Folks have been hounding me about Shocker II now and again, and I finally came
across it in a file cabinet from the bowels of my parent’s garage! The 38-page
treatment director WES CRAVEN got me to write in 1992 as a sequel to his film
SHOCKER, starring Mitch Pileggi as Horace Pinker. I and my agent at the time
were going back and forth with Craven’s assistant about novelizations which led
to the director’s interest in my published work at the time and he wanted to see
where I took his characters if I wrote the story. I didn’t have a story. I was
poking around for novelization deals because Halloween IV really worked for me.
So, in light of this interest, I set to work and wrote a detailed treatment . I
was very excited about it, and I read it now and I wish I could just wave a
magic wand and see it made. The original Shocker was fun….it seemed obvious
Craven was attempting a new brand of Freddy-like villain to market, and the
television channel chase….well, you kinda have to be stoned to truly appreciate
it….and it had a massive promotional campaign. When I saw it in the theaters
around 1989/1990, I thought it was entertaining but a bit hokey. But when Wes
Craven wants to see what you can do with it in a sequel…..well, I just HAD to!
Reading it now, it’s chock full of the style and elements my own work is known
for, and I think it’d be a damned shame if I returned this jewel back to the
file cabinets, so I decided to share it with all my horror friends, my writing
friends, and all my horror writing friends.
And I’m giving it away for free. Even though I wrote it, it’s
based on Craven’s characters & situations, so I can’t make a profit. But as
free fan fiction, I can certainly show it off. It’s available to download in
most ebook formats at the online store of the horror book publishing company I
run, Black Bed Sheet Books, in its ebook section (see link at bottom of note).
All I ask from those enthusiastic horror fans who’d love to
download and read it is this:
please “LIKE” Black Bed Sheet Books on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Bed-Sheet-Books/49733235679
……and while you’re at the Black Bed Sheet Book Store
downloading your copy (see link below), please consider giving our authors and
their astoundingly kickass books a read. We have print books, instantly
downloadable ebooks available in all formats, and they’re all mostly HORROR,
baby! After you’ve liked us on Facebook, and you download and read Shocker II,
I’d also love your feedback. So feel free to post your responses.
Go here for SHOCKER II:
A big reason why there
ultimately was no Shocker II was that Mr. Craven chose another direction, a
little project called SCREAM.
Inspiration & Horror, Baby,