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King praises Meg Gardiner

Posted: December 12, 2006, 23:43
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King has write a letter in which he praises of fellow author Meg Gardiner. You can find the full letter here.

Thanks to willowlove

Carrie: A Period Piece

Posted: December 12, 2006, 15:24
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Here is a review of the new stage adaptation of Carrie, called Carrie: A Period Piece.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

More Colorado Kid illustrations

Posted: December 8, 2006, 08:43
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Here are two more illustrations from the limited Colorado Kid. The one to the left is by J.K. Potter and the one to the right is by Edward Miller. The one in the middle is by Glenn Chadbourne.

                    

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Thomas Jane about The Mist

Posted: December 8, 2006, 08:42
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Here is the latest on the movie version of The Mist:

Thomas Jane, best known to comic fans as The Punisher, is set to star in the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist. King expert Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) is directing the film.

"I have an e-mail from Frank right here," Jane told UGO this week. "Why don't we open it and see what's going on with The Mist? He says that he just heard my deal closed today and he's happy and looking forward to working with me."

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Secretary of Dreams released on Monday

Posted: December 7, 2006, 22:58
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I just got some info from Cemetery Dance about The Secretary of Dreams and it seems that the official release date is on Monday, December 11. Here's more:

We'll begin shipping The Secretary of Dreams by Stephen King to our customers in the next couple of days so this is your last chance to preorder the first Limited Edition graphic collection of King's work! With a trimsize of 9 X 12 this is our largest book ever, and we think it's going to make an impressive addition to your collection. We've taken a picture of The Secretary of Dreams Gift Edition next to a copy of The Colorado Kid so you can get a feel for the size. You can find this picture in the special artwork and photo section for The Secretary of Dreams in our website's Photo Section.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone on our staff is going to be working in the warehouse to ship this title, along with the additional staff we've hired just to work on this project, so there might be a delay in responding to emails and phone calls. Please do not call or email asking when your copy will ship. We're going to be working hard to ship the thousands of preorders as fast as possible. Thanks for your patience!

The Talisman heads to TNT

Posted: December 5, 2006, 22:26
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Today it was announced that TNT will develop The Talisman into a 6 hour series that will premier in the summer of 2008. TNT is teaming once again with DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg for this series. Frequent Spielberg partner Kathleen Kennedy will join him in executive-producing along with Ehren Kruger who will adapt the novel. The Talisman will be co-executive produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. You can read the full press release here.

The 2007 Overlook Connection Catalog

Posted: December 5, 2006, 22:25
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I got an email from Overlook Connection today telling me about their new website and catalog going up and out. The catalog will hit in January, featuring Ellen Datlow, Bev Vincent, Ketchum, Garris and Rob Zombie! And most importantly, it features a HUGE Stephen King section with over 1,300 related King items - from signed limiteds, first editions to rare magazine appearances and special signed videos by Frank Darabont and Mick Garris (Free autograhs with purchase!). Thoroughly illustrated and featuring fiction, interviews, and books coming in 2007.

As an incentive for the readers of Lilja’s Library (if you put in the coupon code LiljaSentMe) they'll will give you $5 off on your purchase (of a $9.95 catalog or the $19.95 hardcover edition). On top of that you will receive $10.00 off purchases so it makes the trade paperback Free!

So, head over to their new site now and order.

Duma Key 835 pages long

Posted: December 5, 2006, 01:09
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The moderator of King's official message board said that the first draft of Duma Key is 835 manuscript pages long and that King began writing it in February and finished in October '06.

Thanks to Grzesiek

The Pop of King: 2006: My Top 10 in Music

Posted: December 4, 2006, 22:20
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King's latest column 2006: My Top 10 in Music is out in the December 8 issue of Entertainment Weekly and you can also read it here. The online title is The A-List.

Thanks to chaos-consultants

Very Fine Books new name

Posted: December 4, 2006, 22:19
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The Very Fine Books contest ended some time ago and now the new name has been decided. The winning contribution is The Bookslinger and the one that suggested that was (and gets a signed copy of Stephen King Uncollected/Unpublished in reward) Charles C. Turner in the US. The new address is http://www.thebookslinger.com.

