Sean Smith
March 26, 2009 AT 07:44 AM EDT

An unpublished graphic novel, “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” is already headed for the big screen, Variety reports. Universal Studios has bought the film rights to the Image Comics graphic novel. Imagine Entertainment will produce. Imagine partner Ron Howard may direct. Lovecraft is considered by many to be of the most influential horror writers of the last century. He died in 1937. In the book, created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, a young Lovecraft is the victim of a curse, by which the horrifying stories and characters he creates are unleashed on the world. The book hits stands April 8.

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