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Duma winners announced

Posted: January 24, 2008, 20:53
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The winners in Hodder & Stoughton's Duma Key contest has been chosen. You can see the two winning entries as well as the eight finalists here.

Mist DVD details

Posted: January 23, 2008, 21:54
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Here are the details about the DVD edition of The Mist

On March 25th, Genius Entertainment and The Weinstein Company will issue Frank Darabont's The Mist on DVD. Sticking with Darabont's original intentions for the film, a two-disc collector's edition will present "Mist" in black and white along with a standard color version and the following special features...

• Audio commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont
• Eight deleted scenes with optional commentary
• A Conversation With Stephen King and Frank Darabont featurette
• When Darkness Came: The Making of THE MIST featurette
• Taming the Beast: Shooting Scene 35 featurette
• Monsters Among Us: A Look at the Creature FX featurette
• The Horror of It All: The Visual FX of THE MIST featurette
• Drew Struzan: Appreciation of an Artist featurette

A single-disc presentation is being released as well sans the b&w version and certain bonus goodies.

Thanks to Marcus Caesar

The Long Road Home preview

Posted: January 23, 2008, 21:44
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News about The Long Road Home from King's site:

Marvel is proud to present your first full-color look inside Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1, arriving in stores at 12:01 AM, March 5th, 2008 (at participating comic stores)! The best-selling, chart-topping team of writers Robin Furth & Peter David, artists Jae Lee & Richard Isanove, joined by special guest variant cover artist (and Marvel Editor-In-Chief) Joe Quesada, present the second limited series inspired by Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. Overseen by Stephen King himself, Dark Tower: The Long Road Home explores a chapter in Roland's life only hinted at in the novels!
The Long Road Home #1, goes on-sale in stores at 12:01AM, March 5th, 2008 (at comic stores participating in the midnight launch)! Otherwise the issue will hit shelves at your local comic and book stores during normal business hours.

For an exclusive look at the artwork for this new series, click here:

View the exclusive artwork here

The Long Road Home #2

Posted: January 22, 2008, 22:54
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THE DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME #2 (of 5)
Written by ROBIN FURTH & PETER DAVID
Art & Cover by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE
Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO, JR.
Sketch Variant by JAE LEE

Roland’s spirit is trapped inside Maerlyn's sinister Grapefruit and is taken on a terrifying journey to the outer reaches of End-World...to the harsh domain called Thunderclap! Back in Mid-World, Roland’s ka-tet is pursued by the Hambry posse which intends to kill them all before they are able to cross the Xay River on their journey home. Revenge will soon be at hand for Eldred Jonas and the Big Coffin Hunters.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

More King on Today

Posted: January 22, 2008, 22:30
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King may also be on the Saturday edition of The Today Show Weekend on NBC. Check your local listings for details.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

My review of Duma Key

Posted: January 21, 2008, 00:02
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Check out my thoughts on Duma Key here.

"God punishes us for what we can't imagine"
- Wireman (Duma Key)

Title of new collection not finalized

Posted: January 19, 2008, 23:23
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Last day's topic has been the new title of King's next book (the collection) and when I asked King's office about it they said that "details regarding the book, including the title, have not been finalized" which means that Unnatural Acts of Intercourse might or might not be the final title.

Another interview

Posted: January 19, 2008, 23:15
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Here is a new interview with King from Bangor Daily News. King talks about Duma Key, turning 60 and a new novel he is writing right now:

The author is now in the midst of writing a long novel set in western Maine. "So tell folks they can enjoy a short vacation in warm weather ["Duma Key"], then I’m coming back home," King joked.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

New collection title

Posted: January 18, 2008, 08:40
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Time Magazine releases the title of King’s upcoming collection:

His next book of short stories, Unnatural Acts of Intercourse, will come out this fall or next spring, and he's working on a "novel that's going to be very long. I'll be killing a lot of trees if it gets done."


Thanks to Bev Vincent

King on Today

Posted: January 17, 2008, 08:12
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It looks like King will appear on Today on NBC on Tuesday, January 22 after all...

Do you have burning questions about psychic powers, haunted cemeteries or possessed cars for author Stephen King? Or do you want to ask him about his new book, Duma Key? Write in your questions, and he might answer them on TODAY!

