Twilight Fan Fiction Series Gabriel's Inferno Scores Seven-Figure Deal With Publishing Company
Posted on Wed Aug 1, 2012 10:09 AM PDT

gabriels_inferno_sylvain_reynard-200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture, popular books that started as Twilight fan fiction, have been acquired by Penguin's Berkley imprint for a seven-figure deal.

Not much is known about the author, Sylvain Reynard, but the release announcing the deal omitted any biographical information and noted that "Sylvain Reynard” is a pen name. The only details that have been uncovered are that the writer is Canadian and has written several published non-fiction books.

Similar to the NY Times Bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, the Gabriel's novels began as a story called "The University of Edward Masen," which was posted on fan fiction sites like fanfiction.net and at sebastienrobichaud.com under the pen name Sebastien Robichaud. Gabriel's Inferno and the sequel Gabriel's Rapture follow the story of Professor Gabriel Emerson, a Dante scholar who "uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past" and becomes romantically involved with his "sweet and innocent" graduate student. The romance "sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide."

Fifty Shades of Grey has become the publishing sensation of 2012, with the erotic novel selling more than 20 million. Focus Features snapped up the film rights to the story for $5 million and author E.L. James has earned more than $50 million to date.

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