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Review

Posted: December 27, 2009, 23:50
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Here is my review of issue #2 of The Road of Trials.

Review

Posted: December 27, 2009, 23:47
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Here is my review of issue #6 of Fall of Gilead.

News about IT

Posted: December 24, 2009, 23:42
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Here are some news about the remake of IT:

According to Producer Dan Lin, writer Dave Kajganich is expected to turn in a draft of his script for It over Christmas.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Straub on Talisman 3

Posted: December 24, 2009, 23:41
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Peter Straub wrote this on his Twitter:

And for those who care, no worries. In about a year SK and I will begin planning a new book.


Thanks to Bev Vincent

Scarecrow Joe McClatchy revealed...

Posted: December 24, 2009, 23:40
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Scarecrow Joe McClatchy's real identity has been revealed. Read all about it here. For those who don't know I Joe is one of the characters in Under the Dome and he has had a blogg here.

Stephen King's Battleground

Posted: December 21, 2009, 08:51
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Here is an update for Stephen King's Battleground that will be released by Gauntley Press in 2010.

Stephen King's Battleground

Set for Publication Fall 2010

A definitive collection of Stephen King’s classic short story with which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. We start with King’s short story and then move to R.C. Matheson’s script for the opening episode of “Nightmares and Dreamscapes”, which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson. Henson will provide storyboards used for the episode which won two Emmy awards. We will have further details as to whom will be contributing material to this unique collection in early 2010.

We will price the book once we have the full contents and those providing tributes.

Taking Orders January 1, 2010

You can also check out photos from the filming of the episode here.

Thanks to Marco Lammers

Cover

Posted: December 21, 2009, 07:28
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Here is the cover for the upcoming cover American Vampire.

Thanks to Jeremy Guerineau

Book of the month

Posted: December 18, 2009, 23:45
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Click for a larger imageIn the new issue of Fangoria (issue #289) you can find King's essay called What’s Scary but what I didn't know until tonight is that in that very same issue Fangoria selects my upcoming book, Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King as their "Book of the Month". How about that?

Tommy, a new poem

Posted: December 18, 2009, 23:33
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The January/February issue of Playboy says another SK poem will appear in the March issue.

Details:
STEPHEN KING--In his latest poem, Tommy, the horror master delivers an eerie yet touching reminiscence of childhood friendships and the ways innocence and experience intertwine.

Thanks to willowlove

King on Colbert

Posted: December 18, 2009, 23:20
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Here you can see King's appearance on The Colbert Report.

Big update on Ghost Brothers...

Posted: December 15, 2009, 21:42
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This update was published on King's official site today:

John Mellencamp has virtually completed recording and “assembling” the “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” musical theater collaboration with Stephen King.

John and King have edited the initial three-hour program down to two hours and 10 minutes—with a bit more editing still to come before producer T-Bone Burnett completes the tracks. When finished, the recording will be available in a novel book package containing the full text, two discs featuring the entire production of the spoken word script and songs performed by the cast, and a third CD of the songs only.

The story involves domestic turmoil, and is played by a stellar cast led by Kris Kristofferson, in the role of Joe, the father, and Elvis Costello, as the satanic character The Shape. Rosanne Cash plays Monique, the mother, with the sons enacted by Will Daily (Frank), Dave Alvin (Jack), Alvin’s real-life brother Phil Alvin (Andy) and John (Drake).

Sheryl Crow stars as Jenna and Neko Case is Anna, with boxing legend Joe Frazier playing caretaker Dan Coker and Stephen King himself in the role of Uncle Steve. The narrator is “24” star Glenn Morshower.

John stressed that the three-disc package is not a traditional audio book, but offers an experience more akin to listening to an old radio show with music; he further emphasized the challenge inherent in making such a project work.

And this was added (together with the text abow) on John's official site.

“It’s hard enough to make a play with music work—even when you can see the actors singing,” he said. “But here we have something that’s become way out of fashion: An audio program that allows the listener the opportunity to use his or her imagination! We live in the video world now, where everything is spoonfed for us and shown to us—so that it’s become quite an effort to fully involve the listener. So we’ve tried to make the listeners part of the process: Their imagination comes into play in the same way they read a book—or the way they listened to records before music videos came along. That’s what makes this so different—holding the listener’s attention while the songs are being sung, while engaging them with the story and dialog. It’s very complicated.”

John characterized the music as “down-home,” with the earthiness and feeling of the acoustic folk-country blues of the 1930s. He hopes to have the book/CD set out before the musical opens next September at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater.

King helps the troops

Posted: December 15, 2009, 00:23
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Stephen and Tabitha King had no problem donating money to ensure that the 150 members of Bravo Company of the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Unit could come home for the holidays.

Read more about it here.

Thanks to everyone that told me aobut this...and you where many.

More Under the Dome

Posted: December 10, 2009, 22:37
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Under the Dome has been out for a while but it’s not forgotten. I have finished the audio version of it and you can read my thoughts about it here . I also got to do an interview with its narrator Raúl Esparza and you can read that one here .

Also, if you haven’t already bought the book on audio, you can do that by following these links:

Audio CD
MP3

If you prefer to download it you can so that as well. Some of the places you can go to do that is itunes and Audible.com

My review of Knowing Darkness

Posted: December 9, 2009, 11:43
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Here are my review of Knowing Darkness - Artists Inspired by Stephen King , the biggest book I have ever seen.

King interview

Posted: December 8, 2009, 00:25
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Here is an interview with King from the Music Hall of Portsmouth event.

Thanks to George Beahm

Discordia goes live today

Posted: December 8, 2009, 00:12
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From King's site:

Discordia Goes Live
Posted on: 12.7.09

Chapter One of Discordia is now available on StephenKing.com! Be sure to check out the much anticipated Interactive Experience based on the Dark Tower Series.

With detailed 3D artwork by Brian Stark,, fantastic illustrations by Michael Whelan and retrospective text by Robin Furth, Discordia is sure to please both the die hard DT fans as well as the uninitiated. Cheers! And happy holidays from StephenKing.com.

Launch Discordia.

No King on Colbert today

Posted: December 7, 2009, 23:03
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This was posted on King's site today in regard to his appearance on The Colbert Report:

As mentioned, the scheduling is subject to change and we've been informed that Stephen's appearance will not be airing tonight but we don't yet have an alternate air date. As soon as we do, we will be sure to post it.

King and Colbert

Posted: December 3, 2009, 23:51
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King's will appear on The Colbert Report on December 7th. This could be subject to change so be sure to check your local listings. His bit was taped on Nov. 11th.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Two Talisman covers

Posted: December 3, 2009, 23:47
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Here are the covers for issue #3 and #4 for The Roads of Trails
Thanks to Herbert West

13 episodes of Haven ordered

Posted: December 1, 2009, 07:56
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SciFi wire reports taht Syfy has ordered 13 episodes of Haven, a new series based on a Stephen King novella, about a town for cursed people in exile. The show is based on King's The Colorado Kid.

Haven 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 supernatural forces at bay—while trying to unravel the mysteries of Haven.

Scott Shepherd is the show runner and serves as executive producer along with Lloyd Segan and Shawn Piller. All were producers of USA's much-loved and much-missed The Dead Zone, which ran for six seasons and went off the air in 2008.

Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn are writing the pilot and will also serve as executive producers.

The show will air sometime next year.

Below is the full announcement:

Read the complete text

Thanks to Al Mattice

Vote for the next book

Posted: December 1, 2009, 07:51
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The moderator on King's message board posted this yesterday.

Steve has asked for your input as to what book he should write next. To cast your vote for either a new Dark Tower book or a sequel to The Shining, please visit this thread and our home page.

Steve asked me to post this message:

Hey, you guys--I saw a lot of you Constant Readers while I was touring for Under the Dome, and I must say you're looking good. Thanks for turning out in such numbers, and thanks for all the nice things you've said about Under the Dome. There'll be another book next year. It's a good one, I think, but that's not why I'm writing. I mentioned two potential projects while I was on the road, one a new Mid-World book (not directly about Roland Deschain, but yes, he and his friend Cuthbert are in it, hunting a skin-man, which are what werewolves are called in that lost kingdom) and a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. Are you interested in reading either of these? If so, which one turns your dials more? Ms. Mod will be counting your votes (and of course it all means nothing if the muse doesn't speak). Meanwhile, thanks again for 2009.

Talk about a hard decision to make! However, which ever book you want, make sure to cast your vote.

