{Exclusive} Jim McDoniel’s Debut “An Unattractive Vampire” Turns Up The Heat On Rights Market


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True Blood meets the Coen Brothers in the third Inkshares property to hit the market so far this year.

The latest Inkshares firestarter to turn up the heat on the film rights market is author ’s debut, . The book is being published by Inkshares in paperback and eBook on March 15th, but the rights to the darkly comic urban fantasy are already scaring up some potential bidders.

In the vein of the Rip Van Winkle story, Vampire centers on Yulric Bile, an ancient vampire who has risen after spending three centuries trapped underground to discover a world in which vampires have become pretty, weak, and – most disturbing of all – good. Aided by the eight year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible.

The project is being pitched as True Blood meets the Coen Brothers, with a distinct, offbeat comedic sensibility that hilariously subverts the “sexy” vampire stereotype.

This marks the third property from upstart indie publisher Inkshares to hit the market this year, after previous properties The Astronaut Instruction Manual and The Show both triggered bidding wars, with Astronaut landing offers in the film and TV market and now in the process of closing its deal, and The Show landing with a premium streaming outlet.

The market is still smoldering following the unprecedented sale of David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon. In what was one of the most competitive bidding wars in recent history, which saw names like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and JJ Abrams vying for the unpublished work, Imperative Entertainment came out on top with a blockbuster $5 million bid. The bidding war has reinvigorated a market that was trending down in the first two months of the year, and we’ve already seen over a dozen properties hit the market amid the buzz surrounding Killers now that industry heavy weights have displayed an powerful appetite for strong material.

Author McDoniel is a graduate of the conservatory programs at The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and The Second City in Chicago. He spent several years writing for the award-winning sci-fi audio drama Our Fair City before completing his first novel.

The book is being repped by and .


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