NEWS -

Signings

Posted: May 20, 2009, 00:06
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This info about upcoming signings to promote Under the Dome was released on King's message board a few hours ago.

I just checked with Scribner to see if I could at least post the cities and got the okay. We're still working on the details of dates and venues but should be able to get that to you in the next couple of months. This is also the most likely order for the events.

New York
Baltimore or D.C. (not yet determined which one)
Atlanta
Sarasota
Minneapolis
Toronto
New England city (not yet determined which one)

Simmons talks Dome

Posted: May 15, 2009, 00:38
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Dan Simmons talks about Under The Dome in his blog. Check it out here (on page 2 and 3).

Thanks to Matthew Bailey

Things they Left Behind

Posted: May 15, 2009, 00:30
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Things they Left Behind has been optioned for a movie:

In the 12 months since Reliance Big Entertainment, the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG), first introduced its innovative development/production financing deals, called Creative Partnerships, more than twenty individual projects have been approved.

The initial seven deals, with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, and Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, were announced during the Cannes Film Festival 2008 by Reliance Big Entertainment Chairman Amit Khanna and President Rajesh Sawhney. These were followed by deals with Julia Roberts' Red Om Films and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment.

Among the highlights of the development slate are:
Saturn Films: VOODOO CHILD with writer John Collee.
JC 23 Entertainment: O'GUNN with writers Ed Cannistraci and Fred Seton.
1492 Pictures: THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND, the Stephen King short story about 9/11 survivors, has been optioned. As has Thurston Clarke's book, 'The Last Campaign', and David Dorfman's script, 'It's A Miserable Life'. Rat Entertainment: YOUNGBLOOD based on Rob Liefeld's iconic graphic novel, INFINITY with writer John Collee; and JOHN DELOREAN PROJECT with James Toback Red Om Films: DAN ELDON PROJECT.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Under the Dome cover soon here...

Posted: May 14, 2009, 16:01
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Bev Vincent reported the following news about the cover for Under the Dome:

Per SK's message board: "Scribner is planning to make the unveiling of the cover an 'event' and we should have news about that in the next couple of months, but it is done."

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County update

Posted: May 14, 2009, 00:40
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Good news about Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. As it looks today it will be released in a package containing a book and a CD. This is from John Mellencamps official site:

5) "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" CD/Book Package: This will involve a recording of the songs and the dialog of John's musical collaboration with Stephen King, with T-Bone Burnett producing and acting as musical director. It won't be a "cast album," but will contain performances by major artists. The book will include the text of the musical-also called the "book" in theater lingo.

If things go as planned, the set will be available prior to the "Ghost Brothers" opening next April at Atlanta's Alliance Theater. In the works for 10 years, the production remains a priority for both John and King, who have become close friends during the intense collaboration.

Remember: None of this is written in stone! Everything is subject to change!

Thanks to Bev Vincent

King on piracy

Posted: May 13, 2009, 08:49
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From a New York Times article about online piracy of books:

For some writers, tracking down illegal e-books is simply not worth it.

“The question is, how much time and energy do I want to spend chasing these guys,” Stephen King wrote in an e-mail message. “And to what end? My sense is that most of them live in basements floored with carpeting remnants, living on Funions and discount beer.”

Thanks to willowlove

Riding the Bullet: The Deluxe Special Edition Double

Posted: May 13, 2009, 08:41
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This very interesting book was just announced from Lonely Road Books:

Riding the Bullet: The Deluxe Special Edition Double
by Stephen King and Mick Garris

This is your chance to experience Riding the Bullet in a way only those close to the production of the film ever have. Start with King's original novella, then flip the book over and read the original script by Mick Garris. Compare what he kept, what he had to change, and even the storytelling flourishes he added to round out the tale.

You'll also get featuring full-color and B&W artwork by Bernie Wrightson; unique design with two color printing throughout

Plus: Exclusive storyboards, photos from the set, production notes, hand-corrected script pages, and more from the Top Secret "Director's Notebook" kept during the production

You can now order your copy (except the lettered one that has already sold out) here.

