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Secretary of Dreams


Posted: December 29, 2005.

Earlier today it was reported that there might be a mass-market edition of Secretary of Dreams. This isn't the case as it looks today though.

I checked with Cemetery Dance, and although a mass-market edition has been discussed for the future, nothing is currently in the works and no other editions will be appear until after the hardcover...

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Full cover of the US edition of Cell


Posted: December 28, 2005.


A lot of Cell news today;

Above you can see the full cover of the US edition. It's also reported that the US edition has the first chapter of Lisey's Story in King's own handwriting. I haven't gotten this confirmed yet but it seems that it might be different one then the one released with the title Lisey and the Madman. I'll let you know as soon as I hear more...

About the UK cover for Cell;

Well I finally saw a picture of the cover art for the UK edition of "Cell" and I must say - bleh! I’ve picked up the UK editions of some of SK’s more recent works (Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis) primarily because I liked the cover artwork better compared to the US versions. Here though - I think the US covert art wins hands down - the UK cover art is too B-movie for me, especially with the added tag line on the cover: "is your number up?" Just my two cents.

Response from Moderator It’s not the final cover yet as we’ve had more artwork sent for Stephen’s approval.

Here is a letter to the editor of NY Times from King:

From the NY Times
Published: December 25, 2005


Man in Love

To the Editor:

The problem with Francine Prose's review of "D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider" (Dec. 4) isn't that she came to Lawrence through a book ("Lady Chatterley's Lover") she glommed from her Dad's sock drawer, or that she seems not to have renewed her acquaintance with Lawrence's work since her undergraduate days; the problem is her not uncommon assumption that she may be better able to understand a great writer by reading about him than by reading him.

A critical examination of Lawrence's work makes it possible to understand that by saying explicitly what Thomas Hardy only implied in "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure" — that marriage is the heart of modern society, and sex is the heart of marriage — Lawrence novels such as "The Rainbow" (published long before "Lady Chatterley") were almost certain to be suppressed. But that is a dry bone indeed, and antithetical to everything for which Lawrence lived. It was feeling he cared for, and the heart at which he aimed, not the loins that attracted Prose's attention as a teenager.

I suspect Lawrence would have clutched his head at the idea of anyone turning to biography as a way of finding "new ways of understanding" his work. Prose might have done better to glance at one of Lawrence's poems — also titled "The Rainbow," and probably not coincidentally. It closes with these radiant lines:

But the one thing that is bow-legged
and can't put its feet together
is the rainbow.

Because one foot is the heart of a man
and the other is the heart of a woman.
And these two, as you know,
never meet.

Save they leap
high —
Oh hearts, leap high!
-— they touch in mid-heaven like an acrobat
and make a rainbow.


The writer's rainbow is always found in his work, and students seeking gold would thus do well to start there.

STEPHEN KING
Bangor, Me.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes


Posted: December 22, 2005.

Casting for the Crouch End episode of Nightmares & Dreamscapes is done. The main part will be played by Claire Forlani ("Meet Joe Black") and Eion Bailey ("Fight Club").
Thanks to MG.

Dollar Babies


Posted: December 21, 2005.

Today I have some Dollar Baby news for you which all comes from Stephen King Short Movies.

James Renner's Dollar Baby All That You Love Will Be Carried Away is now available for download.

The Man in the Black Suit is also available for download.

James Cochrane is re-editing his Dollar Baby Here There Be Tygers and it will be finished in may 2006 and available for download.

Cell photo


Posted: December 19, 2005.

Here is the author photo from Cell.

The Pop of King - Book Report


Posted: December 18, 2005.

OK, the Firestarter contest is over. One winner has been drawn and the right answers are:

Question 1: In 1990, Doubleday published the Signed Deluxe Edition of "The Stand - The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition "Given its weight, size and decorations, many consider this the most elegant signed edition to bear the Stephen King name. Name the artist who did all the illustrations.

Answer 1: Illustrations by Bernie Wrightson

Question 2: Stephen King's brother David taught him to make skyhooks out of what?

Answer 2: He taught him to make skyhooks out of old coathangars.

Question3: In the fall of 1978 (between The Stand and The Dead Zone), Stephen King taught a course at the University of Maine. What was the name of the course?

Answer 3: "Themes in Supernatural Literature."

And the winner is...Jeanette Jackson from Canada, congratulations!

Also, a new column is out. It's called The Pop of King - Book Report and you can read it here.

Cover for the UK edition of Cell


Posted: December 16, 2005.

Here is the cover for the UK edition of Cell.

If you haven't already ordered your copy you can do so here:

US hardback
UK hardback

Description of Cell


Posted: December 15, 2005.

Here is a short description/review of Cell. Be ware though that it tells quite a bit of the story. In other words, read it at your own risk.

Click here to read! [link has expired]

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

And here is a description of the book from Cemetery Dance. It's no more spoilers in this one then the earlier descriptions though.

Civilization doesn't end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone.

What happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human. Savage, murderous, unthinking-and on a wanton rampage. Terrorist act? Cyber prank gone haywire? It really doesn't matter, not to the people who avoided the technological attack. What matters to them is surviving the aftermath. Before long a band of them-"normies" is how they think of themselves-have gathered on the grounds of Gaiten Academy, where the headmaster and one remaining student have something awesome and terrifying to show them on the school's moonlit soccer field. Clearly there can be no escape. The only option is to take them on.

CELL is classic Stephen King, a story of gory horror and white-knuckling suspense that makes the unimaginable entirely plausible and totally fascinating.

Don't forget about the contest where you can be the lucky winner of a first edition of Firestarter, signed and inscribed by Mr. King himself. Just click the banner above and enter.

The Secretary of Dreams


Posted: December 14, 2005.

OK, the news about The Secretary of Dreams is out and it's one cool book! Check out all the info here.

   

And when you order, don't forget to mention Lilja's Library in the COMMENTS section of the checkout form. If you do, you'll automatically be entered into a random drawing for a FREE Advanced Readers Copy of The Secretary of Dreams!

Cemetery Dance has reserved FIVE review copies for Lilja's Library visitors, which means five of you will be among the first people in the world to experience The Secretary of Dreams! But this contest will only run for ONE WEEK from today so you'll want to get your order in fast so you don't miss out!

(For those who don't know, review copies are printed in trade paperback form exclusively for reviewers and they ship BEFORE the book is actually published! This is so the reviews can be written before a book's publication date.)

If you forget to mention this website on your order form, you will NOT be entered into the drawing! Unfortunately, due to the number of orders they'll be processing, Cemetery Dance cannot add the contest entry notation to your order after it is placed. You must mention this website in the COMMENTS section when you checkout. Sorry, no exceptions.

(This offer is also being made to a few other groups so if you see it somewhere else, make sure to note the name of that website! Every participating website is getting FIVE review copies for their visitors, which means every site you mention in the COMMENTS section when you place your order will increase your odds of winning! Odds of winning will depend on the number of qualifying entries for each website. Winners will be selected by Cemetery Dance sometime between the end of the contest and when the review copies are printed. Winners will be notified by email. All decisions of Cemetery Dance Publications are final.)

