Good writers are good writers, and a new horror collection out this July from Blumhouse proves screenwriters are too. Edited by Emmy-winning producer Jason Blum (The Normal Heart), The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City collects horror stories from film writers like director Eli Roth and actor Ethan Hawke (who has previously written two novels and has two Oscar screenwriting nominations for Before Sunset and Before Midnight). Roth’s contribution, “Valdivia,” is available below as an exclusive preview. The plot – which involves a Jewish protagonist visiting South America and encountering German descendants – is reminiscent of Roth’s role in Inglourious Basterds, though it replaces the extravagant Tarantino bloodshed with a pervasive sense of haunting. “Geist” is the German word for “ghost,” you will learn.
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City is out July 7 from Doubleday.