More Dark Tower movie

Posted: May 12, 2009, 14:13
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Here is more about The Dark Tower movie:

As “Star Trek” makes its case for the new J.J. Abrams age of the franchise this weekend, he and fellow “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof continue to have early discussions about Stephen King’s cult series of books “The Dark Tower.” Lindelof confirmed Abrams’ assertion that “Lost” is priority number one at the moments, but said the project would require at least as much care as Zack Snyder’s adaptation of “Watchmen.”

“Having seen Zack go through what he went through on ‘Watchmen’ in terms of saying of where can I digress from the material I just get headaches thinking about changing anything,” Lindelof told MTV News. “It was the defining literary tale of my young adulthood into adulthood.”

Lindelof is keenly aware of how that level of attachment can affect his approach to the project. “My reverence for Stephen King is now getting in the way of what any good writer would do first when they’re adapting a book, which is take creative license in changing stuff,” he explained.

If the Hollywood power duo indeed moves on to King’s fantasy/Western tale when they finish with “Lost” it may be an extended commitment in addition to being a demanding one, given the scope of the seven-book series.

“Paramount is certainly looking at it as a franchise movie and thinking about sequels but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Lindelof said. “Ideas have been thrown around that are very informal at this point.”

And more formal conversations very well may not be in the cards until the fates of Oceanic Flight 815’s passengers are firmly on the ground for the the “Lost” finale.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Three Kings preview

Posted: May 11, 2009, 09:04
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Here are some previews for the upcoming The Family Guy’s Stephen King spoof entitled Three Kings which airs tonight. Unfortunately it looks like you have to be in the US to be able to watch these clips...

Thanks to Larry Fire

King's influence on LOST

Posted: May 11, 2009, 08:58
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Here is an article about how King has influenced the TV series “LOST”.

Thanks to Larry Fire and Miss X

King talks

Posted: May 11, 2009, 08:52
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There is a new interview with King out now in GQ. In it he talks about the swine flu and you can read it here

Thanks to Sonia Rodríguez Riveiro, Larry Fire and Miss X

Sunset cover

Posted: May 7, 2009, 20:52
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Here is the cover for the UK paperback edition of Just After Sunset that's released on September 3rd.

Thanks to Neil Jarvis

More Talisman 3

Posted: May 6, 2009, 22:58
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In an upcoming interview in Cemetery Dance #61 (shipping this summer) Peter Straub talks about the third Talisman book.

Cemetery Dance: Are you going to do a third book with Stephen King?

Peter Straub: We plan to. We were going to start right about now, but King got sidetracked by a Broadway musical that he was writing with John Mellencamp. So that's been taking shape. And I think they were having out-of-town tryouts this autumn. Then we'll see what happens. But at some point we'll get back to it, because we have to. It's like two-thirds of a long, long story, and the other part really should be done.

Hodder & Stoughton's description of Under the Dome

Posted: May 6, 2009, 15:07
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Here is Hodder & Stoughton's description of Under the Dome:

Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters – some heroic, some diabolical – and a supernatural element as chilling as nay he’s ever conjured.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town in inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, people running errands in the neighbouring town are divided from their families. Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a few intrepid citizens against the town’s corrupt politician. But time, under the dome, is running out …

UNDER THE DOME is King at his epic best and will capture a brand new readership as well as thrilling his existing fans.

£19.99 hardback 10 November
Audiobook £39.13 18xCD

Horror Mall

Posted: May 6, 2009, 13:37
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Horror Mall is selling my book now for a discounted price if anyone is interested.

Thanks to Mario De Luca

Abrams talks Tower

Posted: May 4, 2009, 12:02
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J.J. Abrams recently got the question about what’s happening with The Dark Tower movie and said that as soon as Damon Lindelof is done with LOST they hope to get started on The Dark Tower project.

See the clip here

Thanks to Al Mattice and John Haberkorn.

New Dolan picture

Posted: May 4, 2009, 12:01
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Here is a new picture from Dolan’s Cadillac


Thanks to herbertwest

The Family Guy

Posted: May 4, 2009, 11:59
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Click for a larger imageThe Family Guy episod Three Kings has been moved forward to May 10 instead of May 17.

Thanks to herbertwest

Three new characters

Posted: April 27, 2009, 19:27
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King's official now has pictures of three new characters from The Talisma comic. They are Lily Cavanaugh, Jack Sawyer and Phil sawyer. Check them out here.

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Raul to narrate Under the Dome

Posted: April 24, 2009, 18:39
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It has now been revealed that Raul Esparza will narrate Under the Dome. The book will be released on 30 CDs.

Buick in trouble

Posted: April 24, 2009, 18:37
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It looks like From a Buick 8 might be in trouble:

Writer (and actor) Jonathan Schaech has been trying to get a feature film version of Stephen King's classic "From a Buick 8" up for a couple of years now. Despite the fact Tobe Hooper - director of classics like "Texas Chainsaw" and "Poltergeist" - is attached to direct, he's had no luck.

Schaech, who most will remember for his role as the chauvinistic lead singer in Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do!", tells Bloody Disgusting that King himself loves the script for the film version, but that doesn't help get the movie made.

"It's a shame, man. It would be so much fun to make that movie and everyone will love it, too. Its not an easy time right now to make any kind of film in the business. The economy is piss-poor and film production is down 57 percent. I hope that we can make the movie. We really need this chance. It will get made one day. I'm pretty certain of it."

Read more here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood

King's work on Family Guy

Posted: April 24, 2009, 18:36
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Here is a description of the season finale of Family Guy:

Sunday, May 17
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Three Kings” – Season Finale

After Peter discovers the writing of Stephen King, he imagines his family and friends in three of King’s most famous works. First, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe – as 12-year-olds – travel along a railroad track on a journey of self-discovery narrated by Richard Dreyfuss (guest-voicing as himself). Second, Brian is injured in a bad car crash only to be “rescued” by his “number one fan,” Stewie. Finally, Cleveland and Peter become fast friends in prison."

Thanks to herbertwest

Interview and preview

Posted: April 23, 2009, 23:21
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Here is an interview with Mike Perkins and some previews of issue #3 of American Nightmares.

Thanks to Georgia

Fall of Gilead covers

Posted: April 23, 2009, 23:15
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Here are the variant and sketch covers for The Fall of Gilead #1.

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And here is an article called Dark Tower: Before the Fall.

Thanks to Georgia

Ask Lilja

Posted: April 22, 2009, 15:10
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I'll be giving an interview for Veryfinebooks soon and if you want, you can be part of it by submitting your own question for me to answer here.

Fall of Gilead cover

Posted: April 22, 2009, 14:27
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Click for a larger imageHere is the cover for issue #3 of The Fall of Gilead.

Lilja up for grabs...

Posted: April 20, 2009, 23:56
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It looks like the cover for my book really appealed to people. Cemetery Dance has received several offers to buy the original artwork for private collections so they have now decided to put the front and (never-before-seen) back cover up for auction.

Here is all the info you need:

Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King
2 Pieces of Original Color Artwork Up For Bidding NOW!
Stephen King and Glenn Chadbourne Fans Take Note! RARE Collectibles!


We received a lot of positive emails about Glenn Chadbourne's stunning cover artwork for Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King, including several offers to buy the original artwork for private collections. We spoke with Glenn about these offers and he asked us to auction off the FRONT COVER and the never-before-seen BACK COVER artwork on his behalf. View these two beautiful full-color pieces below:

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*** HOW WE'RE SELLING THESE:
We'll be taking offers on behalf of the artist, Glenn Chadbourne, and selling to the highest bidder for each piece. We will be processing the sale either via PayPal or Credit Card and shipping these copies for our customers via UPS for US addresses, so they will be packed well and insured for the amount paid. No checks or money orders can be accepted for this special offer. Customers outside the US will be shipped via USPS at their own risk.

*** HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFER:
You may bid on the front OR the back cover OR both, but please be clear which one your offer is for.

