NEWS - CELL

Cell commercial

Posted: January 31, 2007, 10:57:01

Hodder has done a commercial video for the paperback release of Cell. Check it out here.

www.stephenking.co.uk launched today

Posted: January 25, 2007, 13:54:15

Hodder & Stoughton launched www.stephenking.co.uk today. This is the authorised UK website for King. It's run by Hodder and approved by King.

For now, it is a simple one-page as Cell is published in the UK in paperback today. There will be good stuff up there in time though...


Get your copy of the UK paperback of Cell here.

Cell in color

Posted: August 21, 2006, 11:35:19

Here is a color version of the paperback edition of Cell.

Cell paperback cover

Posted: July 24, 2006, 19:23:45

Here is the cover for the US paperback edition of Cell that is released in November. You can pre-order your copy here.

Cell paperback cover

Posted: June 17, 2006, 00:21:14

Here is the cover of the paperback edition of Cell...not that different from the hardback though...

The book will be released in November.

Cell in paperback

Posted: April 19, 2006, 15:14:52

Pocket Books report that Cell will be out in paperback in November 2006.

King posts message about the ending of Cell

Posted: March 25, 2006, 20:46:49

Because so many readers have been unhappy with the ending of Cell King posted the following message on his official site:


CELL SPOILER: "Based on the information given in the final third of Cell—I’m thinking about the reversion back toward the norm of the later phone crazies—it seems pretty obvious to me that things turned out well for Clay’s son, Johnny. I don’t need to tell you this, do I?”

-Steve
Posted 24 March 2006

Cell released in Germany

Posted: March 5, 2006, 23:30:45

Cell is now out in Germany. It's called Puls.

Cell out in the UK

Posted: February 27, 2006, 21:38:56

Today Cell is released in the UK and in The Times there is a 16 page extract (similar vein to the Australian Sword In The Darkness) from the book (see image).

Thanks to Kevin Etheridge.

French Cell

Posted: February 13, 2006, 23:31:48

Here is the French cover for Cell. The title is Cellulaire and it's being released on March 8.

Thanks to herbertwest, from the Stephen King Lille Board.

Win a Cell T-Shirt

Posted: February 8, 2006, 22:30:00

You can try to win a Cell T-Shirt on the official site.

Thanks to Randy.

Podcast on Cellthebook.com

Posted: February 1, 2006, 22:20:19

A Podcast is up on cellthebook.com. Here you can hear the back story to Cell.

Thanks to whatsnewsfamily.com and Ceri over at www.skfakes.co.uk.

Cell review online

Posted: January 24, 2006, 22:07:46

Today is Cell day. The book is out so go get it ASAP! My review is online now for you to check out and on the official Cell site you can now listen to a message from King.

Cell sold early

Posted: January 22, 2006, 22:01:10

There are reports that besides Wal-Mart, Target and Chapters Book Stores also jumped the gun and has been selling copies of Cell since Saturday the 21.

Thanks to Deepak and Mark Struzinski.

Wal-Mart has jumping the gun

Posted: January 22, 2006, 21:56:18

It seems that Wal-Mart has jumped the gun on selling Cell. I get reports that there where copies for sale on Saturday the 21. So, go hunt!

Thanks to Nate Hammer.

Excerpts from Cell is now out.

Posted: January 20, 2006, 21:20:10


The first of two excerpts from Cell is now out. You can check it (and some rather cool illustrations) out here.

Scribner promoting Cell

Posted: January 18, 2006, 21:00:30

It seems like Scribner is going all out on promoting Cell. Here are some articles about it:

Stephen King's Cell: Ringing Up Readers Nationwide
Stephen King tries to ring up sales through text messages

Thanks to Miss X and Rocky Wood.

www.cellthebook.com

Posted: January 17, 2006, 20:58:03

An official site for Cell is now online. It has all sorts of fun things. Check it out at www.cellthebook.com.

Thanks to Benjamin C. Lacy.

Full cover of UK Cell

Posted: January 16, 2006, 18:45:26


I got a copy of the UK edition of Cell today and here is the full UK cover.

