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King responds

Posted: September 30, 2008, 00:02
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From the 10/3 issue of Entertainment Weekly. A letter about the most recent column, and for the first time in a long time, if ever, King responds to it.

From page 2:

Lee Child and Michael Connelly are among my favorite authors, while current chick lit makes me gag (The Pop of King). What's appealing about "manfiction" characters is their confidence, humor, and sense of morality. I'd rather read about them than the hunk on the tropical isle Stephen King described.
Nancy Urbanis, Tunkhannock, PA

Columnist Stephen King responds: No sexism intended. Ladies have every right to enjoy the exploits of Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch...just as I have every right to enjoy Nora Roberts. Genre fiction is NOT unisex.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Corn pictures

Posted: September 30, 2008, 00:01
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Here are some picturess of Malachai and Isaac in the remake of Children of the Corn.

Thanks to Al Mattice

More covers

Posted: September 26, 2008, 23:44
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Here are the lastest covers from Treachery and Captain Trips.

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Left to right:
- Treachery issue #2 sketch cover
- Captain Trips issue #3 sketch cover
- Captain Trips issue #2 variant cover
- Captain Trips issue #3 variant cover
- Captain Trips issue #4 variant cover

King and SportCenter

Posted: September 26, 2008, 22:57
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Here is a really fun commercial King did for SportsCenter.



Thanks to Larry Fire

Wanna make a trailer?

Posted: September 25, 2008, 14:09
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Interested in winning a signed copy of Just After Sunset? All you have to do is create a trailer for the book in a contest King’s UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton is running. More info here.

Amazon cover for The Long Road Home

Posted: September 24, 2008, 23:40
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Amazon.com claims to have their own exclusive cover for the hardback edition of The Long Road Home. It looks just like the variant cover of issue #5 though so I'll look into this some more and let you know what's up with this.

Thanks to Herbert West and Marco Lammers

Secretary images

Posted: September 24, 2008, 23:37
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Here are some images from the upcoming second volume of The Secretary of Dreams.

Thanks to Heiner Warnking

2nd printing of Captain Trips

Posted: September 23, 2008, 23:56
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Here is the cover for the 2nd printing of the first issue of Captain Trips.

The first chapter of Stephen King’s acclaimed horror epic, The Stand: Captain Trips, debuted this month in graphic fiction form and was an instant hit with fans. After a quick sell out at Diamond, Marvel is pleased to announce that they will be going back to the press with The Stand: Captain Trips #1 (of 5) Second Printing Variant! The Stand, which is commonly deemed as King's most popular novel, is a story of Biblical proportions; after a virus produced by the government spreads across the country, destroying the human race, the few survivors left alive must band together and make their final stand! Written by acclaimed scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four) and featuring the visually stunning interiors of Eisner-nominated artist, Mike Perkins (Captain America, House of M: Avengers), comes the beginning of the end of the world! Plus, check out the all new variant cover featuring the mind-blowing art of Mike Perkins!

Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King

Posted: September 23, 2008, 23:55
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Here is the cover to a biography of Stephen King called Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King. The book isn't authorized but King knows about it.

The book is scheduled to be released in January 2009 and Lisa was kind enough to let me read her introduction to the book in advance and so far it's interesting.

Happy Birthday!

Posted: September 21, 2008, 20:35
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Don’t forget that today is King’s 61st birthday. Happy Birthday Steve!

Preview of issue #2

Posted: September 19, 2008, 23:54
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Here is a preview of the first six pages from issue #2 of The Stand.

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The latest from the Corn

Posted: September 16, 2008, 23:44
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Here is the latest on the remake of Children of the Corn:

SCI FI Channel has cast its upcoming Children of the Corn remake, with David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Preston Bailey and Daniel Newman coming aboard the two-hour TV movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie, based on the Stephen King novel, features Anders (NBC's Heroes) and McClure (Battlestar Galactica) as Burt and Vicky, a couple with marital problems whose attempt at a second-honeymoon driving trip ends up taking them into a seemingly deserted rural community that conceals a grim secret among its rows of tall corn.

