Based on the infamous 1950s EC Comics title of the same name, HBO’s Tales from the Crypt enjoyed a seven-year run from 1989 to 1996. Each episode of the anthology was introduced by the Crypt Keeper, a cackling skeleton (voiced by John Kassir) prone to gallows humor; the stories, many of which were adapted from EC’s library, usually involved a morally bankrupt offender getting a taste of his or her own medicine.
With many of those stories having been exhausted, TNT’s Tales from Crypt revival is tapping another resource: amateur horror writers. The network announced this week that producers—including M. Night Shyamalan—will be looking at metrics from the online writing retreat Wattpad, which has 45 million users and 2 million stories uploaded every month, to see what horror tropes are among the most popular. Selected stories may be adapted for episodes, with the authors receiving an unspecified financial reward.
The updated Tales from Crypt is scheduled to premiere in 2017 as part of the network’s new block of horror programming. Fans of the original’s performance by Kassir might be out of luck, though: that Crypt Keeper remains the property of HBO.
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