Ask your question here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Three Kings

Posted: January 16, 2008, 08:07
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The Three Kings: Stephen King, Tabitha King, and Owen King read from their work. A reception and book signing will follow.

Please note that the authors will be able to only sign one book per audience member.

Dates & Times: April 4, 2008 8pm

Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C.

Tickets: $30
Buy tickets now


Read more…

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Interview with King

Posted: January 15, 2008, 21:10
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An interview with King is now up on the official site. Check it out here

On TV or not?

Posted: January 15, 2008, 01:00
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According to Zap2it King will be on the Today show on the 22nd. Other reports says that King, a former Guild member, supports the striking writers and won’t promote Duma Key on television talk shows.

More news to come as soon as I get it.

Thanks to Herbert West

Interviews with Frank and Greg

Posted: January 7, 2008, 13:51
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Today I’m very happy to give you two interesting interviews I have done with people connected to The Mist. One is Frank Darabont, director of the movie, and the other is Gregory Nicotero who did the special effects for the movie.

I’m very pleased with how the interviews turned out (I even got some exclusive’s from Frank) and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

The Mist soundtrack and DVD

Posted: January 7, 2008, 00:32
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Amazon.com lists the DVD release of The Mist to March 25. You can pre-order here.

You can also get the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the film here

The score is by Mark Isham and here is what you will get:

1. Won’t Somebody See A Lady Home? (1:24)
2. Tentacles (3:18)
3. Bugs (7:49)
4. Mist (1:32)
5. Spiders (4:26)
6. ExpIation (2:24)
7. The Host Of Seraphim* Performed by Dead Can Dance Written by Perry / Gerrard Special film version including additional material composed by Mark Isham (7:19)
8. The Vicious Blues† from Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle Composed by Mark Isham (3:48)

The Pop of King: The 10 best books of 2007

Posted: January 5, 2008, 10:48
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Part 3 of King’s best of 2007 is out in the December 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly. It’s called The 10 best books.

Thanks to Willowlove

Duma audio

Posted: January 4, 2008, 00:44
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Not much to report as the news flow is slow right now but I can tell you I get a copy of the audio version of Duma Key today and John Slattery is doing a very good job narrating it. It’s on 18 CDs and takes about 23 hours to finish.

The last day of 2007 is here

Posted: December 31, 2007, 01:00
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The last day of 2007 is here. Tomorrow it’ll be 2008. It’s funny how fast time goes by. In 2008 Lilja’s Library will celebrate it’s 12th year and it feels just like yesterday that I celebrated the site’s 10 year anniversary. Amazing.

So much has happened during 2007 that I didn’t even imagine would happen. The year started with me getting an interview over the phone with the man himself. Stephen King and I chatted for 45 minutes and I can honestly tell you that that’s one of the most amazing things I have ever done.

I also got to do an interview with Frank Darabont. That one was done by mail and we corresponded some in addition to that as well and I must say that Frank is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Even though he is a big name celebrity he really took the time to put his all into this interview and for that I will always be grateful.

We also got a new Bachman book during 2007. Many with me had been hoping for one but not really daring to think we’d actually get one. But with the release of Blaze we did. Other things that was released during 2007 was the movie version of The Mist and the first story arc of The Dark Tower comic. They where both huge successes.

What can we expect to see during 2008 then? Well, in just about three weeks we’ll get the new book Duma Key. I have read it and I feel quite comfortable with tell you that I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with it.

We will also see the release of the second story arc of The Dark Tower comic. This one is called The Long Road Home and begins in March.

Besides this I have some other projects waiting to be announced. The biggest one is something I’m rather nervous about but I hope you will like it as much as I do. I can’t really talk about it yet but as soon as I can you’ll be the first one to know, that is a promise.

With that said I also want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the fantastic support you have all given Lilja’s Library during 2007. Your support has made the site one of the biggest Stephen King fan site’s on the net and for that I can’t thank you enough. I hope to keep your interest during 2008 as well and I will do everything in my power to give you as much interesting stuff as I possible can.

So, all that is left before the new year is to wish you all a Happy New Year! And I hope to talk to you all again in 2008!

Lilja

And the winners are...

