〉National Book Critics Circle finalist Glenn Taylor’s gritty third book is described as a “clever con”
Abe Baach and Goldie Toothman, a card shark and a cathouse madam respectively, are awaiting their hanging. In fact, their executions will be the first hangings that Keystone, West Viriginia has seen since the turn of the 20th century, 10 years earlier. This is how the audience will be introduced to the heroes of A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM, once it’s adapted for the screen. The rest of the film will explain how they ended up waiting for the noose, and how they plan to escape.
Glenn Taylor’s third book is currently on the market and ready for adaptation thanks to, according to the Los Angeles Times, Taylor’s “polished and archaic” prose. ICM and Josie Freedman will be handling the sale along with Terra Chalberg of Chalberg & Sussman.
Taylor’s debut novel, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, which set him on the path to developing his West Virginia home as a truly interesting cinematic setting. Hanging is being pitched as True Grit meets Carter Beats the Devil, with Taylor showing the coal boomtown of Keystone, WV as an Appalachian Wild West.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer