGinnis started illustrating at a young age where signs of his horror potential showed up even then. In the spring of 2012 Steve was commissioned to paint some images and posters for the Niagara Falls Comic-Con to honor the 1974 cast of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The resulting TCM print was much beloved by the cast and crew and led to Steve being asked to do the same for Night of the Living Dead. His horror illustrations and designs have since been featured in Diabolique, Fangoria, Gorezone , HorrorRama, Screams Quarterly and Gore Noir. His art has graced the covers of numerous top-tier genre magazines.