Cosmic Horror Hits The Star Wars Universe

Posted by admin on Jan 27, 2009 in Science Fiction | Subscribe | Bookmark and Share Share

Who woulda thunk it? I used to be a huge Star Wars fan until the The Phantom Menance. However I sat through the rest of the prequels with hopes that they’d get better – in the end Sith wasn’t that bad at all. But then with all the marketing blitzing going on I just got tired of the whole scene and crawled back to the works of Lovecraft and cosmic horror… Until now…¬†

Thanks to a nice tipoff from my wife I was pointed to some interesting news over at – apparently the franchise is now tapping into a new dark side – horror. Writer Joe Schreiber (“Chase the Dead” and “Eat the Dark”) is penning a new Star Wars EU novel titled “Deathtroopers”. Artwork for the novel can be found over at and Schreiber has confirmed the novel in his blog:

“I’m going to be writing a Star Wars horror novel for Lucasfilm, to be released in November of 2009 (ed: has¬†October 27, 2009). And although I’ve been specifically asked not to talk about the content of the book, I can tell you that A) It’s going to be very scary and B) It’s hopefully going to be released on the same day that my original horror novel The Black Wing comes out. I’m thrilled (to death, obviously) to have this opportunity, and almost as thrilled to tell you about it.”

I have to agree with the folks over at Shock Till You Drop, the artwork has a sort of Hellraiser feel to it. But I’m thinking the aim is probably more Saw or Hostel.

I’ll be picking this one up when it hits the shelves (to be follwed by a review of course). I will be honest in admitting it’s my first EU novel I ever read. Now if only they’d take it a step further and blend some mythos elements in.

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