'Bird Box' author revs up sequel, other projects

Ferndale's Josh Malerman says the sequel to his 2014 novel is due out later this year

Adam Graham
The Detroit News
Ferndale’s Josh Malerman with some of his memorabilia. He’s also a member of the Detroit garage-rock band The High Strung.

"Bird Box" author Josh Malerman is working on a sequel to his smash novel-turned-Netflix sensation, just one of several projects the Ferndale artist currently has in the pipeline. 

"Malorie," Malerman's "Bird Box" follow-up, is scheduled to be released on Oct. 1 and will focus on the character played in the film by Sandra Bullock. Malerman is currently writing the novel in Detroit. 

Meanwhile, Malerman's 2017 novel "Black Mad Wheel" is currently being adapted into a film by Atlas Industries, a Detroit-based production company. The screenplay is being written by Barnett Brettler and follows a Detroit rock band that travels to the heart of Africa's Namib Desert and uncovers a vast conspiracy. 

Malerman is also working with Atlas and his own production company, Spin a Black Yarn, to write his first original screenplay, "Only Children." In a release, Atlas founder Sean O’Grady says he plans to film and produce "Only Children" in Michigan with Michigan-based funding.   

Malerman's latest novel, a coming-of-age psychological thriller titled "Inspection," was released Tuesday.