King and the LOST boys

Posted: December 3, 2006, 23:02
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Here is what seems to be the complete article about King's meeting with the creators of LOST.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin

Blaze confirmed by King's assistant

Posted: November 28, 2006, 20:17
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Here is the latest news about Blaze from King's assistant:

Many of you have been asking for more information about publication of Blaze following Steve's mention of it on his recent Lisey's Story book tour. This is another Bachman novel which he recently rediscovered. The original manuscript of Blaze was 173 pages long and was written in 1973. He has rewritten the first 100 pages. A lot of it needed editing to make it more timely since the 1973 references no longer worked. He's hoping to get it done by the end of the year. No publication deal has been signed, but he's sure there will be one.

Glenn Chadbourne's Colorado Kid illustrations

Posted: November 28, 2006, 00:25
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Here is a first look at an illustration from the limited edition of The Colorado Kid by Glenn Chadbourne. The original was auctioned out by Shocklines.


Thanks to Ari.

Stephen's Picks for the week of November 27, 2006

Posted: November 28, 2006, 00:24
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Stephen's Picks for the week of November 27, 2006 is out:

* Stephen is reading Bad Men by John Connolly - Excellent

* Stephen is watching Daybreak on ABC - Too soon to tell, but looks promising...

* He is listening to an album by The Bottle Rockets - Zoyisia and also to Josh Ritter (I think)--The Animal Years -Both excellent

Interview with King and the Lost creators

Posted: November 26, 2006, 02:08
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In the December 1st issue of Entertainment Weekly there is an interview with King and the Lost creators - 5 pages including the double page photo here.



Thanks to chaos-consultants

Thursday's and Friday's winner

Posted: November 25, 2006, 00:31
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The contest is now over and the winner for Thursday (Four Past Midnight) is Jeannie Horning from the US and Friday's winner (The Dark Half) is Ramonda Brady also from the US.

The new name will be revealed soon...

Wednesday’s winner

Posted: November 24, 2006, 00:00
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The winner of a first edition of Gerald's Game is Corey Charron from Japan. You still have until Friday to send in your suggestions so keep them coming.

Tuesday’s winner

Posted: November 22, 2006, 23:24
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The winner of a first edition of The Regulators is Daniel Taylor from the US. You still have until Friday to send in your suggestions so keep them coming.

Monday's winners

Posted: November 21, 2006, 23:44
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The winner of a first edition of Black House is Ariel Bosi from Argentina. You still have until Friday to send in your suggestions so keep them coming.

Two covers for The Gunslinger Born

Posted: November 20, 2006, 00:47
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There seems to be two different cover for the first issue of The Gunslinger Born. One sketch variant cover by Jae Lee and one variant cover by Joe Quesada.

King on Radio 4

Posted: November 20, 2006, 00:42
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King appeared on Radio 4 today (Sunday) as the guest in Desert Island Discs. In the three quarter hour interview he spoke about his life from a child to today and selected his eight records he could take with him if he were castaway on a desert island.

The program is repeated on Friday 24th at 09.00 hrs. Unfortunately the program is not repeated again over the internet due to copyright issues with the music.

Thanks to Phil Stephensen-Payne and Tony Horne.

First issue of The Dark Tower comic

Posted: November 16, 2006, 00:01
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Here is some info about the first issue of The Dark Tower comic:

DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN #1 (of 7)
COVER BY: JAE LEE
WRITER: ROBIN FURTH
PETER DAVID
PENCILS: JAE LEE
COLORED BY: RICHARD ISANOVE
LETTERED BY: CHRIS ELIOPOULOS

THE STORY:
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” With those words, millions of readers were introduced to Stephen King’s Roland—an implacable gunslinger in search of the enigmatic Dark Tower, powering his way through a dangerous land filled with ancient technology and deadly magic. Now, in a comic book personally overseen by King himself, Roland’s past is revealed! Sumptuously drawn by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove, adapted by long-time Stephen King expert Robin Furth (author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance) and scripted by New York Times Best-seller Peter David, this series delves deep into Roland’s origins—the perfect introduction to this incredibly realized world, while long-time fans will thrill to adventures merely hinted at in the novels. Be there for the very beginning of a modern classic of fantasy literature!
48 PGS./CARDSTOCK COVER/Parental Advisory …$3.99

PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: 2007-02-07

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Podcast of King's press conference in London.

