The Astronomer’s Crypt Trailer – Take Two

In March, as most of the United States began to shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic, I received word that my publisher was willing to return the publishing rights for my novel The Astronomer’s Crypt to me. This was not altogether a surprise. I knew Lachesis Publishing was changing the focus of its business. Still, Lachesis had treated the book well and they had sold lots of copies, helping it to reach Amazon’s bestseller lists a couple of times. What’s more, it meant that the beautiful trailer I helped to produce with Eric Schumacher would be out of date since the trailer showed the original cover and pointed to Lachesis as a source for the novel. Fortunately, with the help of Eric and our director of photography, R.S. Francis, I was able to turn this issue into an opportunity.

Claire and Mike in The Astronomer’s Crypt: Get Out!

First off, as anyone who has watched a movie based on a book knows, screenplays are rarely a play-by-play of scenes from the book. You may get lines from the book and scenes that look just like a moment is described, but its rare that the movie is exactly the book. This is because books and movies have different requirements. A novel gets to spend a lot of time in a character’s head, giving the reader their thoughts. In a movie, you have to see the character’s actions. When we translated a scene from the novel to the screen, we did our best to give the impression of what was happening in a tense scene where telescope operator Mike Teter must leave astronomer Claire Yarbro alone in the telescope control room. Most of the scene focuses on Claire and what happens while she’s alone.

When I got the rights back, I had the opportunity to give the novel an additional edit. For the most part, this edit was pretty superficial. My editor at Lachesis had done a great job, though there were a few dropped punctuation marks and a missing word here or there. However, one thing that was especially fun was that I had the opportunity to revise the scene with Claire and Mike that we showed in the trailer to be more like the version we depicted. Again, it’s not exact because movies and novels have different pacing issues to consider. Also, the trailer has to tell the viewer things the reader already knows by this point in the novel. Still, I think I succeeded in making the scene from the book look just a bit more like the scene from the trailer.

What’s more, our cinematographer and effects artist, R.S. Francis stepped up and revised the end of the trailer to show the new edition of the book and update the information where the book is now available. It’s also been updated to even higher definition, so it looks really great if you watch this on a big screen. Without further ado, here’s the updated trailer:

Updated movie: The Astronomer’s Crypt: Get Out!

If you dare open The Astronomer’s Crypt after watching the trailer, you can find the new edition at the following places:

In print:

As an ebook:

7 comments on “The Astronomer’s Crypt Trailer – Take Two

  1. Of all the writers I’m connected with through WordPress, you are miles ahead of most of us. David, pardon me for asking here and by all means delete this if you feel it doesn’t belong here, I was wondering if you could check out my recent post titled The Winds of Change and let me know if you feel it has potential as a work of fiction. Whatever constructive feedback you give will be appreciated and reciprocated if possible. Cheers, Jason

    • Thank you for your kind words, Jason. I’ll by happy to drop by your blog and take a look at your post. I will note here, before I’ve looked at the story, that I think most original stories where an author has shared their honest feelings about a topic has “potential.” A related, but somewhat different question is how well does a story meet an editor’s perception of quality and reader expectation. With that, I’ll go over and read the post.

      • Well put. In my situation it’s difficult to be completely honest about the crux of my story because I am using the fiction as a means to be more honest with myself.

  2. Nice trailer!

    It was a little weird for me watching Claire. Most of her actions and reactions, especially early on, are very similar to my own in a similar situation (although in my case the monster was human).

    One thing I’ve noticed is that authors who largely write for TV/movies/theatre, which typically have a higher percentage of dialogue than read works, tend to focus on dialogue even in their short stories and novels. I do that. But most of my writing has been as a journalist who loves doing interviews, and I’ve written several plays.

    It also occurs to me that most scary stories seem to happen in the dark. I think we never outgrow our fear of the dark, which essentially is fear of the unknown.

    • Thank you, Alden! And, I think that’s a great compliment to Sara, the actress who played Claire. Her reactions feel very genuine under the circumstances.

      I like to write dialogue and I’ve been told I do a good job writing scenes with lots of people. Readers find they can keep them straight because each character has a sufficiently unique voice. I have written a couple of screenplays and attempted a play, but so far, most of my work has been short stories and novels.

      Yes, the true dark is pretty freaky. I’ve learned that I’m okay outside at night, especially if its clear because even starlight helps give some illumination. But put me inside in a dark space and I get really freaked out because it’s hard to orient myself.

  3. Greg Long says:

    Really enjoyable trailer David 🙂

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