Promoting Shining in the Dark In Bulgaria

Posted: January 14, 2018, 19:31:19
Section: Book » Shining In The Dark

I’m back home from the trip to Sofia, Bulgaria where I promoted my book Shining in the Dark. I was there for almost three days and let me tell you, I had a blast! I arrived late Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria and was greeted by Vesela and Dimo from the publisher (Pleiad). They drove me to the hotel and being the darker time of the year, it was already dark out and it was hard to see what Sofia looked like. But I would get my chance during the coming days.

Saturday was the big day. A sunny Sofia greeted me and I arrived at Helikon just before 10 and after being introduced to a lot of nice people it was time to do a TV interview with Svetoslav Ivanov for bTV’s 120 minutes. It was done all in English so it was not that different to other interviews I have done. Svetoslav was very nice and easy to talk to so it went smooth.

Then it was time for the main event. The crowd was there, I was there, the moderator Asya Angelova was there and the interpreter Boya Delibaltova was there. I was introduced and that was when I really understood that this was going a lot different from what I’m used to. Not in a bad way but different. I realized that I didn’t understand a word of Asya’s introduction. The Bulgarian language is very different from both Swedish and English and I have to confess that I don’t understand one word. But Boya did a great job and translated for me. I then told the crowd about Lilja’s Library and the book; Shining in the Dark. This was followed by a Q&A session and a book signing and I really enjoyed talking to all everyone who had come there to check out my book.

This was then followed by interviews for Chetat li dvama and, both in English.

After lunch, it was time for a radio interview with Georgi Mitov-Gemi for the show Knigi Zavinagi (Books Forever). My interview starts about 5 minutes into the show. This interview was also done with an interpreter and you actually hear more of her than me in the interview. This was also the only time during my visit that I tried to speak Bulgarian. Georgi asked me to say, “Hi this is Hans-Ake Lilja and your listening to Knigi Zavinagi”. After three tries Georgi was happy. I’m not sure if or where they used this clip though. Maybe it just ended up in the trash because to be honest I didn’t go a good job...

On Sunday, I meet with a bunch of Bulgarian bloggers for interviews. We drank coffee and had a great time. Talked about Stephen King, Shining in the Dark and the pros and cons of the movie versions of The Shining and the new version of IT. Sunday afternoon was spent sightseeing in Sofia. The nice weather continued and it was a nice afternoon.

On Monday before I left and traveled back to Sweden I was interviewed by Olya Stoyanova for the show Hristo Botev. This interview was on live radio so I was a bit nervous but I think I did a pretty good job. After that, my Bulgarian adventure was over and the only thing left was a 10-hour trip back to Sweden where I arrived late on Monday evening. Tired but extremely happy with my trip to Bulgaria. And for that I want to thank everyone who arranged the trip, the interview and the meeting with the readers of my book. You all know who you are and what you did and I’m not naming anyone and setting myself up to forget someone. And I also want to send a special thanks to Pleiad who started it all. Thanks!

Additional links:
Plosht Adslaveikov
Interview with VIBES
PodMosta Interview
AzCheta Article

King To Get PEN America Award

Posted: January 14, 2018, 15:20:32

PEN America will honor legendary suspense writer Stephen King with the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award at its annual Literary Gala on May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. PEN America confers the Literary Service Award each year to a critically-acclaimed writer whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human condition, engendering empathy and imagination in even the darkest hours.

For more info: PEN America.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Casting For Mr Mercedes Season 2

Posted: January 12, 2018, 08:31:11
Section: TV » Mr Mercedes

Next week production on the second season of Mr. Mercedes will commence in February in Charleston, South Carolina. In the new 10 hour long episodes season we’ll see two new castmembers: Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston and Sicario‘s Maximillian Hernandez.

Huston has been cast as Brady’s doctor, Dr. Felix Babineau and Hernandez will take the role of Assistant DA Antonio Montez.

Season 2 premieres on DIRECTV sometime this summer.

Source: EW

Thanks to Lou Sytsma.