Posted: November 15, 2006, 08:38
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Here is a 40 minute podcast with the Q&A from press conference that King gave at the FPA while in London. If you listen closely you can hear me ask my question about the new Bachman book about 41 minutes into the podcast.
Thanks to John Thornburn

Lisey's Story tour

Posted: November 14, 2006, 23:53
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Check out John's site for all the info you need on King's Lisey's Story tour. Both in the US and the UK. You can find it here.

King on BBC4?

Posted: November 14, 2006, 08:57
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Seems King might be on the radio on November 19th:

Unconfirmed report that King will be on BBC4's Desert Island Disks on Sunday, November 19th. This programme will likely NOT be archived on the BBC site after it is presented due to rights restrictions.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

King touring the UK 2006

Posted: November 11, 2006, 21:44
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Read all about King’s visit to the UK in November 2006 here. I have collected my experiences and other info you need about the visit in this one place. I hope you enjoy it.

                                                       Lilja

Limited paperweight

Posted: November 11, 2006, 20:47
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Here are scans of the paperweight that was given out at the publisher party, arranged by King’s UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, in London. Later I found out that there where only 500 copies done.



Listen to King online

Posted: November 11, 2006, 20:45
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Here is a BBC radio interview with King in witch he talks about movie version of The Dark Tower, that there where 3,000 people at the Battersea Reading and what he thinks about the people rushing for an autograph at the same event.

Here is a podcast from King’s Battersea Reading. It’s in three parts and include an interview, King reading from Lisey’s Story and in the final part King answers the questions submitted by fans through Times Online.

King and YouTube

Posted: November 10, 2006, 00:40
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King seems to have visited YouTube and here you can see clips of it. Here he talks and here he reads.

Thanks to Idan

And one last meeting with the King...

Posted: November 9, 2006, 21:24
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The after noon was spent at the ASDA supermarket where King would do a signing. There wheren’t that many people there until about an hour before the signing started but then there where a lot...and I meen A LOT.

I got to meet up with a lot of old and new friends and we had a really good time. At 5PM King entered and the line started to move. When we got to King we where told no cameras where alowed. At first bumed out we soon found out that there where a lady taking photos of us with a polaroidcamera and then giving out the photo as we left. A very good idea!

This time I didn’t say anything to King except “Thanks” and extracted my hand. At the same second he reached for his glass of Coke and there where a second of total confusion. Then he put forward his left hand and I shook that...

Lilja goes to the press conference

Posted: November 9, 2006, 21:22
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So, today started with a press conference arranged by the FPA. I was offcourse there in good time and got a front row seat, just about 2 meters from King. There where a photosession for 2 minutes, a Q&A for about 40 minutes and then King signed books (I got the ticket for the Battersea Park reading signed).

I also got to ask King a question and I decided to asked him about the new Bachman book that he mentioned at the reading. He then said that he found it in his basement, that it’s from 1973 and that the title is Blaze. This book has been known to fans for quite a while and it’s nice that King has finally decided to publish it.

No date has been set but King said it would need some updating first so it may be a while...

Lilja meets King...again

Posted: November 9, 2006, 10:02
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Yesterday I was at a publisher party, arranged by King’s UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, in London. And yes, you guessed it, King was there as well and I got a chance to speak with him for a few minutes. Since the conversation was a lot longer then at the signing I can’t recap it all here but I can tell you what we said when I got a second chance to talk to him just as he was leaving.

Lilja: It’s a real honor to finally meet you!

King: It’s an honour to meet you to.

And with that he was of in the night. I was left with a very nice feeling, a copy of Lisey’s Story, a promotional paperweight (they where giving them away at the party) AND a picture of King and me!

Just as I was planning on leaving I ran into Robin Furth and got a VERY nice chat with here. She told me that 3 issues of The Dark Tower comic was already done and that it looks amazing. No one will be disapointed with it, that is for sure.

I also got a chance to talk to a lot of people from Hodder & Stoughton, including King’s proofreader...and it turned out to be an extreamley nice evening.

A new Bachman book? Yes, says King.