Please email Mindy Jarusek at info@cemeterydance.com with your BEST OFFER as soon as possible if you're interested because this offer ends in just 72 hours. Serious bids only. The minimum bid for these is $199 per piece, but considering that full-color Glenn Chadbourne artwork often sells for up to $500, these would be a steal at that price, especially given the Stephen King subject matter!

Please put "LILJA'S LIBRARY Best Offer" in your subject line so these offers can be properly processed.

* The body of your email should include:
Your Name
Your Address
Your very best offer for the FRONT cover artwork
Your very best offer for the BACK cover artwork

Please send the final amount you are willing to offer for these copies. The deadline for this "best offer" is THIS WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2009 at 5 PM EST. The winner for each cover will be notified via email after the offers have been reviewed on Thursday. Your best offer is a binding agreement to purchase a copy at that price.

REMEMBER, if you make the best offer for one of these, you're getting the ORIGINAL artwork! No one else in the world will have what you have!

If you have any questions before you bid, please email Mindy and she'll help you out. As always, thanks for your continuing support!

Two Shirley Jackson Award Nominations

Posted: April 20, 2009, 16:15
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King has received two Shirley Jackson Award Nominations. King’s nominations are for Novella (N.) and Collection (Just After Sunset). The Awards will be presented during this July’s Readercon.

Thanks to Bryant Burnette

New column

Posted: April 20, 2009, 16:14
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King has a new column out. It’s in issue 1044/1045 (released 4/24/09) and called The Trouble With Earworms

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Table of Contents and praise

Posted: April 19, 2009, 14:25
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Table of Contents:
Introduction by Bev Vincent
An Original Interview with Lilja

Interviews
Section 1—Two Interviews With Stephen King

Section 2—Other Interviews
Tyson Blue
James Cole
Jay Holben
James Gonis
Stephen Spignesi
Peter Straub
Michael Piller
Ridley Pearson
Mick Garris
Michael Collings
Kristen Dalton
George Guidall
Richard Dooling
Ed Begley, Jr.
Marsha DeFilippo
Michael Whelan
Stewart O'Nan
Glenn Chadbourne
Robin Furth
Mikael Håfström
Mick Garris
Brandon Kihl
Steven Weber
Mark Stutzman
Mikael Håfström
Frank Darabont
Joe Quesada
Ralph Macchio
Robin Furth
Richard Isanove
Peter David
Philippa Pride
Jae Lee
Gregory Nicotero
Frank Darabont
Frank Darabont
Marsha DeFilippo
Glenn Chadbourne

Book Reviews
Section 1—Books by King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Dreamcatcher
Secret Window, Secret Garden (audio)
Pet Sematary (audio)
LT's Theory of Pets (audio)
Black House
Everything's Eventual
Everything's Eventual (audio)
Riding the Bullet (audio)
The Wavedancer Benefi t (audio)
From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8 (audio)
The Man in the Black Suit (audio)
'Salem's Lot (audio)
The Devil's Wine
Building Bridges (audio)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (popup)
Faithful
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
'Salem's Lot—Limited Edition
Carrie (audio)
The Things They Left Behind
The Shining (audio)
The Colorado Kid
'Salem's Lot: Illustrated Edition
The Colorado Kid (audio)
Bag of Bones (audio)
Cell
Stationary Bike (audio)
Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished
Lisey's Story
The Secretary of Dreams, Volume 1
Graduation Afternoon
Blaze
The Gingerbread Girl
Ayana
Mute
Duma Key

Section 2: The Dark Tower
The Gunslinger—Revised Edition
The Dark Tower—Concordance, Volume 1
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (audio)
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (audio)
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (audio)
The Road to The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower—Concordance, Volume 2
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
The Gunslinger Born #1
The Gunslinger Born #2
The Gunslinger Born #3
The Gunslinger Born #4
The Gunslinger Born #5
The Gunslinger Born #6
The Gunslinger Born #7
The Gunslinger's Guidebook
The Gunslinger Born (omnibus)
The Long Road Home #1
The Long Road Home #2
The Long Road Home #3
The Long Road Home #4
The Long Road Home #5
Dark Tower: End-World Almanac

Section 3: Books About King
The Essential Stephen King
Stephen King Universe
Revisiting Stephen King
Horror Plum'd
The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King
The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (2nd Edition)
The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (3rd Edition)
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book
The Stephen King Collector's Guide

Section 4: The Movies
Walking The Mile—The Making Of "The Green Mile"
Creepshow: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
Dreamcatcher—The Shooting Script
Hollywood's Stephen King
The Journals of Eleanor Druse

Section 5: Other Reviews
Walpuski's Typewriter
The Night Country
Lost Boy, Lost Girl
Assassination Vacation
Blue November Storms
Masters of Horror 1-6
Masters of Horror 7-10
Masters of Horror 11-13
Heart-Shaped Box
Development Hell

Movie Reviews
Section 1: Television

Rose Red
Carrie (remake)
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital—The Pilot
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital—Death's Kingdom
'Salem's Lot (remake)
Riding the Bullet
Desperation
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Episodes 1 & 2
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Episodes 3 & 4
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Episodes 5 & 6
Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Episodes 7 & 8

Section 2: The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone—Pilot
The Dead Zone—The 1st Half of Season 1
The Dead Zone—The 2nd Half of Season 1
The Dead Zone (DVD)
The Dead Zone—The 1st Half of Season 2
The Dead Zone—The 2nd Half of Season 2
The Dead Zone—Season 1 (DVD)
The Dead Zone—Season 2½
The Dead Zone—The Original Pilot
The Dead Zone—Season 3
The Dead Zone—Season 3 (DVD)
The Dead Zone—Season 4
A Very Dead Zone Christmas
The Dead Zone—Season 5 Premier
The Dead Zone—Season 5, Episode 2
The Dead Zone—Season 5, Episodes 3—5
The Dead Zone—Season 5, Episode 6
The Dead Zone—Season 4 (DVD)
The Dead Zone—Season 5, Episodes 7 - 9
The Dead Zone—Season 5, Episodes 10 - 11
The Dead Zone—Season 6

Section 3: The Movies/DVDs
Rose Red (DVD)
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (DVD)
Riding the Bullet (DVD)
Quicksilver Highway (DVD)
Children of the Corn / Creepshow 2 (DVD)
Desperation (DVD)
1408
1408 (DVD)
The Mist
The Mist (DVD)

Section 4: The "Dollar Babies"
The Last Rung on the Ladder
Paranoid
The Lawnmower Man
Strawberry Spring
Rainy Season
Autopsy Room Four
The Man in the Black Suit
The Road Virus Heads North
La Femme dans la Chamber
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
Umney's Last Case
Home Delivery
Popsy
I Know What You Need
El Sueño de Harvey
Suffer the Little Children

Section 5: The Scripts
Insane Clown Poppy
Hearts in Atlantis
Stud City

Section 6: Other Oddities
Territories (audio)
The Gunslinger (influenced by) (audio)
The Gunslinger / The Drawing of the Three (audio)
Christine—Collector Car
SCarrie: The Musical (audio)

Part 6: New Reviews
Here There Be Tygers
I Am The Doorway
The Gunslinger
Luckey Quarter
Boogeyman
Walking Ghost
The Secret Transit Codes of America's Highways
Night Surf
Stephen King's Gotham Café
Sorry, Right Number
Srajenie
Llamadas
Suppr.
Night of the Living Dead
The Mist (The Script)
Black House (The Script)
From a Buick 8 (The Script)
Stephen King: A Primary Bibliography of the World's Most Popular Author
Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

Part 7: Afterword
Lilja's Final Word


Praise for Lilja's Library, the website:
"Lilja's Library is not only the best of all the Stephen King websites now up on the web, it is one of the best of all current websites now up, being lively, informative, colorful, and wonderfully well-organized. It is a pleasure to visit Lilja's Library."
— Peter Straub, co-author of The Talisman and Black House

"A very impressive site, and by far one of the best on Stephen King! Done with great commitment, obvious passion, and reverence for its subject. It's always a pleasure to log on to Lilja's Library and see what's happening in the world of King."
— Frank Darabont, director of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist

"Lilja's Library is a required surf stop for the serious King fan."
— Mick Garris, director of The Stand, The Shining and Riding the Bullet

"Everything I want to know, and more, about Stephen King-I find at Lilja's Library"
— Mikael Håfström, director of 1408

"The wealth of information and the latest news updates available on Lilja's site is amazing. Lilja possesses the same level of devotion to Stephen King as Kathy Bates from Misery, the only difference between the two is... Lilja has a computer."
— Jae Lee, illustrator of The Dark Tower comic

"Lilja's Library has emerged from among the ranks of Stephen King information sites as THE go-to place for all the latest news, reviews, interviews and rumors. If it's not bookmarked in your favorites list, it should be."
— Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower

"Lilja's Library is a great website packed with information"
— Robin Furth, author of The Dark Tower Concordance and The Dark Tower comic.

"Lilja's-Library is a wildly enthusiastic look at the world of Stephen King. Any King fan can certainly indulge themselves with reviews, interviews, sneak peaks and plenty of nostalgia. Stephen can ditch his day-planner as long as he has this site bookmarked."
— Mark Stutzman, cover illustrator to many of Stephen King's books

"Lilja's Library is the most comprehensive, thorough, and up-to-the-minute source for Stephen King news on the web. It's a labor of love and an invaluable resource for us SK fans."
— Richard Dooling, novelist, producer, and writer for Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

"A one-stop shop for everything King Related, Lilja's Library is the place on the net for the most in depth information for the discerning Stephen King fan—I have yet to find a website with more thorough, detailed, accurate and up-to-date information."
— Jay Holben, director of Stephen King's Paranoid.

"I've had a delightful time exploring Lilja's Library. I especially like the arrangement of materials. Everything is clearly labeled, easy to access, and well (and fully) discussed. It is certainly among the best and most comprehensive sites I've visited."
— Michael Collings, author of The Work of Stephen King and Horror Plum'd

"For a one-stop place to check out the latest King news, not just in America but worldwide, this is the only place you need to go. And the best thing about this is—in Lilja's Library, you don't need a borrower's card!"
— Tyson Blue, author of The Unseen King and Observations from the Terminator

"As New Line Cinema and film director Peter Jackson discovered, it simply makes good sense — and good business — to keep the fans online informed of what's going on; and in the Stephen King community, there are only a handful of sites worth your precious time. Lilja's Library is one of them. A die-hard King fan who has painstakingly and, over a period of many years, built up his website so that it's in the first rank of King websites, "LL" (Lilja's Library) is an essential website to surf if you REALLY want to know what's going on in Stephen's kingdom. Hard-working, responsible, and dedicated to putting out the news for a worldwide audience, Lilja is a publicist's dream: He'll get the word out and do it in a professional and timely manner. As the author of more books about Stephen King than anyone else on the planet, I've got to say that Lilja has my respect and admiration because of his efforts to keep the King community informed, and as they say, you can take THAT to the bank."
— George Beahm, author of Stephen King A to Z and Stephen King Country

"Lilja's Library is one of the best resources on the Internet for all things King. In addition to being a wonderful support for our extensive collection of Stephen King audiobooks, Lilja is an absolute pleasure to work with! I highly recommended the site for all fans of Stephen King."
— Theresa Pantazopoulos, Publicity Manager, Simon & Schuster Audio

"There some utterly definitive web sites I depend upon for their accuracy and specific focus and on my list is Lilja's Library for all things Stephen King. Lilja does an extraordinary amount of work maintaining one of the most comprehensive King sites on the Web. Lilja's Library is the kind of loving, meticulously accurate web site that King's work inspires in his fans. King fans around the world owe him enormous gratitude for keeping us all up to speed on all the goings-on in the kingdom of King."
— Stephen Spignesi, author of The Lost work of Stephen King and The Essential Stephen King

"Lilja's Library is the quintessential resource for anybody — fan or professional — seeking information on anything related to Stephen King and his multitude of books, films and television productions. If there's anything you need to know about a Stephen King project, go to Lilja's Library first!"
— Eric A. Stillwell, former Associate Producer, The Dead Zone

