Today, Hulu announced that it has picked up a new anthology series from Mary Laws based on Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters. The collection of stories will be turned into an eight-episode first seaon.
In the series, through encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and beast.
The series is created, written and executive produced by Mary Laws (Preacher, Blueberry Toast, The Neon Demon) and executive produced by Lucan Toh (An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, Under the Shadow) and Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow) who will also direct. The series is produced by Annapurna Television.
The North American Lake Monsters book is officially described as follows:
Nathan Ballingrud’s Shirley Jackson Award-winning debut collection, North American Lake Monsters, is a shattering and luminous experience not to be missed by those who love to explore the darker parts of the human psyche. Monsters, real and imagined, external and internal, are the subject. They are us and we are them and Ballingrud’s intense focus makes these stories incredibly intense and irresistible.
These are love stories. They are also monster stories. Sometimes these are monsters in their traditional guises, sometimes they wear the faces of parents, lovers, or ourselves. The often working-class people in these stories are driven to extremes by love. Sometimes, they are ruined; sometimes redeemed. All are faced with the loneliest corners of themselves and strive to find an escape.