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This Costume of John Carpenter’s The Thing is Exactly What it Appears to Be!

We here at do everything we can to promote the idea that October Is The Greatest Month. With that in mind, we’re pleased to share this amazing rendition of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Of course, now Earth will be overrun by terrible shape-shifting aliens, and we’ll never be able to trust anyone again, but it’s a small price to pay for such a stellar costume.

[via Dread Central!]

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien Will be Published in 2017

We’re getting a new take on an ancient tale of Middle-earth! J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien will be published by HarperCollins in 2017, a century after Tolkien first wrote it. Featured in The Silmarillion, Beren, a mortal man, falls in love with the elf Lúthien, thus inspiring legends and songs, as well as providing a model for the love of Aragorn and Arwen during the events of The Lord of the Rings.

According to EW:

Tolkien tinkered with the story of Beren and Lúthien several times over the years. In addition to the version that first appeared in the 12-volume The History of Middle-Earth series, the new book will feature passages from various different iterations alongside illustrations by Alan Lee. Like all of Tolkien’s posthumous publications, Beren and Lúthien is edited by the author’s son Christopher Tolkien.

And according to The Bookseller:

The story of Beren and Lúthien has evolved since it was first written in 1917, and has been reworked in various forms, including poetry. To reflect this, the new book opens with Tolkien’s original text, before including passages from later texts that rework the tale. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story hitherto discarded.

The new book will be published on the 10th anniversary of The Children of Húrin, which was the last novel set in Middle-earth. In the meantime, you can learn more about Lúthien’s role in The Silmarillion in  Jeff LaSala’s detailed look at the character’s history.

[via EW! and The Bookseller]

This Morning in Publishing: October 19, 2016

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been translated into Scots! And it’s not just the title (Charlie and the Chocolate Works) that’s changed—after much deliberation, poet and translator Matthew Fitt renamed the Oompa-Loompas Heedrum-Hodrums.

That’s not all! Walk in Sherlock Holmes’ footsteps, indulge in an SF tasting menu, and discover Jennifer Connelly’s pre-Labyrinth career… today in publishing!

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Paramount and Scott Rudin are Teaming Up for an Adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne

Variety has announced that Paramount has acquired the rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s upcoming novel, Borne. The novel, which will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in spring 2017, follows a young woman fighting to survive in desolate near-future city. The woman finds a green lumpish creature called Borne during a scavenging mission, and begins to realize that her new companion may be more than she first thought. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, who are currently producing the film adaptation of VanderMeer’s Annihilation with Paramount, will also produce Borne. Annihilation stars Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Oscar Isaac, and will be Alex Garland’s first film since Ex Machina. You can read more about the filming process here.

Annihilation is the first novel in The Southern Reach Trilogy, VanderMeer’s acclaimed series of environmental horror. He was recently named the 2016-17 Trias writer-in-residence for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

[via Variety]

Sabaa Tahir Picks Patrick Rothfuss’ Brain About Writing Sequels and Impostor Syndrome

A Torch Against the Night author Sabaa Tahir jokes that Patrick Rothfuss saved her from writing a bad second book when it came time to follow up the success of An Ember in the Ashes. Rothfuss, of course, knows all about the pressure of writing sequels to successful debuts, as he is hard at work on the third novel in the Kingkiller Chronicle, after The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. The two sat down with Penguin Teen for an illuminating talk about fending off impostor syndrome, how to look at writer’s block as not something permanent, and potential epic beards for Kvothe.

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Swoon Reads Opens Submissions to Young Adult Fiction Across All Genres

To celebrate its third anniversary, Swoon Reads, Macmillan’s crowd-sourced young adult romance imprint, is expanding its submissions to include all genres within YA fiction. Swoon Reads is still looking for the same irresistible, unforgettable, original YA novels that have never been published before, but now you can submit heroic epics, alien adventures, chilling mysteries, and more. As the imprint says on Twitter, #SwoonReadsisallYA.

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Eleven Meets Yet Another Eleven!

Or, well, she meets XI. Millie Bobby Brown, who telekinisised her way into our hearts as Eleven on Stranger Things, met Matthew Lewis, who won our hearts years ago playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film adaptations. He’s had this “XI” tattoo for a while now, but only came to understand the ink’s truest meaning upon meeting Brown. As he posted on Instagram: “A lot of people ask what my tattoo means. Now you know.”

Perhaps this can be a new thread to untangle in Stranger Things’ second season? We’re sure the Duffer Brothers could work wonders with “Mysterious ‘eleven’ tattoos start popping up all over Hawkins, Indiana” as a plot point.

[via Vanity Fair!]

Knit Your Own Doctor Who Scarf with Instructions Straight from the BBC!

In the annals of pop culture couture, the extraordinary scarf worn by the Fourth Doctor on Doctor Who stands out as a triumph of both whimsicality and comfy-ness. Luckily for us non-Gallifreyans, the BBC was kind enough to release a pattern, so you can knit your own!

A cosplayer named 93Fangshadow received the instructions from their mother, who in turn received them from her mother. And, weirdly, a second Whovian named Carjacker posted a similar pattern after his grandmother recreated the scarf back in the 1980s. If you’re looking for a new knitting project (or if your grandmother is) click through!

[Time And Relative Wool In Space!]