So, don't waste any time, head over to The Secretary of Dreams and place your order NOW!!!.

Dutch edition of Cell


Posted: December 13, 2005.

Here is the cover for the Dutch edition of Cell. The book is out in March 2006.
Thanks to Stephen King Fanclub Nederland.

A Very Dead Zone Christmas - review


Posted: December 11, 2000.

Today you can check out my review for The Dead Zone - A Very Dead Zone Christmas.

Don't forget about the contest where you can be the lucky winner of a first edition of Firestarter, signed and inscribed by Mr. King himself. Just click the banner above and enter.

New contest


Posted: December 11, 2005.

Tonight at midnight (12:00 GMT) a new contest will start. This time the prize is the best I have had yet. One winner will get a first edition of Firestarter, signed and inscribed by Mr. King himself. "For Helene, All Best, Stephen King, 9/20/80".

All you have to do is answer 3 questions before December 16. So, head over to the contest to find out what exactly the 3 questions are.

There is now a new column by online King called Scene It, get it here.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Description of Cell


Posted: December 9, 2005.

Here is a new description of Cell. This one is from the UK publisher, Hodder & Stoughton:

'Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.' The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within ten hours, most people would be dead or insane.

A young artist Clayton Riddell realises what is happening. And together with Tom McCourt and a teenage girl called Alice, he flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone…

Here is a review for The Mangler Reborn...and it's not a positive one...
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Cell and Lisey's Story


Posted: December 8, 2005.

I got the following info about Cell and Lisey's Story just now:

On January 24, 2006 we publish CELL. A guilty pleasure in the tradition of Carrie, Salem's Lot and The Shining, CELL asks what happens when cell phones become transmitters of a signal that drive people instantly mad and violent. King's plot gallops as a few phoneless heroes try to escape the mayhem everywhere and save the world.
Stephen King does not have a cell phone.

On October 24, 2006 we publish LISEY'S STORY. Possibly King's most ambitious and accomplished book ever, it's a profoundly moving and disturbing novel about a widow coping with the loss of her writer husband. It's a grand, ambitious and layered book, with unrelenting emotional power. It's a book for the ages - exploring the dark secrets of the ones we love, and the very wellsprings of creativity.

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Dark Tower comic book


Posted: December 7, 2005.

Here is the German cover for Cell.

Here are some info about King's involvement in The Dark Tower comic:

King is the Executive Editor and Creative Director of Marvel's much-awaited Dark Tower comic book series and graphic fiction collections," said Diamond's press release. "King is directly involved in the creative aspects of this project, supervising all editorial and visual content. Robin Furth, author of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower: A Concordance,' is outlining the 'Dark Tower' comic book series, providing scene-by-scene plotting, and maintaining the continuity and consistency of each story arc."

While the above implies heavy editorial involvement, many have taken note of the curious absence of King's credit as "writer" or even "scripter," as he is merely mentioned as being involved in editorial capacities. Marvel Comics has made no comment since the press release, but stay tuned to CBR News for more on this developing story.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Now you can read Bev Vincent's CD column News From the Dead Zone online.

Pre-order


Posted: December 6, 2005.

Here are the covers for the audio editions of Cell. You can pre-order them here:

US hardcover
CD
Cassette
UK hardcover

You can also check out my review of Bag of Bones on CD.

The Secretary of Dreams


Posted: December 5, 2005.

The moderator of King's official message board had the following to say about what The Secretary of Dreams is:

It is a collection of reprints which have been illustrated--a graphic novel, but short stories instead of one. The artist, Glenn Chadbourne, is incredibly talented. He’s the artist who did the new designs for WKIT’s Stephen King merchandise (see Home page). They’ve named the character Doug Graves.

Here is a new column by King. This one is called Music to My Ears.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Info about two new audio books appeared today. The first one is Stationary Bike released by Simon & Schuster Audio and the other Quitters, Inc. released by Phoenix Audio. Both are set for a 2006 release.

You can pre-order them here:

Stationary Bike
Quitters, Inc.

I also have some Nightmares & Dreamscapes news for you:

- Jeff Beal (HBO's "Rome" and "Carnivale") will be composing music for ALL eight episodes.

- Rotating cinematographers on all eight are John Stokes ("Journey to the Center of the Earth") -even episodes and Benn Nott ("Salem's Lot") - odd episodes.

- Visual effects (CGI) will be done by Digital Pictures in Australia for all episodes except Battleground which will be done by Star Gate Films in Los Angeles.
Thanks to MG

I also got the following batch of interesting news from King's Polish publisher :

- They released the polish edition of Salem's Lot: Illustrated Edition only two days after the US edition was released. That makes the polish edition, to my knowledge, the second edition of the book released. Good work!

In November they will release Lisey's Story

The Colorado Kid is a bestseller in Poland and they are already releasing the 3rd edition of this book.

Storm of the Century will be released in April.
Thanks to Proszynski i S-ka SA.

In other forigne languages the following titles will appear:

Spain:
- The Colorado Kid - January
- The Dark Tower 7 February
- Cell September
- Lisey´s Story 2007
Thanks to Ari.

Germany:
- Cell March (430 pages)
- The Colorado Kid 20th of December
Thanks to Klaus.

A Very Dead Zone Christmas


Posted: December 3, 2005.

Don't forget to watch the Christmas special of The Dead Zone tomorrow night. The title of the episode is A Very Dead Zone Christmas and here is a description of it:

Sharing disturbing and contradictory visions of their Santa’s life, Alex and Johnny wonder who this strange old man in a track suit and Santa hat really is. As their investigation unfolds, they become involved with three young street kids who are equally lost, and who wind up joining everyone back at Johnny’s for the best - albeit strangest - Christmas any of them can remember.

Marvel's Dark Tower comics


Posted: December 2, 2005.

First I want to make a correction to yesterday's news. The airdates I had put in yesterday's news for Nightmares & Dreamscapes wasn't 100% sure. The series will start airing on or around June 15, 2006 and a new episode will follow each week for a total of 8 weeks. So the air schedule will be something like the one I gave but we have to wait a while longer before that is confirmed. The first episode, Umney’s Last Case, will be shown completely without commercial breaks, How about that?
Thanks to MG.

Bad news about Marvel's Dark Tower comics. This was published on King's site today:

Marvel Dark Tower Update
Stephen and Marvel have decided to push back the launch of the Dark Tower comic books to 2007. "Given the size of the project and all the creative talent involved, I want to give the Marvel series all the room to breathe it needs and deserves," said Stephen. "I've got so much else going on in 2006 - two novels coming out, CELL and LISEY'S STORY, and the work with John Mellencamp on 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.' The Marvel series is going to be a blast, and I want to have the time to enjoy it."

The 1st issue of the yet-to-be-named first arc of the Dark Tower comic series will be shipping in February 2007. The last issue of this six-issue series will be shipping in July 2007. The first hardcover collection will be shipping in October 2007.

