Wes Craven’s ‘Wishmaster’ Gets Novelization–Finally

It took nearly a quarter-century, but an official novelization of the horror cult classic Wishmaster will hit bookstore shelves in a month’s time.

Wishmaster–presented by executive producer Wes Craven–was released back in 1997, but the screenplay by Peter Atkins (of Hellraiser fame) was never put in book form until now. The novel–written by Christian Francis and published by Encyclopocalypse Publications–will be available Jan. 31, 2021, according to JoBlo.com.

The Wishmaster film–directed by Robert Kurtzman (who conceived the 1996 cult hit From Dawn till Dusk–follows a gemologist who unwittingly frees a djinn–an evil, wish-granting genie–“who seeks to capture her soul, thereby opening a portal and freeing his fellows djinn to invade and enslave the Earth.” No way to treat an unsuspecting gemologist.

The fantasy slasher film–with the tagline “Be careful what you wish for”–stars Tammy Lauren and Andrew Divoff (as the djinn), and boasts some very noteworthy cast members. Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street, of course) also stars, with cameos by Kane Hodder (yup, Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th) and Tony Todd (of Candyman fame).

Wishmaster was not well-received by critics, but still grossed nearly $16 million on a budget of $5 million. And fan response was strong enough to earn it three sequels (from 1999-2002) and a popular line of action figures.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on the release of the novelization of Wishmaster.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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