Available in two states:
- Trade Hardcover Edition ($40)
- Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker, each copy featuring an ORIGINAL Glenn Chadbourne drawing on the signature sheet ($250)

Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King - The Book

Posted: April 15, 2009, 16:40
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Click for a larger imageLilja's Library: The World of Stephen King
by Hans-Ake Lilja
illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne


About the Book:
For over a decade now, Lilja has been one of the leading voices on the Internet when it comes to covering and reporting on Stephen King's books and movies. His website, Lilja's Library, is the die-hard fan's source for information about new King projects and breaking news, but Lilja has also featured his own in-depth interviews with the most important people in King's world, including Stephen King himself.

Read the complete text

Shawshank Redemption on stage

Posted: April 15, 2009, 13:26
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Here is an article about the stage version of Shawshank Redemption

Taking a shot at Redemption
New play's message of hope set to lift the spirit of a nation

By Stephen O'Farrell
Wednesday April 15 2009

A jailbreak tale, touted as one of the greatest stories of all time, is set to lift our spirits, its writers claimed yesterday.

'The Shawshank Redemption' will have its world stage premiere at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin next month. The writers behind the theatre production said the play's message of hope would help lift the clouds of economic gloom.

The play includes an array of well-known US stars and is being tipped to give the movie's popularity a run for its money.

Speaking at the first day of rehearsals in Dublin yesterday, writers Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns said the story had been a pet project for them.

Enthusiasm

They said Ireland was chosen for the world premiere, on May 19, due to the enthusiasm shown by the Irish producers, Lane Productions.

"We were thinking of doing it up in Edinburgh but then it got bigger with comedians and we met the producers from Lane Productions," Mr Johns told the Irish Independent.

"They were so enthusiastic about it, so that's why it's in Ireland, because I think they're really up for the challenge.

"And I just think, with this economic climate, that it has a quite apt message of hope. We all need hope so we're bringing it to cheer up the economy that collapsed the most."

'The Shawshank Redemption' theatre production's cast represents close to a mirror image of those in the movie; with 'Sleeping with the Enemy' star Kevin Anderson playing Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), Reg Cathey of 'The Wire' as Red (Morgan Freeman) and Keir Dullea of '2001: A Space Odyssey' as Brooksie (James Whitmore).

Producers Breda Cashe and Pat Moylan from Lane Productions described landing the play as a massive coup. The play will be based on Stephen King's novella as opposed to the 1994 screenplay, they revealed.

"We've been working on it for the best part of two years, so we are delighted," Ms Cashe said.

Lane Productions, which produced hits such as 'Stones in His Pockets', 'I, Keano' and 'Alone It Stands' in the past, said they were very excited by their latest play's prospects.

"One of the things you are as a producer is a gambler and you have a vision and you just hope that comes to fruition," Ms Moylan added.

Actor Reg Cathey said playing the Red character fulfilled a lifetime ambition, but warned audiences not to expect an imitation of Morgan Freeman's part.

"I've only seen the film once so when I got the part my girlfriend wanted to get the movie but I said no because I want to make it my own," he said.


Thanks to Bev Vincent

Preview of Sorcerer

Posted: April 14, 2009, 00:13
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Here is a preview of The Dark Tower: Sorcerer.

Thanks to Sonia Rodríguez Riveiro

Third Talisman boook in a year one or two?

Posted: April 8, 2009, 12:40
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Bev Vincent reported this in regards of the Writer's Digest: An Epic Conversation on Writing:

Lanny F. McKay tells me that one of the King's most interesting quotes was about how he has occasionally enjoyed the collaborative process, "enough so that Peter and I will probably write the third and last Talisman boook in one or two years."

King on tour...

Posted: April 7, 2009, 13:52
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This was posted on King’s official board:

Steve will be doing a tour but at this point, I'm only aware of a US tour. We haven't started working out the details yet.

The tour is to promote Under the Dome when it’s released in November but as you see there are no more details yet. So, please don’t bother the moderator by asking about it yet, I’m sure that when there are something new it will be posted on the site.