A Dutch translation of Cell will be released in March 2006. The publisher is Luitingh-Sijthoff and the title will be Mobiel.
Thanks to Stephen King Fanclub Netherlands.

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Whoes in Nihgtmares Hollywood


Posted: December 1, 2005.

Today a press release was issued from TNT about Nightmares & Dreamscapes. In it they announce six of the eight episodes that will be part of the series. The other two will be announced once they have been casted. You can read the press release here.

I have also learned that the two episodes not listed in the press release are (as I have said before) Autopsy Room Four and Crouch End. Here is the info I have about those:

Crouch End
Writer: Kim LeMasters
Director: Mark Haber

Autopsy Room Four
Writer: April Smith
Director: Rob Bowman

Other info I just got is that The Road Virus Heads North has three more days of shooting, and will be followed by Battleground which begins production on January 16th.

Further more the same source told me that the series will start airing on or around June 15, 2006 and a new episode will follow each week for a total of 8 weeks.
Thanks to MG.

King's German publisher Heyne says they will release Cell in March 2006 for Cell. The German title will be Puls. It will be a Hardcover with 430 pages.
Dirk Rensmann

The Secretary of Dreams


Posted: November 30, 2005.

OK folks, here is an offer you want to keep in mind:

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, Cemetery Dance Publications (http://www.cemeterydance.com) will be announcing a new Stephen King book called The Secretary of Dreams. Although they can't share more information about the book just yet (please don't email them!), they have prepared a special offer for Lilja's Library visitors to take advantage of when the book is announced! Here are the details:

When The Secretary of Dreams is announced, be sure to order a copy from Cemetery Dance and mention "Lilja's Library" in the COMMENTS section of the checkout form. If you do, you'll automatically be entered into a random drawing for a FREE Advanced Readers Copy of The Secretary of Dreams!

Cemetery Dance has reserved FIVE review copies for Lilja's Library visitors, which means five of you will be among the first people in the world to experience The Secretary of Dreams! But this contest will only run for ONE WEEK after the announcement so you'll want to get your order in fast so you don't miss out!


(For those who don't know, review copies are printed in trade paperback form exclusively for reviewers and they ship BEFORE the book is actually published! This is so the reviews can be written before a book's publication date.)

If you forget to mention this website on your order form, you will NOT be entered into the drawing! Unfortunately, due to the number of orders they'll be processing, Cemetery Dance cannot add the contest entry notation to your order after it is placed. You must mention this website in the COMMENTS section when you checkout. Sorry, no exceptions.

(This offer is also being made to a few other groups so if you see it somewhere else, make sure to note the name of that website! Every participating website is getting FIVE review copies for their visitors, which means every site you mention in the COMMENTS section when you place your order will increase your odds of winning! Odds of winning will depend on the number of qualifying entries for each website. Winners will be selected by Cemetery Dance sometime between the end of the contest and when the review copies are printed. Winners will be notified by email. All decisions of Cemetery Dance Publications are final.)

Good luck, and keep watching for the The Secretary of Dreams announcement in the next few weeks!

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Stephen's Picks


Posted: November 29, 2005.

Apparently both The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and From A Buick 8 will be delayed. You can read all about it in this interview Romero did with Empire.
Thanks to Rocky Wood

Today I also have two things that I want to chare with you. I found both at the message board on King's official site.

The working title of Lisey’s Story was briefly Lisey Landon.

And to the question if King have plans for any new books after Lisey’s Story the moderator answered: Yes, he already has one in mind that he plans to begin writing in January.

Also, there is a contest you might want to check out. www.skfakes.co.uk will launch its fourth competition on the 1st December. It is open to members only but joining is easy. Simply log onto www.skfakes.co.uk and click on the Members Only link. The prizes are pretty amazing - here is a direct link to the prizes page: http://www.skfakes.co.uk/Members/prizea.htm There is a small charge to enter the competition but with a Signed Limited Edition as the Star Prize it could be an excellent investment.

Stephen's Picks


Posted: November 28, 2005.

Stephen's Picks for the week of November 28, 2005 is out:

* Stephen is reading My Antonia, by Willa Cather (Very good)
* He is also reading The Rainbow, by D.H. Lawrence (Difficult but awesomely romantic)
* Stephen is listening to All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson (still)
* He is also listening to Who the Hell is John Eddie (John Eddie)
* He is also listening to Gold (Ryan Adams)
* On DVD Stephen Stephen is watching The Beavis and Butthead DVD Collection (Really cool, heh-heh-heh)
* In theaters, Stephen saw Walk The Line (Great)

Thanks to everyone that helped out with survey. I got 335 answers and you will see the result next year when I celebrate 10 years on the Net.

The winners of the audio books are:

The Colorado Kid: Mark Roberts
The Dark Tower 6: Sean Patrick Reilly
The Dark Tower 7: Ray Dillon
Carrie: Jim Stange
The Shining: Nelson Bartlett

Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished


Posted: November 24, 2005.

Here is a cool picture of the ARCs for Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished and here you can see more cool pictures.

Don't forget to answer the survey about what you think about Lilja's Library. You won't just help me but you will also have the chance to win an audio book by King. You have until Sunday to do it, then it'll be over. Just click on the banner above.

US cover for Cell


Posted: November 23, 2005.

Here is the US cover for Cell.
Thanks to John Hanic.

Hodder & Stoughton tells me the UK edition of Cell has been pushed forward and that the new release date is February 27th. The US edition is still set for release on January 24th.

llustrations from The Mist


Posted: November 22, 2005.

I have gotten confirmation from TNT that Nightmares & Dreamscapes will air next summer. I also learned today that Fifth Quarter is directed by Rob Bowman (X-files, Electra etc).
Thanks to Christine Moffat.

Season 5 of The Dead Zone will start June 11.

A DVD called ABC Fall Preview Disc DVD (2005) is now given to everyone that gets season 1 of Desperate Housewives at Walmart. On this DVD there are previews for upcoming shows and movies on ABC. And as you may have guessed by now one of the movies is Desperation. So remember this if your thinking of buying season 1 of Desperate Housewives. And if anyone gets this DVD, please let me know.

Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished


Posted: November 21, 2005.

So, Cemetery Dance's new site is up and on it they are giving us a real treat. There are some very interesting excerpts there. Two is from the upcoming Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished, one from Sword in the Darkness and one from Wimsey. You can read both here.

There is also an excerpt from Frank Darabont's wonderful book Walpuski's Typewriter. You can read that one here.

      

Here are two illustrations from The Mist that will be in the book Dark Forces 25th aniversary, published by Lonely Roads.
Thanks to Ari.

King visiting the UK?


Posted: November 18, 2005.

King visiting the UK? Well it's not totally impossible. This is what the moderator of King's board answered on a question about it:

He’s done at least two book tours in the UK and is considering another for next year but we have not made any definite plans for it. I am skeptical about a book tour for Cell and think it would be more likely for Lisey’s Story, but that’s speculation on my part.

