A first review of Desperation

Posted: April 26, 2006, 16:16
A first review of Desperation has appeared online. There are a few small spoilers so read it on you own risk.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Lisey’s Story is 509 pages long

Posted: April 25, 2006, 23:34
It’s now being reported that the ARC of Lisey’s Story is 509 pages long. To be compared with Cell which was 384 pages long.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Monday’s winner

Posted: April 25, 2006, 10:44
Monday’s winner is chosen but first the right answer.

Question: Who is Claudia Eschelman?
Answer: Richard Bachman's Widow (formerly Claudia Inez Bachman).

And the winner is Luis Vazquez-Venegas from Canada, congratulations!

That ends this contest but if you want more contests you just have to wait until the week of May 22nd when I’ll have something really nice in store for you. That week will be Desperation Week here at Lilja’s Library and I can promise you that you do NOT want to miss that!

Yet another Dollar Baby

Posted: April 24, 2006, 23:15
A new Dollar Baby version of The Gunslinger will be done by the end of April. It’s directed by Sarah Sterchele and you can read more here.

Thanks to Bernd Lautenslager.

More Lisey's photos

Posted: April 22, 2006, 13:13
Here are more photos of the Galley edition of Lisey’s Story

Thursday's winner and an error if Friday's question

Posted: April 21, 2006, 23:43
Due to an error on today’s question has been disqualified. The answer is RRD28I but on the it says RR28I. Many of you might say that so what if it was wrong on It’s not the only source out there and you are right. But since I say that "all answers can be found at" I feel it does matter.

What now then? Well, based on previous experience I won’t allow both answer and I won’t disqualify the ones that have answered with RR28I. So, in an attempt to be as fair as possible a new question will appear during Monday next week. I’m sorry for this and I hope you all feel this is the most fair thing to do.

I apologise for this and hope you can sympathise with my decision.

And now, on to Thursday’s winner.

Question: What was the error on the 1st printing of PET SEMATARY on the back of the DJ?
Answer: "1982" Caretakers Error

The winner is Jodie Bennett from Australia, congratulations!

Michael Chabon describes Lisey's Story

Posted: April 21, 2006, 08:20
This description of Lisey's Story is given by Michael Chabon on

"In Lisey's Story, Stephen King makes bold, brilliant use of his satanic storytelling gift, his angelic ear for language, and above all his incomparable ability to find the epic in the ordinary, to present us with the bloody and fabulous tale of an ordinary marriage. In his hands the long, passionate union of Scott and Lisey Landon--of any long-lived marriage, by implication--becomes a fantastic kingdom, with its own geography and language, its dark and stirring chronicle of heroes and monsters, its tragedies, griefs and glories. King has been getting me to look at the world with terror and wonder since I was fifteen years old, and I have never been more persuaded than by this book of his greatness."

-- Michael Chabon, author of The Final Solution: A Story of Detection and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Wednesday’s winner

Posted: April 20, 2006, 23:31
The winner of Wednesday’s contest has been selected. Here is the result.

Question: Which early novel has a theme between country folk vs. city folk. ?
Answer: Cujo

The winner is Ricky Williams from the US, congratulations! Today’s question is now online.

Desperation DVD

Posted: April 20, 2006, 23:25

Fangoria had gotten this new image from Desperation and also had the following report about the DVD release:

Fango got the scoop that Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the desert-set story of evil and redemption August 29. No word yet on special features, or whether this cut will be more extreme than the one ABC broadcasts.

Thanks to Ari.

Tuesday’s winner

Posted: April 19, 2006, 23:39
The winner of Tuesday’s contest has been selected. Here is the result.

Question: Who did the photographs for Salem's Lot, Centipede Press signed edition?
Answer: Jerry Uelsmann

The winner is William Murdoch from the US, congratulations! Today’s question is now online.

Cell in paperback

Posted: April 19, 2006, 15:14
Pocket Books report that Cell will be out in paperback in November 2006.

Monday's winner

Posted: April 18, 2006, 21:33
The winner of Monday’s contest has been selected but as usual, here are the answer first.

