... an undiscovered novel that inspired The Thing

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A new Kickstarter project will publish an undiscovered novel that inspired The Thing

Andrew Liptak
The Verge
October 21, 2018

John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic science fiction horror film that has scared audiences for decades. But the film was inspired by an earlier story published in the 1930s, “Who Goes There?” by noted editor John W. Campbell Jr., and it turns out that that there’s more to that story. A researcher recently discovered an unpublished, novel-length manuscript of the story, and a small press is using Kickstarter to publish it...

Alec Nevala-Lee notes that Campbell was inspired in part by explorer Richard Byrd, and possibly H.P. Lovecraft’s classic horror story “At the Mountains of Madness.” In 1938, a novella-length story called “Who Goes There?” appeared in Astounding, which went on to become a favorite within the science fiction fan community. The story was later adapted in 1951 as The Thing from Another World, while John Carpenter’s remake The Thing arrived three decades later. A prequel to Carpenter’s film, also titled The Thing, came out in 2011...

Nevala-Lee discovered that “Who Goes There?” wasn’t the first version of the story: Campbell had written a novel-length story, which he then shortened for publication in Astounding. Nevala-Lee went through all of Campbell’s surviving letters while researching his book, and came across a reference to a box of manuscripts that he had sent to Harvard. “I hadn’t heard about this anywhere else,” Nevala-Lee told The Verge, “and it doesn’t pop up on a casual search online, but I finally tracked down an entry in the catalog at [Harvard’s] Houghton Library.” Inside, he found the original, complete manuscript of Frozen Hell...