OK, so we know that Home Delivery won't be part of Nightmares & Dreamscapes but now I can tell you that it's replacement will be Autopsy Room Four.
Thanks to MG

Check out my review of the audio edition of The Colorado Kid.

Home Delivery


Posted: November 17, 2005.

I got an email from Mick Garris today and he told me that he won't do Home Delivery for Nightmares & Dreamscapes due to scheduling issues. No replacement story has been revealed yet.

On the official site for The Dead Zone they now say that season 5 will air in June 2006. That probably means that season 4 will be out on DVD sometime before that.

Description of Cell


Posted: November 16, 2005.

Here is a description of Cell from Scribner:

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Civilization doesn't end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone.

What happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human. Savage, murderous, unthinking-and on a wanton rampage. Terrorist act? Cyber prank gone haywire? It really doesn't matter, not to the people who avoided the technological attack. What matters to them is surviving the aftermath. Before long a band of them-"normies" is how they think of themselves-have gathered on the grounds of Gaiten Academy, where the headmaster and one remaining student have something awesome and terrifying to show them on the school's moonlit soccer field. Clearly there can be no escape. The only option is to take them on.

CELL is classic Stephen King, a story of gory horror and white-knuckling suspense that makes the unimaginable entirely plausible and totally fascinating.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

I spoke with Peter Straub today and took the opportunity to ask him about the 3rd book about Jack Sawyer. He told me that he and King want to do it and that it might happen in four to five years.

10th anniversary


Posted: November 14, 2005.

Before I give you today's news I would like to ask you to help me out. As you all know Lilja's Library celebrates it's 10th anniversary next year and during the 10th year online there will be some changes to the site. Before I make the changes though I want to see what you, the readers of Lilja's Library want. After all, I'm doing this for all of you! So if you want to let me know what you think about Lilja's Library and get the chance to get a free audio book, please take a few minutes and take this survey [link has expired].

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OK, with that said, on to the King news;

Here is the latest column from Entertainment Weekly. It's called Lights in a Box.
Thanks to Grzesiek Tupikowski and Paul Poroshin.

Join best-selling author Stephen King for the Second Annual Writers in Paradise Conference to be held January 21-29, 2006, at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information, visit www.writersinparadise.com or call 727-864-7994.
Thanks to Miss X.

Rebecca Gibney joins the cast of Nightmares & Dreamscapes. She plays India in End of the Whole Mess.

     

And here are the first two pictures from Nightmares & Dreamscapes. It shows Ron Livingston and Rebecca Gibney from the episode End of the Whole Mess.

All the storied for Nightmares & Dreamscapes


Posted: November 13, 2005.

Here is the correct info about Nightmares & Dreamscapes and this info is confirmed:

Episode 1:
You Know They Have a Hell of a Band
Script: Mike Robe
Director: Mike Robe
Cast:
* Steven Weber -- Clark Rivingham
* Kim Delaney -- Mary Rivingham
* Bert Labonte -- Otis Reddding

Episode 2:
Umney's Last Case
Script:
Director: Rob Bowman
Cast:
* William H Macy -- Clyde Umney
* Jacqueline McKenzie -- Linda Landry
* Sigrid Thornton -- Mrs. Strnwood
* Louis Corbett -- Danny Landry

Episode 3:
End of the Whole Mess
Script: Lawrence D. Cohen
Director: ??
Cast:
* Ron Livingston
* Henry Thomas
* Rebecca Gibney --- India

Episode 4:
Fifth Quarter
Script: ??
Director: ??
Cast:
* Jeremy Sisto
* Samantha Mathis

Episode 5:
The Road Virus Heads North
Script: ??
Director: ??
Cast:
* Tom Berenger
* Marsha Mason

Episode 6:
Battleground
Script: Richard Christian Matheson
Director: Brian Henson
Cast:
* William Hurt

Episode 7:
Crouch End
Script: Kim Lemasters
Director: ??
Cast:

Episode 8:
Home Delivery (this one is a maybe though)
Script: Mick Garris
Director: Mick Garris
Cast:

Thanks to MG

The trade paperback of The Dark Tower VII is now out and you can get your copy here. One interesting thing about this one is that the cover is the same as the hardback. When part 5 and 6 where released in trade paperbacks they both had new covers.

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Stephen King's Dark Tower Graphic Novel


Posted: November 9, 2005.

Amazon.com has listed something called Stephen King's Dark Tower Graphic Novel and my guess is that it's the hardback with all six issues of The Dark Tower comics.

The End of the Whole Mess will be the sixth confirmed episode of Nightmares & Dreamscapes and it is in the process of being cast.
Thanks to MG

More news about Nightmares & Dreamscapes today. IMDB.com reports that one of the segments will be based on Dolan's Cadillac. Gabriel Byrne will play Dolan and Freddie Prinze Jr. Robinson.

They also report that William H. Macy will play Clyde Umney, Jacqueline McKenzie Linda Landry and Sigrid Thornton Mrs. Sternwood in Umney's Last Case. They also report that Sharon Stone will be in it but this has previously been denied by a spokeswoman for Stone so we'll have to see what is correct.

Further they report that Kim Delaney will play Mary Rivingham, Bert Labonte Otis Reddding and Stephen Webber Clark Rivingham in You know they got a hell of a band.

Besides this they meniton that Andy Anderson, Rebecca Gibney, Harold Hopkins, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Sisto, Henry Thomas and Richard Thomas will be starting in the series.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes


Posted: November 8, 2005.

More news about Nightmares & Dreamscapes is popping up every day. Here is the latest:

Mike Robe has directed You Know They Have Hell of a Band and Crouch End will be the 5th known episode. It was written by Kim LeMasters.
Thanks to MG

Johnathon Schaech and Richard Chizmar has written the script for a movie version of King's From A Buick 8 as well as an adaptation of King and Peter Straub's Black House for Akiva GoldsmanAkiva Goldsman's Weed Road Prods. George A. Romero will direct From A Buick 8.
Read the entire article here.
Thanks to everyone that sent me info about this.

Here is, to my knowledge, the first English spoken King audio book that has been recorded and released in France. It's the story The Word Processor of the Gods. It was released in March 2005 and narrated by Jean-Pierre Berman. You can order a copy here.
Thanks to herbertwest

The right answers


Posted: November 7, 2005.

OK, here are the right answers and the books that where a contender after each clue.

Clue 1: The title is a name.

The titles that where possibly right:
* Carrie
* Cujo
* Christine
* Misery
* Gerald's Game
* Dolores Claiborne
* Umney's Last Case
* The Green Mile 3-Coffey's Hands
* The Green Mile 4-The Bad Death Of Eduardo Delacroix
* The Green Mile 6-Coffey On The Mile
* The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
* The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident
* Rose Red
* Rose Madder
* IT

Clue 2: A movie has been based on it.

The titles that where possibly right:
* Carrie
* Cujo
* Christine
* Misery
* Dolores Claiborne
* The Green Mile 3-Coffey's Hands
* The Green Mile 4-The Bad Death Of Eduardo Delacroix
* The Green Mile 6-Coffey On The Mile
* The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
* The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident
* Rose Red
* IT

Clue 3: The book was written by King and was not released in serial form.

