Deal done for Jack Kilborn’s AFRAID

Jack Kilborn (aka Joe Konrath) has sold the film option for his 2009 novel AFRAID.

The US government spends billions of dollars training soldiers to kill. Now they’re attempting an alternative approach. Instead of turning soldiers into killers, the military has trained five psychopathic murderers to be part of a classified Special Forces unit.

They are the most fearsome weapon ever created, meant to be dropped behind enemy lines. Their goals: Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. Five Hannibal Lectors with Rambo training. But something horrible has happened…

Welcome to Safe Haven, Population 907

A tiny community of families, retirees, and artists, nestled between Big Lake and Little Lake MacDonald in the northwoods. One road in, one road out, thirty miles away from everything. A town so small and peaceful they don’t even have a full time police force.

On their way to a mission, the Red Ops helicopter has crashed just outside of town. The team is now roaming free in the wilderness, heading for the nearest lights. Heading there to do what they do best.

Soon the phone lines are cut, the cell phones jammed, and the road blocked. Safe Haven’s only chance for survival rests on the shoulders of an aging county Sheriff. And as the body count rises, he’s quickly realizing something terrifying—maybe the Red Ops haven’t come to his small town by accident…

John and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, upcoming Devil) are on board to direct, with screenwriting being handled by Larry Malkin and Chad Thumann.

In addition to writing as Jack Kilborn, Joe has a crime fiction series featuring Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels that incudes titles such as WHISKEY SOUR and DIRTY MARTINI. He is both a very clever marketing guy and slight insane.