Expanding on their exploration of Black genre filmmaking in Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, Shudder and AMC have announced an Untitled Black Horror Anthology featuring stories of Black horror created by Black directors and screenwriters, with a premiere slated for later this year on Shudder and AMC+ before eventually airing on AMC.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY - February 18, 2021 - AMC and Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today the greenlight of the scripted Untitled Black Horror Anthology showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters. The anthology is set to debut later this year on Shudder and AMC+, the company's premium streaming bundle, followed by a premiere on AMC - a successful windowing strategy previously implemented for the streamer's hit original series Creepshow.
The Untitled Black Horror Anthology will feature new work from both established and emerging talents, expanding on a legacy of Black genre filmmaking whose first hundred years was explored in Shudder's critically acclaimed 2019 documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.
Writers attached to the project include the NAACP Award-winning husband-and-wife writing duo Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror) and Steven Barnes (Lion's Blood), Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer, illustrator and graphic novelist Ezra C. Daniels (BTTM FDRS), World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling) and Emmy(R) and Peabody(R) Award-winner Al Letson (State of the RE:Union).
Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, author of the groundbreaking book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, on which the documentary was based, will be consulting on the anthology, as will documentary producers Phil Nobile Jr., Kelly Ryan and Ashlee Blackwell.
"When we saw the first cut of our Horror Noire documentary, we realized there was a huge untapped reservoir of great Black horror stories that needed to be told, and an extremely talented group of writers and directors ready to tell them," said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. "While the documentary was a look back at the history of Black horror, this anthology is a showcase for the future and will introduce audiences to fantastic new stories and characters."
The Untitled Black Horror Anthology will be produced by Swirl Films, and Eric Tomosunas, founder of Swirl Films, and Ron Robinson will serve as Executive Producers.