Posted: December 23, 2007, 00:22
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Question 1: How many issues is there in the first Dark Tower comic story arc (Gunslinger Born)?
Answer 1: 7

Question 2: What is the title of the second arc that will be released next year?
Answer 2: The Long Road Home

Question 3: Who is the publisher of The Dark Tower comic?
Answer 3: Marvel

And the winners are Ilhana Skrgic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ingrid Stephens from the US and Donna Girard also from the US.

The Long Road Home

Posted: December 20, 2007, 15:34
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DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME #1 (of 5)
Written by ROBIN FURTH & PETER DAVID
Art & Cover by JAE LEE & RICHARD ISANOVE
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant Cover by JAE LEE

It's the return of the best-selling comic book series, inspired by Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower! Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado. And the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are now in pursuit of Roland and his ka-tet Cuthbert and Alain. The friends are forced to flee into the desert with the deadly posse in hot pursuit….and Roland is in a coma! Don't miss this opening chapter starring the Gunslinger whose quest for the Dark Tower will shake the foundation of reality itself!

48 PGS./CARDSTOCK COVER/T+ …$3.99

The Dead Zone No More

Posted: December 20, 2007, 15:33
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The Dead Zone canceled:

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After months of speculation, USA has officially canceled veteran sci-fi dramas "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400."

Although things didn't look good for the two series because they are older and expensive to make, during the past several months the cable network looked for ways to bring them back. But it ultimately opted to end their run.

"We wish we could keep all our great shows alive forever," said Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA. "But we feel we need to give some of our new shows a platform to grow, and it's with great sadness that we say goodbye to two shows that had a great run and helped create the resurgence of original programming on our network and on all of cable."

"Dead Zone," which ran for six seasons, and "4400," which was on for four, had aired as a sci-fi-themed block Sunday night.

"4400" creator/exec producer Scott Peters broke the cancellation news on the show's fan message board.

"We've had a great time bringing you this story and submersing you in the lives of all these incredible characters," he wrote. "I wish we could go on forever, but the party has come to an end."

"Dead Zone," along with "Monk," put USA on the original programming map when they launched in summer 2002.

Based on Stephen King's characters, "Dead Zone," was created by the late Michael Piller and his son Shawn. Its premiere set a record for a series debut on basic cable with 6.4 million viewers.

The record was broken two years later by the opening of "4400" (7.4 million), which launched as a limited series.

In addition to "Monk," USA's slate of original series includes "Psych," "Burn Notice" and the upcoming "In Plain Sight" and "To Love and Die."

Thanks to Bev Vincent & Kurt Roberts

And the winner is...

Posted: December 15, 2007, 21:42
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Finally the time has come to draw a winner of what is the best prize I’ve ever had the privilege to hand out; a signed copy of The Stand. But as usual, here are first the correct answers:

Question 1: What is the ISBN # of the Deluxe Edition The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger?
Answer 1: 0-937986-51-8

Question 2: The Green Mile, 2007 , was produced as a signed limited edition by Subterranean Press. How many total signed/numbered copies were there?
Answer 2: 148

Question 3: The Eyes Of the Dragon , 1984, was produced by what Stephen King's publishing company?
Answer 3: Philtrum Press

Question 4: The 1st edition/printing of The Tommyknockers required more than a full number line. What must be printed below the number line?
Answer 4: Permissions to come

And the lucky winner is Sheila Buchholz from the US, congratulations!

A Christmas message from King

Posted: December 13, 2007, 14:17
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Here is a Christmas message from King (published on the official site):

A message from Stephen...

I had a great year and, as always, it starts with the people who read the books and have been so kind to me over the last 30 or so years that I have been making up stories. It was especially nice to hear from you this year because I turned 60 and finally had to kill my teddy bear. Just joking about the teddy bear, but it's a little traumatic and you guys helped to ease the pain. I hope you will all have a happy holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or simply the imminent coming of Great Cthulhu. I hope that all of us will have a happy new year, that you will enjoy Duma Key, and that you vote for all the right candidates in November! Be well and be good to one another.

Steve King

New Dollar Baby

Posted: December 11, 2007, 23:21
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Stephen Parkhurst is making a Dollar Baby based on Night Surf and you can see some production pictures here.

Thanks to Bernd Lautenslager

Mist drawings

Posted: December 4, 2007, 20:29
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Here you can see Bernie Wrightson's drawings used for creating the monsters in The Mist.

