Syfy Greenlights New Horror Anthology Series
Channel Zero, a new limited horror anthology series, has gotten the green light from Syfy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network, owned by NBCUniversal, has given the thumbs up to two seasons of the series, which is written by Nick Antosca and produced by Max Landis.
The show, slated to air on the network in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 as six episode self contained stories, will head up the the network’s “31 Days of Halloween” spook-a-thon. The annual event serves up movies and TV shows – all with a creepy bent – in the run up to the holiday.
The first season will be an adaptation of Candle Cove, Kris Straub’s tale about a 1980s children’s show, and it’s involvement in a series of murders. No word yet on the second year’s storyline.
Each season – comprising of six episodes – will be a self-contained story.
Candle Cove started life as Creepypasta, a form of horror story, which is passed around various sites and forums with the goal of frightening and disturbing readers. Anyone can contribute their own material – text and images – to a tale. Its name comes from Copypasta – a slang term for copying and pasting blocks of text on different websites.
Stories typically revolve around those fun elements which have been endowed with a very dark and mysterious twist. Rather than invoking vampires, werewolves and other traditional horrors, Creepypasta transports readers into a haunted playground, ghost-ridden amusement park or other vessel of supernatural evil.
Villains of the tales – usually influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft – tend to be entities such as The Slender Man – a tall and slender figure that stands in daylight and is only visible to its victims. According to the Creepypasta universe, those who see this spirit scrawl strange messages, scribble crude drawings and finally descend into madness.