Join author Brian McGreevy and director/actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) in launching McGreevy’s highly anticipated debut horror novel Hemlock Grove with an evening of staged readings and conversation, moderated by the New York Observer’s Drew Grant.
McGreevy and Roth, who are currently collaborating to adapt Hemlock Grove to screen as a Netflix original series, will appear both in conversation and in character and are joined by actors in performing scenes from the novel.
An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel—filled with adolescent deception, ravenous violence and rumors of werewolves—Hemlock Grove has already won comparisons as far flung as Bram Stoker, J.D. Salinger and Jonathan Lethem. In a starred review, Booklist writes: “McGreevy writes with a facility that recalls the Jonathans Lethem and Franzen and his short quixotic chapters are masterworks of holding the unspeakable just far enough offstage to make it genuinely unnerving. At its core, the novel is a juicy soap opera, complete with love affairs, unwanted pregnancies, class warfare and the occasional grave-robbing or entrail-eating.”
Audience Q&A and book signing to follow.
Read the recent Wall Street Journal feature on Hemlock Grove here.
Brian McGreevy grew up near Pittsburgh and received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. As a screenwriter, he is currently adapting Bram Stoker's Dracula for Warner Bros and his own novel, Hemlock Grove, as a dramatic series for Netflix.
Eli Roth's debut film Cabin Fever, which he produced, directed and co-wrote, sparked a frenzied seven-studio bidding war and went on to be Lionsgate’s highest grossing film of 2003. Roth’s second film, Hostel, which he wrote, produced and directed and which was executive produced and presented by Quentin Tarantino, was a massive hit worldwide, opening at No. 1 both at the domestic box office and on DVD. Eli Roth also appeared as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic Inglourious Basterds.
Drew Grant is a staff writer at The New York Observer, where she writes a bi-monthly column “Menace to Society,” along with original profiles of film and television personalities. Prior to The Observer, she was the resident pop culture writer at Salon. She majored in comic books at Oberlin College, where she once taught a class on Twin Peaks a decade after the show ended. She has written for publications such as The Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Nerve.com and Blackbook.
Her work has been cited by Gawker, Fox News, Know Your Meme and Sarah Palin. Entertainment Weekly’s Keith Staskiewicz called her story, “Baby-Sitters’ Club’ by Bret Easton Ellis” a “brilliant” and “impressive parody ... approaching art.” She lives in Brooklyn and loves scary movies.