News Bites: Thomas Tessier’s World of Hurt


Thomas Tessier is one of the most acclaimed writers on the horror scene right now, and five of his stories are about to come to life in the form of a terrifying anthology film.  The five stories in Thomas Tessier’s World of Hurt are from his “Remorseless” and “Ghost Music” collections and include, “I Remember Me,” “In Praise of Folly,” The Infestation at Ralls,” “The Ventriloquist,” and “Evelyn Grace.” Production is to begin in 2014 and each director will be writing his or her own script in consultation with Tessier.

Peter Straub has called Tessier’s novels, “Excellent… frightening…something very special in the field of horror.” Stephen King praises his work as, “Very good indeed, scary, grim, and fast-paced,” and Ramsey Campbell says Tessier’s stories are, “Terrifying…As frightening as anyone now writing in this field. One of the few who are extending the boundaries of the field rather than merely retelling guaranteed terrors.”

“It’s every writer’s dream to find people who want to take your story and turn it into an excellent movie that is faithful to the original material,” Thomas Tessier said. “I feel very fortunate indeed to have that—times five!”


When asked about this project, Tessier said, “The stories in WORLD OF HURT range over the whole spectrum of horror, from the demons that dwell within us, feeding on our fantasies and obsessions, to the monsters that lay in wait for us outside…in the woods at the edge of town or just down the street, in the backyard or the room upstairs.”

About the five directors Tessier said, “I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented and accomplished group of directors and filmmakers. They are going to create powerful moments of fear, dread and horror, and riveting cinema.

Tessier’s novel Fog Heart received the International Horror Guild’s Award for Best Novel and was cited by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year. A finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award, Tessier’s work was also included in Huffington Post’s “Ten Books That Will Scare the Shit Out of You!”

“Look for horror, and you will find it,” Tessier said. “Don’t look for it, and it will find you.”