The titles that where possibly right:
* Carrie
* Cujo
* Christine
* Misery
* Dolores Claiborne
* IT

Clue 4: The title character is a human girl.

The titles that where possibly right:
* Carrie
* Misery
* Dolores Claiborne

Clue 5: In the book she is a fictional character.

The right answer was:
* Misery

And the five winners are:

- Eric Enderle (the US)
- Mary Brady (the US)
- Amy Palko (the UK)
- Tim Norman (the US)
- Flavia Godoy (Argentina)

Congratulations! All five sent in the right answer the first night, well done!

Umney's Last Case


Posted: November 6, 2005.

Bev Vincent reported the following:

Rob Bowman is now filming Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Umney's Last Case, starring William H. Macy (Sahara) and Jackie McKenzie (TV's The 4400).

And Ron Livingston (see photo), star of “Office Space” is in Australia shooting an installment of an upcoming TNT series based on Stephen King short stories.

Seams the TV series is starting to come together…

Flash memorial book


Posted: November 5, 2005.

There's a flash memorial book on the late Ed Mcbain's site and on one of the pages there's a one-page text by king.
Thanks to Dohi.

Cemetery Dance have sent Stephen King: Uncollected and Unpublished to the printer and it will now be released in December.Remember, it is limited to 2000 (a large portion of which have already been pre-sold) and includes the first ever publication of a lengthy chapter from King's unpublished 1970 novel Sword in the Darkness, along with the first mass market publication of the poem, Dino.

Campbell Scott will be reading the audio edition of Cell


Posted: November 4, 2005.

Campbell Scott will be reading the audio edition of Cell

Now you can download the Pet Sematary episode of South Park over at Stephen King shortmovies.

Two new King related magazines is now out:

-The Writer's Survival Guide, (published by The Writer Magazine), no date on cover or inside, however it states "Display until January 31, 2006" on cover. It contains King's 6 page non-fiction piece "All The Writing Advice You Need, In 10 Minutes".

-Mad Classics #3, Nov. 2005, contains a 7 page parody on "The Shining" movie ("The Shiner).
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan

If you want you can now listen to an interview I did with Meridian Writing on BBC radio back in 2002 (I appear about 10½ min into the program). Please comment on it if you want but please remember that English isn't my first language, OK? Enjoy.
Thanks to Joep Buijs

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OK, I'm getting this wrong. As pointed out by several members on my list it's not fair to change the rules midway into a contest so (and I'm sorry for this) I'm going to go back to the original rules and I hope that most of you understood them correct.

You can only enter the contest ONCE not ONCE / day!

I'm really sorry for this but it's the first time I did a contest like this and it's the fair thing to do. Sorry!

Michael Piller died November 1


Posted: November 3, 2005.

Some sad news. Michael Piller, co-creator and executive producer of The Dead Zone, died November 1 at the age of 57 following a long battle with cancer.

Stephen's Picks for the week of October 31, 2005 is out:

* Stephen is reading Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman (Excellent)
* He is also reading This Book Will Save Your Life, by A.M. Homes (Excellent)
* On television, Stephen is watching Veronica Mars (Very Good)

Here is a nice review of the audio book of The Shining.

Here is an interview with the colorist of Marvel's The Dark Tower, Richard Isanove.

A new clue is now out for the contest. Unfortunately some of you aren't following the rules and entering more then once. If you have you will be disqualified. This is what it says on the contest page:

You can only answer once...I will be checking for multiple entries on all winners and if I find any you will be disqualified.

So, please don't ruin your chances to win, OK?

'Salem's Lot


Posted: November 2, 2005.

OK, November is here and I'm happy to say that I have yet another contest lined up for you. This time five copies of the new 'Salem's Lot is at stake.

This contest will be a bit different, though. I'm looking for a book title and in order for you to find out which I will give you 5 different clues. Each clue will make it easier for you to find out the title BUT the earlier you answer the better your chance to will be. Let me explain.

Here is how it will work. I will collect all the answers that arrive after the first clue in one folder, all that arrive after the second clue in a different folder and so on for all five clues. Then when it comes time to draw the winners, I will first draw from the day one folder and if there are five entries with the right answer, there is no need for me to draw from any more entries. However, if there are not five right answers in that folder I will continue to the day two folder, then day three, day four and the day five folder...until I get the five winners.

So, you will have a greater chance to win the earlier you answer, but there will also be a bigger risk that you answer incorrectly if you answer too early. And you can only answer once...I will be checking for multiple entries on all winners and if I find any you will be disqualified.

Click the Salem's Lot banner above to enter.

Interview with Jae Lee


Posted: October 31, 2005.

Here is an interview with Jae Lee, the man who is drawing The Dark Tower for Marvel.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Dark Tower comics


Posted: October 30, 2005.

There has been a lot of info about The Dark Tower comics so I thought I would try to summarize what's happening for you:

* There will be 6 issues.

* They will be released in April, May, June, July, August and September 2006.

* In time for the holiday in 2006, all 6 parts will be released together in a hardback edition.

* The first mini-series is set in a time when Roland, Alain and Cutherbert were boys. The series is drawing heavily from Wizard and Glass and the story occurs when the trio were boys. Much of it will be during the time in Hambry. This period is so important to the development of Roland as the last gunslinger. This is the time when he earns his guns—becomes a man.

* The look and feel of the series will probably be along the lines of Marvel’s Ultimate line, with thicker cover and glossy paper. The price will be in line with Marvel’s other titles.

* Marvel will do multiple miniseries and hard cover collections based on The Dark Tower. There will be more after this first six-issue mini-series.


The UK edition of Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume II is now shipping from Amazon.co.uk. This is the only hardback edition of this title. You can reserve your copy here.
Thanks to John Hanic.

The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King


Posted: October 29, 2005.

Friday’s winner has been drawn and here is the winner and the right answer. The question was This book was the first collaboration between horror/fantasy writers King and Straub. What's the title? and the answer was The Talisman.

And the winner is Robin Wallace from the US. Congratulations!

In other news;

Don't forget to use the offer to get The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King for $20 below the original price:

With Halloween approaching the Publishers of The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (see www.horrorking.com) are offering 40% off the RRP for copies ordered by 31 October. This is for the latest, Third Edition of this classic King resource.

When ordering simply enter (LIL40) after your name on the order page www.horrorking.com/order. This will save you $20!

Check out my reviews of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition and order now.

The Marvel issue is now solved


Posted: October 28, 2005.

Thursday’s winner has been drawn and here is the winner and the right answer. The question was "The Stand" was re-published in 1990. How many words more from the original 1978 1st edition? and the answer was 150,000 words.

And the winner is Per Andersson from Sweden. Congratulations!

In other news;

The Marvel issue is now solved. Here is a part from the press release:

The comic series will mark the first time Stephen King has produced original content for an ongoing comic book project. The series will expand the saga of King's epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. King's unparalleled storytelling power will inform new stories that delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga's mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself.

