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Read It Before They Screen It: An Arsonist’s Guide… and “Dolan’s Cadillac”

Brock Clarke's hilarious faux memoir, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, will get turned into a feature-length film from Warner Independent Pictures.

The dark comedy...centers on Sam Pulsifer, a man who accidentally burns down Emily Dickinson's home and kills two people in the process. After 10 years in prison and a series of personal and professional disasters, he returns home to live with his parents, only to discover that he's suspected in a series of nearby fires at historical landmarks. He attempts to find the real criminal and uncovers some family secrets as the mystery unfolds.

"Hilariously twisted and yet somehow still burning with heart," declares Dave from "Lit majors...may take special delight in watching the source of so many dull lectures go up in smoke."

(Read Brock Clarke's original essay written exclusively for

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Another Stephen King short story will get the celluloid treatment — this one from his collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

Christian Slater and Wes Bentley have agreed to star in the adaptation of "Dolan's Cadillac," the story of a man plotting revenge against the ruthless mob boss that murdered his wife.

Those familiar with classic horror stories may notice similarities between King's tale and Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.

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