Bailey plays boy preacher Isaac, while Newman plays his rebellious right-hand man, Malachai.

The movie, set to air next year, is shooting in and around Davenport, Iowa. Donald P. Borchers is directing from his own script.

The TV movie is supposed to be two hours long and here are some photos from the movie and another article about it.

Thanks to Al Mattice

King to do a book signing on Nov. 6

Posted: September 15, 2008, 20:45
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From an official newsletter:

Stephen to do a book signing with fellow author Richard Russo on November 6, 2008

A Conversation with Stephen King and Richard Russo:
A Benefit for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of The Odyssey Bookshop

Stephen King and Richard Russo will be participating in an on-stage conversation followed by a book signing to be held at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, on Thursday, November 6th.

More info here.

Three new stage plays

Posted: September 15, 2008, 20:41
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The Blood Brothers theater company will be producing three stage plays based on three stories by King. The stories are:

Nona by James Comtois
Quitters, Inc. by Qui Nguyen
In the Deathroom by Mac Rogers

More info here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood

Narrators of Just After Sunset

Posted: September 12, 2008, 18:52
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Here are the narrators of the stories in the audio edition of Just After Sunset:

- Stephen King (reading "Harvey's Dream")

- Jill Eikenberry (reading "Graduation Afternoon" and "The New York Times at Special Discount Rates")

- Holter Graham (reading "Willa," "The Cat from Hell" and excerpts of "N.")

- George Guidall (reading "Ayana")

- Ron McLarty (reading "A Very Tight Place" and "Stationary Bike," previously recorded)

- Denis O'Hare (reading "Rest Stop" and the title character for "N.")

- Ben Shenkman (reading "The Things They Left Behind" and the character Johnny for "N.")

- Skipp Sudduth (reading "Mute")

- Mare Winningham (reading "The Gingerbread Girl," previously recorded)

- Karen Ziemba (reading the character Sheila for "N.")

Thanks to Bev Vincent

King on N.

Posted: September 12, 2008, 00:17
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Here is an interview with King about N.

The Gunslinger for a lot of $

Posted: September 12, 2008, 00:16
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Here you can get the movie poster for The Dark Tower that was in The Mist. All you have to do it put up $75,000.

Thanks to Ari

Masters of Horror

Posted: September 11, 2008, 12:47
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I have just worked my way through season 2 of Master of Horror (Mick Garris TV project) and if you're interested you can read my thoughts about it here. Oh, and I got it in a very nice skull version that you should definitely check out.

Comic mania...

Posted: September 9, 2008, 20:37
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...is here. Tomorrow the first issues of both Captain Trips and Treachery is released but if you want you can check out what I think about them today.

            


Captain Trips
Treachery

Midnight Openings for Captain Trips and Treachery

Posted: September 9, 2008, 09:13
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Don’t miss the midnight openings on September 10th. Mike Perkins (artist for The Stand: Captain Trips) and Peter David (writer for Treachery) for The Stand: Captain Trips, will be doing several signings. For more information about the events, visit this link.

More corn casting

Posted: September 8, 2008, 13:15
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Bloody Disgusting reports that Daniel Newman has been casted as Malachai in the remake of Childern of the Corn.

It has also been decided that Childern of the Corn won’t be filmed in Tipton and Wilton as the two cities looked “too large and too prosperous”. Read more here.

Thanks to Al Mattice and Bill Smith.

King interviews King

Posted: September 5, 2008, 13:14
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Here is a self-interview done by King, with King.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

German sunset

Posted: September 5, 2008, 13:13
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Here is the cover for the German edition of Just After Sunset. It's title is Sunset and it will be out in mid November.

The Illustrated Stephen King MOVIE Trivia Book

Posted: September 2, 2008, 20:56
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Here are some info about the upcoming The Illustrated Stephen King MOVIE Trivia Book:

Now that summer is winding down, we've listed the next batch of movies on the StephenKingTrivia.com website... and we're getting into "sequel" territory for a while!