Thanks to Troy Model

Duma Key excerpt

Posted: December 4, 2007, 20:23
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Here you can read an excerpt from Duma Key and Memory.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin

Duma Key followed by collection

Posted: December 4, 2007, 13:13
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It’s now confirmed that King will release a collection after Duma Key. This is what the moderator on the official message board said:

The next book after Duma Key will be a short story collection and most of the recent ones published will be in that.

I also just got confrimation that once the book is out it won't be called Pocket Rockets.

Chuck talks Duma Key

Posted: December 3, 2007, 08:49
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King's editor Chuck Verrill talks about Duma Key:

Duma Key: Where It All Began
A Note from Chuck Verrill, the Longtime Editor of Stephen King

In the spring of 2006 Stephen King told me he was working on a Florida story that was beginning to grow on him. "I'm thinking of calling it Duma Key," he offered. I liked the sound of that--the title was like a drumbeat of dread. "You know how Lisey's Story is a story about marriage?" he said. "Sure," I answered. The novel hadn't yet been published, but I knew its story well: Lisey and Scott Landon--what a marriage that was. Then he dropped the other shoe: "I think Duma Key might be my story of divorce."

Pretty soon I received a slim package from a familiar address in Maine. Inside was a short story titled "Memory"--a story of divorce, all right, but set in Minnesota. By the end of the summer, when Tin House published "Memory," Stephen had completed a draft of Duma Key, and it became clear to me how "Memory" and its narrator, Edgar Freemantle, had moved from Minnesota to Florida, and how a story of divorce had turned into something more complex, more strange, and much more terrifying.

If you read the following two texts side by side--"Memory" as it was published by Tin House and the opening chapter of Duma Key in final form--you'll see a writer at work, and how stories can both contract and expand. Whether Duma Key is an expansion of "Memory" or "Memory" a contraction of Duma Key, I can't really say. Can you?

--Chuck Verrill

Thanks to Bev Vincent

German Duma

Posted: December 2, 2007, 01:16
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Here us the German edition of Duma Key.

Thanks to Hans von Wirth

Desk calendar 2008

Posted: November 30, 2007, 15:21
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It seams there will be a Stephen King desk calendar for 2008 as well. To the right is a picture of the front of it and if anyone out here happens to have an extra that you want to part with, pleas mail
me.

King in Diary of the Dead

Posted: November 30, 2007, 00:18
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King has a voice part in Diary of the Dead:

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DIARY OF THE DEAD / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: George A. Romero)— When a group of film students making an indie horror film find themselves trapped in a world being consumed by flesh-eating zombies, they cleverly switch gears and use the camera to document the world crumbling around them. Cast: Nick Alachiotis, Matt Birman, George Buza, Wes Craven, Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro. U.S. Premiere

King's part is in this movie is a voice over as a news reader.

Thanks to Bev Vincent & Neil Jarvis

Mist Storyboards

Posted: November 30, 2007, 00:11
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Fangoria.com has obtained the exclusive storyboard art from The Mist. They are done by artist Pete Von Sholly.

For more, see here.


Thanks to Bev Vincent

More Colorado Kid TV

Posted: November 30, 2007, 00:10
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Here are more info about the possible TV series based on The Colorado Kid:

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUY
by Lynette Rice

While the strike could throw a wrench into all current development, ABC has a provocative new drama in the works that's loosely based on Stephen King's 2005 mystery novel The Colorado Kid. The author and EW columnist describes the script, from The Dead Zone's Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, as "closer to The X-Files than Supernatural." King will have a small stake in the show (currently dubbed Sanctuary) should it go to series, "but it's not something that keeps me up nights, the way Kingdom Hospital did."

Thanks to willowlove

The Colorado Kid on TV?

Posted: November 27, 2007, 23:15
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There seams to be info in the last issue of Entertainment Weekly (with J.K. Rowling on the cover as Entertainer of the Year) about a possible TV series loosely based on The Colorado Kid in the future. Hopefully more info will come soon.

Thanks to Mark Allan Reynolds

New interview

Posted: November 26, 2007, 22:26
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Here is a new interview with King in which he says Ghost Brothers of Darkland County might premier in June or July next year.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Duma audio

Posted: November 21, 2007, 11:49
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The audio version of Duma Key will be read by John Slattery. Here is the cover.

Pre-order your copy here.