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Rage On the Stage

Posted: March 4, 2020, 11:20
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This past weekend, Quinnipiac’s black box theater transformed into a 1970s classroom not only for its cast but also its audience. For just over two hours, the Quinnipiac theater department took the crowd hostage as it debuted Rage, an original play based off a Richard Bachman (King) novel of the same name, as well as another King work titled, Guns.


You can read more about the panel about gun violence as well as the play at these links:

The Road to Rage
The coming of Rage story
Quinnipiac University Students Unleash Suppressed Rage


Thanks to Bryant Burnette

It would make a hell of a murder weapon, wouldn’t it?

Posted: March 4, 2020, 08:35
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Here is another photo from Audie Awards.


In his introduction Hill said:
Stephen King is the best damn ambassador for audiobooks anyone could ever wish or hope for. His love for the form goes back decades. I know. I was there.

And King joked when accepting the award:
it would make a hell of a murder weapon, wouldn’t it?” He added: “I listen to my own books –the reason why is because you can hear everything you did right and everything you did wrong. This is the most honorable form of storytelling there is.

Stephen King was given the Audio Publishers Association’s (APA) Lifetime Achievement Award by Hill and The Institute (narrated by Santino Fontana) won the Thriller and Suspense category. Hill’s Full Throttle won for Best Collection.

Source: The Fire Wire.

Release Day!

Posted: February 28, 2020, 12:07
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Today is the release day of the Brazilian edition of Shining in the Dark. The Brazilian title is Antologia Macabra and you can order it here. If you want to check it out in your local (if you live in Brazil that is) bookstore you can do that next week.



Contest!

Posted: February 25, 2020, 08:36
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In April Ekström & Garay will release VARSEL I MÖRKRET (Swedish edition of SHINING IN THE DARK and now you can get a free (signed by the editor Hans-Åke Lilja) copy. All you have to do is show your biggest fear. And you need to show it with a photo. No text is allowed. Three lucky winners will be drawn from the entries.


Rules:
- There is no limit for how many photos you can send. One person can only win once though.
- It’s allowed to include numerous persons in the photo but there can only be one contender/photo.
- The same photo can’t be sent in by more than one person.
- No text is allowed, only the photo.
- The photo must be sent to info@liljas-library.com no later than midnight between April 13 and 14.
- The winners will be presented on April 20.

Tävlingsdags!

Posted: February 24, 2020, 08:00
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I april kommer VARSEL I MÖRKRET i pocket från Ekström & Garay och nu har du chansen att få ett gratisex av boken signerat av redaktören Hans-Åke Lilja. Det enda du behöver göra är att med ett foto visa vad du är mest rädd för. Vad du är rädd för eller hur du visar det på bilden är helt upp till dig men du får inte använda dig av text när du beskriver din rädsla.


Om boken:
Ekström & Garay ger ut en samling noveller i temat skräck – VARSEL I MÖRKRET. Boken ges ut i storpocketformat och kommer den 20 april. I den finner vi prominenta berättare: Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Edgar Allan Poe, Clive Barker och andra ledande författare inom skräckgenre. Ansvarig för urvalet är ingen mindre än Hans-Åke Lilja som driver världens ledande fan-site för Stephen King; Lilja’s Library – The World of Stephen King.

Av alla inskickade bidrag kommer vi sen välja ut de tre (3) mest kreativa, unika och roliga bilderna som blir vinnarna.

Regler:
- Det finns ingen gräns för hur många bilder man får skicka in per person men varje deltagare kan bara vinna max en gång.
- Även om det får vara fler personer med på varje bild måste det framgå vem på bilden som deltar i tävlingen (kan bara vara en per bild)
- En eller flera personer får inte skicka in samma bild. I så fall kommer den sista att diskas.
- Ingen text får förekomma som förklarar din rädsla, detta måste beskrivas via bilden.
- Bilderna måste vara inskickade till info@liljas-library.com senast den 13 april 23:59 2020.
- Vinnarna kommer att presenteras på Ekström & Garay och Lilja’s Librarys Instagramkonton den 20 april.