Posted: November 8, 2006, 10:14
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During the reading at Battersea Park King gave the audience a real surprice. He got a question about if he’ll ever wrier under a pen name again and answered by saying that there are one more Bachman book that he found in the basement. He didn’t say anything about a release date but it’s suposedley written back in 1973.

King at Battersea Park

Posted: November 8, 2006, 10:11
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King’s reading at Battersea Park in London is over. King was first interviewed for about 45 minits. Then he read two sections from Lisey’s Story and answered questions that the reader of The Times had sent in through their site.

King then ended the the whole thing by signing books for a lot of happy fans.

Lilja finally meets King

Posted: November 8, 2006, 10:03
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Finally, 12 hours after I left Sweden I stod face to face with King. It was at Borders in London and I think I pulled it of without sounding to crazy.

King: Hi How are you?

Lilja: Fine and you?

King: Fine.

Lilja: Are your hand tired?

King: No it’s OK, it’s on autopilot.

And then it was over...

Lilja and King in the UK...

Posted: November 7, 2006, 00:07
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In just a few hours I’m leaving for London to cover King’s visit there. I’m going to try (depending on if I can get my hands on a computer with Internet access) to keep you up to date on everything that’s happening there. Believe me, it will be a very interesting few days so check back often.

Willa teaser

Posted: November 5, 2006, 22:51
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Here is a teaser of Willa from Playboy. Please be ware that there are semi-nude women if you follow this link. Click on the Get a FREE PREVIEW link to get there.

Thanks to Takara.

Talisman 3 - sort of a ‘24’ thing

Posted: November 1, 2006, 22:19
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A poster at TheDarkTower.net said that King was asked about a third book in the Talisman series. I assume it was at one of the readings he has done in the US.

King replied that yes he has spoken with Straub. At the end of Black House Jack is dying in our world and goes to the territories. King sees a story where Jack has to return to our world, must only do so in brief periods as it accelerates his death. In King’s words: “sort of a ‘24’ thing”.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

#1 of The Dark Tower Comic out Feb. 7

Posted: October 31, 2006, 20:52
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Here are some news about The Dark Tower Comic. Seems the first issue will be out on February 7.

On-Sale Date Set for The Dark Tower Comic
The latest news from Marvel is that the first issue of The Dark Tower comics will be on-sale on February 7, 2007.

The Dark Tower Sketchbook, featuring character designs, penciled pages, commentary, and a primer on the world of the Dark Tower, will be available free at your local Marvel retailer on December 13, 2006.

For more information about the sketchbook, please Click Here .

Craig R Baxley to tie Nicole Kidman to the bed?

Posted: October 31, 2006, 19:38
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Seems Gerald's Game might be up for the movies...

Craig R Baxley (Kingdom Hospital, Storm of the Century) hopes to direct a film version of Stephen King's 1992 Gerald's Game starring Nicole Kidman, adapted by King himself.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

One week left...

Posted: October 31, 2006, 12:32
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Here is a remainder that it’s only one week left to order your copy of the limited edition of The Green Mile if you want to get your name in it. Read more over at www.subterraneanpress.com.

An idea for another novel...

Posted: October 28, 2006, 20:10
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Noah posted this on SKEMERs from King's reading in NY:

Anyway, the actual reading and interview was great. John Connolly was funny and engaging. King said that he has a rough manuscript of a new novel completed, and spoke about an idea he had for another novel: a man and his wife are driving on the Interstate late at night. They pull into a rest stop, and the wife asks the husband to go inside and buy her a soda. As the husband crosses the parking lot, a man gets out of the only other car parked at the rest stop and approaches the husband with a map. He asks the husband for directions, and as the husband bends to look at the map, the guy shoots him in the head. Another man, meanwhile, had circled the car and now holds the wife at gunpoint. The guy with the map comes over and removes the couples' baby from the back seat. They say to the wife, "You will do exactly what we tell you to do, or in 24 hours we will put your baby in a microwave oven and cook him." King described the wife as "the perfect guided missile."

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Another interview with Mick Garris

Posted: October 26, 2006, 22:22
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Here is another interview with Mick Garris. This one is from Dread Central.

Here Garris talks about the bad treatment Desperation got from ABC, his new book Development Hell and season 2 of Masters of Horror.