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StephenKing.com comments on Duma Key

Posted: September 15, 2006, 23:20
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King’s official site commented on his next book today and it turns out it will be called Duma Key and nothing else. Here is what King’s official site says:

The Fall 2006 issue of The Paris Review (www.theparisreview.org), official publication date 9/15/06, contains an interview with Stephen (pages 66-101) including information about the book he's currently working on titled Duma Key. Stephen describes it as being about a guy named Edgar Freemantle who has an accident and loses an arm and has paranormal symptomatology relating to phantom limb sensations.

First news about King’s next book, Duma Key

Posted: September 15, 2006, 08:33
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Here is the first news about King’s next book. King seams to have revealed them in an interview with The Paris Review. The full interview isn’t available isn’t available online but you can get a taste of it here.

According to King the new book will be called Duma Key and set I Florida. It may or may not be a haunted house tale and features a protagonist who has lost an arm and who experiences phantom limb sensations.

Thanks to RJ_Sevin

Secretary ARCs and more

Posted: September 15, 2006, 00:01
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Cemetery Dance has released some pictures of The Secretary of Dreams. Here you can see the cover for the ARC and there are more pictures on their site.

You can also order theire Secretary of Dreams t-shirt here.

Dutch Lisey cover

Posted: September 15, 2006, 00:00
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Here is the Dutch cover for Lisey's Story. The Dutch title is Lisey's Verhaal.

Thanks to Chrissy

King focusing on a new book

Posted: September 14, 2006, 13:45
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I just found this interesting statement on King’s official board. It was given by the moderator in response to a question:

Right now his focus is on a book he's working on (no, I can't give out any details yet) and doing the book tours for the promotion of Lisey's Story.

So, everybody that has been asking if King is working on another book, YES he is.

The Colorado Kid teaser

Posted: September 13, 2006, 08:34
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PS Publishing has also put a small (very small) teaser for what seams to be the cover of their limited edition of The Colorado Kid. This cover is illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne. You can find more info here.

Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born

Posted: September 13, 2006, 08:20
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Some very good news about the upcoming Dark Tower Comic where released today. It seams the title of the first set will be Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born. Here is the full report:

Panels from Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series were shown to an enthusiastic group of retailers during the conference. The full series name is "Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born" and the series will play a significant role in Marvel's new reader outreach programs. Fans worried about delays on this series shouldn't, as EiC Joe Quesada revealed Saturday during the Baltimore Comic-Con that series artist Jae Lee is already hard at work on the fifth issue of the series. The first issue ships February, 2007.

Thanks to Ari.

Dandelion Wine

Posted: September 13, 2006, 08:19
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PS Publishing just posted information on their website about an upcoming project with Ray Bradbury, where Stephen King is doing the introduction. The book is called Dandelion Wine and there is a 100 copy deluxe two-book edition that is going to be signed by Bradbury AND Stephen King. More info can be found here.

Thanks to Marc Rahn.

A small number of UK proof for Lisey's Story released

Posted: September 11, 2006, 23:59
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Hodder & Stoughton has released a very small number of proofs for Lisey’s Story to selected reviewers. I’m happy to be able to show you some pictures of it. It’s a trade paper edition in a black tray case of hard paper. It looks very cool as you can see.

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Contest winner

Posted: September 11, 2006, 00:10
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So, the winner in the contest has been drawn and here are the right answers:

Q1: Fill in the blank (video question from the American Express card commercial) "Instead of saying I wrote Carrie, _____________________"
A1: I carry the American express card.

Q2: In 1975, The Japan 1st edition of Carrie was published. It was published by arrangement with Doubleday & Company, New York by whom?
A2: Charles E. Tuttle Inc, Tokyo

Q3: Name the year and name of the car in the book Christine.
A3: 1958 Plymouth Fury.

And the winner is; Christopher Fowler from the US!

King's UK tour

Posted: September 6, 2006, 21:45
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Here are the dates for the UK Lisey's Story tour:

Tuesday 7th November
l.00-2.00
Book signing at Borders Books and Music, Oxford Street, London

Wednesday 8th November
Time & Venue to come
Book signing

Thursday 9th November
5.00-6.00
Book signing at Asda supermarket in Watford

Friday 10th November
Time & Venue to come
Book signing

Source: King's official site.

