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It's Alive In France

Posted: October 6, 2020, 13:53
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The Frensh edition of Shining in the Dark is back from the printer. I just got these photos from the publisher. The book is released October 16th.






Photos taken by Gaëlle Giroulet.

Eli Roth Talks Horror & Stephen King

Posted: October 5, 2020, 16:08
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Eli Roth’s History of Horror season 2 premiers this Saturday (Oct. 10) on AMC and I got a chance to talk to Eli about the show, horror and Stephen King. Here is what he had to say.

Stephen King inspires me every day. He has created the most iconic works since Edgar Allen Poe and he still just keeps going. He never stops. I love his book “On Writing,” I follow his lessons in that book to the letter.
- Eli Roth

Make A Stand At Comic-Con

Posted: October 5, 2020, 14:58
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The Stand will be On New York Comic-Con this year and on Friday October 9 there will be a Q&A with the cast.

Friday, October 9 at 12:40PM ET/9:40AM PT
THE STAND

Exclusive Q&A with Cast + Inside Look
Based on Stephen King’s iconic post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, the much-anticipated limited event series asks the question “where will you stand?” in the ultimate fight between good and evil. Join series stars Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Odessa Young and Owen Teague alongside showrunner Benjamin Cavell and executive producer Taylor Elmore, as they discuss bringing this epic story to life and what fans can expect when the series premieres December 17. Moderated by Anthony Breznican of Vanity
Fair.

The virtual confab is set to take place October 8-11 and will be available to watch on YouTube and FindtheMetaverse.com.

Zac Efron Is Andy McGee In Firestarter

Posted: September 30, 2020, 08:24
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Today Collider reports that Zac Efron has signed on to star in the remake of Firestarter from Universal, Blumhouse and Weed Road. Efron will play the Charlie’s father, Andy McGee.


Keith Thomas will direct from a script by Scott Teems, Jason Blum is producing alongside Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road banner, while Martha De Laurentiis will executive produce alongside Teems, having served as an associate producer on the original 1984 movie.

Creepshow Special With King & Hill

Posted: September 25, 2020, 08:40
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Shudder just announced that they are airing an animated Creepshow special on October 26. The special will feature two stories. Survivor Type by King (featuring the voice of Kiefer Sutherland) is about a man trapped on a deserted island struggling to stay alive. Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill (featuring the voice of Joey King) is about a teenager on a family road trip that turns sinister.

The Stand Heads For NYCC

Posted: September 21, 2020, 08:20
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The Stand cast members Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Javan Adepo, Owen Teague, Amber Heard and Greg Kinnear will appear with Benjamin Cavell (showrunner) and Taylor Elmore (executive producer) on a virtual panel from NYCC. NYCC happens October 8 – 11.

Stand By Me With A Female Cast?

Posted: September 15, 2020, 20:24
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Coming Soon reports that Amy Seimetz wants to do a very strange adaption of a King story...

“It’s not horror, but when we were making Pet Sematary, I was actually talking about how I’d really like to do a new adaptation of Stand By Me with a pre-teen group of girls”.

What do you think? Good or bad?

The Dragon Is Dead

Posted: September 10, 2020, 11:56
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Seth Grahame-Smith (producer on the two IT films) was set to be the showrunner for Hulu’s version of Eyes of the Dragon. The plan was that this would be Hulu’s Game of Thrones-like series but now it won’t happen.

On The Kingcast Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that the TV series is officially dead on Hulu. According to Grahme-Smith, the show’s collapse was due to both budget and some behind-the-scenes changes of Hulu execs. In the same interview, Grahame-Smith talks about wanting Sam Rockwell to play Flagg, and also reaching out to Alan Cumming to narrate the series. Had the series gone foward the plan was for the first season to adapt the entire book and then for subsequent seasons to continue the story.

Behind The Cat From Hell

Posted: September 10, 2020, 10:37
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Here is a clip from the feature-length documentary, Tales Behind the Darkside: The Making of Four Ghoulish Fables included on Scream Factory's Blu-ray edition of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (Collector’s Edition). The clip shows what it took to wrangle felines in the Cat from Hell chapter of the film.