Stephen King podcast

Posted: January 12, 2006, 18:38:34

On February 9th Simon & Schuster Audio will launch an exclusive Stephen King podcast on their site. It will contain a 20-minute interview with King himself, and an excerpt from the Cell audio book. The interview with King that was recorded on December 5 so it's a new and fresh one you don't want to miss.

Both the book and audio is released on January 24th and at the back of the book you can find an excerpt from King's next book Lisey's Story that is due out in October.

You can pre order your copy of Cell here:

US hardback
US audio CD
US audio Cassette
UK hardback
UK audio CD

Background to Cell

Posted: January 5, 2006, 00:25:57

A new edition of Bev Vincent's News From the Dead Zone column is now online and among all the interesting things in it is how King got the story idea for Cell:


King told a story about leaving a New York hotel to get a coffee one morning about six years ago. "A lady under the canopy was on her cell phone and the doorman was getting someone a cab. I thought, what if she got this message on her cell phone that she could not deny and she had to attack everyone she saw - and she started with the doorman, she ripped his throat out."

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Full US cover for Cell

Posted: December 28, 2005, 23:43:00

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 seams 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...

UK cover for Cell

Posted: December 28, 2005, 23:42:00

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.

New author photo

Posted: December 20, 2005, 15:13:00

Here is the author photo from Cell.

UK cover for Cell

Posted: December 16, 2005, 00:13:00

Here is the cover for the UK edition of Cell.

Description of Cell from Cemetery Dance

Posted: December 15, 2005, 00:11:00

Here is a description of Cell from Cemetery Dance:


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.

Dutch cover for Cell

Posted: December 13, 2005, 00:09:00

Here is the cover for the Dutch edition of Cell. The book is out in March 2006.

Thanks to Stephen King Fanclub Nederland.

Description of Cell from Hodder & Stoughton

Posted: December 9, 2005, 00:08:00

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…

Info about Cell

Posted: December 8, 2005, 00:01:00

I got the following info about Cell 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.

German cover for Cell

Posted: December 7, 2005, 23:56:00

Here is the German cover for Cell.

US cover for Cell

Posted: November 23, 2005, 23:51:00

Here is the US cover for Cell.

Thanks to John Hanic.

Cell pushed forward in the UK

Posted: November 23, 2005, 23:50:00

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.

Description of Cell

Posted: November 16, 2005, 23:48:00

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.

Campbell Scott to read Cell

Posted: November 4, 2005, 23:47:00

Campbell Scott will be reading the audio edition of Cell.

Cell in January

Posted: October 20, 2005, 23:43:00

There is now an anticipated release schedule of January 24th (rather than Feb.) for Cell.

Cell to be 384 pages long

Posted: October 10, 2005, 23:42:00

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.

UK Cell out in February

Posted: September 30, 2005, 23:41:00

Hodder & Stoughton confirmed today that they also will release Cell in February.

$25,100 to be in Cell

Posted: September 19, 2005, 23:39:00

OK, the auction for naming a character in Cell is over. The winner paid $25,100 and as it turned out it was a present for her brother (talk about the perfect gift) and the name you should look for is Ray Huizenga. Read more about it here:


Fort Lauderdale woman wins eBay auction to name character in Stephen King book

SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen King's new horror story focuses on a set of rampaging zombies controlled by cell phones. As of Sunday night, one may bear the last name Huizenga.

King fans from Romania to Australia spent much of last week on eBay, outbidding each other in an online auction organized by prominent authors selling the right to name characters in their new novels. Initially conceived as a creative fund-raiser for the First Amendment Project, a struggling nonprofit that defends the free speech rights of writers and artists, the auction quickly became the Internet site's most watched item.

As the online auction's first round closed Sunday night, Pam Alexander of Fort Lauderdale spent the last nail-biting minutes pledging $25,100 to name a character in King's zombie novel, CELL. That money, plus an additional $50,000 in proceeds from other auctions, will go directly to the First Amendment Project.

"I thought it would be a great gift to give to my brother to have his name in the book,'' said Alexander, who won the auction as a gift for her brother, Ray Huizenga, a fishing captain and longtime King fan. "It's definitely extravagant but it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and he's worth it.''

Alexander beat out a disappointed Paul Stegman, of Papillion, Neb., who was poised to take out a credit line on his house to buy a way into King's head.

"How many times do you have the opportunity to purchase immortality?'' said Stegman, who owns 300 King books and bid on a borrowed computer he felt would increase his "winning karma.'' "This was very out of character for me, because my general rule of thumb is to be cheap whenever possible. I thought I was the only person crazy enough to spend that much money.''

On Sept. 1, eBay Giving Works, the site's dedicated program for charity listings, went live with the electronic auction. Since then, hundreds have been bidding 24 hours a day to insert names into their favorite writers' books. The auctions already have fetched well over the non-profit's fund-raising goal of $50,000.

It's also became the "most watched'' item on eBay, an internal marker the company uses to gauge popularity, and has warranted so much attention that eBay Italy requested organizers translate the entire auction into Italian.

"We can safely say we're not going to close now,'' said David Greene, executive director of the Oakland-based First Amendment Project, which was founded in 1994. "I'm thrilled.''

Greene said that money raised by the auction will go to support the organization's pro bono work representing clients being sued over free speech, free press and freedom of expression.

The auction's second phase, which will allow bidders to vie for the chance to name a character in books by John Grisham, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman and others continues through Sept. 26. The benefit was the brainchild of Gaiman, who approached Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon with the idea when he heard the group was running out of money.

It has become the single largest fund-raising event for the First Amendment Project, whose lawyers are currently defending a publisher who produces a magazine distributed in prisons and a former sailor seeking information from the U.S. Army.

Some of those bills may be paid through the generosity of science fiction writer David Brin, who joined the cause last week. In the next round, he'll auction off the right to name a rogue moon, an exotic and gruesome disease or an entire species of extraterrestrials in his new book, which he said he wrote, thanks to First Amendment freedoms.

"Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy,'' Brin said in an e-mail interview.

For San Francisco author Andrew Sean Greer, the tone and structure of his new book gave him so much to think about that he hadn't even begun to figure out how to fit a fan-designated name into the plot line.

"I'm happy to try to please whoever wins the bid and give them prominent placement,'' said Greer, who sold the chance to name a creamery for $895 but didn't know yet what the winning bidder had in mind.

"Usually a soda shop isn't called Englebert Humperdink, so they'll have to content themselves if it gets reworked,'' Greer added. "We're trying to make this like a secret, a little Easter egg in the novel, not a hurdle for the writer to overcome.''

King, meanwhile, appears to be busy writing CELL, a novel he warns will read "like cheap whisky ... very nasty and extremely satisfying.''

"He's been busy,'' said Marsha DeFillippo, his personal assistant. "He just didn't have time to follow the auction that closely.''


Thanks to Bev Vincent.

No limited Cell

Posted: September 18, 2005, 23:34:00

There where a question on King's official message board on whether there would be limited editions of Cell and the answer from the moderator was:

There are no plans for limited at this time.

Cell released in February

Posted: September 17, 2005, 23:08:00

Huge news today! Scribner has announced that Cell will be released in February 2006

King has finished Cell

Posted: August 23, 2005, 23:03:00

When asked about the status of Lisey’s Story and Cell the reply from the moderator of King's official site was this:


He has finished the second draft of Lisey’s Story and just recently finished Cell.

That means that Cell is finished in first draft, unedited and Lisey’s Story has been revised.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Be a character in Cell

Posted: August 9, 2005, 22:26:00

King is participating in a major charity auction in which he is auctioning off the name and description of a character in a future book. What he is offering is:


"One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."

When you can bid: September 8-18
Where can you bid: http://www.ebay.com/fap

As you can see there is also a pretty neat description of the plot of Cell.

Thanks to Brian Freeman.

New book called Cell

Posted: July 15, 2005, 22:25:00

The working title of the book that King released an excerpt from to Amazon.com's 10th anniversary is Cell and the chapter that was released is called The Pulse.

King working on The Pulse

Posted: July 7, 2005, 22:24:00

King is working on yet another novel. This one is called The Pulse and according to King's office it's probably going to be a novel-length piece. King is still working on it and no publication information is available yet. BUT the good thing is that you can now read the fist chapter online, right here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent, Grzesiek, Brian Freeman and Ariel.