Stephen's Picks for the week of September 4, 2006

Posted: September 6, 2006, 21:44
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Stephen's Picks for the week of September 4, 2006 is out:

* Stephen is reading Last Seen Leaving by Kelly Braffet (out in November) - Excellent suspense novel about a mother searching for her daughter. Lots of hard edges.

* Stephen is also reading One Mississippi by Mark Childress - Funniest novel I have read in 10 years! If you buy hardcover fiction, make this your next one. If you loved The Lovely Bones or Water for Elephants, you’ll love this one.

* In theaters, Steve warns you against Crank. - If your movie money were speaking personally, it would say it would rather be eaten alive by rabid weasels. I do not say this lightly!

* He is listening to Last Man Standing - Rock & Roll Duets with Jerry Lee Lewis, John Foggerty, Bruce Springsteen and others...Great rock & roll record!

Two new Dollar Babies

Posted: September 4, 2006, 23:18
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Two new Dollar Babies has surfaced. The first one is yet another version of All That You Love Will Be Carried Away by Anthony Kaneaster. You can see that one here

The other one is called Shalt Thou Shew Wonders to the Dead? and is a 20 minute gothic nightmare inspired by King’s short story Nona.

Thanks to Bernd Lautenslager and Ari

King and Grisham on September 24

Posted: August 30, 2006, 23:58
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King and Grisham is planning a reading:

Novelists Stephen King and John Grisham plan to appear at a Sept. 24 fundraiser for fellow writer Jim Webb's Democratic U.S. Senate campaign.

King, a Maine resident who wrote "Carrie," "Misery" and "The Green Mile" among other novels, short stories and nonfiction books, and Albemarle County's own Grisham, author of 18 novels including "The Firm" and other legal thrillers, plan to read from their works at the 7 p.m. event at the 1,000-seat Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA.

"It will be a lot of fun," Grisham said of the event at which Webb will speak and also read from some of his works. Grisham said he will talk for a few minutes about the campaign and politics before reading from his new nonfiction book, "An Innocent Man," due out in October.

Tickets for the Webb fundraiser will be tiered at $100, $500 and $2,100, Grisham said.

Webb is challenging U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., in the November election. thingy
Wadhams, Allen's campaign manager, disparaged the Webb event, saying, "Since his whole campaign is based on fiction, having two fellow fiction novelists campaign for him is not a surprise."

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Pop of King: Setting Off a 'Wire' Alarm

Posted: August 29, 2006, 22:56
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King has a new column out in the September 1 issue of Entertainment Weekly. It's called Setting Off a 'Wire' Alarm and you can read it here.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin

Michael J. Fox in The Talisman?

Posted: August 24, 2006, 23:40
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It's rumor time. I have no confirmation that this is actually true but since it would be very good news if it where I choose to tell you about it.

A big, no make that giant, rumor has surfaced this morning over at Cinescape online as they've reported some really amazing news (if it's true). According to their sources the great Michael J. Fox is up for a role in DreamWorks' long-delayed The Talisman, which is based on a Stephen King story. The story concerns a 12-year-old boy who goes on a supernatural journey in order to find the talisman that can save his dying mother. Watch for more news as confirmation comes in.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting

King nominated for Quills Awards

Posted: August 24, 2006, 14:13
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King is one of the nominees for the second annual Quills Awards:

Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and former Vice President Al Gore were among the nominees announced Tuesday for the second annual Quills Awards — people's choice prizes trying to catch on with the public.

The awards will be handed out at an Oct. 10 ceremony, hosted by NBC anchor Lester Holt, at the American Museum of Natural History. Admission will range from $1,000 for a single ticket to $75,000 for a "Platinum Sponsorship."

Starting Tuesday and through Sept. 30, voters can make their picks online at http://www.quillsvote.com and at http://www.quills.msnbc.com.

King was nominated in the science fiction/fantasy/horror category for his novel, "The Cell."