Why Abrams & Lindelof Didn’t Do The Dark Tower

Posted: February 21, 2020, 22:12
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Screenrant writes about why JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof never did The Dark Tower.

Abrams and Lindelof were exhausted after Lost and didn't want to take the time to make The Dark Tower, but that might say more about The Dark Tower than it does Lost. The Dark Tower series was finished, everything was laid out and ready to go, but the two biggest creators in town didn't want to take the job.

Could There Be A Season 2 Of The Outsider?

Posted: February 14, 2020, 22:08
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Here is an interview with Richard Price about The Outsider where he also hints that there might be a second season.

There’s no telling if “The Outsider” will end like the book or on its own terms (further episodes have not been screened for critics), but Price is already planning for the future. He said he was already working on Season 2 when IndieWire spoke to him in January.

“It’s like pulling a rabbit out of a glass hat — of course there will be another [if HBO wants one],” Price said. “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.”

Could a second season be based on the Holly story in If it Bleeds?

Thanks to Rick Urban

The Stand Filming In Ashcroft

Posted: February 14, 2020, 07:44
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The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal reports that The Stand will be filming in the area.

Victoria Weller says that a crew producing a TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand will be moving into the region before the Twilight Zone set is struck, to film on Cornwall Road, Highway 97C, the Ashcroft Reserve, and in downtown Ashcroft for one scene which, like The Twilight Zone, will require a blackout for several hours in the 4th and Brink Street area.
Weller says that The Stand will be followed by the TV series Resident Alien. The film commissioner says that she is hoping that the Project Blue Book TV series will return, and that another TV series, Van Helsing, is looking into the area.

So, if you’re in the area, keep your camera ready…

Is Lisey's Story The Same As Faces?

Posted: February 10, 2020, 10:50
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The Playlist reports that Darius Khondji is going back to TV with a show for Apple TV+ directed by Pablo Larraín, based on King’s Lisey’s Story that now apparently is titled Faces.


They also claim that other sources state that Faces and Lisey’s Story are one and the same; the same Apple TV series. It’s not clear why the title has change (it could just be a working title) but they are certain that it’s an adaptation of Lisey’s Story.

More news to come as it’s released…

Thanks to Herbert West

My Thoughts On Locke & Key

Posted: February 7, 2020, 00:02
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Here are my thoughts on Joe Hill's Locke & Key premiering on Netflix today.

Locke & Key is totally my kind of show. I love the setting, I love the story and I love the idea of being able to use a specific key for a specific purpose. The special effects are great, and I just love the sound the lock makes when they turn the key.

Fiona Dourif Is Rat Man In The Stand

Posted: February 1, 2020, 01:11
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Bloody Disgusting reports that Fiona Dourif will play Rat Man in The Stand.

Speaking with Syfy, Dourif revealed that she’s playing “Rat Woman,” a new take on “Rat Man” from Stephen King‘s novel, who was played by Rick Aviles in the original miniseries.

“I’m playing Rat Man… do you guys remember Rat Man? Rat Man is now Rat Woman,” Dourif told the outlet. “I read the book and watched the miniseries. I love The Stand.”

The Plant In French

Posted: January 28, 2020, 11:32
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Telecompaper reports that director Alexandre Aja is working on a French language version of The Plant.

Mediapro Studio partners with Erik Barmack's Wild Sheep

The video production company of Spanish broadcaster and sports rights broker Mediapro has announced a strategic alliance with Wild Sheep Content, the production company founded by former Netflix executive Erik Barmack. Under the terms of the deal, The Mediapro Studio will partner with Wild Sheep in developing and distributing new shows and films globally.
They include projects currently being developed by Wild Sheep, including a French language version of the Stephen King novel “The Plant” created by horror director Alexandre Aja, a scripted version of the popular documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” and “Marked for Life”, a Scandinavian series based on Emelie Schepp's best-selling crime novels featuring Swedish prosecutor Jana Berzelius.

