Holly, Back On The Small Screen

Posted: February 8, 2024, 23:06
Twise we have seen Holly on the small screen. First in Mr. Mercedes where she was played by Justine Lupe and then in The Outsider where Cynthia Erivo played the role. Now it’s time again. King’s latest book Holly is heading to the small screen.

Last year during a Q&A at Chicago's 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest Jack Bender, who produced Mr. Mercedes said that a TV adaptation is on the way. 

"I've been fortunate to know and work with Stephen King – talking about writers," Bender said. "His new book 'Holly,' by the way, is great. We're going to make a show out of that. We haven't announced it."

Not sure why this hasn’t been reported earlier…

Who would you like to see as Holly? Lupe, Erivo or someone new?


Posted: February 8, 2024, 13:28
On April 4, the same day (but 50 years later) that Stephen King's debut Carrie was released my new book STEPHEN KING: STORIES FROM FIVE DECADES OF STORYTELLING will be released in Swedish. You can see the brand-new cover below.

Now something might be thinking "Didn't I read somewhere that Carrie was released on April 5, 1974?". Well, you might. Some online sources list the release date for the book as April 5th, others as April 4th. It’s up to each and every one to decide what date you want to see as the release date (it’s hard to know for sure with such an old book) but what makes me believe that April 4 is the correct date is that King himself says so in the invitation to the book's 25th anniversary party.

The Life Of Chuck; So Unique & So Different

Posted: January 26, 2024, 18:54
Jacob Tremblay who star in The Life of Chuck had this to say about the movie:

"It's just I had an amazing time on that set. One of the things I love about Mike is that he keeps things very, very fun and very kind of casual, but it's serious when it needs to be serious on set. So, it's really fun. I'm super excited for people to watch this film. I haven't seen or read anything like it before. It's so, so unique and so different."

The Extra Hour: NEW Stephen King Short Story!

Posted: January 23, 2024, 20:25
From Cemetery Dance:

Stephen King has delivered a brand new short story for Cemetery Dance #79, and it's a classic tale of terror from the master of horror. This story will NOT appear in his new collection coming out later this year!!

"Soames thought Jim Danton had looked bad two months ago; he looked worse now. Twenty pounds had fallen off him, maybe more. The dark bags under his eyes were darker than ever. The eyes themselves were bloodshot. His graying hair had thinned appreciably..."

John Candy As Billy Halleck

Posted: January 20, 2024, 20:40
John Candy as Billy Halleck in Thinner? That could have been the case if King had gotten his way. Producer Mitchell Galin commented on it on Shout! Factory’s Collector’s Edition of the movie.

Thanks for 2023 and happy 2024!

Posted: December 29, 2023, 16:13
2023 is almost over and it was a somewhat slow King year. King released his 88th book (Holly) and we got three movies, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (watchable), The Boogeyman (really bad) and Children of the Corn (really, really bad).

As for Lilja’s Library it was a great year. A huge makeover was done on the site. Shining in the Dark was released as an audiobook in Poland and my new book Stephen King: Not Just Horror was released in Sweden, Italy, and the US.

Now 2024 is around the corner and what can we expect from the new year? Well, in May King will release the collection You Like It Darker and he will probably (keeping my fingers crossed) release another book in the fall as well. We will get several movies, The Life of Chuck, The Monkey (maybe) and Salem’s Lot (hopefully).

Shining in the Dark will be released in Turkish and at least one more language (making it totally 17 languages…I’m aiming for 19). Stephen King: Not Just Horror will be released in Czech (spring), German and Greek (fall). I have another book, Stephen King: Stories From Five Decades of Storytelling that will be released in Swedish and a few of other languages during the year and as the title says, 2024 is the year that King celebrates 50 years as a published author, something that will be celebrate during the year!

And remember, the earth is 4.5 billion years and we managed to be here at the same time as Stephen King. How cool is that?

Order Stephen King: Not Just Horror On Amazon

Posted: December 1, 2023, 10:00
Now you can order Stephen King: Not Just Horror from Amazon.

At the moment you can get the book in hardcover. The paperback will be available for order soon at this link.

You can also check out an excerpt from the book. So head over to Amazon for that and why not get a copy as a Christmas present for someone you like while there?

Poster For Salem's Lot?

Posted: November 9, 2023, 16:22
Here is what's said to be the poster for the remake of 'Salem's Lot. The poster also shows that it's set for a HBO Max release.

This hasn't been confirmed by the studio yet so condider it a rumor until we know more.

List Of Stories In You Like It Darker

Posted: November 6, 2023, 20:16
Here is the complete list of titles in You Like It Darker.

"Two Talented Bastids"
"The Fifth Step"
"Willie the Weirdo"
"Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream"
"On Slide Inn Road"
"Red Screen"
"The Turbulence Expert"
"The Dreamers"
"The Answer Man"

You Like It Darker, Next King Book

Posted: November 6, 2023, 11:57
King’s next book, You Like It Darker will be out in the US on May 21 2024. Simon & Scchuster is listing it to be 512 pages. You can pre-order your copy here:

'You like it darker? Fine, so do I', writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life - both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel 'the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind', and in You Like it Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again.

