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Tokyopop Acquires Book Publishing Rights to Goth: A Novel of Horror

Going in for the Kill This Halloween, TOKYOPOP Acquires Book Publishing Rights to…

GOTH: A Novel of Horror

Novel And Manga To Be Unleashed Unto The World This Fall

Feature Film In Development At Fox Atomic

Book Expo America - Los Angeles, CA (May 29, 2008) ― A refrigerator packed with severed hands... a pit of decaying dogs... a voice recorded moments before a grisly death… a serial killer who becomes the talk of a stunned nation. This October, just in time for Halloween, TOKYOPOP will publish Otsuichi's award-winning GOTH: A Novel of Horror, the story of two teenagers linked by a caustic fascination with murder and torture. GOTH: A Novel of Horror, winner of Japan's Honkaku Mystery Prize, is a literary journey of mystery, obsession, and sheer terror all balled up into a spine-tingling read.

Additionally, in September, TOKYOPOP will release the one-volume manga adaptation by Kendi Ohishi (Welcome to the NHK, Calling You)–a truly graphic novel deluged with blood, guts, and awe–loosely based on the novel.

Fox Atomic has optioned the hit novel for feature film development, with horror director and videogame scribe J.T. Petty set to write and direct.

According to TOKYOPOP Senior Editor Jenna Winterberg, “Mastermind Otsuichi's page-turner about two high school sociopaths and half a dozen murder cases will leave you breathless. And if the suspense doesn't get you, the gore surely will.” Winterberg continues: “GOTH goes for the jugular. But it isn't a B-movie blood bath: The psychological profiles are real and vivid, and the twists are guaranteed to blow your mind, turning perception on its head time and time again.”

This genre-defying novel will be supported by an elaborate online marketing plan that will feature a macabre alternate reality game and viral campaigns across key social networking sites. GOTH: A Novel of Horror will appeal to fans of Japanese classics such as The Grudge and The Ring, and like all depraved, disturbing serial killings, will no doubt become the talk of the nation this fall.

Founded by multi-cultural media visionary Stuart Levy, TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and upcoming partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com, reading its books, which are licensed in 41 countries in more than 20 languages, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

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