Talking about seriously stoked, I’m really looking forward to AMC’s The Terror coming up at the end of this month (March 26, including Taiwan).
Dan Simmons’s novel is one of my favorite horror novels of all time. The ending is controversial, but I loved it. A terrific page turner. It was nominated for a British fantasy award in 2008.
Stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, and Ciarán Hinds with Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence.
If you’re not familiar, Simmons novel is based on the known facts of the Royal Navy’s lost Franklin expedition of 1845. Two state-of-the-art arctic ships, HMSs Erebus and Terror were charged with finding and mapping the fabled Northwest Passage. The two ships were last seen in late July of 1845, in Greenland’s Baffin Bay. They wintered on Beechey Island, where they buried 3 crew members (these bodies were exhumed in 1984; the images of the exhumed bodies were stunning). Both ships became frozen in flow ice in the Canadian arctic in September 1846 (we know this because paper messages were left in stone cairns on nearby Prince William Island). After that, though … the ships disappeared. Roughly 120 men, too, disappeared.
Most of the characters in Simmons’s novel are based on the actual expedition members. Simmons did a ton of research into the expedition, made up a story that fits the known facts, and the novel was born.
If you’re Canadian or British, odds are good you know all about the history. If you haven’t read the novel, you should.