Shining in the Dark x 4

Posted: January 3, 2018, 21:45:50
Section: Book » Shining In The Dark

Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library is now confirmed for four editions and here is all the info you need.

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The Bulgarian edition:
Release date: November 20, 2017
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Pleiad Books
Official site

The US edition:
Release date: January 2018
Edition: Hardback (signed by the editor and the cover artist)
Pre-Order: Cemetery Dance and Amazon
Official site

The Italian edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Independent Legions Publishing
Official site

The German edition:
Release date: July 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor)
Pre-Order: Festa

Shining in the Dark; German Edition

Posted: January 3, 2018, 17:22:27
Section: Book » Shining In The Dark

The German edition of Shining in the Dark will be available in hardback in late July in a limited (1,250) signed (by me) and numbered edition. You can order your edition here.

Title: Shining in the Dark
Format: Leather-structure Hardcover with dustjacket, bookmark and stapmping
Edition: Signed (by the editor) and numbered
Price: € 49,99

Ep. 82: A Keene Shining In the Dark

Posted: December 29, 2017, 23:01:47
Section: General news » Podcast

Welcome to the Stephen King Podcast Constant and New Listeners!

Join your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and writer/podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 82 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Our final podcast for 2017.

Just a little bit of news but a lot of reviews and a big interview!

We review Joe Hill's - Strange Weather. Note: there will be spoilers for this segment.

Then Hans squirms waiting to hear Lou's thoughts on Hans's horror anthology - Shining In The Dark - celebrating 20 years of Lilja's Library as a website. The anthology contains the rarely seen Stephen King short story - The Blue Air Compressor.

Other stories come from Jack Ketchum, Richard Chizmar, Bev Vincent, Brian Freeman, Brian Keene, and more.

And the cherry on the top of our last podcast for 2017 is our interview with Brian Keene! Brian talks about his contribution to the anthology, his writing process, his podcast, and a variety of other subjects.

Brian Keene website -

The Horror Show with Brian Keene -

Scares That Care -

Plus our recap of the latest Stephen King news.

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.
Good or bad, we want it all!
You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:
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2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)

In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:30 - Podcast Setup
3) 02:25 - News From The Death Room
4) Reviews from the Night Shift:
a) 09:12 - Joe Hill's - Strange Weather - SPOILERS
b) 34:25 - Lou's Review of Shining In The Dark - no spoilers
5) 43:36 - Brian Keene Interview
6) 1:19:28 - Podcast Signoff
7) 1:22:15 - Outro

Intro Music - Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Outro & Incidental Music - Music from Dragonheart Movie

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What Is Your Best Memory From 2017

Posted: December 29, 2017, 09:21:03

2017 is coming to an end but before 2018 takes over I would love to hear what your favorite memory/experience/item/happening connected to King (from 2017) is.

Mine is from September when I went to New York to hear Stephen and Owen read from Sleeping Beauties and talk about a lot of other things. Before the event I got to go backstage and say “Hi” to both Stephen and Owen and also (I had no idea he was going to be there) say “Hi” to Peter Straub. You can read more about it .

Please let me know what you’ll remember most when you think back to 2017 and Stephen King.

King’s Fans & Their Books; Add Your Photo!

Posted: December 29, 2017, 01:15:58

Come on fans of the King. Show yourself with you beautiful King books. I know you have the books and I know you have the camera (or phone). And I want to see it!

Send in photos of you and King’s books so that I can add them to the Fan Photo Page. Here are my photos.

Looking at all these I'm thinking I might need the next photo without the beard?

Also, if you send in a photo of you and something connected to Lilja’s Library you get a chance to get a free copy of my upcoming book Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years. Read more here


Here are the links with the number of photos submitted:
Mr Mercedes (327)
Revival (176)
Finders Keepers (127)
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (107)
End of Watch (102)
Charlie the Choo Choo (17)
Gwendy's Button Box (13)
Sleeping Beauties (14)
Lilja’s Library (125)

And remember, anyone, anywhere can enter! / Lilja