Well, it's official. A Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin, has done it again. Cinemax has optioned Martin's gory werewolf crime-noir, "Skin Trade," to be produced as a premium TV series. Word has it, Once Upon A Time's Kalinda Vazquez has signed on to both write and executive produce the series for Cinemax.
"Skin Trade" centers on a Willie Flambeaux, a a short, scrawny collections agent who happens to be more than meets the eye - he's also a werewolf. Along with Randi Wade, his friend and a lady gumshoe, they try to solve the mystery involving werewolves being murdered for their coats. This is not your run-of-the-mill werewolf story, in fact, Martin turned werewolf stories on their ears with this one. It's acknowledged as one of the best pieces of werewolf fiction ever written and it won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 1989. In 2013, Avatar Press adapted the novella into a four issue comic book series written by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham, with artwork by Mike Wolfer (no pun intended). It was probably the comic book series that led to the re-emergence of the popularity of the property and the interest and subsequent optioning by Cinemax.
As a result, certain issues of Avatar's adaptation have climbed steeply in value, while others that have not had such a big price bump are steadily selling well with prices that reflect a heightened demand. Copies signed by George R.R. Martin himself are in highest demand, of course. Night Visions 5, the book in which "Skin Trade" made it's first print appearance has also climbed in value, with signed copies in highest demand.
Happily, ol' TEX is already in on the fun, and I figured I'd take a bit of time to display a little of my own George R.R. Martin memorabilia. Take a look:
This is my personal copy of Night Visions 5, an anthology containing stories by Stephen King, Dan Simmons and it is the first time George R.R. Martin's "Skin Trade" was ever printed. This is a first printing signed by Martin and editor, Doug Winters.
This is my copy of Skin Trade #1 from Avatar Press. It is a rare Iconic Edition, limited to only 350 copies. It is signed by George R.R. Martin - CGC Signature Series, graded 9.8.
I'm really looking forward to the Skin Trade TV series from Cinemax, and I hope you all are too. Expect a gory series, that like the novella, is not your pedestrian werewolf story. Why not grab Night Visions 5, or Avatar Press' adaptation to get familiar with the story before it hits the small screen?
You won't be sorry.