Syfy Developing Horror Anthology ‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ With Max Landis
Should American Horror Story ever grow stale, Syfy has set about developing its own horror anthology cycle with some seriously creepy roots. The network has teamed with Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis to scare up Channel Zero: Candle Cove, basing its inaugural season around a horror tale spun by internet haven Creepypasta.
Per Deadline, Landis will produce and oversee creative direction with Hannibal and Friday the 13th writer Nick Antosca, each potential Channel Zero season focusing on a new story. The first season of the series will utilize the subheading Candle Cove, based on a short story that originated on internet horror site Creepypasta, penned by Kris Straub. The story itself follows a mysterious 1980s children’s TV show, and its role in “a series of murders and one man’s dark secret.”
Says studio Universal Cable Productions:
Channel Zero: Candle Cove is a season long imaginative and chilling horror anthology. With its first story deriving from the cult favorite creepypasta, and the visionary minds of Landis and Antosca, it is elevated horror at its best. I’m still haunted by the first episode. It’s a chilling immersive ride.
Channel Zero: Candle Cove will feature contemporary storytelling and an innovative perspective that underscores Syfy’s commitment to bringing smart and provocative programming to a whole new generation of sci fi fans.
And finally, Landis and Antosca:
We love the idea of doing seasons of TV like rich, character-driven horror novels, and for Channel Zero: Candle Cove we’ve expanded this great short story Candle Cove into something really nightmarish and haunting and surreal. We can’t wait to dig in deeper and bring this to life with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.
Syfy has a slew of new series in development, but does Channel Zero or its first Candle Cove season sound like an exciting new horror prospect?