*** BUT FIRST, AN IMPORTANT PRIZE UPDATE:
We're going to be giving additional prizes in surprise categories... for
example, we might give a prize to the person who submitted the most questions... or we might give a prize to the person who submitted questions for the most movies (even if he or she only submitted one question for each movie)! We can't say just yet what categories we'll be giving away these bonus prizes in, but the more you submit, the better your chances of winning something cool and free!

*** SNEAK PEEK AT THE ARTWORK:
Glenn Chadbourne has been working all summer on the artwork for this project, and we're pleased to be able to show you the world's first look at two of the dozens and dozens of illustrations! Go to this secret page on the website to check them out:

http://www.stephenkingtrivia.com/artpreview.html

There will be more to come in the near future, including the beautiful color cover, so please sign-up for the Stephen King Trivia mailing list for updates! You can do so on the website at: http://www.stephenkingtrivia.com/

*** OKAY, THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ARE:
€ A Return To 'Salem's Lot
€ Pet Sematary 2
€ Children Of The Corn 2 - The Final Sacrifice
€ Children Of The Corn 3 - Urban Harvest
€ The Lawnmower Man 2 - Beyond Cyberspace

You can submit your questions and answers for these movies via the form on the website:

http://www.stephenkingtrivia.com/

Don't forget: you can submit questions each and every week, and every question you submit increases your odds of winning free books! So even if you just have one good question about just one of the movies each week, you should definitely send it in!

Lindelof talks Dark Tower

Posted: September 2, 2008, 20:52
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Damon Lindelof talks about The Dark Tower:

Q: Have there been any developments with your rumored adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series?

A: The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we've got seven books we're looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.

Thanks to Louis Sytsma

Description of Just After Sunset

Posted: August 29, 2008, 20:27
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Here is a description of Just After Sunset:

Just After Sunset
Stephen King. Scribner, $28 (384p) ISBN 978-1-4165-8408-7
In the introduction to his first collection of short fiction since Everything’s Eventual (2002), King credits editing Best American Short Stories (2007) with reigniting his interest in the short form and inducing some of this volume’s contents. Most of these 13 tales show him at the top of his game, molding the themes and set pieces of horror and suspense fiction into richly nuanced blends of fantasy and psychological realism. “The Things They Left Behind,” a powerful study of survivor guilt, is one of several supernatural disaster stories that evoke the horrors of 9/11. Like the crime thrillers “The Gingerbread Girl” and “A Very Tight Place,” both of which feature protagonists struggling with apparently insuperable threats to life, it is laced with moving ruminations on mortality that King attributes to his own well-publicized near-death experience. Even the smattering of genre-oriented works shows King trying out provocative new vehicles for his trademark thrills, notably “N.,” a creepy character study of an obsessive-compulsive that subtly blossoms into a tale of cosmic terror in the tradition of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft. Culled almost entirely from leading mainstream periodicals, these stories are a testament to the literary merits of the well-told macabre tale. (Nov.)

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Two more and an interview

Posted: August 26, 2008, 23:24
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Here is an interview with Mike Perkins as well as two more pages from the first issue of The Stand.

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Here is the order in which I think they should be:

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More previews

Posted: August 26, 2008, 13:56
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Here are two new previews from the first issue of The Stand.

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New Treachery covers

Posted: August 22, 2008, 00:11
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Here are some new covers for Treachery. The one to the left is the sketch version of issue #1 and the right one is the regular one for issue #3.

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More Children of the Corn

Posted: August 21, 2008, 15:51
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Here is even more Children of the Corn news:

TIPTON, Iowa — It won’t be as big as RAGBRAI, but Tipton is expecting closed streets and an influx of people and vehicles as it becomes one of two small towns chosen for filming scenes for the feature film, “Children of the Corn.”

The remake of a 1983 horror movie based on a Stephen King story will be filmed in the Quad-City area from Sept. 3 to 30.

Douglas Miller of Motion Pictures Midwest told the Tipton City Council that the director of photography and members of the art department will visit Tipton this week to make decisions concerning the scenes that will be shot there.

Tipton and Wilton will be used to represent the fictional town of Gatlin, Neb. Tipton’s downtown area, especially near the Hardacre Theatre on East 5th Street, is to be featured.