Thanks to John Hanic

Second trailer for Discordia

Posted: November 30, 2009, 23:57
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It's one week until we'll get a chance to try Discordia and today a new trailer was released. Check it out here.

Thanks to Ari

UK limited Under the Dome

Posted: November 30, 2009, 13:35
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Here are some photos of the UK collector's set of Under The Dome. And to quote from the slipcase "Limited edition book signed by the author with deluxe binding, slipcase. coloured endpapers and a set of 27 trading cards."

The prize is £100 and it is limited to 500 copies reference Hatchards in London.

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Thanks to John Ransome

Interview and preview

Posted: November 26, 2009, 16:24
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Here is an interview with Robin Furth talking about The Dark Tower and there are also a preview of Battle of Jericho Hill.

Thanks to Sebastian Rahm

Segan talks Haven

Posted: November 26, 2009, 16:18
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Here is an interview with Lloyd Segan in which he talks about the upcoming TV series Haven based on King's The Colorado Kid.

Thanks to Ed.

King does rumor control

Posted: November 26, 2009, 16:16
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King has now commented on a sequel to The Shining:

Stephen King on proposed 'Shining' sequel: 'People shouldn't hold their breath'
by Kristen Baldwin

On the heels of the news that best-selling horror master (and EW columnist) told the audience at a Toronto book signing that he was considering writing a sequel to The Shining, King tells EW.com that he’s got no immediate plans to revisit the character of Danny Torrance. “It’s a great idea, and I just can’t seem to get down to it,” says the author in an e-mail. “People shouldn’t hold their breath. I know it would be cool, though. I want to write it just for the title, Dr. Sleep. I even told them [at the book signing], ‘It will probably never happen.’” Still, King — whose most recent novel is this month’s Under the Dome — can’t quite shut the door on the Shining sequel, adding, “But ‘probably’ isn’t ‘positively,’ so maybe.”

Thanks to Al Mattice

Battle of Jericho Hill covers

Posted: November 25, 2009, 01:41
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Click for a larger image Click for a larger imageHere are the regular cover for issue #1 and issue #4 of The Battle of Jericho Hill.

Fall of Gilead covers

Posted: November 25, 2009, 01:35
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Click for a larger image Click for a larger imageHere are the regular and sketch cover for issue #6 of Fall of Gilead.

Thanks to Sebastian Rahm

Soul Survivors covers

Posted: November 25, 2009, 00:37
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Click for a larger image Click for a larger image Here are the varian cover for issue #2 and the regular cover for issue #4 of Soul Survivor.

More Dr. Sleep

Posted: November 25, 2009, 00:34
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Torontoist reported the following about a posible sequel to The Shining:

Last night at Toronto’s packed Canon Theatre, fans of Stephen King were treated to a 15-minute reading from the author’s new novel, Under the Dome, and nearly an hour’s worth of typically funny anecdotes and keen observations during an on-stage interview with director David Cronenberg. Then King dropped a fan bombshell on the crowd by casually describing a novel idea he began working on last summer. Seems King was wondering whatever happened to Danny Torrance of The Shining, who when readers last saw him was recovering from his ordeal at the Overlook Hotel at a resort in Maine with fellow survivors Wendy Torrance and chef Dick Halloran (who dies in the Kubrick film version). King remarked that though he ended his 1977 novel on a positive note, the Overlook was bound to have left young Danny with a lifetime’s worth of emotional scars. What Danny made of those traumatic experiences, and with the psychic powers that saved him from his father at the Overlook, is a question that King believes might make a damn fine sequel.

So what would a sequel to one of King’s most beloved novels look like? In King’s still tentative plan for the novel, Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York, where he works as the equivalent of an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill. Danny’s real job is to visit with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Danny also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Hallorann.

The title for King’s proposed sequel? Doctor Sleep.

Perhaps sensing that he’d let the cat out of the plot bag a little early, King then told Cronenberg and the audience that he wasn’t completely committed to the new novel, going so far as to say, “Maybe if I keep talking about it I won’t have to write it.”

Thanks to Al Mattice

Kev's review

Posted: November 24, 2009, 01:19
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Here is a review of Artists Inspired by Stephen King that also contains a photo that shows you just how big this book really is.