Firestarter Remake Filming This Year?

Posted: August 4, 2020, 11:00
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Keith Thomas talks about his upcoming movie version of Firestarter that he hopes to film later this year:

“When Jason [Blum] pitched it to me it was exciting, as that’s one of my favourite Stephen King novels, and whilst I really like the 1980’s film, I felt we could do something new,” Thomas told the site, adding that King himself has read the script and approved him as director.

He continued, “The screenplay is by Scott Teems who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills, it’s an amazing script. It has everything you would want, people’s heads catching fire and their faces melting off, and a dad and daughter on the run trying to survive being chased in this heightened tense experience. We are hoping to film it this year, and it will be a lot of fun.”

Source: Bloody Disqusting.

Later Excerpt

Posted: August 3, 2020, 17:12
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Here is an excerpt from Later.

“I love the Hard Case format, and this story — combining a boy who sees beyond our world and strong elements of crime and suspense — seemed a perfect fit,”
- Stephen King

“Later is a beautiful story about growing up and facing your demons — whether they’re metaphorical or (as sometimes happens when you’re in a Stephen King novel) the real thing. It’s terrifying, tender, heartbreaking and honest, and we’re so excited to bring it to readers.”
- Charles Ardai, the editor of Hard Case Crime.

Order your copy here

Later: New King Book Coming 2021

Posted: August 3, 2020, 09:23
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New King book coming from Hard Case Crime March 2, 2021.


SOMETIMES GROWING UP
MEANS FACING YOUR DEMONS

The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine - as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

LATER is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King's classic novel It, LATER is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

Becka Paulson To Become A One-Hour Drama

Posted: July 22, 2020, 00:47
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The CW are working on Revelations (working title), a one-hour drama based on King’s short story The Revelations of ‘Becka Paulson, from writer Maisie Culver, Katie Lovejoy and Warner Bros. TV.

Written by Culver, in Revelations (wt), after accidentally shooting herself in the brain with a nail gun, a Pollyanna-ish Becca Paulson is recruited by an over-it Jesus to be his “chosen one” in stopping the apocalypse. In order to save the world, Becca will have to prove that our deeply backward planet Earth is redeemable — starting with her quirky midwestern hometown.

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Lovejoy will executive produce. Culver will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.

Source: Decider

5 Years, 12 Languages & 23 Editions

Posted: July 17, 2020, 09:30
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Five years ago today (July 17, 2015) I got the OK from Stephen King to use The Blue Air Compressor in my anthology Shining in the Dark.

The book was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lilja’s Library back in 2016 but was delayed and first saw the light of day in 2017 in Bulgaria.

Then in 2018 it was released in the US, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and the UK.

In 2019 it was released on audio in both the US and the UK as well as a paperback editions in the US and Serbia.

This year (2020) it’s been released in Brazil, Sweden (paperback) and Bulgaria (audio) and before the year is over it’ll be out in both France and another (to be revealed) language.

In 2021 it will be out in Greece and as we speak negotiations are beign held for two more translations.

12 different langages in 23 different editions in 5 years...not bad. I want to take this opertunity to thank every one of you that has read the book. I couldn’t be more proud of it!

The book also contains stories by Jack Ketchum, P.D. Cacek, Stewart O'Nan, Bev Vincent, Clive Barker, Brian Keene, Richard Chizmar, Kevin Quigley, Ramsey Campbell, Edgar Allan Poe, Brian Freeman & John Ajvide Lindqvist.


Official Site

Four Movies Coming From If It Bleeds?

Posted: July 11, 2020, 00:26
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All four stories in If It Bleeds might be turned into movies.

Netflix, Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy have teamed to option Mr. Harrigan’s Phone which John Lee Hancock will adapt and direct. Jason Blum, Murphy and Carla Hacken will produce.

Rat has been optioned to Ben Stiller, who intends to product, direct and star in the feature.

Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa has optioned The Life Of Chuck. At this point, Aronofsky is just aboard as producer.

If It Bleeds staring Holly might find it’s own movie but may also bleed into the future of The Outsider series.

If this happens it’s the first time since Full Dark, No Stars we have seen so many stories in a 4-story collection been filmed.

