NBC’s mystery TV series „GRIMM“ has been on air since 2011 and despite mixed reviews turned out the station's „top#1 new drama“.Cyberpunkt novelist John Shirley has taken on the job to create a novel based on the series. His first issue „The Icy Touch“ will be released by Titan Books early November.
Crime, fantasy, and mystery mixes are surely among the most popular trends in mainstream entertainment. Comic books, mangas, games or films – all keep using the „old“ ingredients provided by slightly scary fairy tales, like the brothers Grimm told them. And most times these concepts turn out a success. When Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, and Jim Kouf started out on their project „Grimm“ with Universal Television, Hazy Mills Productions, and NBC in 2011, they also took a closer look at the hidden horror of some of the most famous German fairy tales.
So, when his German aunt tells homicide detective Nick Burkhard that he is supposed to be the Grimms' last descendant, he soon learns what it means to belong to a „line of guardians“ charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures. In every generation one slayer is born,… – no wait! His „Special-Feature“ is different: He is able to recognise these so called „Wesen“ – who are basically fairy tale creatures posing for humans. Of those, there are many, whose names might sound rather exotic to an American audience: Blutbaden, Eisbiber, Fuchsbau or Hexenbiest – many such German words provide an exotic touch to the series and stand for creatures that are very often much more graphic than their strange name might suggests – well, except maybe if you know the German denotation.
It is an asset, that definitely turns watching the English original series into fun – listening to an American actor say „Seelengüter“ and watch another one not understanding it. The forest areas surrounding Portland provide a most adequate little red riding hood feeling.
Taking a closer look it seems that „mystery and crime“ are simply nicer words to say „mainstream horror“ nowadays. And it’s certainly hard to believe that Grimm’s Fairy Tales were told as nice kid’s bedtime stories „once upon a time …“In May 2013, Dynamite Entertainment started releasing the monthly „Grimm“ Comic Book series.
The novel, however, mostly follows its own storyline, extending the "Grimm universe". „The Icy Touch“ confronts Nick with the doings of an international crime syndicate, where those on top are not quite, … well, … let’s say „human“.