Vesuvian Media Group, a Los Angeles–based books-to-film multimedia company, has acquired Black Spot Books. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, Black Spot Books has released about 12 titles of speculative fiction with another dozen in the publishing pipeline. Lindy Ryan, founder of Black Spot, will continue to lead the imprint as part of Vesuvian.
Black Spot will join Vesuvian’s Vesuvian Books imprint which has released about 50 titles for the adult, young adult, and middle grade market. Through its Vesuvian Entertainment division, Vesuvian has a first look deal with Boilermaker Entertainment, and the Black Spot purchase provides the company with more stories to promote, said Italia Gandolfo, CEO of Vesuvian.
“As we grow, the importance of acquiring the right material that can crossover into film/TV adaptation is paramount,” said Gandolfo in a statement. “Creating our own ecosystem to stay ahead of the curve, we look to our partners to help source the best stories that will capture readers and be built-in viewers once we hand the baton to our media partners to adapt.”
Among the titles released by Black Spot The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm (an American Library Association Over the Rainbow committee selection) and Soul Remains by Sam Hooker. Due out in November is A Midnight Clear, a holiday-themed anthology that PW’s review called a “wickedly amusing anthology of six stories perfect for horror readers who appreciate a bit of holiday spirit.”
Both Black Spot and Vesuvian Books are distributed by IPG.