Source: Deadline

Here Is A Fun Story!

Posted: July 5, 2020, 16:20
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In the story If It Bleeds King mentions Buckie Thistle FC. The club excists and King asllnsent them two signed copies of his book. They on the other hand sent King a few memorabilia.




King Thought Doctor Sleep Was Too Brutal

Posted: July 2, 2020, 18:55
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Mike Flanagan got to watch his adaptation of Doctor Sleep sitting next to King in a theater in the author’s home in Bangor, Maine. King had one issue with the movie, he thought it was too brutal. More exactly the death of actor Jacob Tremblay at the hands of the True Knot.

Flanagan tells The Kingcast: “It was one of the only times he leaned over to me during the movie was when Tremblay got killed. He leaned over and he was like ‘That’s a little brutal isn’t it?’ I was like ‘S*** I gotta go back, I gotta go back and edit this. I gotta pull stuff out.’ And we did, we changed it. We backed off…He said to me after as we talked about that, that was his only note for the movie really was, ‘That one’s gonna hurt…You need that, you’re right, but I would have a hard time showing this to my wife so you should think about pulling it back.’ And he was right.”

Mike Flanagan Talks Revival

Posted: July 2, 2020, 16:48
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Mike Flanagan talks about his work on Revival. A first draft of the script is done and King loves it.

“It’s a return to cosmic horror which I think is so fun. It is relentlessly dark and cynical and I’m enjoying the hell out of that. I think a lot of King’s work is like this too, there’s a safety in the sentimental approach to a lot of those stories and this is just bleak and mean and I like it for that. I haven’t gotten to end a movie that way since, geez, Absentia maybe? Maybe Ouija? I get to be like ‘Oh you want a dark ending? Cool, get ready. I’ve gotten pretty good about digging my heels in on stuff like that. It’s a lot easier to do, I can talk a big game when I’ve got Stephen King in my corner advocating for the same ending.”

Lisey’s Story Delayed With Only Weeks Left

Posted: June 29, 2020, 15:00
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Looks like Lisey’s Story will be delayed with only a few weeks left...

He also has an Apple TV+ series in the works with Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot, “Lisey’s Story,” which Stephen King adapted from his novel and stars Julianne Moore as a widow in free-fall after the death of her husband.

However, like everything else, production on “Lisey’s Story” shut down in mid-March. “We were [shooting] for six months in a row and we had a few weeks left, and we had to stop, so I guess we’re wondering and seeing how we restart, how are those conditions. I don’t have clarity today,” Larraín said during a recent Cannes market conversation with MUBI founder and CEO Efe Cakarel.


Source: Indie Wire

Contest Update

Posted: June 22, 2020, 16:55
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A few questions have popped in during the 8 hours since the contest went live, and I’ll try to answer them here:

Question: Why isn’t the contest open to anyone outside the US?
Answer: The contest IS open to everyone no matter where you live. If you live outside of the US just put your country in the field marked "ZIP Code” and you’re in.

Question: I didn’t get a confirmation mail. Have I entered the contest anyway?
Answer: No, you must confirm your email to enter. Check the spam filter for your email or try again, maybe you got one or more letters mixed up.

Question: Is this really a copy of The Dark Tower 7 with an authentic signature by Stephen King?
Answer: Yes. Here is the description of the prize:

Donald M. Grant. 2004. Stephen King "The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower" Signed First Edition, First Printing. This book has been personally signed by Stephen King directly onto the title page. Full number line as required for a first printing. Fine/Fine in a Fine slipcase. Event ticket and COA included. The dust-jacket is protected with a Brodart archival acid-free sleeve.


Question: Why and how can you give away a book like this for free?
Answer: Well, I want to do it as a thanks to all of you that follow Lilja’s Library and I can thanks to the sponsoring of veryfinebooks.com.

I had to include this last question...

Question: How can I thank you?
Answer: First, thanks for asking. All of you are very sweet and if you want to thank me please visit veryfinebooks.com and follow Lilja’s Library on Instagram, facebook and twitter.

