The 1932 novelization of the film that launched a monster-movie legend, now a digital-exclusive title with brand-new pulp-inspired illustrations!
“Despite appearing before the final cut of the film, this novel captures the world of the original Kong beautifully.”—Bureau 42
Ann Darrow was a down-on-her-luck actress struggling to survive in Depression-era New York when she met moviemaker Carl Denham. He offered her the starring role in his latest film: a documentary about a long-lost island—and the godlike ape named Kong rumored to live there. Denham needed a beauty as a counterpart to the beast he hoped to find, and Ann was the answer to his prayers.
Mystery, romance, a chance to turn her life around, even the possibility of stardom—to Ann, it sounded like the adventure of a lifetime! But what she didn’t count on were the horrific dangers that awaited her on Skull Island—including the affections of a love-struck monster . . .
Originally published in 1932, this fast-paced novelization includes scenes that never appeared in the final version of the film—the most famous of them being the gruesome Skull Island “spider pit” sequence, in which hordes of monstrous arachnids attempt to devour Ann’s rescuers!
“The exhilarating storyline adheres to the plot of the film, yet embellishes it with a deeper look at the events that occur in the movie.”
—The Best Reviews
“Until Peter Jackson’s remake, the only place to see King Kong’s famous spider pit scene was in the 1932 novelization of the film.”
“The original novelization of King Kong was published in 1932…Lovelace was given a script and told to have at it. And that’s what makes this book so fun. It’s a testament to what the original Kong was both supposed to have been and what might have been.”
—The Thunder Child
“A crackling adventure that shoots along at breakneck pace.”
—The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation
“Recommended for hard-core Kongites.”
“Lovelace’s novelization is an interesting read and moves with a breezy pace. Fascinating for fans of the film.”