28/10/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Prophets of the Ghost Ants has been selected by Kirkus Reviews as 'A Best of 2011' for their end of the year edition, and is heading towards the big screen. The novel is categorised in a number of genres including science fiction, fantasy, action-adventure, epic fiction and literary fantasy. The setting is Earth, hundreds of millions of years from now, when humans have evolved to the size of insects and live intertwined with their world.
As a child Mr. Carlton spent hours observing ants and their wars and considered the commonalities between human and ant behaviour. His perceptions were reinforced with the readings of the works of Dr. Edward O. Wilson, the father of sociobiology and one of the leading authorities on ants.
Before starting his writing, Carlton researched ants and other insects as well as human social systems, histories of warfare and world religions.
He writes at his Amazon website that "The novel's plot was revealed to me like a streaming, Technicolor prophecy, on the sixth night of Burning Man when the effigy goes up in flames."
The producer of the film project, a trilogy, is Academy Award winner Lawrence Bender whose credits includes Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, and Inglourious Basterds. Bender called the book "One of the most engrossing, powerful and original novels I have read in years."
Publication of the novel was upheld due to conflicts over profit shares of the connected film projects, video games, graphic novel versions and other merchandising. With Bender's encouragement, Carlton made his novel available as a paperback through Create Space at Amazon and was able to regain all rights.
E-versions of the novel are available at Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, iTunes, and at Barnes and Noble Nook.
Clark Thomas Carlton was raised in South River, New Jersey, the home town of author Janet Evanovich. He attended high school in Arcadia, California and is a graduate of UCLA Film School. In addition to being a novelist, Carlton has worked as a screenwriter and as a writer for television. He has also been a producer of reality television and is an award winning playwright for his play Self Help or the Tower of Psychobabble, a satire of the psychotherapy industry. He lives with his family in Hollywood, California.
Concept art by Dreamworks Animation artist Ronald Kurniawan as well as prototypes for graphic novel versions for Prophets of the Ghost Ants can be seen at www.prophetsoftheghostants.com/
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