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Movie Trailer: They Remain, based on Laird Barron’s “–30–“, from Occultation and Other Stories

We’ve got some very exciting news, everybody: “–30–“, a Laird Barron short story that we published for the first time in 2010, is going to be turned into a movie called They Remain!

Check out the poster below, and keep scrolling down for the trailer, as well as some more information about the author and the story.

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We’re always pretty thrilled when somebody likes a story enough to turn it into a film, but we really couldn’t be more excited about They Remain.

For starters, we should tell you that “–30–” was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette, and that the book in which it was first published (as one of two stories that were original to the collection), Occultation and Other Stories, won the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection. If that’s not enough, we should also tell you that “Mysterium Tremendum”, a novella from the collection, also won a Shirley Jackson Award that year.

In other words, it’s a very good book. You should all check it out (if you haven’t already).

We’ll then remind you that another of Barron’s books with us, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, also won a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection in 2007, and that his other award nominations include the Crawford Award, Sturgeon Award, International Horror Guild Award, World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award.

(To see why so many people like him, check out either of the collections we just mentioned, or one of his other books with us: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, another short fiction collection, or The Croning, a novel. Both are excellent! And, as you might expect, very, very creepy.)

Plus, Barron’s just a really interesting guy. Seriously—in addition to being such a successful writer, in his earlier days he raced the Iditarod three times (!) and worked as a fisherman on the Bering Sea. How many other writers can say that?

With all that considered, it’s pretty hard to believe that They Remain will be the first film to be adapted from Barron’s work. But we’re glad it’s happening now.

So, now that you’ve got a bit of background, turn off the lights, sit back, and watch the trailer below.

(And if you want to turn the lights back on immediately after, hey, we’ll totally understand.)