NEWS 2004


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Revival of Pet Sematary

Posted: September 29, 2004.

Variety reports that Paramount has hired horror specialist Dave Kajganich to write its revival of Pet Sematary, produced by Alphaville.

Ehren Kruger talks about The Talisman in an interview with Dread Central.

There will be a brand new lengthy interview with King in the November 2004 issue of Fangoria, which is issue #238, hitting newsstands October 21.
Thanks to Suspiria13.

Now you can see all the covers of Entertainment Weekly that King has had his column, The Pop of King, in.
Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

Now all of you that couldn't get a copy of the Centipede Press edition of Salem's Lot has a new chance. Here is the info:

Stephen King has given Centipede Press permission to do another 600 UNSIGNED copies of 'SALEM'S LOT, bound in cloth.

The size of the book is still 9 x 13, and includes all the text from the limited edition, including the deleted scenes. There will not be any interior photographs.

This edition will ship in early December.  The price is $95 + $15 shipping. We are accepting ONLY checks and money orders at this time, no credit cards or PayPal payments. If you live overseas, please contact us before ordering so that we can determine a shipping and payment method. Colorado residents will need to add $3.99 for state sales tax.

Payment should be mailed to:
Jerad Walters
Centipede Press
2760 Harlan #4
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80214
Thanks to Brian Freeman and Marco Lammers.

Here's a couple articles reviewing the Dollar Baby Fest:
Maine Campus
Bangor Daily News
Bangor Daily News
Thanks to James Renner, Stephen King Short Movies and Audrey* Sparkes.

The Mist

Posted: September 24, 2004.

Frank Darabont still plan to do The Mist. He'll start work on The Mist script "next week," but wasn't sure when it would get made. now has the illustrations from The Dark Tower VII on their site.

Now it's time to order your copy of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book. Cemetery Dance told me that they only have a few copies left of the Lettered Edition so order one ASAP if you want one. Oh, and if you order the book please mention that you heard about it from Lilja's Library in the comments section of the checkout form. That will get me on extra good terms with the folks over at CD :-)

Here are more info about this book:

The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book will feature over 1,000 questions to test your knowledge of the King of Horror (covering topics right up through the last Dark Tower book!), along with dozens of special illustration-based questions from Cemetery Dance favorite artist Glenn Chadbourne! Edited by Brian Freeman (founder of and Bev Vincent (author of The Road To The Dark Tower and the "News from the Dead Zone" column in Cemetery Dance magazine), The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book will also feature d a special afterword by Michelle L. Revelle (Founder/Co-President of SKEMERs, the largest Stephen King fan group on the web).

The Deluxe Traycased Lettered Edition is limited to just 52 signed and lettered leather-bound copies, and each copy will feature a piece of Glenn Chadbourne ORIGINAL artwork from the book inlaid into the cover of the traycase, making each copy of the Lettered Edition unique. By original artwork, we mean we're taking THE ACTUAL pieces of artwork off his easel and incorporating it into the traycase -- that means none of these traycases will have exactly the same look!

Contest over

Posted: September 22, 2004.

The Dark Tower contest is over and the winners has been selected. They will all be notified during tomorrow. Here are the right answers:

Question 1: Who has illustrated The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower?
Answer 1: Michael Whelan.

Question 2: Name one other King book that the illustrator of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower has illustrated.
Answer 2: The Gunslinger or the limited ed. of Firestarter.

Question 3: Who reads the audio edition of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower?
Answer 3: George Guidall.

My review of The Dark Tower VII is now online and it's spoiler free.

A new installment of Needful King's Online is now online. It's the longest installment so far and it's titled; The Road to the Dark Tower Ends; A Look Back at Dr. Hook's Medicine Show; A Ride on a Stationary Bike; An Interesting NBA Event; plus Some Interesting Other Things.

King turns 57

Posted: September 21, 2004.

First I would like to congratulate King who turns 57 today, congratulations!

Here are two articles from the signing at Just Books. One from Greenwich Time and one from
Thanks to Bev Vincent and Jonathan Reitan.

As you know The Dark Tower VII is released today. Because of this Simon & Schuster have put some fun stuff on their site including a screensaver.
Thanks to Bev Vincent and Ariel Bosi.

An interview with Mick Garris about Riding the Bullet is now online.

