Alms Before Men Richard Price (Knopf, scheduled for winter 2003) Paramount Pictures and literature-loving producer Scott Rudin optioned Price’s upcoming novel, a darkly comic New Jersey-centric tale.

Henry’s List Of Wrongs John Scott Shepherd (Rugged Land, $24.95) New Line Cinema optioned Shepherd’s first novel, about one very repentant Kansas City man. Jim Carrey is attached to star in the film.

The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $11) The 1952 pulp-fiction classic is coming to theaters near you. Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds) will direct, with Chris Hanley (American Psycho) signed on to produce.