How Freddy Krueger helped director Tobe Hooper sell his first novel—really!

Horror film legend Tobe Hooper—who directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist—has sealed a deal for his first novel—but the project would never have gotten off the ground without the help of Robert Englund, the actor behind Freddy Krueger, GalleyCat reported.

"While Alan Goldsher was collaborating with Robert Englund on a memoir for S&S [Simon & Schuster], he got to know Tobe, and we immediately began considering a book project," explained Jason Allen Ashlock of the Movable Type Literary Group. The book ended up selling to Crown, with publication tentatively scheduled for Halloween 2010.

According to Ashlock, "The most compelling element of the book is Tobe's use of his own life experiences in the story. He's a master storyteller who mines his own history for the project."

Hooper isn't the only horror director currently in the news due to a novel—Guillermo del Toro's vampire-themed book The Strain, written in collaboration with Chuck Hogan, was published earlier this month.

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