The 1st Annual Dollar Baby Film Fest takes place on Saturday Sept. 25th, 2004 at Corbett Business Building Theater, University of Maine, Orono. 7PM. $5 at the door! It will contain 2 hrs. of rarely-seen Stephen King short films.
Here is the REVISED list:
- The Woman in the Room (Frank Darabont)
- The Lawnmower Man (based on the short story, not the movie!!)
- Strawberry Spring
- The Man in the Black Suit
- Paranoid
- The Last Rung on the Ladder
- Luckey Quarter
- The Dark Tower: Roland meets Brown
- All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
- Q&A with directors to follow and other surprises!!!

King's appearance on the Today show

Posted: September 20, 2004.

Rocky Wood, David Rawsthorne and Norma Blackburn has put a signed first edition of their book The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King up on eBay and they are donating all the money they get for it to Lilja's Library. Do I need to tell you all how honored I am? Check it out here.

Now you can see a clip from King's appearance on the Today show here (Click on the arrows to get video #2).
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

As you know there has been reports that King has written a new book. Well, it now seams that the short story I have reported about earlier, Lisey and the Madman is an excerpt from that book. Here is what it says in the author notes in the book:

[King] has promised to retire but "Lisey and the Madman" is from what may eventually be a new novel called Lisey's Story. In his own defense, King points out that all novelists lie--sometimes to others, almost constantly to themselves.

The story is about 30 pages long and about a writer who gets shot during a public appearance, told from the point of view of his wife.

Here's what King says about the book (that I'm guessing is the one called Lisey's Story. in his Guardian interview:

He has another book written, though he says it's "a mess", and has yet to decide whether anybody else should read it. It is about a writer's widow, and came about when he returned home from his hospitalisation for pneumonia to find his wife redecorating his office. "My wife says to me: 'Don't go in your office'. Like Bluebeard or something. I said 'Why not?' She says: It's just a mess in there and it will really upset you. One night I couldn't sleep and I went out there and she was right - it upset me. The furniture was all gone. The books were off the shelves. Everything was in boxes. It was just like a room that has been cleared out following an old person's death. It got me thinking about my own death and what would happen afterwards."

The entire interview can be found at
Thanks to Bev Vincent and Rocky Wood.

I got an email from Mick Garris in which he told me that the theatrical release for Riding the Bullet has been pushed back one week to October 15th, in LA/Orange County and nine other cities. He also sent me the correct poster for the movie. You can see it to the right.

FilmForce has an exclusive trailer for the movie, check it out at their site.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.


Posted: September 16, 2004.

First, let me thank all of you that have donated to Lilja's Library. It really warms my heart that so many think that the job I do here is so good that they are willing to donate to keep me going. I really want to thank you all!

Second, there seams to be some problem with the contest link for some of you. It should work fine though (I just tried it). There should be a pop up when you click on the link (or banner). On it (besides the contest) is some commercial (unfortunately) from Spray (my internet provider). In some cases there may also be a second pop up with only commercials.

I apologize about this and hope you will bare with me. I have the contest page located at a different web host then the rest of my site because the last time I didn’t I got kicked out of my web hotel. So, the contest is there and I hope you understand whey the commercials are there.


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OK, on to today's King news...

Here the cover for Grant's artist edition of The Dark Tower VII.
Thanks to

The owner of Just Books (the store King will be doing a book signing on 9/20) emailed Tyler over at and asked him to post the following info for everyone who's planning on attending.

Hi there

We have confirmed that Michael Whelan will join Stephen King on September 20 to sign Dark Tower VII. He will be arriving at 10:30 AM on the 20th and staying until 2 PM. Book signing limits will be set that day, depending on the availability of stock. Prints will also be available.

For anyone who is curious (some forums seem curious), the bookstore is literally behind the train station. There is limited parking in town and no paid lots (or meters for that matter). There is a large lot behind the store but all if it is 2 hour parking.

We will be at the store through Sunday night and expect police to either be heavily patroling or crowd controlling through the night. Standing on-line in the wee hours of the morning is probably a given, at this point, but pitching a tent is not something that the police would be in favor of.

We will give tickets out at 6 AM so that people can roam about with the expectation that people return to the line by 11:40 AM!
Thanks to

The official site for Riding the Bullet has been updated with this interesting poster among other things.

The Dark Tower contest

Posted: September 15, 2004.

