HarperTeen and writer Adam Cesare are giving birth to a new slasher maniac in the upcoming book Clown in a Cornfield, scheduled to hit shelves on August 25th, 2020.
Cesare said in a statement to BD, “This is my first young adult novel and I wanted to do not so much a throwback slasher as an attempt at a modern slasher with modern themes.”
Temple Hill Entertainment (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Hate U Give) holds the option to adapt the book, Cesare tells us, and a film adaptation is already being developed.
Here’s the official synopsis…
“Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs, to find a fresh start. But what they don’t know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.”
Check out the book’s wrap below, with art by Matt Ryan Tobin and design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell. The wrap features praise from both Clive Barker and Nick Antosca (“Channel Zero”)!