Mediapro launched its production studio in Madrid last year and has 34 scripted series already in production worldwide across 10 creative offices.

Thanks to Bryant Burnette

Work Has Started On Season 2 Of Locke & Key

Posted: January 24, 2020, 23:59
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Locke & Key by Joe Hill is soon here. On February 7 you will be able to see the entire 10 episode season 1 on Netflix. I got the opertunity to see it early and I liked it a lot. Today I was really happy to hear that work on season 2 has already begun even though it hasn’t been greenlit yet.

I also watched the FOX pilot and even thought it was good it’s noting compared to Netflix’s version. Hulu was also going to adapt the comic before Netflix and rumor has it that they actually did a pilot but so far no evidence have appeared that proves that it was actually done. If anyone know differently please let me know.

Source: Gamespot

Amazon Pass On Dark Tower Pilot

Posted: January 16, 2020, 08:49
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News has just come in that Amazon Studios has passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The adaptation came from executive producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara and MRC. Word is that Amazon executives felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel Of Time and The Lord Of the Rings.


The Dark Tower TV series was designed to be independent from the 2017 film and was meant to be a more faithful retelling of the books than the movie was. The TV series started from the beginning with Wizard & Glass (many years before the events in the movie) and focused on the origin story of Roland Deschain’s (Sam Strike), how he became a gunslinger and his first conflict with The Man in Black (Jasper Pääkkönen).

Source: Deadline

Audie Awards Honors King For Lifetime Achievement

Posted: January 10, 2020, 09:02
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2020 Audie Awards to Honor Stephen King for Lifetime Achievement in New York City on March 2.

Mr. King, a four-time Audie Award® winner and seventeen-time nominee, is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. A long-time advocate for audiobooks, Mr. King once wrote of his love of the format: “The spoken word is the acid test. They don’t call it storytelling for nothing.” Mr. King has narrated some of his own audiobooks, published audiobook originals, and has used his megaphone to highlight the joys of listening.

2020 Is Here!

Posted: January 9, 2020, 12:24
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2020 is here and Lilja’s Library is starting its 24th year as the number one fan site for everything Stephen King related. And for that I want to thank you!

Even though it’s true that if no one visited the site I’d probably still keep it up and running and posting stuff, but I would lie if I said anything other than it’s you that makes it fun!

What makes it fun is all of you that come here and read what I write. All of you that comment on the stuff that I write. All of you that out of the blue contact me and want to talk Stephen King. That is what makes my day and I hope you’ll keep making my day for many years to come by visiting the site, by commenting on facebook, twitter or Instagram, by sending me messages showing me your collection or asking some question about King or his work.


In 2020 I’ll keep posting news about Stephen King and his work and I’ll keep reviewing and interviewing people that is in some way involved with Stephen King and his work. I will also plan how to celebrate the fact that the site turns 25 years next year, we do need to celebrate right? And how do you celebrate something that has been a big part in your life a quarter of a century? If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

And last (and least fun). If you want to help out financing the site, I appreciate donations, small or big through my paypal.

Again, thank you all and let’s make 2020 the best year yet!
Lilja

New Edition Of Shining In The Dark

Posted: January 3, 2020, 12:28
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2020 inleds med nyheten att Ekström & Garay släpper Varsel i Mörkret (Shining in the Dark) på svenska i storpocket under våren. Exakt datum och omslag kommer.

Swedish publisher Ekström & Garay will release Varsel i Mörkret (Shining in the Dark) in a Swedish trade paperback in the spring of 2020. Exact date and cover to come.

Fans Get Elevation

Posted: January 1, 2020, 11:49
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Stephen King’s Elevation, is out and you know what that means…

I want to put together a page with photos of you all and your copy of Elevation. All you need to do is send me a photo (this should open an email but if it doesn’t, send the photo to info[a]liljas-library.com) of yourself and the book (any edition works) and I’ll post them here. If you don’t want to send it by email you can also post it on the facebook page and I’ll grab it there. I would also like to ask you to include your name, town and country so that I can list that with the photo. You can see what it will look like at the Mr Mercedes page, the Revival page, the Finders Keepers page, Bazzar of Bad Dreams page, End of Watch page, Charlie the Choo Choo page, Gwendy’s Button Box page, Sleeping Beauties Book page or the Outsider Book page.

