New interview with Stephen King

Posted: May 20, 2010, 22:10
FearNet did a short interview with King yesterday when he received the literary award from the Los Angeles Library Foundation. Check it out here. In the interview King is asked about about Haven, the sequel to The Shining and a new Dark Tower book.

Here is a report about the event by Larry Fire.

Haven: Book vs TV series

Posted: May 20, 2010, 09:08
Sam Ernst (writer for Haven) wrote about the series on his Twitter page. He said King read the supernatural storyline and the mythology they added and emailed them: "sounds like a blast!".

He also commented on how well the series will follow the book like this: “We basically absorbed the whole book and then added a supernatural storyline and back story for the characters.”

Check Sam’s Twitter here

Me being interviewed

Posted: May 19, 2010, 23:34
Here is the interview Herbert West did with me on Twitter for those of you that missed it.

More Haven promo

Posted: May 19, 2010, 14:10
Here is a bigger version of the first promoposter (click on it) and also a second.

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Thanks to @Jmrenaudie

Haven premiers July 9

Posted: May 19, 2010, 11:44

Haven premiers on SyFy July 9 at 9/10c. Here is also a promoposter.

Thanks to @Jmrenaudie

King gets a Literary Award

Posted: May 19, 2010, 00:33
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19th, the 15th Annual Los Angeles Public Library Awards Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosts the Library Awards Dinner each spring to help augment critical funding. The proceeds of the 2010 Awards Dinner will help the Los Angeles Public Library provide reading enrichment and literacy programs and related books and materials, educational and cultural activities for all ages, and public access to the latest electronic information resources.

During the dinner, Stephen King will be awarded The Literary Award for his tremendous contribution to literature.

Thanks to Larry Fire

Me being interviewed on Twitter

Posted: May 15, 2010, 21:30
For those of you that are on Twitter, check out me being interviewed by Herbert West on Lilja’s Library’s Twitter page. This interview is being done in Twitter format and since you can only use 140 letters in each post each question and answer is quite short and they appear irregularly on the site. Still though, it should be an interesting way to do an interview.

2nd printing cover

Posted: May 11, 2010, 23:28
Click for a larger imageHere is the cover for the 2nd printing of issue #1 of American Vampire.
Thanks to Herbert West

Details of Full Dark, No Stars

Posted: May 11, 2010, 21:42
The moderator of King's board sheed some light over the lengt of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars. Here is a list of the number of manuscript pages each story has. Remember though that this is manuscript pages and the page length in the finished book will not be the same but the relative size will remain the same.

1922: 96 manuscript pages
A Good Marriage: 63 manuscript pages
Big Driver: 82 manuscript pages
Fair Extension: 25 manuscript pages

And there will be an Afterword in the book.

King to write about his Anarchy shoot

Posted: May 11, 2010, 12:00
According this post on King's message board we'll hear everything about about his participation in the TV series Sons of Anarchy:

Following up on the report by that Steve will be doing a cameo for the FX series, Sons of Anarchy, he has asked me to let you know that he will give you a full report of his adventures. He will be filming his part later this month in California.

Description of Full Dark, No Stars

Posted: May 11, 2010, 11:03
Here is the description of Full Dark, No Stars from

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In 'Big Driver', a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

'Fair Extension', the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends 'A Good Marriage'.

Like DIFFERENT SEASONS and FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, FULL DARK, NO STARS proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Talisman preview is not...

Posted: May 7, 2010, 11:30

The Talisman preview is not for the next arc. It's a preview of the first arc, The Roads of Trials, in hardcover.

Thanks to Stormsga

King on Sons of Anarchy

Posted: May 7, 2010, 08:38
Entertainment Weekly reports that King will make a cameo on Sons of Anarchy:

Stephen King will make a special appearance on Sons of Anarchy when the biker drama returns for a third season on FX this September. King, who is a columnist for Entertainment Weekly, will play a quiet loner who appears in Gemma’s (Katey Sagal) time of need. The producers learned that King was a fan of the drama, so they reached out to the author for a possible cameo. King will appear in the third episode.

Read more here.

Thanks to Louis Sytsma

Blockade Billy on audio

Posted: May 6, 2010, 19:06
The audio edition of Blockade Billy arrived today. Here is what it looks like.

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Follow Lilja's Library the way you want!

Posted: May 5, 2010, 23:57
Facebook was a success. So far over 740 of you are following Lilja’s Library’s facebook group.

The new mailing list was a success. In just 2 days over 200 of you have subscribed to it.

Today Lilja’s Library hits Twitter!

This means you can either visit the site, follow what’s happening on facebook, by mail updates or on Twitter. Hopefully this gives each and every one of you a way to follow my updates on the site that you feel comfortable with. If so, please spread the word and wither way let me know your thoughts on this.

Listen to Blockade Billy

Posted: May 5, 2010, 23:24
Here is the official promo page for the audio edition of Blockade Billy where you can hear an excerpt.

Audio clip with King

Posted: May 5, 2010, 16:04
Here is an audio clip with King:

Today on Word of Mouth, Virginia's conversation with Stephen King, the "master of horror" and author of over 50 novels, including his most recent work, Under the Dome. He visited The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, for the "Writers on a New England Stage" series. He reads from his newest work and talks about his books, film adaptations, and his career.

Thanks to Herbert West

Blockade Billy - The White Galley

Posted: May 4, 2010, 21:30
When Cemetery Dance got the OK for Blockade Billy things had to happen fast. Because of this they did one galley of the book (the white galley) in a very low number (below 20). Of these 4 where sent out to reviewers who needed the book early. Here is what Richard Chizmar said about it in an interview I did with him:

Lilja: So the first edition is limited to just 10,000 copies. Were there any proofs for the book?

Richard Chizmar: Because of time constraints, we actually needed to produce two states of the ARC (Advanced Reading Copies). The first (with a plain white cover) was only sent to four trade reviewers from places like PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, BOOKLIST, etc, because they needed the ARCs so far in advance. The rest of the reviewers were sent an ARC featuring the full color artwork 2-3 weeks later.

This galley will be very hard to find by here you can see what it looks like.

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My review of Wetware

Posted: May 4, 2010, 12:42
Here are my thought about Kevin Quigley's book Wetware: On the Digital Frontline with Stephen King.

Keep up with Lilja's Library

Posted: May 3, 2010, 23:11
OK, a few days ago I killed of the email subscription list I ran in favor for the new facebook group. This I did because sending out the mails finally became too much work for me and I thought facebook would be a god alternative. Most of you agreed with me but quite a lot of you have also been disappointed with not getting the mails each day. Well, I have listened to you and as of now you can get mail updates again. My friend Herbert West told me about a way to send out mails automatically so I'll try it. After all, I want all of my readers to be happy.

So, click this link and follow the instructions. The first mail will probably go out tomorrow. Please know though that there will only be one mail sent out each day so if you want instant updates it’s still facebook or RSS feed you’ll have to use.

Oh, and please tell me what you think about the new list.

Bag of Bones on TV in 2011

Posted: May 3, 2010, 10:54
Dread Central caught up with Mick Garris when he attended the “Never Sleep Again” signing event held this weekend at Dark Delicacies in Burbank.

Garris told them he’ll be directing a four-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones which fans will be able to check out on network television sometime in 2011.

"Bag of Bones is something we tried to do as a feature for two or three years," Garris told them. "But the way features are now, if it's not about teenagers or a sequel or a remake, forget it. We wanted to do something much more adult and passionate than studios are making now. It's a ghost story for grown-ups. Television is the only place you can do that."

Production on Bag of Bones is set to begin in June in Alaska. Garris also added that they will hopefully be casting their lead this week so stay tuned.

Thanks to Uncle Creepy

Haven promo

Posted: May 2, 2010, 22:18
Syfy released a short promo for Haven today and even though it dosn't tell us much it looks very nice.