'Two Talented Bastids' explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In 'Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream', a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny's most catastrophically. In 'Rattlesnakes', a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance - with major strings attached. In 'The Dreamers', a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. 'The Answer Man' asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful.

King's ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.

Update On Running Man Remake

Posted: November 4, 2023, 19:10
Simon Kinberg provided an update on the upcoming Running Man remake.

“[Wright is] one of my favorite directors of all time and one of my favorite people, just a super great guy,” Kinberg said. “Obviously a cinephile. We are working on it actively. He’s actively working on the script with Michael Bacall. And our hope would be that it is a movie that, again, all fingers crossed and luck and everything else go our way, that Edgar could maybe direct next year.”

“Well, what’s cool is that Edgar, completely separately, before myself and Paramount started down the journey of figuring out how to get the remake rights, which was complicated, he had tweeted, just on his own — and I follow him obviously on every possible platform — he had tweeted that if there was one movie he would remake ever, it was Running Man.”

Welcome To Derry In 2025

Posted: November 4, 2023, 18:10
Welcome To Derry has been pushed to 2025.

We had had [Welcome To Derry] scheduled for Halloween ’24 but it will likely [be] pushing into ’25,” HBO CEO Casey Bloys officially announced.

King On Salem’s Lot Remake

Posted: November 2, 2023, 15:40
Yesterday we learned (again) that the remake of Salem’s Lot will end up on MAX and now King has commented on it on X. Could it mean something is about to happen? I have no idea but it would be nice if they could just release it.

You Like It Darker Out June 12?

Posted: November 1, 2023, 20:20
Did King’s German publisher Heyne jump the gun on announcing King’s next book? Well, they did announce it. The release date is June 12 next year and the title is You Like It Darker. They even have a cover already…

Hopefully the US and UK announcements will follow and maybe then we’ll know what stories will be included.

The Life of Chuck Casting Update

Posted: October 26, 2023, 09:24
Mike Flanagan presented the actors/actress that will join him and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Karen Gillan, Jacob Tremblay, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Hamill in The Life of Chuck and there are a lot of them… Here is the list:

David Dastmalchian (The Boogeyman)
Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm St.)
Matthew Lillard (Scream)
Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Harvey Guillén (What We Do In The Shadows)
Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep)
Kate Siegel (The Fall of the House of Usher)
Annalise Basso (Oculus)
Samantha Sloyan (Midnight Mass)
Rahul Kohli (Usher)
Matt Biedel (The Midnight Club)
Sauriyan Sapkota (Usher)
Saidah Arrika Ekulona (The Haunting of Hill House)
Michael Trucco (Usher)
Violet McGraw (Hill House)
Molly C. Quinn (Usher)
Benjamin Pajak
Trinity Jo-Li Bliss
Antonio Raul Corbo
Q'Orianka Kilcher
Taylor Gordon

Hopefully we’ll get to see the movie in late 2024.

Remake Of The Langoliers?

Posted: October 12, 2023, 11:34
Rob Savage who butchered The Boogeyman wants to do the same…a remake of The Langoliers. Here is what he said about it while speaking with

“There’s a bit of naughtiness when it comes to the rights, but I think hopefully we’ll be able to sort it out. We’ve got such a great idea for developing that one out from the short story. Of all the ones in King’s work that have been adapted, I don’t think it’s ever been done justice to. It plays with ideas that I’ve never seen explored in a horror movie. The idea of time, and decaying time, and these creatures that are eating the time left behind — there’s such a great, cosmic horror movie to be made there that lends itself so well to film. Film is all about stretching and compressing time, and you can do so many great, playful things in that space that go beyond what’s there in the novella. I’m so excited about that one. I think that one stands a good shot of happening.“

The Life Of Chuck Start Filming Oct. 16

Posted: October 4, 2023, 13:19
Gulf Coast Media reports that Mike Flanagan will shoot The Life of Chuck in various locations around Baldwin and Mobile contries starting October 16.

The Alabama Gulf Coast has been the backdrop of many movies big and small, but there’s no better way to welcome the spooky Halloween season than with a Stephen King movie.

Gulf Coast Media confirmed today that filmmaker Mike Flanagan will shoot his third Stephen King adaptation, “The Life of Chuck,” in various locations around Baldwin and Mobile counties. The production is anticipated to begin filming Oct. 16 and run for approximately four weeks.

According to the local booking agency, 1,000 extras are needed for the film in a range of ages from 11 years old and up. The bulk of the extras are needed for two large crowd scenes to be filmed in Baldwin County.

My Thoughts On Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

Posted: September 28, 2023, 13:27
Here are my thoughts on the upcoming prequel to Pet Sematary, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines isn’t a movie I’ll be watching again but compared to my expectations and the remake of Pet Sematary that it’s supposed to be a prequel to, it's a masterpiece. Draw your own conclusions from that…