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Secretary of Dreams ARCs

Posted: August 22, 2006, 22:58
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Here are the first images of the ARC of Secretary of Dreams:





Thanks to Karen

Extra material on N&D

Posted: August 22, 2006, 19:33
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Bloody Disgusting has the following report about the upcoming DVD version of Nightmares & Dreamscapes:

Finalized specs have finally arrived for Warner Home Video's release of the Stephen King anthology Nightmares & Dreamscapes (review). Due on October 24th, the TNT mini-series arrives as a three-disc set with 1.78 anamorphic widescreen transfers and a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Bonus materials will include Interviews With the Series Stars, "Behind the Drama of Nightmares & Dreamscapes from the Stories of Stephen King," "From the Mind of Stephen King," "Page To Picture," "The Inside Look" and "Battleground: Special Effects" making-of featurettes, according to Davis DVD. Retail will be $39.92.

Dolores Claibourne on the stage

Posted: August 22, 2006, 10:08
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Finally someone is adapting something else for the stage then Misery. It's director David Joss Buckley that is putting Dolores Claibourne on the stage. Well done!

The event will run between the 22nd and the 29th of September, 2006. You can read more here.

Thanks to Herbert West

New stage adaptation of Carrie

Posted: August 18, 2006, 08:50
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Here is an article about a new stage adaptation of Carrie:

It's not exactly what you'd call a charmed title.

In 1988, a musical named Carrie, based of the famous horror novel by Stephen King, opened on Broadway to appalling reviews and closed three days later.

Undaunted, Theatre Couture and its leader Eric Jackson have created another stage piece based on the work. Called Carrie: A Period Piece, it will bow Off-Broadway at P.S. 122 on Dec. 6 and run through Dec. 30.

Drag performer and Downtown theatre legend Sherry Vine will star and Basil Twist (Symphonie Fantastique) will create special puppets.

"Carrie," one of King's best known and most enduring works, is about the vengeful adventures of an ostracized teenage girl, tormented at school and at home, who finds she has telekinetic powers. As anyone with even a passing interest in Broadway's most infamous fiascos knows, the novel was transformed by composer Michael Gore, lyricist Dean Pitchford and librettist Lawrence D. Cohen into a musical. The show, directed by Terry Hands, starred Linzi Hateley as Carrie and Betty Buckley as her religious fanatic mother. The title has since become something of a catchword for "flop."

"It will definitely be very black comedy," Eric Jackson previously told Playbill.com. "But that's inherent in the novel. It's a very serious take on the pressures and pain of adolescence. But 'Carrie' is also so well known in our culture; we all know the story. Everybody feels it's their story. Because of that collective unconscious, there's a way to have fun with the story. There will be comedy and camp, and some horror, and maybe a little blood."

Past Theatre Couture projects—such as Doll and the 1997 Off-Broadway transfer Tell Tale—have also played P.S. 122.

Somewhat incredibly, Jackson's first wish was to restage the Broadway musical. However, he found the creative team less than excited about the idea. "We talked to them at one point," said Jackson. "We had a meeting. But they are interested in having that production vindicated. They don't want someone to make fun of it. We wanted to celebrate it, but also lampoon it."

Thus rejected, Jackson, taking a different tack, decided to adapt King's novel from scratch. He began by writing the author's lawyer. "We got an immediate response back," he recalled. "He wrote, 'Are you out of your mind?' But, at the bottom of the letter, I noticed the lawyer had cc'd Stephen King."

Rebuffed a second time, Jackson was ready to abandon "Carrie."

"I had given up," he said. "I was angry that they hadn't read my letter more closely. I was done."

Then two weeks after the initial correspondence, Jackson received a second letter from King's lawyer, saying "King had asked him to pursue the matter."

Jackson quickly pounded out an exuberant six-page letter to King, explaining why he wanted to adapt "Carrie" and the approach the theatre company would take to the material, mailing it off with a stash of Theatre Couture clippings. Finally, King's lawyer replied, granting the troupe the rights to the book. "I just flipped," said Jackson.

Thanks to Rocky Wood and Bev Vincent

1408 now filming...

Posted: August 16, 2006, 15:04
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Looks like 1408 really is about to start shooting:

In an interview this week, Samuel L. Jackson sez:

What are you doing next?

I’m heading to London on Sunday to do 1408. Stephen King short story. Horror film. With John Cusack. I’ll be done with that in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Mary checks in and Kate checks out

Posted: August 14, 2006, 15:49
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Mary McCormack has replaced Kate Walsh in 1408:

Mary McCormack has checked into Dimension Films' Stephen King adaptation "1408," about a haunted hotel.