There will be 6 issues. One issue each month starting in April 2006. The at Christmas next year all 6 parts will be released together in a hardback edition.

You can read the entire press release here.

Over at Newsarama, in Joe Fridays Joe Quesada reveal a lot about the upcoming comics.



Marvel has also started their promotion of the comics. These bookmarks will soon appear in stores.
Thanks to everyone that sent me info about this. It's not often my mailbox is as full as it was today :)

Horror King's graphic novel


Posted: October 27, 2005.

Wednesday’s winner has been drawn and here is the right answer. The question was Dustjacket of original "Firestarter". Fill in the blank: "Andy could feel something building up in the air, building up around Charlie like an __________" and the answer was Electric charge.

And the winner is Hanna-Mari Sorvari from Finland. Congratulations!

In other news;

PN Online reported the following today:
Horror King's graphic novel

STEPHEN KING IS writing a graphic novel for Marvel Comics. Illustrated by Jae Lee, well-known American illustrator of comic books, it will form the eighth volume in King’s Dark Tower series, published by Simon & Schuster in the States and Hodder in the UK. Marvel is distributed worldwide by Diamond Book Distributors and publication is scheduled for next autumn.

Publishers Weekly reported the following:
Publisher Weekly is also reporting that Stephen King will bring the Dark Tower series to Marvel. In a recent article, Publisher Weekly wrote:

"In a move that can only continue to elevate the literary and commercial cachet of the graphic novel format, sources say that bestselling novelist Stephen King has agreed to write a new installment of his Dark Tower series as a graphic novel to be published in 2006.

"A spokesperson for Marvel Comics, which will announce the deal on Friday, confirmed that they will publish a King work, although they didn't disclose details. Marvel was dropping hints about a possible King book at this year's Comic-con in July. Sources say that the new Dark Tower installment will be published first as a comic book periodical beginning in April and later released as a Marvel hardcover in the fall of 2006. The artist on the book will be veteran comics illustrator Jae Lee and the colorist is Richard Isanove, who won a recent Quill Award for his work on Marvel's 1602."

To add a little more proof to the fire, we went to Jae Lee, asking him if the rumors had any merit. He would not comment on the subject.

Marvel then later gave the following statement:
When asked to comment on the report, a Marvel spokesman said, "Marvel will be releasing the correct info of what 'King' is on Friday."
Thanks to IGN, Rocky Wood, Ariel, David Blais and Nick Bolanos.

The South Park episode that aired yesterday incorporated part of a Pet Semetary narrative. They should be replaying it all week on Comedy Central. However, for more info about the episode, see here.
Thanks to Christopher Hayre.

1408


Posted: October 26, 2005.

Tuesday’s winner has been drawn but first, as always, the right answer. The question was The lyrics to John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Back in the USSR" appear in the original THE DEAD ZONE published in 1979. What page in the book do they appear on? and the answer was Pg. 69.

And the winner is Jim Stange from the US. Congratulations!

In other news;

Hodder & Stoughton will release a UK edition of the new illustrated Salem's Lot. It's out on April 10, 2006 but you can pre-order today.

It's now confirmed that will be the fourth known episode in Nightmares and Dreamscapes:

Nightmares and Dreamscapes is going to be a series that will be airing on the TNT network. This series is based off the book by Stephen King and is sure to be a hit. The series is planned to run starting sometime in 2006 with the first episode being called "You know that got a Hell of a Band". In this series you will see some merchandise that was purchased from us. This includes a Crosley select o matic and a reproduction old time telephone. We here at BarsandBooths.com are big Stephen King fans and look forward to seeing our merchandise in this series. Thanks for choosing us for you retro needs!
From Barsandbooths.com.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

1408 is back. As I reported some years ago it was supposed to be done by Eli Roth, but he is now out of the project and this is a new script, new director but the same film studio:

Dimension Enters King's '1408'

Dimension has set helmer Mikael Hafstrom and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for a horror movie based on Stephen King's short story "1408." The script by Matt Greenberg is being rewritten by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

The story revolves around a man specializing in debunking paranormal occurrences who meets his match when he checks into the notorious room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. There he encounters true terror.

The short story appeared in the King audio book Blood and Smoke and later in the King anthology Everything's Eventual, published in 2002.

Alexander and Karaszewski together have scripted such films as The People vs. Larry Flynt and Ed Wood.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Fright Stuff


Posted: October 25, 2005.

Monday's winner has been drawn but first the right answer. The question was In a recently featured Signed 1st Edition from Veryfinebooks.com, who is Mary's # 1 fan? and the answer Stephen King.

And the winner is Alessio Romano from Italy. Congratulations!

A new column is out. This one is called The Fright Stuff and you can read it online here.
Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

Of the 8 episodes in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series we know the title of 3. They are Umney's Last Case, Battleground and Home Delivery. There are also guesses that You Know They Have a Hell of a Band will be included. Rumors have it that Steven Weber and Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue) will star in the later.

The same source from IMDB.com says that the first episode will air on TNT on June 15, 2006. This is NOT confirmed yet though.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

You can also check out my review of Salem’s Lot: Illustrated Edition. Pre-order you copy here.

Stephen King's Gotham Café is screening in several cities in North America this week.

* The Bethel Film Festival on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th in Bethel, CT. (http://www.bethelfilmfestival.com/whatsshowing.html)

* As part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival on Saturday, October 29th in Providence, RI. (http://www.film-festival.org/HorrorSched05.php)

* The Cinemuerte Film Festival on Sunday, October 30th in Vancouver, Canada. (http://www.cinemuerte.com/horror-film-festival/index.html)

New interview with King online


Posted: October 24, 2005.

There is a new interview with King online from Weekly Reader. There is one interview and a bunch of questions from kids.
Thanks to Miss X and Bev Vincent.

There will be a remake of Creepshow.
Thanks to Rocky Wood, Bob I and Anders Jakobson.

Rebecca Gibney joins the cast (Harold Hopkins, William H.Macy, Sigrid Thornton, Jacqueline McKenzie, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Anderson and Henry Thomas) for King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series.
Thanks to Moviehole.

Release dates for Cell and Lisey's Story


Posted: October 23, 2005.

The new release dates for Cell and Lisey's Story is January 24 (about 3 month away) and October 24.

You can pre-order your copies here:
Amazon.com:
US hardback
US CD
US Cassette

Amazon.co.uk:
UK hardback
US hardback

The last contest I had in collaboration with Very Fine Books was such a huge success that we both felt it was time for another one. During Monday to Friday you'll be able to win a book. The title won't be revealed until the day the book is the prize (just like last time). Just click the banner to enter.


There is also another offer for you today:

With Halloween approaching the Publishers of The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (see www.horrorking.com) are offering 40% off the RRP for copies ordered by 31 October. This is for the latest, Third Edition of this classic King resource.

When ordering simply enter (LIL40) after your name on the order page www.horrorking.com/order. This will save you $20!

Check out my reviews of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition and order now.

Stephen's Picks


Posted: October 20, 2005.

