A Powerhouse of Boundless Cross-genre Imagination
Established under the slogan of being “A safe house for good stories,” publisher Safehouse is one of the publishers specializing in genre fiction in Korea. Living up to the slogan, the publisher works as a “safe house” for creators and stories so that stories about various topics that had been in the shadow can gain attention. Following is an interview with publisher Safehouse, a home to boundless imagination going across genres and media, collaborating with webtoon and video companies that need stories, particularly those that can be made into books.
Logo of Safehouse Inc.
Please introduce Safehouse to overseas publishers.
Safehouse is a “producer of genre fiction stories” that plans and develops content for stories. Safehouse’s producers and creators cooperate from the planning stage of stories until the end. We pursue stories that have the potential to expand into various media such as films, videos, webtoons, and games, going beyond just being a text. Since 2019 when Safehouse fully began to jump into the story-producing business, we have published 21 titles, including original content (full-length stories), “shō-t” (short novel collections; “short” pronounced in Korean), and anthologies.
Poster of cinematic drama “SF8”
What has been the secret that imprinted the name “Safehouse” onto readers’ hearts?
We have heard a lot of feedback from readers that they can “vividly imagine the story” as they read through our stories. We believe that our efforts of making the stories go “trans-media” from the planning stage helped readers who are used to videos immerse themselves into our stories and enjoy them.
What is the standard or value Safehouse pursues when it comes to choosing authors or works?
As we’ve mentioned earlier, Safehouse makes stories “together” with the creators. Therefore, we know the value of cooperation in the course of creating a story and thus try to produce works with authors that are open to collaboration. And Safehouse is working with numerous other media to add wings to our stories and transform them into various other formats, going beyond a mere novel. If you are a creator that takes such an attempt as a new opportunity, please feel free to knock on our door.
Why does Safehouse publish genre fiction, and what is the charm point of it?
Let’s think of works that have an original novel or webtoon among the TV dramas, movies, or original content serviced on OTT that have been greatly loved by people. Many of them can be classified as SF, crime/mystery, and fantasy. In particular, they have more than 2 genres combined at once, such as a zombie catastrophe taking place in the Joseon Dynasty and romantic fantasy.
The “good stories” that Safehouse is looking for are stories
What would you suggest to readers to better enjoy your books?
One way to have greater joy would be to compare the original story with a webtoon or movie that was made out of it.
Please recommend some of Safehouse’s books to our readers.
1. Cho Ye-Eun’s Cocktail, Love, Zombi
Cocktail, Love, Zombi, Time to save you, Doomsday Afterworld
Please introduce readers to your forthcoming titles.
In 2021, Lee Kyung-Hee’s Time to save you and Seol Jae-In’s A Punch Indeed were published. The book A Punch Indeed is the seventh “shō-t (short)” series from Safehouse, which includes three stories where the protagonists throw strong punches at the condemnation and offense they receive from their mentors, families, and the world. It is particularly welcomed and supported by contemporary female readers.
A Punch Indeed
How do you choose works at the Story Contest?
We stick to two big yardsticks when it comes to choosing works at the contest.First is whether the book is appropriate to be published in one of our anthology series. For instance, we look at whether the storyline and the characters are attractive enough as a complete short novel; if it is easy to read through once, and talks about a unique, creative topic. Secondly, the story has to be appropriate to be made into a video. The ongoing contest is co-hosted by Megabox PlusM, where it actively reviews whether the award winners can be produced as a video. So, during the screening process, we look at whether the work has the potential to be made into a video, its probability, and its attractiveness to the public when it is actually released as a video.
Safehouse pursues stories that have the potential to expand into various media.
What are Magazine Safehouse and Monthly Safehouse posted on the website?
First of all, Magazine Safehouse consists of little posts written in different styles by our staff, partner members, and contributors from outside, such as stories, content reviews, or writings of a specific genre. There is also a review section where people watch a movie or a TV drama as soon as it is released and write reviews. You can also find content where we dig more into genres that were the topics of Safehouse’s story contest, such as cozy mystery, romance thriller, and home invasion.
What are your future plans?
Due to the pandemic that broke out early last year, the industry and the landscapes surrounding how people consume content such as movies, TV dramas, webtoons, as well as books, have greatly transformed. Safehouse believes that a content’s core lies in “fun stories” that do not change no matter how the consumption pattern changes.
Organized by Lee Ji-Hyeon
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