Here is your chance to get a free copy of The Dark Tower VII. All you have to do is enter Lilja's Library The Dark Tower contest. You have until September 21 to answer some easy questions (all the answers can be found at Lilja's Library) and you could be the lucky winner of either a UK hardback or a US audio CD.

Good luck!

While I have never...

Posted: September 13, 2004.

While I have never charged anything for all the news on Lilja's Library since I started out back in 1996, and never will in the future, I do have expenses for maintaining the site. As all of you that owns a domain know, the ownership costs as well as maintaining the site and keeping it up to date.

So, since I don't believe in having to pay for information on the Internet I make almost no money on Lilja's Library. Yet I'm hoping that you would like to repay your enjoyment of Lilja's Library by making a donation. It can be as big or as small as you feel you can afford and think Lilja's Library deserves, no donation is to small, or to big :-)

By making a support donation to Lilja's Library you are supporting my efforts to keep the site up to date and giving you as many exclusives as I possible can. All proceeds from any donations are utilized exclusively for the ongoing maintenance, support, and development of Lilja's Library.

I offer a convenient way to make a donation via Just send the money to paypal [at] or click on the PayPal button.

Thank you!

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OK, on to today's King news...

A fourth season of The Dead Zone has now been announced. 22 new episodes has been ordered. The series is set to resume production this November but no date has been mentioned for when the season starts to air.

Here is the play list for the 1st Annual Dollar Baby Film Festival held on September 25 in Maine:
* The Woman in the Room
* The Lawnmower Man
* Strawberry Spring
* The Road Virus Heads North
* Paranoid
* Last Rung on the Ladder
* Lucky Quarter
* All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (World Premiere)
* Q&A with directors.

McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

Posted: September 12, 2004.

Here is a scan of McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories with King's Lisey and the Madman in it.

Cemetery Dance's book Stephen King - Unpublished and Uncollected is set for a December release.

According to my friend Justin who talked to Ed McBain about the anthology that will contain King's novella The Things They Left Behind the book will have the title Crimes and it will be released (by Tor) in the spring of 2005.
Thanks to Justin.

King has a new column out in Entertainment Weekly's September 10 issue, the title is Paint it Black.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

Lisey and the Madman

Posted: September 9, 2004.

King's official site reports that a new work of fiction by Stephen titled Lisey and the Madman will be included in McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, an anthology edited by Michael Chabon and published by Vintage. The anticipated publication date is November 2004.

Today I got an email from Mick Garris in which he told me that the official site for Riding the Bullet now is online.

Stephen King - Unpublished and Uncollected

Posted: September 3, 2004.

Cemetery Dance will release the book, Stephen King - Unpublished and Uncollected by Rocky Wood with David Rawsthorne and Norma Blackburn. The book will include coverage of 51 unpublished and 46 uncollected works of fiction but that isn't all. The book will also include TWO pieces by King himself.

The first work is the first and only publication of an entire Chapter from King’s unpublished 1970 novel Sword in the Darkness. This Chapter features a stand-alone based horror story set in pre-War Gates Mills, Maine. Rocky Wood describe the Chapter as ‘one of the early King classics’.

The second work is the first book and mass market publication of King's very obscure poem Dino. This was originally published in Syracuse University (New York) literary magazine, 'The Salt Hill Journal' in 1994 and was only recently rediscovered.

All this is, as I mentioned, of course in addition to the massive research that has gone into Chapters covering 51 unpublished and 46 uncollected works of fiction. These 97 Works include novels, shorter works of fiction, 24 screenplays and 9 poems.

They also release information about a Work previously unknown by the King community, Molly. Molly was King’s original screenplay submitted for The X-Files but is a completely different story from that later produced for the series as Chinga.

The price is $75 for the Limited Edition (2,000 signed and numbered copies) and for the $500 Lettered Edition (52 signed and lettered copies). You can read more here.
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With only 18 days left until the release of The Dark Tower 7 Ain't it cool News, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher's Weekly has reviews of it online. People tells me that there are spoilers though so read it at your own risk.

Kingdom Hospital

Posted: August 31, 2004.

Now you can pre-order the US DVD edition of Kingdom Hospital.

I know what you Need

Posted: August 26, 2004.

I have added some new images from the Dollar Baby I know what you Need for you to check out. The one to the right shows writer/director Shawn S. Lealos on the set.


Posted: August 25, 2004.

Mick Garris tells me that Desperation has been a bit delayed and will probalby begin filming at the end of October instead of September at reported earlier.

Tyler Hall, author of the book Towerpent, and Lilja's Library can now offer everyone that want to buy the book a 10% discount. All you have to do is pay $17.99 instead of $19.99. At the moment this offer is only open to residents in the US. Later on it will also aply to international orders.

King will be interviewed in Fangoria #238

Posted: August 24, 2004.

King likes Riding the Bullet so much that he is letting Garris use his name in the title. It'll now be known as Stephen King's Riding the Bullet.

King will be interviewed in Fangoria #238, due October 21.

Bev Vincent told me today that his book The Road to the Dark Tower has a new publication date. The new date is September 28.

Andy Cumbria is making a Dollar Baby based on King's New Yorker story Harvey's Dream. Andy told me that the film will be shot October 1, 2 and 3 of this year. Ray Wise and Grace Zabriskie are playing Harvey and Janet Stevens, respectively. The movie will be around 10 minutes long.
Thanks to James Flower.

The Pop of King: The Four-Star Follies

Posted: August 21, 2004.

Here is the poster for the upcoming Dollar Baby festival. Looks really nice if you ask me... Click on it for a better look.

A new column by King is out in Entertainment Weekly. This one is called The Pop of King: The Four-Star Follies.
Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

Lilja's Library on King's official site

Posted: August 17, 2004.

Today I'm extremely happy to let you know that a link to Lilja's Library has been put in the link section of King's official site (see image above). Not bad is it?

OK, with that out of my system, on to King news...

Now you can hear a clip from the upcoming CD Building Bridges. You can pre order it here.

The paperback edition of Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season is set to be released in May 2005. You can pre order it here or if you want the hardback (December 2004) you can pre order that one here.

More images from I know what you Need has been released.

King will be lecturing at the YMCA

Posted: August 14, 2004.

King will be lecturing at the YMCA on 92nd Street at Lexington in New York on Sun, Sep 19, 2004, 7:30pm. Tickets are only $25. More info is on their site.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Illustration from The Dark Tower 6

Posted: August 12, 2004.

You can now buy some of the illustration from The Dark Tower 6 from Darrel Anderson's site. You can also get a signed (by Michael Whelan) copy of The Dark Tower 7.

Kingdom Hospital is now out on DVD in the UK, pre order here.

Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season by King and O'Nan will not be released in the UK.

King has finished the first draft of a new book

Posted: August 9, 2004.

It seams that King has finished the first draft of a new book. Betts Bookstore reported about that and more in their last newsletter that is posted on Here is a short quote from it:

First, Steve was able to ride his Harley this week for the first time since his accident six years ago. While he still feels the effects of the accident, this should be a great step forward mentally for him.

He has written another novel that sounds pretty interesting, but at this time it is only in the first draft and he has no publishing plans for it right now. I am willing to bet that we might see it in a year or two. It is based on something that happened to him late last fall at the house here in Bangor! No title that we can divulge.

There will be a nice interview published in "The Guardian" out of London September 15th. (I think the date is correct) Also, USA Today is doing one in conjunction with the ending of The Dark Tower series.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

It also seams that there will be some new short stories in the near future. Here is a quote from King's message board moderator:

He has written a couple of short stories recently but I don’t have the details about where they have been placed or when they will be published. I will try to do so in the next week and get that information posted in the News section.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.


Posted: August 8, 2004.

Here is the cover for the upcoming book Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season. There is also some info about the book available.

The Dark Tower V will be released in trade paperback in January 2005 and The Dark Tower VI will be released in April 2005. Here are the new covers.

I know what you Need

Posted: August 3, 2004.

King will be on The Today Show on September 20th to promote The Dark Tower 7. More info will probably appear as the date gets closer.

Mick Garris told me that Riding the Bullet will open in the US on October 1 and that Desperation should start shooting in Arizona in mid-to-late September.

A report from the first day of shooting I know what you Need is now online as well as some pictures.

The Shawshank Redemption DVD

Posted: August 2, 2004.

The UK DVD version of Kingdom Hospital is now out. You can pre-order it here.

There has also been some info released about the US DVD of Kingdom Hospital.

This is from the message board:

Question: I heard on the radio in their entertainment that Mr.King and HBO are in talks to move K.H to HBO, any truth to that?

Response from Moderator: Not that I’m aware of. There is another project being discussed, though, and as soon as I get the green light, I’ll post information about that.

I have no idea what the project might be but there has been some rumors that HBO is interested in The Dark Tower...
Thanks to Bob I.

According to the moderator at King's message board The July 30th edition of EW has an article rather than the column in the back. The title is Now Hear This.
Thanks to Bev Vincent and Paul.

What is probably the first review for Riding the Bullet has now appeared online and the pin you see to the right is actually from the movie. They are used in the film as props. Riders are given the buttons coming off the coaster.

Granada Ventures (a division of ITV plc) have announced a 3 disk 10th Anniversary edition of The Shawshank Redemption for release 20th September. It seems the UK is getting a 3-disc special edition while the US will only get a 2-disc special edition. Extras are:

Disc 1
Commentary by Frank Darabont
Audio Description track
English HOH Subtitles
Theatrical trailer
Memorable Quotes

Disc 2
Hope Springs Eternal - A Look Back at Shawshank Redemption
Shawshank The Redeeming Feature
The Charlie Rose Show with Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman (2004 US broadcast)
The Sharktank Redemption
Shawshank Stills Gallery: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Supporting Cast, Tim and Morgan
Behind the Scenes
Shawshank Storyboards

Disc 3
Tim Robbins complete interview (Andy Dufresne, Inmate 37927)
Morgan Freeman interview (Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding)
Bob Gunton interview (Warden Samuel Norton)
William Sadler interview (Heyward, Inmate 32365)
Clancy Brown interview (Capt. Byron Hadley)
The release is priced at Ł19.99.
Thanks to Terry Warrick.

The Dark Tower 7 excerpt

Posted: August 1, 2004.

Here are the first pictures from Riding the Bullet (more is found if you follow the link). A report on the panel discussion about the movie is also available online now.

The excerpt from The Dark Tower 7 is now online on King's site. And speaking of The Dark Tower 7 I have decided that I won't post any more info and/or pictures directly on the front page on Lilja's Library, they will all be behind a link. So now you know you can come here without risking to get the book spoiled.

The Road Virus Heads North

Posted: July 30, 2004.

The moderator of the message board on King's official site confirms that they will put an excerpt from The Dark Tower 7 online within the next week.
Thanks to jcausey and Brian Hilton.

Hodder & Stoughton has sent out their ARC's for The Dark Tower 7 and this time they have only done 100 copies of it. So, if you see one, hold on to it!

To the right is an image from the Dollar Baby The Road Virus Heads North called Richard's End.

The Gunslinger

Posted: July 27, 2004.

Today I got confirmation from no other then Michael Whelan that the image on the envelope that contains The Dark Tower 7 flyer is from the book. Whelan didn't just confirm that the illustration was from the book, he actually sent me the entire illustration to put on my site. The one on the envelope is just part of it.

Here is a report about Riding the Bullet from the Comic-Con in San Diego.

Turtle Bay Entertainment announced today that Joel Sadilek will be the new director of Gotham Cafe. Production on the film will begin in September in Los Angeles.

There are now some photos from I know what you Need online. You can also read more about it on the official site. There is also a teaser trailer online now.

There are also a CD being done with music based on King's The Gunslinger. You can read more about it on the official site. You can also listen to some tunes there.

The Dark Tower VII flyer

Posted: July 26, 2004.

Here is the flyer from Donald M. Grant announcing The Dark Tower VII. The image to the left is from the envelope that contained the flyer.

Since it was only on the envelope it's not confirmed that it's from the book but it's likely that it is. I'll let you know once I have it confirmed or not.

King have recorded an interview

Posted: July 25, 2004.

King have recorded an one hour long interview that will air on August 2 on all five channels of Maine PBS (seams you'll only be able to see it if you live in Maine though). Here is the info about it:

Author Stephen King can be seen giving a rare television interview in his home state on the Maine PBS program "A Good Read" on Aug. 2.

The hourlong interview, conducted by host Sandy Phippen, will air at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. It will be re-broadcast several times: 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Aug. 6; 10 p.m. Aug. 9; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14; and 10 a.m. Aug. 15.

The interview has already been conducted and filmed. To see a video clip from the interview, go online at

King, who lives in Bangor, talked in the interview about his decision to leave fantasy and horror behind for other kinds of writing. He said that he's working on a musical project with John Mellencamp, in which he will write the script and Mellencamp the music.

