Like Walking Dead? You'll love the Arctic horror series AMC's got next

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Feb 14, 2013, 11:35 AM EST

Can’t get enough horror a la  The Walking Dead? Neither can AMC, which plans to bring The Terror to your TV screens.

Not content to scare the crap out of its viewers week after week with its zombie hit series The Walking Dead, AMC has just gotten its hands on master of sci-fi/fantasy/horror writer Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel The Terror.

According to Deadline, Scott Free TV, Television 360 and producer Alexandra Milchan are developing the story while writer David Kajganich (The Invasion, Blood Creek) is attached to adapt the screenplay for the pilot.

The Terror is a fictionalized retelling of the true-life story of the lost expedition of the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror. Both ships disappeared mysteriously while on a voyage to the Arctic in 1847.

Deadline reports that:

The Terror is set in 1847 when the crew of a Royal Naval expedition to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage discovers instead a monstrous predator—a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever.

The story smells a little of The Thing to us, but with the huge success of The Walking Dead on its hands, it’s clear AMC is trying to cash in on the horror craze with Simmons’ dark, terrifying tale.

Will you be looking forward to The Terror?

(Deadline via SFX)