This message was posted on King's message board today:

There is now an anticipated release schedule of January (rather than Feb.) for Cell and Oct. (rather than Nov.) for Lisey’s Story.

There where also a request for more info about the book to come after Lisey’s Story and the reply was:

Probably not for a while--possibly not until next spring depending upon when Stephen is ready to let info out. It will not be out until after Lisey’s Story which will be fall of ’06, after Cell’s release.

Stephen's Picks for the week of October 17, 2005 is out:

* Stephen is reading The Mad Cook of Pymatuning by Christopher Lehman-Haupt (Great) and To Kingdom Come by Will Thomas (Good).
* He is listening to Drunken Lullabies, by Flogging Molly (Excellent).
* His movie pick of the week is In Her Shoes, Directed by Curtis Hanson (Real Good).

Home Delivery


Posted: October 18, 2005.

So the mystery with the new Dollar Babies are solved. Neither Blood Jacker, Rats or We All Fall Down is based on King's stories.

However, Home Delivery is and it looks like it might be one of the coolest Dollar Babies ever done. You can see for yourself at the official site.
Thanks to Bev Vincent and Stephen King Short Movies.

Here is a description of the special holiday episode of The Dead Zone:

When female psychic Alex Sinclair (returning guest star Jennifer Finnigan) pays Johnny a surprise Christmas visit, the two work together to solve the mystery of one very lost and confused Santa. Sharing disturbing and contradictory visions of their Santa’s life, Alex and Johnny wonder who this strange old man in a track suit and Santa hat really is. As their investigation unfolds, they become involved with three young street kids who are equally lost, and who wind up joining everyone back at Johnny’s for the best - albeit strangest - Christmas any of them can remember.

Here are a bit more info about the desktop calendar for 2006 SK Library/BOMC has produced. It's a hardcover, fairly large, and is chock full of trivia, information, quotes and excerpts.

Leef Peepers, King's essay about tourists exploring the fall colors, is reprinted in its entirety, as is the short story My Pretty Pony. Snippets from On Writing and other King commentaries, plus reviews, bloopers, lists (beers, cars, etc.).

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Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County


Posted: October 17, 2005.

It seams that the film festival to be in October is Rhode Island International Film Festival. According to their program they will show a whole bunch of Stephen King short films. Some unknown (at least to me) until now. Here is the list:

Gotham Cafe (15 min)
Rats (5 min)
We all Fall Down (15 min)
Home Delivery (11 min)
Road Virus Heads North (14 min)
Blood Jacker (? min)
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Veteran Australian actor Harold Hopkins, known for his roles in such classics as “The Club”, “Gallipoli” and “Brides of Christ”, has joined the cast of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, the new Stephen King telemovie series, being filmed in Melbourne. He co-stars with William H.Macy. Brian Henson and Stacy Title direct the pic, which was written for TV by Mick Garris
Thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.

John Mellencamp talks The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

The character Dana Bright, played by Kristen Dalton will be back for one episode (Articles of Faith) in season 5 of The Dead Zone.

The Furnace


Posted: October 16, 2005.



Here us King's two paragraphs of the story The Furnace. You can help him finish it here.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

King is on the cover of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (December 2005), which is already on some newsstands. King is quoted on the cover in response to "What They Say About Queen" along with Janet Maslin, Edward D. Hoch and John Updike. Unfortunately, there is nothing inside the issue by or about King, just the cover. The Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine website has not yet been updated with information regarding the new issue.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

The Furnace


Posted: October 15, 2005.

There is a new King 'story' around. It is the first two paragraphs of a story for Teens to complete. It's called The Furnace and appears in Know Your Own World for October 2005. A sister magazine carries an interview and a small excerpt from The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and excerpt from On Writing and some other King stuff.

According to Rocky it's been confirmed that King will NOT be finishing the story. More info to come...
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

The Road Virus Heads North


Posted: October 14, 2005.

Now you can check out my review of season 4 of The Dead Zone.

The Road Virus Heads North is playing in Screamfest LA 2005 this Saturday, Oct. 15 at Universal Studios (12:00pm), and it'll be opening the world premiere of Tobe Hooper's new film "Mortuary" next Thursday, Oct. 20 at the NYC Horror Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas (10:30pm).

It's also playing at the Rhode Island International Film Festival the week after, but I haven't received a screening date yet.
Thanks to Dave Brock.

Stephen's Picks


Posted: October 13, 2005.

Stephen's Picks is a new weekly feature on his official site. Here are his picks for the week of October 10, 2005:

* Stephen is reading The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly.
* He is listening to King of the New York Streets by Dion.
* His movie pick of the week is Serenity — he loved it.

This continuity clarification if from King himself and was published on his official site:

“The review of The Colorado Kid in today’s issue of USA Today mentions that there was no Starbucks in Denver in 1980. Don’t assume that’s a mistake on my part. The constant readers of the Dark Tower series may realize that that is not necessarily a continuity error, but a clue.”
Thanks to Miss X.

Lighthouse Media One is currently compiling their third and final Stephen King Special – Lighthouse VI. They still have a few places open for essays/non-fiction articles on King, but these would need to be submitted within the next two weeks to lmo1@blueyonder.co.uk

Further details can be found at www.lighthousemediaone.co.uk.

The proof of Lighthouse V (the second King special) has been approved and LMO are awaiting delivery on this book.

Lisey's Story


Posted: October 12, 2005.

Once again King's moderator on the official message board has confirmed that King knows what he will do after Lisey's Story. Here is what she answered to the question of if King knows what he will do after Lisey's Story:

Yes, he already knows what he plans to write after those are edited.

She also mentioned that Lunch At Gotham Cafe has been optioned for a theater release.

My review of the CD from SCarrie: The Musical is now online.

If you want your own copy of the SCarrie CD you can get it here.

Cell will be 384 pages long


Posted: October 10, 2005.

According to Simon & Schuster's website Cell will be 384 pages long and on 10 CDs and 8 cassettes. Please note though that this is estimated numbers, not confirmed numbers.

According to an article in Playbill magazine, Richard Thomas will be filming a part in the Nightmares & Dreamscapes series in January.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

King's the "Sunday Morning" program...


Posted: October 8, 2005.

The Very Fine Book contest is over and Friday's contest is done. Before I tell you who won a copy of Creepshow , 1st Edition /1st printing 1982 is selected but before I reveal the name of the winner I want to give you the right answer.

The question was Mysterious Press in 1981 published which Stephen King Signed Limited Deluxe Edition? and the right answer was Cujo.

And the winner is...Adam Norris from Australia, congratulations!

In other King news;

You can now pre-order the UK edition of Cell from Amazon.co.uk. The release date listed is February 13.
Thanks to Marco Lammers.

King's the "Sunday Morning" program seams to be airing tomorrow morning, October 9, some time between 9:00 and 10:30. Here is what Hard Case Crime say about it in a mail.