"Grey's Anatomy" star Kate Walsh has exited due to skedding conflicts with her ABC/Touchstone TV skein. Touchstone had warned her that the series schedule would have to take precedence over any outside role, but the actress accepted the film hoping that something could be worked out.

"1408" is set to shoot in mid-July in the U.K.

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson topline the pic about a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.

Walsh was to play Cusack's ex-wife.

McCormack's credits include "The West Wing" and "ER." She's also appearing in Lionsgate's upcoming dirty-bomb thriller "Right at Your Door."

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Children of the Corn...again?

Posted: August 8, 2006, 22:43
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Here is what Bloody Disgusting has to say:

I don't have any other information for you guys other than that a remake of Fritz Kiersch's classic 1984 film, Children of the Corn, is in the works. I'm going to try and find out more information on the film, like who owns the rights and who's writing the script, but talk has begun to circulate heavily around the industry this past week. Adapted from a Stephen King story, the pic follows a young couple who wander into a mid-western town where all the adults are apparently dead and the children participate in a cult that worships a malevolent force in the corn fields.

Reports from An Evening with Harry, Carrie & Garp

Posted: August 4, 2006, 00:39
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As most of you know King participated in the event An Evening with Harry, Carrie & Garp at New York's Radio City Music Hall on August 1 and 2. Well, now there are some reports about it online. Here are a few:

Earthtimes.org
WCFCourier.com

During the event King also talked about an idea he had that might turn into a book in the future.

Well, it's one of those idea germs that could end up as something completely different when it gets written. He said he had a flash about a character meeting a woman he or she hasn't seen in 20 years and she looks EXACTLY THE SAME as she used to look back then, except she's gotten a lot larger (he wasn't specific about this. He didn't say fat or tall, just larger). His mind is cogitating over what might give rise to such a thing.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Green Mile on DVD

Posted: August 3, 2006, 23:51
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There is a new The Green Mile DVD being released on 14th November with a lot of interesting material on it. Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Paul Poroshin.

George Clooney in Pet Sematary...or not?

Posted: August 3, 2006, 23:49
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Yesterday Bloody Disgusting reported that George Clooney is in talks to play a role in Paramount Pictures' remake of Pet Sematary. They didn’t know how big of a role he would have though. The script for the remake is written by Dave Kajganich, Mike Werb and Michael Colleary.

Today though they had the following to report:

Although our source was very secure (and double checked), George Clooney's publicist tells us that he will not be in Paramount's remake of Pet Sematary. We're going to look further into this story as it appears that they are beginning to cast the film.

More info to come…

My N&D review part 4

Posted: August 1, 2006, 20:29
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My review of episode 7 & 8 (the last two) of Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Autopsy Room Four and You Know They Got A Hell of a Band) are now online.

Lisey's Story Book Tour - Fall '06

Posted: July 31, 2006, 22:10
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King's official site now has a listing for where King will appear on his Lisey's Story Book Tour - Fall '06. So far there are 3 event's listed.

NEW YORK CITY:
October 24th

SAN FRANCISCO:
October 30th

SEATTLE:
November 1st

The Pop of King: The Terror Diet

Posted: July 30, 2006, 00:33
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The new Pop of King column, titled The Terror Diet, is in the August 4 (#889) Entertainment Weekly and here is an article by one of his co-workers.

Thanks to Jonathan Reitan and Paul Poroshin.

My N&D review part 3

Posted: July 26, 2006, 13:42
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My review of episode 5 & 6 of Nightmares & Dreamscapes (The Road Virus Heads North and The Fifth Quarter) are now online.

Stephen King won't go to (Veronica) Mars

Posted: July 18, 2006, 16:41
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Bev Vincent reports the following in his forum:

Veronica Mars' creator, Rob Thomas, said that next season there will be three mysteries, which will be broken up into nine, seven, and six episodes respectively. He also revealed that he offered EW columnist Stephen King the chance to guest-star on an upcoming episode as a kooky sociology professor. Unfortunately, King was busy.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

More promo clips

Posted: July 18, 2006, 16:40
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More promo clips for Nightmares & Dreamscapes are available here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

My N&D review part 2

Posted: July 18, 2006, 16:31
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My review of episode 3 & 4 of Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Umney's Last Case and The End of the Whole Mess) are now online.