A few years back when it came out in paperback I read The Terror by Dan Simmons. It was a (very long) novel about the ill-fated Franklin expedition by the Royal Navy to find the North West Passage in the mid-nineteenth century.
I thought it was an incredible read and I was pretty stunned by the amount of detail Dan Simmons managed to include. For some time a Ridley Scott produced TV miniseries has been in development and it looks like it’s finally here.
This TV tie-in edition is due out on 5 April in the UK so I can only assume that the series will be shown here starting around that time.
Stephen King hailed Dan Simmons’ bestselling novel as ‘a brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror’ and it’s now a chilling 10-part AMC Original TV series from Ridley Scott.
The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled North-West Passage had every expectation of triumph.
But for almost two years his ships HMS Terror and Erebus have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness beging to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying.
There is something out there in the frigid darkness. It stalks the ships and snatches men. It is a nameless thing. At once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis . . .