NEWS 2004


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Building Bridges

Posted: June 30, 2004.

The earlier untitled CD with King's National Book Foundation Speech has now gotten a title. It is Building Bridges: Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards and the CD, that is 30 minutes long, is being released in August.

In other audio news. Sissy Spacek, the original Carrie in the film, will read the audiobook! The audio is released in February 2005.

Now you can order B>Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season from


Posted: June 28, 2004.

I spoke to Mick Garris today and he confirmed that Riding the Bullet will be premiering on the closing night, Sunday, 1 August, at 7:00 p.m. at FantAsia in Montreal. Then it will have its theatrical release in the States in September.

He also told me that he will start shooting Desperation, which has gotten its official green light, for ABC at the same time (Sep.). He continued by saying that the casting director starts working today, so there is no cast yet. The script however is written by King and finished and it will all result in a three-hour movie for ABC, not a miniseries.

Here is the cover for the upcoming Kingdom Hospital DVD.

A deluxe edition of The Shawshank Redemption is being released on DVD on 5th October 2004.
Thanks to David Sjödin and Terry Warrick.

The Dark Tower VII

Posted: June 25, 2004.

Here is the full cover of The Dark Tower VII without the text.

The Talisman

Posted: June 24, 2004.

Apparently Grant is proof reading The Dark Tower VII now and they guess that the final page count is looking to be around 864 pages or so.

The Talisman director Ed Zwick is dropping out of the project.

Interview with Michael Whelan

Posted: June 23, 2004.

I have done an interview with Michael Whelan who has illustrated The Dark Tower VII (which is less then 3 month away). In the interview he talks about illustrating King books, the difference between illustrating the first and the last book in the series among other things. A very interesting interview.

Michael was also nice and gave me a preview of one of the black and white pen and ink drawings that that are in the book and off course I couldn't keep if from all my loyal readers so check it out here.

The Dark Tower VII

Posted: June 22, 2004.

Here are two images from The Dark Tower VII. The one with Roland on is the endpaper and the other one is an illustration from in the book.

The Dead Zone

Posted: June 21, 2004.

Zap2it has an interview with Sarah Wynter who plays Rebecca Caldwell in The Dead Zone.

You can also get all the latest info on the last episode Collision on the official site.

Entertainment Weekly

Posted: June 20, 2004.

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (the one with Christian Bale on the cover), is a small article about Song of Susannah. The article also mentions that along with the upcoming baseball book, King is also working on a new novel, and says that he's not sure how it's going, but since he "retired" the pressure is off of him. How about that?
Thanks to Joseph Altomere.

The Secret Transit Codes of America's Highways

Posted: June 19, 2004.

It seams there are no less then 3 Dollar Babies in the making (or done) based on King's short story All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.

One is by James Renner and this one I have already told you about. Now it has come to my attention that there is also one done by Scott Albanese. You can soon read more about this one at

Then there is a third with the title The Secret Transit Codes of America's Highways (see image) by Brian Berkowitz.

Thanks to Scott Albanese.

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon

Posted: June 18, 2004.

I'm happy to be able to show you more images from the upcoming pop up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. These are picture of the artist's prototype of the book and not the finished once. Keep that in mind.

More images can be found on The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon page.

Song of Susannah

Posted: June 17, 2004.

Here are some pictures of the Signed/Limited of Song of Susannah. This edition has a slightly different dustjacket artwork than the Artist Edition. The S/L has the three pictures from the back of the Artist edition, but they're pushed to the left and compacted to take up only half of the picture. The right half is a picture of two of the towers from the fortress with a moon in the background surrounded by clouds. The actual book covers themselves have white boards (just like all of the others) and in the middle of the front board there's a picture of either the fortress or the Dark Tower (I couldn't really tell which) stamped on in black.

Check the Song of Susannah page for more images.

Kingdom Hospital DVD

Posted: June 10, 2004.

Both and Columbia Tri-Star Home Video in the UK report that there will be a region 2 DVD of Kingdom Hospital released on August 2, less then 2 month from now. The box will have 4 discs.

You can pre-order it here. Remember though that this is the region 2 DVD. The region 1 DVD is still scheduled for October as far as I know.

Interview with King

Posted: June 9, 2004.

A new interview with King can be found in USA Today. There are severe spoilers for Song of Susannah so be careful.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

Lilja's Library's Song of Susannah contest is over and here are the right answers:

Question 1: Who has illustrated The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah?
Answer 1: Darrel Anderson

Question 2: Who is the author that appears in the book?
Answer 2: Stephen King

Question 3: Who reads the audio edition of The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah?
Answer 3: George Guidall

The winners will be drawn today and notified tomorrow or on Friday so keep an eye on your mailbox.

Anthony Michael Hall (Johnny Smith), John L. Adams (Bruce Lewis) or Chris Bruno (Sheriff Walt Bannerman) of The Dead Zone will be appearing tomorrow, Thursday, June 10, at the new Gateway Center Best Buy store on La Brea Avenue just south of Santa Monica Boulevard. The 3 actors will be doing a DVD signing from 3 to 5 PM.

Song of Susannah released

Posted: June 8, 2004.

Today Song of Susannah is released. You can order it here:

Also released today is the DVD box with season 2 of The Dead Zone. You can get that one here:

Anthony Michael Hall will be on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show on June 11th/June12th at 12:36AM (start times vary) to promote the new season of The Dead Zone. Its on channel 7 [WJLA].

Riding the Bullet

Posted: June 7, 2004.

Here are some images from the upcoming film version of Riding the Bullet.

David Arquette plays George Staub and Jonathan Jackson Alan Parker.

The Moderator of King's official site says that she believe King has done a commentary for the DVD edition of Kingdom Hospital.

Yesterday was the premier of season 3 of The Dead Zone. On the official site you can now get all the info about episode 1.

The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon

Posted: June 5, 2004.

Here are four images from the finished pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

Now you can pre-order The Road to the Dark Tower.

Stephen King Collectables

Posted: June 4, 2004.

Simon & Schuster Audio will release King's National Book Foundation Speech on Compact Disk. The CD is still untitled but it will be release in August 2004 and cost $12.00.

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly (#769, June 11, 2004 with Harry Potter on the cover) contains a new Pop of King column titled Lines To Live By in which King discusses famous movie lines.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

Retail sources are confirming the planned October timeframe for the release of Kingdom Hospital on DVD. No specific date has been made available yet though. They were told, however, to expect the video format to be in widescreen, that it would be a multi disc set of "the entire mini-series", in an elaborate package and at an eye-catching price.

The CD-ROM version of Stephen King Collectables may be manufactured on DVD. This way it could contain six times the storage capacity of the CD-ROM. Read more at George Beahm's site.

There is now an interview with Anthony Michael Hall from The Dead Zone up at Ain't It Cool News.

Song of Susannah contest

Posted: June 2, 2004.

Here is your chance to get a free copy of The Dark Tower VI - Song of Susannah. Just enter Lilja's Library's Song of Susannah contest before June 8.

Some new covers where released today. To the right are the US and UK edition of Stephen King's The Dark Tower Concordance vol. 2 as well as the UK trade paperback of Wolves of the Calla and the galley of The Road to The Dark Tower.

Signed/Limited Salem's Lot

Posted: June 1, 2004.

Here are my reviews of Song of Susannah (that will hit bookstores on June 8) and the remake of 'Salem's Lot.

Jerad over at Centipede Press has recently announced that the new Signed/Limited of Salem's Lot is now officially SOLD OUT. He also says that he will continue to take names to add to the waiting list of those who cancel or default on their orders.
Thanks to Thomas K.

On Oct. 1-16 Misery will be preformed on stage in Cincinnatiarts. Read more at and get your tickets here.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

The Last Rung on the Ladder online

Posted: May 27, 2004.

The cover for the artist edition of Song of Susannah and a screensaver has been released.

Here is the official site for Gotham Café.

Filming of The Talisman has been pushed back to September.

Now you can see the Dollar Baby The Last Rung on the Ladder online.

Gotham Cafe

Posted: May 20, 2004.

King discusses Kingdom Hospital in a new article.

Check out the synopses for season 3 of The Dead Zone.

Charles Carroll will play Humboldt (Diane's lawyer) in Gotham Cafe.

Remake of IT

Posted: May 19, 2004.

Yesterday I got a copy of the finished UK edition of Song of Susannah (you can see the cover above) and after watching the illustrations I can only say Wow. They are a bit different from earlier once but they sure are nice!

The remake of IT will be done from Beverly Marsh's point of view acording to Peter Filardi.

Bev Vincent, Julie Sands and Peter Schink have written the script for a Dollar Baby version of King's story Lunch at the Gotham Cafe. They are calling it just Gotham Cafe though to make it a little flashier. Here are the (present) cast:

Steve: Ingo Rademacher
Diane: Julie Sands
Guy: Cullen Douglas
Humboldt: cast but not yet confirmed, so I'll leave this for now

Director: Peter Schink
Script: Bev Vincent, Julie Sands and Peter Schink

According to AdWeek, ABC has no officially announced that Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital will not be back for a new season.

Salem's Lot

Posted: May 18, 2004.

A 30 second teaser for the remake of Salem's Lot is now up on TNT's site. There is also a lot of additional info on the site.

Brian Freeman will run an exclusive interview with Jerad Walters of Centipede Press in this week's CD Weekly Newsletter. Jerad Walters is the man behind the new limited edition of Salem's Lot.

Song of Susannah

Posted: May 17, 2004.

The first part of Song of Susannah called 1st Stanza: Beamquake is now online.

LEWISTON (AP) -- High school juniors in Maine looking to make their names as writers will have a chance to get their work read by some of the state's better-known authors.

Novelists Stephen King, Tabitha King and Richard Russo are lined up to serve as judges in a new contest spearheaded by the Maine Community College System.

Gov. Baldacci is set to announce the contest details on Monday.

Stephen King made plans two years ago to teach writing to Maine middle schoolers through the state's laptop program. But last year he said he was too busy to make good on the offer.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

Limited edition of 'Salem's Lot

Posted: May 15, 2004.

A limited edition of 'Salem's Lot is being published through Centipede Press this Halloween. It will include the original novel and two related short stories: Jerusalem's Lot and One for the Road as well as Stephen's introduction from the Pocket Books edition and over 50 pages of deleted scenes from the original manuscript which have never before been published. This limited edition of 300 copies will be available in October. Orders are currently being taken here. The price for this book is $470 or $950 for the deluxe.
Thanks to Thomas Teigen.

The Talisman start shooting in July.

The May 21 (#766) issue of Entertainment Weekly, with "Reality TV Nation, Why we love it! Hate it!" on the cover, contains the new Pop of King column by King titled It's Alive! Alive! where King discusses three great books he's read lately.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

The last four episodes of Kingdom Hospital have been pushed forward to June 24.

The Devil's Wine

Posted: May 12, 2004.

Lilja's Library is proud to announce that until May 19, 2004 I'm able to give you a discount of 30% when you shop at Cemetery Dance. All you need to do is enter the code LILJADISCOUNT30 in the Coupon field when checking out at the online store, and the store will automatically take 30% off your order! How about that? Make sure you take advantage of this great offer!

For example, you can use it to pre-order books like The Devil's Wine, The Road To The Dark Tower or The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book.
The only exceptions are items that specifically state that "discount coupon codes" or "coupon codes" or "discount offers" cannot be used.


Posted: May 11, 2004.

King and Stewart O'Nan book about The Red Sox now has a title. It's Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season.

The book will be released in December 2004 and have 384 pages. You should probably not take the page count to seriously since the book isn't done yet. It will also be out as an unabridged audio book, no reader has been confirmed yet though. now has a synopsis for The Dark Tower VII but as usual you read it at you own risk.

Kristen Dalton's character (Dana Bright) won't appear in season 3 of The Dead Zone. The reason is budget constraints, but the producers have not ruled out using her character in future episodes.

The Dead Zone

Posted: May 10, 2004.

Here is the full title list for all the episodes of season 3 of The Dead Zone as well as some info from the upcoming third season's press release.

Also, here are the titles and airdates of the last four episodes of Kingdom Hospital.

The Road Virus Heads North

Posted: May 9, 2004.

Check out the first image and the poster from The Road Virus Heads North.

Ed Zwick has taken over the director's chair for The Talisman.

Salem's Lot

Posted: May 7, 2004.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon has gotten its leading lady. Dakota Fanning, already a screen veteran with the likes of TAKEN and the current actioner MAN ON FIRE under her belt, will play the title role, and Laura Dern will also be part of the cast.

TNT has released all the airdates (including re-runs) for Salem's Lot.

In the press material for Salem's Lot from TNT they state that Peter Filardi (writer) currently is working on a remake of IT for Warner...
Thanks to Creature Corner.

The Talisman

Posted: May 3, 2004.

King's official site now confirmes that Kingdom Hospital is taking a break for a couple of weeks to do some post-production work on the next episodes.

Vadim Perelman leaves The Talisman.

The Road Virus Heads North

Posted: May 1, 2004.

A new Dollar Baby is now in the making. This time it's The Road Virus Heads North.

Kingdom Hospital premiers in the UK on BBC Three tomorrow night at 10pm, check out the BBC mini site.
Thanks to UK SKEMERs.

According to King's message board, the show is on break until May 20th. It's best to keep an eye on the schedule in case that changes. ABC's info to King's office hasn't been completely accurate up to now...
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Journals of Eleanor Druse

Posted: April 29, 2004.

It has now been revealed on King's official site who wrote The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident. Here is what's said in the Kingdom Hospital FAQ:

Who wrote The Journals of Eleanor Druse?

It was written by author, Rick Dooling, who also wrote episodes 6, 7, 8 and 11 as well as co-writing episode 5 of Kingdom Hospital. Rick also served as a technical advisor and producer for the series. He is the author of White Man's Grave and Brain Storm.

