Amazon Studios has optioned the rights to the horror novel Seed by Ania Ahlborn. Testing a book as a movie is a first for Amazon Studios. So far, the company has only optioned movie scripts and episodic series projects.

“Our primary objective at Amazon Studios is to develop great, commercial projects that our customers love,” explained Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Ania Ahlborn’s SEED has been a top seller for Amazon Publishing’s 47North so we already have a sense of the mainstream attraction of the story and are excited to keep the project in-house for movie development.”

The book started life as a self-published novel  in 2010 which quickly rose up the charts through word-of-mouth popularity. Amazon picked up the book and released it this past July. After success on Amazon’s sci-fi imprint 47North, Amazon is testing various big screen adaptations of the Southern gothic tale.