Check out all Elevation photos here.

Let's get those photos collected! Some of you are even on all pages, GOOD WORK!

Fans Get If it Bleeds

Posted: January 1, 2020, 09:41
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Stephen King’s If it Bleeds, is out and you know what that means…

I want to put together a page with photos of you all and your copy of If it Bleeds. All you need to do is send me a photo (this should open an email but if it doesn’t, send the photo to info[a]liljas-library.com) of yourself and the book (any edition works) and I’ll post them here. If you don’t want to send it by email you can also post it on the facebook page and I’ll grab it there. I would also like to ask you to include your name, town and country so that I can list that with the photo. You can see what it will look like at the Mr Mercedes page, the Revival page, the Finders Keepers page, Bazzar of Bad Dreams page, End of Watch page, Charlie the Choo Choo page, Gwendy’s Button Box page, Sleeping Beauties Book page, Outsider Book page or the The Institute Book page

Check out all If it Bleeds photos here.

Let's get those photos collected! Some of you are even on all pages, GOOD WORK!

Fans Get The Institute

Posted: January 1, 2020, 09:38
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Stephen King’s The Institute, is out and you know what that means…

I want to put together a page with photos of you all and your copy of The Institute. All you need to do is send me a photo (this should open an email but if it doesn’t, send the photo to info[a]liljas-library.com) of yourself and the book (any edition works) and I’ll post them here. If you don’t want to send it by email you can also post it on the facebook page and I’ll grab it there. I would also like to ask you to include your name, town and country so that I can list that with the photo. You can see what it will look like at the Mr Mercedes page, the Revival page, the Finders Keepers page, Bazzar of Bad Dreams page, End of Watch page, Charlie the Choo Choo page, Gwendy’s Button Box page, Sleeping Beauties Book page or The Outsider Book page

Check out all The Institute photos here.

Let's get those photos collected! Some of you are even on all pages, GOOD WORK!

Goodbye 2019 and Hello 2020

Posted: December 31, 2019, 12:00
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2019 was a great year. We got a new book, we got new movies and we got a few TV series. Stephen King is more popular that he has been for years. New fans find his work every day (even if some go through the movies) and we old fans love that he is still as productive as he is.

My favorites this year are as follows.

Book: The Institute. Not much competition there since this was one of those rare years where King only released one book.

Movie: Doctor Sleep. I love how they combined the adaptation of the book with the movie (which I don’t even like) and Rebecca Ferguson is one of the best castings in a King movie I have seen. IT part 2 came in a close second followed by In the Tall Grass. I do my best to forget the remake of Pet Sematary which was awful.


TV Series: Season 2 of Castle Rock. I love the backstory to Annie Wilkes. The third season of Mr. Mercedes worked but it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

As for myself, I have made a lot of new friends over the year from all over the world and I hope to make even more in 2020. I did 23 lectures about King all over Sweden and the anthology Shining in the Dark was released in 5 new editions. 2020 will see much of the same. I will continue to do lectures about King. 8 so far has been booked in the spring (with more to follow) and I already know about 6 new editions of Shining in the Dark being released in 2020 making it a total of 19 (how about that Dark Tower lovers?) different editions in 10 different languages.

But in the end I want to thank you. If you didn’t read my site, Lilja’s Library, if you didn’t read Shining in the Dark or if you didn’t attend my lectures about King nothing of this would be possible. You make it happen and for that I am very grateful. Hopefully you will follow me into 2020 and keep reading what I write, keep sending me messages telling me about yourself and your King obsession (I love that) and keep coming to my lectures. If you do that I promise I’ll do my best to keep you updated on everything that happens in King’s world and hopefully throw in a few surprises along the way…


So, thanks for being there with your support. I hope I’ll see you in 2020!

Happy New Year!
Lilja