Thanks to Herbert West

King comments on the recent Dark Tower news

Posted: May 1, 2010, 01:57
King comments on The Dark Tower movie:

"It looks good. Things are happening and they are happening fast but any reports you see might be taken with a grain of salt for the next couple of weeks. You will know the news from the official source as soon as we are able to post it."


Conflicting info about DT movie

Posted: April 30, 2010, 11:46
It looks like there is some conflicting info about what the format for The Dark Tower will be. THR says one feature film and then a TV series and Deadline a trilogy and then a TV series.

I'm still looking for confirmation about this but it would be so much easier if Ron Howard could just e-mail me :-)

Dark Tower as a screen trilogy and TV series?

Posted: April 30, 2010, 08:29
Very interesting information surfaced recently. If it’s correct King’s Dark Tower books is set to be a screen trilogy and TV series. Exactly what this means isn’t all that clear. Is it three TV movies? That will be extremely hard to succeed with. Is it three TV series with say 12 episodes each? That would work. Can Akiva Goldsman (script), Ron Howard (directing) and Brian Grazer (producer) pull it off? I have no idea. And, what happened JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof? I have no idea.

I’m working on getting more info on this as we speak so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the full news (as it was reported by Deadline below.

Read the complete text

Thanks to Joel, Ariel Bosi and Maribel Deschain

Excerpt from the audio edition of Blockade Billy

Posted: April 28, 2010, 20:04
Here is an excerpt from the audio edition of Blockade Billy.

Hodder & Stoughton also told me today that they will be using the same cover for their edition as Scribner does. The UK edition is released on May 25th.

Haven shooting in Lunenburg

Posted: April 27, 2010, 16:24
Looks like not everyone in Lunenburg enjoyed the filming of Haven and two other projects there last week. Personally I’d loved to be there.

Read more here.

If anyone has photos from the filming I'd be happy to post them here on Lilja's Library.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Limited Billy

Posted: April 27, 2010, 10:06
BlockadeBilly will be released as a limited edition by Lonely Road Books later this year. However, the book is already sold out so if you’re still looking to get one you need to get on the waiting list. And even that is not guarantee that you’ll get one…

Here are the information about the books:

Limited Edition:
Just 350 hand-numbered copies printed on a high quality paper stock (different from any other edition) and featuring a fine leather binding, two color printing throughout the book, a color frontispiece by Glen Orbik, eleven interior illustrations by Alex McVey, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, a custom deluxe traycase with pullout ribbon, an illustrated signature sheet signed by the artists, and Stephen King's first-ever baseball card, SIGNED by King as his way of signing this special edition. Also includes a copy of the authentic William "Blockade Billy" Blakely baseball card Cemetery Dance printed for their 1st edition hardcover ($450)
Lettered Edition:
52 hand-lettered copies with all of the special features of the Limited Edition plus a "THREE PIECE" binding featuring a special Japanese cloth and a fine leather, an exclusive artwork page in each book featuring an original piece of artwork to make EACH copy unique, a bonus art portfolio featuring Limited Edition prints of the artwork from the book, and a deluxe hand-made custom box ($1,250)

Head over to Lonley Road Books to find out more about this book.

Adam Kane to direct Haven

Posted: April 26, 2010, 21:49
Bloody Discusting reported:

Adam Kane ("The Mentalist," "Heroes") will be directing the pilot for the Stephen King-created supernatural series "Haven" for the Syfy Channel. Production has started with Lunenburg, Nova Scotia standing in for the fictitious Maine town of Haven, where Emily Rose ("Damages") plays an FBI agent solving the murder of a local ex-con. The pilot's ensemble cast includes Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Richard Donat and John Dunsworth. The project centers on a spooky town in Maine where cursed folk live normal lives in exile. When those curses start returning, FBI agent Audrey Parker is brought in to keep those supernatural forces at bay -- while trying to unravel the mysteries of Haven.

Thanks to Sonia Rodríguez Riveiro

King at the Big Read Kickoff Event

Posted: April 26, 2010, 10:31
Here is a video of King at the Big Read Kickoff Event. It took place on March 20 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County.

Thanks to Bev Vincent