New column

Posted: November 24, 2009, 00:58
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Here is a new column by King. This one is called Stephen King's Ultimate Playlist.

Thanks to Sonia Rodríguez Riveiro

Dr Sleep?

Posted: November 20, 2009, 20:25
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Is there anything to the talk about a sequel to The Shining? Well, here is a report from King's visit to Toronto:

He talked about it again in Toronto: "He also mentioned that he wanted to, or already had begun work on a sequel to The Shining. Danny Torrance is now 40 years old and is an orderly of sorts in a retirement home and he uses his 'shine' to help the dying. Something along those lines. He even asked what the audience thought of a title..Dr Sleep."

King on The Hour

Posted: November 20, 2009, 11:42
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Talk Stephen King links to this clip of King's visit to The Hour. Jump up to about the 22min marker if you want to go straight to King's part.

King and Spielberg

Posted: November 20, 2009, 11:10
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Variety reports that King and Spielberg is teaming up:

Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are joining forces to develop a limited series based on King's just-released supernatural thriller "Under the Dome." DreamWorks TV has optioned the book and is looking to set it up as an event series, likely for cable.

DreamWorks principal Stacey Snider was key in bringing the project to the company. Spielberg, King and Snider will exec produce along with DreamWorks TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.Book, which has earned strong reviews as a return to form for the prolific author, revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.

DreamWorks is starting to meet with writers for the project. The plan is to set a writer before shopping the skein to prospective buyers.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson and Marco Lammers.

Photos of Artists Inspired by Stephen King

Posted: November 19, 2009, 19:44
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Here are some cool photos of Artists Inspired by Stephen King that I just got my hands on. Enjoy!

Art book with signatures in back

Traycase for the signed edition (outside)

Traycase for the signed edition, art book and book of prints (13x19 inches)

Michael Whelan holding Knowing Darkness
John Picacio signs a copy of Knowing Darkness
Don Maitz holds slipcase with his Desperatino artwork


Here are info about the different editions:
The limited edition of 1500 copies (not numbered or signed) is slipcased and is called "THE SLIPCASED EDITION" by the publisher. This currently retails for $295.

The edition of 300 copies (numbered and signed) is traycased and is called "THE TRAYCASED EDITION" by the publisher. The extra book is only in the TRAYCASED EDITION. It is 13-x19 inches and consists of artwork from the book, bound into the oversized hardback that is laid into the traycase with the art book itself. This currently retails for $995.

King in Minneapolis

Posted: November 19, 2009, 14:55
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Here are two articles about King's visit to Minneapolis:

StarTribune.com
TwinCities.com

And there were also an update on where Danny Torrence is today:

King elaborated on his idea about where Danny Torrence is today. He said Danny's working in a hospice, taking care of the dying. He has an idea for a novel with Danny and also a title--Dr. Sleep--but also said he thinks the idea has gone beyond its sell by date and that the time for writing such a book has passed.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Win Under the Dome

Posted: November 18, 2009, 18:16
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Over at BookRabbit.com you now have the chance to win a copy of the UK edition of Under the Dome. And this competition is open to people everywhere.

King's Holiday movie

Posted: November 18, 2009, 18:04
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Here is a clip King and other authors from Simon & Schuster talking about their favorite Holiday movie.

Q&A with King

Posted: November 18, 2009, 16:40
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Star Tribune: Q&A

Q What's on the stereo today?

A I'm listening to a lot of alt-country -- Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robbie Fulks. I've really gotten into that; it sounds like the rock I grew up with.

Q Any books you'd like to revisit?

A I'd like to go back to "Firestarter." She was 9 or 10 at the end of the book; she's probably in her 40s now. I'm always curious about Danny Torrance in "The Shining," what it was like to grow up with psychic talent, in an abusive family. I'd like to see them meet."

Read the complete text

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Talisman review

Posted: November 18, 2009, 11:45
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Today the first issue of The Talisman comic is released and here you can see what I think of it.

King in McSweeney's

Posted: November 17, 2009, 19:47
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Here's more info about King's coverage of The World Series in McSweeney's.


Thanks to Larry Fire

Kris Kristofferson in Ghost Brother

Posted: November 17, 2009, 19:16
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According to King's Sarasota appearance we can now add Kris Kristofferson to the list of performers.

Thanks to Bev Vincent