Travis Alden, community development director for Tipton, is excited Tipton was chosen for the movie scenes.

“In my opinion, this is perfect timing as we are fresh off of our RAGBRAI success and the logistics planning required for that will be helpful with this project,” he said.

Donald Borchers is writer, director and producer of the remake. He was a producer of the 1983 version, which was made in Sioux City.

If anyone happens to be on scene and has photos, please send them to me and I'll post them here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Corn casting news

Posted: August 21, 2008, 09:35
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More news about the upcoming Children of the Corn remake:

Bloody-Disgusting learned exclusively today that David Anders ("Heroes", Left in Darkness) and Kandyse McClure ("Battlestar Galactica", "Reaper") are the first to be cast in Anchor Bay and Starz Entertainment's made-for-TV remake of Children of the Corn, which will have it's premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel next year. Original producer Donald P. Borchers will be directing from his own screenplay. Former Vietnam vet BURT's marriage to VICKY is on the rocks, but Burt hopes to rekindle their old flame with a second honeymoon driving trip. Unfortunately, their journey takes them into the heart of darkness -- a seemingly deserted rural community that conceals a grim secret among its rows of tall corn... Shooting begins September 3rd in Davenport, Iowa.


Thanks to Al Mattice

Fantasy & Science Fiction cover

Posted: August 19, 2008, 00:18
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Here is the cover for Fantasy & Science Fiction with King's new story The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates in it. It's being released on August 30 but you can read my review of it here now.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Casting call

Posted: August 18, 2008, 14:18
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Here you’ll find a clip from the casting call of Children of the Corn.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Update on Little Sisters of Eluria

Posted: August 16, 2008, 00:15
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Here is an update from Donald Grant:

THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA (which includes the revised
edition of THE GUNSLINGER) has been sent to the printer
and is being proofed (yet again).There will be a traycased and a
slipcased edition.

The book is illustrated by Michael Whelan and will contain
new art as well as the art originally published in the first edition
of THE GUNSLINGER.

Price, release date and other details will be posted on our web-
site and published in our newsletter. We expect that this will be
announced in four to six weeks.

We are not taking advance orders, reservations or putting peo-
ple on a waiting list.

Please do not call or email us for further details as we will just
refer you to our web site and suggest you remain subscribed to
our email newsletter.

Latest on Children of the Corn

Posted: August 13, 2008, 23:58
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The new Children of the Corn is rolling soon.

Iowa’s Quad-City Times reports that a remake of 1984’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN will be rolling on locations in the state next month. Written, produced and directed by Donald P. Borchers, one of the producers on the original movie (pictured), this CHILDREN will air Stateside on the Sci Fi Channel in 2009 and will play theatrically in Europe. Borchers tells the site that this adaptation of the Stephen King story will eschew the alterations that displeased both the author and his fans. “They put a lot of sugar, if you will, into the coffee,” he says. “Stephen King doesn’t take his coffee with sugar…it’s no longer requisite to have a happy ending. We wanted to stay faithful to the decisions in his original story.

“We are still scouting throughout the Quad-Cities and the countryside beyond, obviously, since it’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN,” Borchers says of his decision to lens in Iowa, where the ’84 film also shot. “My needs are quite simple. I need corn, and I understand you have that throughout the state.” Casting has not been finalized, though Borchers says, “I have a lot of interest of people wanting to be in it.”

Thanks to Al Mattice

Just After Sunset info

Posted: August 7, 2008, 23:14
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According to Galley’s of Just After Sunset the book will have an intro by King that is four pages long and also notes, called Sunset Notes that runs 7 pages and looks quite a lot like the notes in Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

The covers for The Stand

Posted: August 6, 2008, 23:08
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Here are all the three different covers for the first issue of The Stand. From left to right, standard cover, sketch cover and variant cover.

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Stand trailer

Posted: August 4, 2008, 23:46
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A trailer for the upcoming The Stand comic is now out. Check it out here.

Treachery preview

Posted: August 1, 2008, 20:44
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Today I got a mail from Marvel with the following interesting stuff attachec.