"I've done all the major monsters that I ever really wanted to deal with," King told Phippen. "I've said a lot of what I have to say (and) I see myself going back repeating theme formats and places I've been before."

King also reveals character developments in his ongoing "Dark Tower" series and speaks of struggles he's had writing a book on writing.

The King interview will be aired on all five channels of Maine PBS: WMEA (Channel 26) in Biddeford; WCBB (Channel 10) in Augusta/Portland; WMEB (Channel 12) in Orono; WMED (Channel 13) in Calais; and WMEM (Channel 10) in Presque Isle.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Here is the cover for the galley of The Dark Tower 7. Click on it for a better look.

More DVD info

Posted: July 24, 2004.

More DVD info was just sent to me.

Children of the Corn will feature an audio commentary track (with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains), the all-new "Harvesting Horror" documentary, storyboard and title sequence art galleries, a poster and still gallery, the theatrical trailer and the original screenplay via DVD-ROM.

Creepshow 2 will also include an audio commentary (with director Michael Gornick, moderated by DVD producer Perry Martin), the all-new "Nightmares in Foam Rubber" documentary, storyboard and still galleries, theatrical trailers and the original screenplay via DVD-ROM.

Both discs feature anamorphic widescreen transfers (down-converted from new high definition masters) along with new Dolby Digital 5.1 remixes. Due on September 28th, SRP is $19.98 apiece.
Thanks again to DVD Guru Terry Warrick.

This is from a recent interview with George A Romero:

Quote:UC: Other than The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, any more possibilities for some King/Romero collaborations?

GR: I’d love it. If we get this one off the ground, we’ll take them one at a time, but he’s got a couple of things I’d love to work on. There’s a TV series being contemplated now based on Nightmares and Dreamscapes. I’ve sort of been asked if I want to contribute to that.

Read the whole interview here.
Thanks to RJ_Sevin

The Dark Tower 7

Posted: July 23, 2004.

Galley's of The Dark Tower 7 is now being sent out. With them there are a letter asking people not to spoil the ending of it. Here is what it says:


We hope you understand that, because we are giving you advance time to read and plan reviews to land in conjunction with the September 21 publication date, we are trusting you with a great secret.

PLEASE respect the Dark Tower fans that have been waiting for over thirty years to read the conclusion of Roland's quest, and do not give away the contents of this book, or pass on this galley for resale, before that date.

Thank you for your consideration.

Some pictures of King from the Los Angeles Premiere of The Manchurian Candidate has now appeared online. See more here and here.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

I've got to get away

Posted: July 22, 2004.

Here is the cover to Building Bridges: Stephen King live at the National book awards. The audio is being released in August.

Here is some additional info about the Dollar Baby I've got to get away. Kamran Syed is directing it will shoot it on 35mm film. The plan is to have it finished by Christmas 2004. No casting has been done yet.

The 1st Annual "Dollar Baby" Film Festival will be held on September 25th in Bangor >Maine. They will show 2hrs worth of rarely-seen films based on King short stories. This festival is open to the public and a Q&A with directors will follow the screening. All profits will go to the Wavedancer Foundation.

If any Dollar Baby directors read this; please submit your short ASAP to: James Renner, 2200 High St. (Apt. 150), Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 (DVD/VHS formats only). More info to come soon.

People, Places and Things

Posted: July 21, 2004.

On Sunday the 25th from 11-11:40 a.m., Riding the Bullet writer/director Mick Garris and star Jonathan Jackson will show footage and answer questions about the movie at The San Diego Comic-Con.

Due to scheduling conflicts Turtle Bay Entertainment and director Peter Schink have parted company on Gotham Cafe. Turtle Bay is in talks with several major directors and will be making an announcement on Gotham's new direction in the near future.

King will do a booksigning

Posted: July 20, 2004.

King will do a booksigning on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Just Books Too in Greenwich, CT. (located at 28 Arcadia Rd.) to promote The Dark Tower 7: The Dark Tower as part of their "Meet The Author" series.

The Just Books website states: "He will sign 200 copies of this book for the public and will only be appearing at two book signings in the New York metropolitan area."

Here are some details about the signing:

-You will have to be present to guarantee a book.

-They expect people to be limited to 1 book, bought at the store that day.

