Briefs 2008.10.08

Suburban Vampire is looking for nominations for the best vampire author website. So far Jeaniene Frost, Katie MacAlister, Marta Acosta and J.R. Ward have been nominated. You have two days to add your fave to the list.

From IO9: M. Night Shyamalan is spilled that his pre-work on the live action adaptation The Last Airbender (based on the epic cartoon Avatar) is pretty much done. Woohoo! I love Avatar!

From Publisher’s Weekly: Bill Contardi has just closed on a film deal for Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson Books with 50 Canon Entertainment. The trilogy, which is published by Ace Books and launched three years ago with Moon Called, follows a vampire-hunter who has the ability to shapeshift into a coyote. The titles grew from cult hits into Times bestsellers and, according to Contardi, there are now 250,000 copies in print. 50 Canon, the production outfit of director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), has optioned the series and will lay out escalating purchase prices, in the “mid six figures” per Contardi, for each title if and when the option is exercised. (Contardi also confirms that Ace Books has contracted for four more Mercy Thompson books and that the first comic book adaptation of the series is due out from Dabel Brother late this month.)

From Comic Book Resources: Writers Mike Carey and Daniel Way answer your questions about the big Wolverine/Professor X crossover, “X-Men: Original Sin,” continuing through “Wolverine: Origins” and “X-Men: Legacy.” Plus exclusive art!

via Dear Author: In a continued effort to bring writers to readers in whatever format the reader prefers, Penguin Group (USA) announced today the release of three paranormal fiction eSpecials, short pieces of writing for eBook readers. These new eSpecials are otherwordly novellas by three of Penguin Group’s most popular writers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy: #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward; #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs; and national bestselling author Karen Chance.

via Jaye Wells: Red-headed Stepchild is available for pre-order!

Suvudu ponders the origins of urban fantasy, citing the overlooked Raymond E. Feist and Terry Brooks??

Agent Kristen Nelson reports on the magical powers of the books penned by her author, Shannon Swedson. Swedon’s Enchanted Inc. series is credited for aiding a stroke victim through recovery.

And finally, I’ll leave you to ponder the Zombie Apocolypse in Lego