The cover is the Dell’Otto variant version for issue #1 of Treachery .

Here are the first three pages from issue #1:

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And here is the press release:

The critically-acclaimed comic book series, inspired by Stephen King’s seminal Dark Tower, returns with the follow up to this year’s national best selling sequel with Dark Tower: Treachery #1 (of 6). After every best-selling issue of the fan-favorite Dark Tower: The Long Road Home, the all-star team of writers Robin Furth & Peter David, artists Jae Lee & Richard Isanove, joined by special guest variant cover artist Gabriele Dell’Otto, present Roland Deschain and his ka-tet after they’ve safely returned back to Gilead. However, all is not well on the homeward front. Roland has held onto the evil Maerlyn’s Graprefruit and grown obsessed with gazing into its pinkish depths regardless of the negative effects it has taken on his body. And what the young gunslinger sees brings may be more frightening than the darkest of nightmares! Meanwhile, Roland’s father and a posse are hunting down John Farson and the Big Coffin Hunters after they threatened the life of his son. And when he finally finds them, all may not go as well as expected.

To celebrate the release, Dark Tower: Treachery #1 goes on sale at 12:01 am, September 10th, at participating comic stores around the nation. Plus, Marvel is proud to announce they will be releasing a special top-secret gatefold midnight variant which is bound to please all Dark Tower fans.

Don’t dare to miss the series that everyone’s anticipating and never fails to wow the critics!

“The Dark Tower is some of Marvel's best work…They're delivering the next chapter in September. As the comics continue to venture farther out of King's original realm, my excitement continues to grow.” –Jesse Schedeen of IGN.com

“Jae Lee's haunting artwork and Stephen King's crumbling, dusty postapocalyptic world make for a powerful experience” – E.A. Solinas of TheFullReview.com

“The scripting by David is very strong, with a great sense of character…The artwork by Lee and Isanove remains spectacular as always…I'm really looking forward to the next announced Dark Tower series, to see what comes next in this gripping and thrilling tale.” – Adam Chapman of Comixtreme.com

It’s the next exciting chapter in the Dark Tower epic and no comic fan can afford to miss Dark Tower: Treachery #1 (of 6)! And be sure to check out Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Premiere HC, collecting the best-selling, critically acclaimed Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7, in stores now!

Get N. here

Posted: August 1, 2008, 10:00
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Get your daily dose of N. here. Every weekday until August 29 a new episode will be released.

Casting sheets for children

Posted: August 1, 2008, 09:57
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Here is a part of a casting sheets for the Sci-Fi original production Children of the Corn:

ISAAC
AGE: 9 YEARS OLD. The leader of the Children of the Corn, this youngster is a smug, self-possessed, lethally self-righteous "little minister," maddened by power at a tender age. The so-called "prophet" who dictates the law in his secret community of religiously fanatical children, he bases his "theology" on bloody principles of sacrifice and sexuality. Proclaiming all adults "evil," Isaac allows his appointed "army" of youths to have their pick of the sect's females -- right up until the time that they become adults. Then, they, too, must be sacrificed to appease He Who Walks Behind the Rows, the quite possibly demonic entity who inhabits the cornfields that surround their community. When Vicky and Burt invade their sanctified, blood-soaked territory, Isaac orders them hunted down and sacrificed -- but learns that Burt is not the easy target he had anticipated...LEAD (23)

MALACHAI
AGE: 17-18 YEARS OLD. Preference for either football-player sized child or extraordinarily unique appearances. --- Isaac's right-hand man, this 18 year old youth heads the "army" of teens, armed with rude farm implements, that keeps order, insuring that Isaac's will is done. Convinced that Isaac is a prophet of the true God, Malachai willingly does his leader's bidding, however bloody. However, when Burt escapes his clutches, Malachai becomes Isaac's scapegoat, doomed before his time. Trying his best to keep his faith intact and his courage high, Malachai bids his pregnant girlfriend farewell and walks out to meet He Who Walks Behind the Rows -- a meeting from which no one has ever returned...LEAD (20)

The enitre thing can be read here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood.