The Worst Movie in the World is now an Award-Winning Novel!

MANOS cover SCRIBE AWARD 2016At San Diego Comicon, 2016, Manos: The Hands of Fate by Stephen D. Sullivan won the coveted Scribe Award for Best Novel Adaptation, 2016.

The Scribes are given out by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), a group comprised of professionals who create new and adapted books from existing film, comic, game, and other properties, such as Star Wars, Batman, and Dungeons & Dragons.

“This is like the Oscars for authors working with tie-in properties,” said Sullivan.  “I’m both thrilled and surprised to have won, because the competition in this category was very strong.  Really, it was an amazing honor just to be nominated.”  Other nominees in the category included: Batman: Arkham Knight by Marv Wolfman, Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder, Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, and Backcountry by D. E. McDonald.

Sullivan has been nominated for a Scribe three (three) times previously, starting in 2007 (the first awards) for Dragonlance: Warrior’s Heart (Goodlund Trilogy #2), in 2008 for Dragonlance: Warrior’s Bones (Goodlund Trilogy #3), and 2009 for Iron Man: The Junior Novel.

This is Sullivan’s first win.  “I hadn’t had books eligible for the competition since 2009, so winning came almost completely out of the blue.  It’s funny to think that I wasn’t planning to write this book.  I’d been working on a scary Manos adaptation (Manos is famous for being unintentionally funny), just to prove you could make a good book out of a bad movie.  Then I realized that the existing audience for Manos would expect something funny.  So, I dove into this one, and now I’m really glad I did!”

Manos Win - SDSManos: The Hands of Fate was proclaimed “The Worst Movie of All Time” by Entertainment Weekly and numerous other expert sources.  The film is famously bad, with many low-lights to its 50-year history, including a O% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and inclusion on nearly all Worst Film lists. But 2015-6 has seen an upswing (of sorts) for Manos, with a Playboy magazine articlea biography by Jackey Neyman Jones, who played Debbie, the little girl terrorized in the film, and now an award-winning novelization by Sullivan.

The film escaped its well-deserved obscurity when Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) lampooned it during Season 4 of their ht TV show.  An MST3K version is available on DVD and YouTube, and a blu-ray edition of Manos was also released in 2015.

“It’s really funny to me that the ‘Worst Movie of All Time’ is now an Award-Winning book!” Sullivan said.  “It’s also a great boost for my small publishing house, Walkabout Publishing.  It proves that in today’s publishing world, small outfits can compete with the Big Boys.”

Sullivan’s Manos: The Hands of Fate can be purchased in e-book or paperback through  He has Patreon page to support his ongoing projects.  Sullivan’s next project is Tournament of Death 4, a novel which he will write live online during the 2016 Olympic Games.  His “scary version” of the film — Manos: Talons of Fate — is scheduled for a Fall 2016 release.


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Stephen D. Sullivan is an award-winning author, artist, and editor. Since 1980, he has worked on a wide variety of properties, including well-known licenses and original work. Some of his best know projects include Dungeons & Dragons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dragonlance, Iron Man, Legend of the Five Rings, Speed Racer, the Tolkien RPG, Disney Afternoons, Star Wars, The Twilight Empire (Robinson's War), Uncanny Radio, Martian Knights, Tournament of Death, and The Blue Kingdoms (with his friend Jean Rabe).