// Lilja

Contest: Win A Signed Dark Tower 7

Posted: June 22, 2020, 08:06
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It is contest time once again here at Lilja’s Library. But this is not just any contest. This prize is phenomenal. This contest is in collaboration with veryfinebooks.com and the prize (donated by veryfinebooks) is a signed first edition copy of The Dark Tower 7, personally signed by Stephen King directly onto the title page!


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Contest: Confirm email address

Posted: June 20, 2020, 12:02
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Thank you for submitting your information!


You MUST CONFIRM your email address to complete your entry for this contest! Please check your email to confirm your entry. Be sure to check your spam or Junk Mail folder as well, in the event that it was accidentally filtered.

Look for an email from veryfinebooks.com/ Lilja’s Library [Promotions] - from this email address: info@veryfinebooks.com with this subject line: "Response Required: Please confirm your contest entry ."

In order to complete your contest entry, you must click on the link in that email. You will not be entered in our contest until you click that link to complete your entry.

If you don't see that email in your in-box shortly, fill out the form again to have another copy of it sent to you.

Contest: Thank you!

Posted: June 20, 2020, 12:02
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Your email address has been confirmed...


…and you have successfully registered for the contest where you can win a signed copy of The Dark Tower 7 signed by Stephen King!

Good luck and if you’re looking for other signed books, start at veryfinebooks.com…and don’t forget.

If you want to help me run more contests like this in the feature, follow Lilja’s Library on Instagram, facebook and twitter. The bigger we get the bigger the chance to host contests like this is. Thanks!

Remember: This contest ends on August 2nd, 2020 and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

New Corn, Almost Nothing To Do With The Original

Posted: June 12, 2020, 08:27
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Variety have an update on the new Children of the Corn movie that was filmed in Australia during the pandemic shut down. The new film’s cast includes Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kate Moyer (“When Hope Calls”), Callan Mulvey (Avengers: Endgame) and Bruce Spence (The Road Warrior).

The film describes the events leading up to, and including, the massacre of the adults of a small town in Nebraska by their children, after the adults’ irresponsibility ruins the crop and the children’s future.

Producer Lucas Foster also says that the movie has almost nothing to do with the original 1984 classic. “We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” Foster said.

My Thoughts About The Dark Tower Pilot

Posted: June 8, 2020, 16:19
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I got a chance to watch the unaired pilot for The Dark Tower series and here are my thoughts about it.


This pilot has a lot that I missed from the movie version. The cast looks like they would have pulled it off and the plans Mazzara had for it could have, if done correctly, made this series the Dark Tower adaptation we all wanted and wished for when the movie was done.

Mazzara's Vision For The Dark Tower

Posted: May 28, 2020, 10:23
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The Kingcast has done an episode where they talk to Glen Mazzara about his visions for The Dark Tower TV show that was supposed to air on Amazon (they later decided not to go ahead with it). Here is Glen’s vision for the first three seasons SPOILERS:

"Season One ended with the death of Susan ... In WIZARD AND GLASS very quickly you go from the death of Susan to the death of Gabrielle, [Roland's] mother. I felt that I needed a season to give me real estate so that Gabrielle's death didn't step on Susan's, and that it felt like an escalation. Roland fails to save Susan, but he actually shoots and kills his mother. In the book, Gabrielle is not really a detailed character in a way that, say, Susan is, or even Rhea is. Gabrielle is really not fleshed out. She just doesn't have as many pages attributed to her. I love that character. The actress we had for her was Elaine Cassidy, a fantastic Irish actress, and she did a really great job.

So for Season 2, the war with Farson was building. I was maybe going to use the shapeshifter story [from WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE] as part of season 2, and get to the death of Gabrielle and either the fall of Gilead there or the fall of Gilead would be the season three premiere. Very quickly, there would be a last stand at Jericho Hill and by episode 3.03 or 3.04 I was going to have Roland stumble out into the desert, follow him into the desert and then I was going to do a time-lapse so that maybe you actually age Roland and switch actors. Then you have a new Roland reset the show at the top of season three, then go into THE GUNSLINGER and by the end of that season go into THE DRAWING OF THE THREE."


For more info head over to The Kingcast and listen to the full episode!