Lauren Beukes' THE SHINING GIRLS acquired by MRC and Appian Way


THE SHINING GIRLS by Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Lauren Beukes is to be released by Mulholland Books in the US tomorrow, and has already caused a strong buzz among readers of advance copies. The book was released by HarperCollins in the UK in April.

The book is a compelling mix of historical fiction, gritty crime and sci-fi, about a serial killer named Harper Curtis who discovers a house in Depression-era Chicago that allows him to time travel. To keep travelling, he must kill 'shining girls'; girls who burn bright with talent and potential. But the sole survivor of his attacks, Kirby Mazrachi, teams up with an ex-homicide reporter to bring the killer to justice.

Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, has acquired the rights to THE SHINING GIRLS along with MRC, in order to develop it for television; a 'rare but splashy' foray into the medium for them.