Netflix continues its big year of purchases as it picks up the rights to THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY from author Mur Lafferty and artist Jamie McKelvie with plans to develop the book into a feature. Sarah Bowen will oversee the project for Netflix. The Shambling Guide debuted with Orbit Books in 2013 and it’s sequel Ghost Train To New Orleans was published in March 2014.
The novel follows travel writer Zoe, who takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York City, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead. Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human. Not to be put off by anything, especially not her blood drinking boss of death goddess coworker, Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human monsters starts to crumble – with Zoe right in the middle.
The book is a first in a series from Lafferty and McKelvie, who describe the book as an “urban fantasy”. Lafferty has written for several magazines including Knights Of The Dinner Table, Anime Insider, and The Escapist. She has built a strong following as a podcaster after creating and hosting the podcast I Should Be Writing, one of the longest podcasts on writing in existence. She is also the host and co-editor of Pseudopod. She currently hosts the Angry Robot Books podcast. Mur won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. McKelvie is a multi-award-winning artist whose work can be seen in the Image comic series’ The Wicked + The Divine, Phonogram and Suburban Glamour as well as the Marvel series’ Young Avenger and Ms. Marvel.
The news comes amid a year of big buys for the online distributor that recently nabbed the Max Landis spec Bright and the adaptations of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace and Paolo Bacigalupi’s Mika Model. The project fits with the growing strong trend of genre-bending fantasy-fare, joining television series like Ash V. The Evil Dead on Starz and Wynonna Earp on Syfy.
Emily J | Staff Writer