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Nature vs nurture turns out to be a bloodbath
The wide open outback offers plenty of space for someone to hide. Or to hide a body.
When wiry youngster Mick Taylor starts as a jackaroo at a remote Western Australian sheep station, he tries to keep his head down among the rough company of the farmhands. But he can't keep the devils inside him hidden for long.
It turns out he's not the only one with the killer impulse - and the other psychopaths don't appreciate competition. Is Cutter, the station's surly shooter, on to him? And what are the cops really up to as they follow the trail of the dead?
In the first of a blood-soaked series of Wolf Creek prequel novels, the cult film's writer/director Greg Mclean and horror writer Aaron Sterns take us back to the beginning, when Mick was a scrawny boy, the only witness to the grisly death of his little sister. Origin provides an unforgettably bloody answer to the question of nature vs nurture. What made Mick Taylor Australian horror's most terrifying psycho killer?
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Melbourne based Greg Mclean's first feature film as writer, director and producer was the independent horror success Wolf Creek. The low-budget feature, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Directors Fortnight at Cannes, was bought by The Weinstein Company before its world premiere at Sundance in 2005, and was distributed by Dimension Films. Wolf Creek subsequently screened worldwide and is one the most successful Australian film of recent times, with worldwide box office and DVD takings currently sitting at approximately $50 million. In 2007 Greg wrote, directed and produced the $30m thriller Rogue starring Sam Worthington, Mia Wasikowska and Radha Mitchell. It was financed and distributed by The Weinstein Company and upon release in 2007 was the 3rd highest grossing Australian film for that year. In 2012 Greg created Wolf Creek Pictures, a company dedicated to producing high quality genre films with first time directors. He Executive Produced Red Hill - the company's first feature, and performed the same role on Crawlspace, which is being released theatrically in 2013. Greg recently produced and directed Wolf Creek 2, which is currently in post-production. Village Roadshow will release the film in Australia and New Zealand in February 2014.
Aaron Sterns is the co-writer of Wolf Creek 2 and served as script editor on McLean's Rogue. A former lecturer in Gothic & Subversive Fiction, editor of The Journal of the Australian Horror Writers, and researcher in postmodern horror, Sterns is the author of various Aurealis Award-nominated and Year's Best Fantasy & Horror recommended stories, including 'The Third Rail' and the dark werewolf-bouncer world of 'Watchmen' (the basis for his upcoming novel Blood). He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his partner of fifteen years and their newly-brewed daughter: the third of the 'Wolf Creek babies'.
"One of the great horror film heavies of the last 25 years." —Quentin Tarantino
"One of the best serial killer novels out there. . . destined to be considered a classic in future years." —ScaryMinds.com
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