Demonstrations of Jason Segel's imagination have already exceeded his acting credits. Though he's better known for acting, Segel's credited for writing a number of big screen projects, including The Muppets in 2011 and the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And now it seems he's taking his writing even further with a book series aimed for kids, called Nightmares!.

Nightmares! is described as an adventure story about a group of kids who find themselves tasked with saving their town from "nightmare creatures" that have been manifested from the town's fears and are now wandering around the everyday world. The general premise of the stories is kids facing their fears and learning that they can accomplish anything if they're brave enough to try, according to what Segel said. Deadline reports that Segel's original plan for the concept was to make it into a movie. He had a screenplay for it, but eventually decided to adapt it as a book.

Random House Children's Books will be publishing Nightmares!, which is expected to hit shelves in the fall of 2014. So we have plenty of time to wait this publication. In the meantime, we'll see Segel in This is the End, and his steady gig on CBS' How I Met Your Mother.

Normally, I wouldn't be especially excited about the publication of a kids book - Harry Potter books excluded - but one of the things I loved so much about The Muppets was the humor. Assuming this book will incorporate some humor with its horror, it wouldn't be entirely outside of Segel's wheelhouse, if we consider his Dracula musical, featured in part in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Regardless of whether or not the book aims to be funny, Segel strikes me as a guy who has allowed some part of himself to stay connected with his inner child. That likely served him well when he wrote The Muppets, and I expect the same will apply with Nightmares!.



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