First, the TV appearance: Those of you who have been with us for a while may recall that about two months ago CBS came by to interview us for their "Sunday Morning" program. They originally told us that the segment was scheduled to air on September 18th; then it was rescheduled for September 25th; then October 2nd. After the piece failed to air on any of those dates, we started to despair of ever seeing it. But earlier today, CBS did something they'd never done before: They publicly announced that the piece would run this coming Sunday. Here's what they posted on their Web site and sent to everyone on their mailing list: "PULP FICTION: Growing up, writer Stephen King loved reading dime store novels. Now the established author has written one of his own, a paperback murder mystery called 'The Colorado Kid,' the latest in the retro series 'Hard Case Crime.' Anthony Mason sits down with the author and learns about his role in the comeback of pulp fiction." So: While we can't make any promises, it looks like the piece may actually be airing tomorrow morning, October 9, some time between 9:00 and 10:30. I'll be tuning in, and I hope you'll join me.

The holiday special of The Dead Zone has gotten an earlier premiere date. This is from the official site:

SPECIAL HOLIDAY EPISODE! Don't miss "A Very Dead Zone Christmas," an all new episode of The Dead Zone, premiering Sunday, November 27 at 10/9C! Watch this site for more details, coming soon.
Thanks to Dohi.

2006 Stephen King Library Desk Calendar


Posted: October 7, 2005.

Thursday's contest is done and the winner of a copy of Misery 1st edition/Fine is selected but before I reveal the name of the winner I want to give you the right answer.

The question was Borderlands 5 is the winner of what Award? and the right answer was Bram Stoker Winner.

And the winner is...Mark Carle from the US, congratulations!

In other King news;

On the official message board King's moderator got the question "if King was working on any book now" and gave this very pleasant answer: He’s in the editing phase of two books but has an idea for a new one that he will begin writing soon.

Doubleday Book Club is releasing a Stephen King desk calendar for 2006. Here is a description of it:

If you’re already a fan of Stephen King, chances are you’re more than a little creeped out by pet cemeteries, you have a healthy fear of clowns, and when you think of the Man in Black, it isn’t Johnny Cash who comes to mind. But we’d like to tell you a few things about the master of horror that you don’t already know know. Peek inside the pages of the 2006 Stephen King Library Desk Calendar to discover:
• What question King answered correctly on Jeopardy! to beat David Duchovny and Lynn Redgrave.
• The story behind why Stephen King was partly to blame for the Red Sox curse.
• In his own words, why King wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman
• King’s tips for the aspiring writer
• The top ten list of King’s most popular characters
• King’s musical tastes
• The overlooked novels of Tabitha King, and much more.

As an added bonus, Stephen King’s short story, “My Pretty Pony,” is included at the end of our exclusive calendar. 7½" x 10"; 128 pages; spiral bound.

More info about King's possible collaboration with Marvel:

Marvel Comics' Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada had this to say when a fan noted that novelist Stephen King had said in a web interview he'd be doing some work for Marvel.

"Let's say, hypothetically, that we were doing business with Steven King. Would that be cool?" The crowd responded enthusiastically "Yes" and Quesada replies "Let's leave it at that, then."
Thanks to Ari.

The winner


Posted: October 6, 2005.

Wednesday's contest is done and the winner of a copy of Eyes of the Dragon (1st Edition/1st printing, Fine/Fine) is selected but before I reveal the name of the winner I want to give you the right answer.

The question was In Ed Mcbain’s 2005 Release of “Transgressions”, a Stephen King short story is published for the first time, what is the title? and the right answer was The Thing's They Left Behind.

And the winner is Sergio Simionato from Argentina, congratulations!

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon


Posted: October 5, 2005.

Tuesday's contest is done and the winner of a copy of Pet Sematary (1st Edition/1st printing) Fine/Fine is selected but before I reveal the name of the winner I want to give you the right answer.

The question was Salem’s Lot by Centipede Press (2004 edition) is a big book! How much does it weigh? and the right answer is of course 13 pounds.

And the winner is Marcus Cormier from Canada, congratulations!

Don't miss today's question.

In other King news;

It seams that the movie version of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is quite far from being done. This is what Romero said about it in an interview with Bloody Disgusting.

Steve and I go way back and he's a great guy and I wanted to do "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon", which is a wonderful story. I've actually already written the adaptation and wanted Dakota Fanning for the lead role. But Hollywood thought the story was "too soft", especially with my name attached to it so it's on hold for now. But we came VERY close to doing it! Perhaps one day soon.

You can now check out my review of Brian Freeman's Blue November Storms in The Review Section.

Very Fine Books contest


Posted: October 4, 2005.

Monday's contest is done and the winner of a copy of The Dead Zone (Easton Press edition), black leather (new/sealed) is selected but before I reveal the name of the winner I want to give you the right answer.

The question was What is Stephen King’s birth date. (day/month/year)? and the right answer is of course 21/Sept./1947.

And the winner is Brent Foehl from the US, congratulations!

Don't miss today's question.

Stephen King is Richard Bachman


Posted: October 3, 2005.

Tomorrow The Colorado Kid hits the bookstores but if you want to get it online you can do so by clicking any of these links:

- Book from Amazon.com
- Book from Amazon.co.uk
- CD from Amazon.com
- Cassette from Amazon.com

Overlook Connection Press is going to release an updated and completely revised edition of Michael Collings book Stephen King is Richard Bachman. Here is a description of the book:

This is the whole story of how Stephen King’s Richard Bachman came to life, and when King finally had to “give up the ghost” and come forth with the truth – that he was writing under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. This of course came about when the fifth novel, “Thinner,” was released and a reader discovered King’s pseudonym.

Now Michael Collings takes us from the beginnings of this unusual fiction side show of Stephen King’s body of work, to what we understand will be the last Bachman release, “The Regulators.” Or will it?

Updated and completely revised with new information and Richard Bachman releases since it’s original publication almost 20 years ago.

Chapters Featured:

- A History for Richard Bachman
- Genre, Theme, and Image in Richard Bachman
- Rage
- The Long Walk
- Roadwork
- The Running Man
- Thinner
- Regulators… and Desperation
- Pipe-Dreams and Possibilities

Cover Art by Erik Wilson

Release Date: January 2006
Thanks to Kevin Quigley.

Very Fine Books contest


Posted: October 2, 2005.

Last weeks contest was a huge success so in association with Very Fine Books I'm going to have another one this week. During Monday to Friday you'll be able to win a book. The title won't be revealed until the day the book is the price. Just click the banner to enter.

The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County


Posted: October 1, 2005.

Lilja's Library's The Colorado Kid Contest is over and the last 4 winners have been drawn. Friday’s question was: What is Lilja of Lilja's Library’s native language? and the right answer is Swedish like most of you know.

Valerie Nunez in the US and Jerome Luc Paulin in Canada each get a copy of the audio book and Johan Andersson from Sweden and Nils Von Hirs from the Netherlands each get a copy of the book.

And to all of you that didn't win (and won) there will be a new contest during next week so get back here on Monday to win nice prices!

John Mellencamp will spend the bulk of November working in New York with Stephen King on their long-gestating play with music, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Details of the project was first revealed by Billboard in the fall of 2000. Read the entire article here


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