Nostalgia with a dollop of gore

A new musical from singer John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King will make its world debut next year at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is described as a "riveting Southern gothic musical", and is based on the real 1957 deaths of two brothers and a young girl. Mellencamp will handle the score, King will write the story, and legendary producer T-Bone Burnett will be the music director. Here's the plot description:
"In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever."
Not my kind of thing, but the combination of Americana, sentiment, and horror sounds like it will be right up King's alley. I'm picturing The Shining blended with Stand By Me, with maybe a little Dolores Claiborne thrown in.
Posted by: Julianka


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