There you have it, the secret is out.

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

Posted: April 26, 2004.

Here is one of two images from inside of the pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. The other one is here.

A new Dollar Baby is in the making, this time it's All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.

I have 8 new promo shoots from Salem's Lot, including what will become the poster art.

Here is the cover of the UK ARC of Song of Susannah.

King has a new column out in Entertainment Weekly. It's called Pop of King: Head-Bangor's Ball and can be found in issue #762/763 with Spiderman on the cover.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon

Posted: April 20, 2004.

Here is the cover for the pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

King's official site has set up an FAQ about Kingdom Hospital.

Dolan's Cadillac

Posted: April 19, 2004.

Dolan's Cadillac starts shooting in June.

Publishers Weekly have a review of Song of Susannah in the latest issue.

Misery is on stage in Chicago from 7-11 July.
Thanks to Rocky Wood

Here there be Tygers

Posted: April 17, 2004.

The Dollar Baby Here there be Tygers has now been released on the net.

The Man Who Loved Flowers

Posted: April 13, 2004.

Here are two preproduction photos from The Man Who Loved Flowers. There is also an interview with its maker, Justin Zimmerman, online.

Interview with Marsha DeFilippo

Posted: April 12, 2004.

I'm sure all of you have seen her name in different articles where she has commented on different issues regarding Stephen King but who is really Marsha DeFilippo, King's personal assistant? Well, I thought it was about time to find out so when I got the chance to talk to her I took it. Here is what she had to say.

The Talisman

Posted: April 10, 2004.

Mails with questions about how you can get a copy of the pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon has poured in since I posted the info about it yesterday. So, to give you all the info you need and want I contacted the publisher and asked them how one could get a copy of their book.

Unfortunately there will be no second season of Kingdom Hospital.

The Talisman is set to start shooting in August.

Gabriel Byrne and Freddie Prinze JR will star in the movie version of Dolan's Cadillac.

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon

Posted: April 9, 2004.

Here is all the available info about the pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and yes King will sign it.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower Concordance vol. 2 will be 320 pages long.

A new article that has quotes from Stewart O'Nan about the upcoming book about The Red Sox is now online. He talks about the format of the book more, and how they came up with the idea.
Thanks to Matt Neal.

Mick Garris is moving ahead with Desperation.

Kingdom Hospital

Posted: April 4, 2004.

Here is King's comment to ABC's move of Kingdom Hospital:

Dear Kingdom Hospital Viewers,
ABC may understand what they are doing with the schedule for Kingdom Hospital; I do not. All I can tell you for sure is that we will be telecasting new episodes 6-13 starting next Thursday, April 8th at 9 E/PT, 8 CT (check your local listings).
Best wishes,
Stephen King
Posted 2 April 2004

Here is my review of The Devil's Wine.

Kingdom Hospital

Posted: April 2, 2004.

King will make an audio appearance in episode 6 of Kingdom Hospital, which airs this coming Thursday in its new time slot. This audio appearance is separate and different than the cameo where he will appear in person later in the series.

Here are the titles of the last episodes:

#13 is FINALE (2 hours)

King's column, Pop of King, returns in the April 9, 2004 (#759 with Bart Simpson on the cover) issue of Entertainment Weekly. In this one, titled Enquiring Minds, King explains why America is obsessed with celebrity affairs in National Enquirer magazine.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

Michael Connelly's Award winning novel The Poet is now available in a Limited Edition with a new introduction by Stephen King. Read more here.
Thanks to Jonathan Reitan.

King is collected in Larry King's new book Remember Me When I Gone. It is what he would have written on his epitaph and also contains a sketch by King. Very short contribution though, only 1 or 2 lines. You can order it here.
Thanks to Brent Phillips.

Details about the Secret Window's DVD is now out. The DVD extra will include an audio commentary with director/screenwriter David Koepp, a collection of deleted scenes, CG storyboard animatics, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a few special effects featurettes. It will be released later this summer.
Thanks to DavisDVD.

Here is all you need if you're taking a vacation in Bangor, Maine.
Thanks to Brent.

The Dark Tower VII

Posted: April 1, 2004.

I have gotten some interesting descriptions on the plot of The Dark Tower VII but as usual there are BIG spoilers in them. Therefore you need to first click here and then on the images to read more, but be warned...

I have also found some info about the pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (October) and Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance volume 2 (by Robin Furth) (November).

Cemetery Dance will release a limited edition of Bev Vincent's book The Road to The Dark Tower later this year. Here is what King had to say about it:

"Wonderful... opens doors to Roland's world that not even I knew existed. If you like the Dark Tower books, you'll like this one. Enthusiastically recommended." -- Stephen King

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