Depraved cannibalism, mysterious serial murders, ominous stalking. These are just a few of the types of topics we yearn for, no? Fangoria Magazine has quenched our thirst by way of photos and text, gracing store shelves with all the terror film has to offer. The pages of each issue have featured content of gore, the paranormal, and all things scary supplying lovers of the horror genre with an unorthodox Bible for decades. Like any good scripture, the words on Fangoria’s mass-produced pages will manifest in our living reality starting with the film adaptation of Our Lady of the Inferno.
Preston Fassel’s grotesque psychological novel Our Lady of the Inferno was acquired and published under the horror conglomerate Fangoria Presents, back in September. It was originally published in a limited quantity by Fear Front in 2016 on the brink of the company’s eventual closure before it was resurrected by the magazine company. This week Fangoria announced the story has finally been greenlit for the big screen as reception of the novel has been considerably praising.The author and journalist will collaborate with Laura Moss and Brendan J. O’Brien (Fry Day short)to pen the script as well as executive produce the project alongside Phil Nobile Jr. (Killer Profile) and producers Dallas Sonnier (Bone Tomahawk) and Amanda Presmyk (Puppet Master: The Littles Reich).
Our Lady of the Inferno “tells the intersecting stories of two deadly women: Ginny Kurva, a 21-year-old polymath who works as a madam to a stable of working girls, and Nicolette Aster, a city safety inspector who moonlights as a serial killer, kidnapping women at night to hunt and murder them in a labyrinth she created in the Staten Island landfill.”
Fassel drew inspiration from 80’s horror, wanting Our Lady of the Inferno to “evoke the feeling of renting a movie on Friday night as a teenager”. However, the story ignores the typical tropes imposed on women at the time and instead constructs two mighty, terrifying female power houses. The villain is given a daring makeover while the final girl annihilates all expectations in this brilliant take on big city crime and chaos.
While it is only still in the earliest stages of development, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on Our Lady of the Inferno’s progress. Are you excited for Our Lady of the Inferno to hit the big screen? Let us know over on Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!