-The only book being signed is the final Dark Tower book.

-They will give tickets to people the morning of the event and the staff will be at the store early. They expect that people will be back in their place in line 15 minutes before the signing starts or forfeit their place in line.

-Once the signing starts, a ticket will not keep your place in line.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

You can now order The Dark Tower 7 from Grant. The final page count is 864.

Kingdom Hospital has been nominated for two Emmys. One for outstanding main title design and one for outstanding special visual effects for a series.

To the right is an image of a bobble head that is supposed to be King. Personally I don't think it looks anything like him. Anyway, only 1500 copies of this bobble head will be done and they will be given away to the first 1500 baseball fans who enter the stadium at the Lowell Spinners minor league baseball game in Lowell Massachusetts on Friday August 13, 2004.

Columbia has released some early details on a special DVD edition of Christine, which stars Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton and Christine Belford. The disc will be available to own from the 28th September this year, and should retail at $19.94. As well as a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and both English and French Dolby Surround tracks, the disc will include an audio commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Keith Gordon, twenty deleted and alternate scenes, a total of three exclusive new featurettes, filmographies and previews for other Columbia releases. Thanks again to DVD Guru Terry Warrick.

George Romero talks The Girl who loved Tom Gordon.

Towerpent: A Fan's Guide to Stephen King's The Dark Tower

Posted: July 18, 2004.

Tyler Hall over at has written a book about The Dark Tower. The book's title is Towerpent: A Fan's Guide to Stephen King's The Dark Tower and it explores the anticipation and theories that Tower fans have been discussing while waiting over the last five or six years. The book is in two parts. One part is a reference guide. The second part is all about what it's like to be a Tower Junkie. Read more here.

I know what you Need

Posted: July 16, 2004.

Scribner has posted a description of The Dark Tower VII on their site. If you want to read it you can do so by following this link (you will need to click on one more link so don't be afraid to enter the Dark Tower VII - section).

The remake of Salem's Lot will be out on DVD 12th October 2004. Each of the episodes will be presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen along with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround tracks. There have not been any details on extra material released at the moment though.

Here is a still from the teaser trailer of I know what you Need. The sound on the trailer is being finished up now and I hope that it will soon be online. The picture is of Kevin Real who plays Edward Jackson Hamner, Jr. in both the original shoot and will reprise the role in the new one as well.

King working on a new novel

Posted: July 14, 2004.

Since it's a bit slow with King news I have gathered some items that I think you may want to pre order so you have them in your hands as soon as possible. They are:

Kingdom Hospital UK DVD (August 2, 2004)
Building Bridges (August 1, 2004)
Faithful (December 1, 2004)
The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume II (November 1, 2004)

I also got this encouraging info from King's official message board:

The question was whether or not The Dark Tower VII would be King's last book and the reply from the moderator was:

He is working on a new novel but it isn’t currently scheduled for publication.

I know this isn't really news but it's really nice to hear that King is working on a new novel, right? Also, the paperback of Song of Susannah will be out on September 1, 2005.


Posted: July 7, 2004.

Here are two better scans of the Kingdom Hospital DVD box (region 2 edition).

Gabriel Grunfeld is working on a feature adaptation of the Stephen King short stories that were adapted for the 1982 horror anthology pic Creepshow with Barney Cohen. Project is intended as a TV series, as well, down the line.

You can now check out my review of the audio edition of Song of Susannah.

A Kingdom that didn't Come

Posted: July 3, 2004.

There is a new Pop of King Column in Entertainment Weekly this week. It's in the July 9 issue (#773) with Michael Moore on the cover. As the title, A Kingdom that didn't Come, suggests, King explains why Kingdom Hospital didn't go over so well with viewers.
Thanks to CRinVA and JReitan47.

Riding the Bullet

Posted: July 2, 2004.

The official site for Riding the Bullet is now online.

ABC has rescheduled Kingdom Hospital's two-hour finale for Thursday, July 15 at 8:00/7:00c instead of 9:00/8:00c.

Kingdom Hospital DVD

Posted: July 1, 2004.

Here is a better look at how the region 2 Kingdom Hospital DVD will look like. It's being released on August 2, 2004. You order it from here.

Due to legal issues I have been asked by the publisher to remove any interior images from The Girl who loved Tom Gordon. This means you won't find any of the images that are referred to in the text. I apologize for this. Lilja

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