Question: According to polls of his fans, what is Stephen King's most popular book?
Answer: The Stand

The winner is Sharon Haas from the US, congratulations! Today’s question is now online.

Eli Roth talks Cell

Posted: April 18, 2006, 12:25
Eli Roth talks about Cell with You recently signed on to direct the movie version of Stephen King's Cell. What appeals to you about that story?

Roth: I love zombie movies and I love horror movies that have some level of social commentary in them. When you read that book, you feel that Stephen King has been driven crazy by people on cell phones. I think it's such a smart contemporary idea to have everyone on cell phones turn into psychotic serial killers. I've always wanted to do an apocalypse movie, a zombie movie and a Stephen King movie. So you're a fan of his work?

Roth: Oh, yeah. Stephen King is my favorite writer. So many great directors, be it [Stanley] Kubrick or [Brian] De Palma or George Romero, have adapted his work. To have the opportunity to do it was so unexpected. I'm really psyched. You mentioned Stanley Kubrick. He and Stephen King had a famous falling out over The Shining because his film was vastly different than the novel. Would you feel comfortable making alterations to the source material if necessary?

Roth: That was 25 years ago. I think Stephen King is probably in a different place now. I think he really likes me and trusts me. Everybody has told me to just go make the best movie and that if I have to change things, Stephen will be cool with it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have done it. I don't want to upset Stephen King — I want to make him proud — but I've got to have the freedom to change things if I'm going to make the movie.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Secretary of Dreams now approved by King

Posted: April 17, 2006, 23:34
Cemetery Dance has the following update about The Secretary of Dreams:

And finally, Stephen King has now approved final pages for The Secretary of Dreams so it's headed to one last round of proofreading and then onto the printer. We'll post more news in future updates, but this is shaping up to be our most beautiful production ever!

When is Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished shipping?

Posted: April 17, 2006, 23:29
I get quite a few mails about when Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished will ship and now Cemetery Dance has published this update:

We're currently a little over one-third through shipping all the preorders for Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished and the additional help we brought into the warehouse is really making a difference. Please note that we have well over a thousand individual orders for this book, and each copy has to be hand numbered and slipcased so it'll take a while to ship. Thanks in advance for your patience!

4th version of All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

Posted: April 17, 2006, 22:14
After Brian Berkowitz, James Renner and Scott Albanese comes Mark Montalto with the 4th version of All That You Love Will Be Carried Away. You can read more here.

Thanks to Bernd Lautenslager at Stephen King Short Movies

Full DVD cover for The Dead Zone season 4

Posted: April 14, 2006, 07:47

Here is the full DVD cover for season 4 of The Dead Zone (bigger scans can be found at as well as a list of all the extras on this box:

- "The Production Design of The Dead Zone" featurette, taking the fans behind the scenes into The Dead Zone's award-winning Production Design department to showcase the unique look of the series
- Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- 16x9 Widescreen
- 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
- Closed Captioned

Thanks to

Interview with Mikael Håfström

Posted: April 13, 2006, 18:58
As you know Swedish director Mikael Håfström is making a movie out of King’s short story 1408. I checked in with Håfström and asked some questions about it. You can read what he said here.

Scribner's new strategy for Galley's

Posted: April 11, 2006, 00:09
This is from Publisher's Lunch:

Next Monday at sales conference, Simon & Schuster sales reps will be introduced to Stephen King's October release LISEY'S STORY, along with Scribner's new strategy for presenting the galley to the trade. With this experiment, Scribner publisher Susan Moldow tries to take on the vexing issue of how to give "an author's first line of supporters a chance to read a new work early and build the word of mouth on which we all depend," without unduly fueling a pre-publication black market in the work.

Read the complete text

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Secretary of Dreams in the hands of King

Posted: April 9, 2006, 23:54
The Secretary of Dreams by King is now in the hands of the author so he can approve the design. The book came in over the 250 pages Cemetery Dance expected, and they will announce the official page count later on.

Issue #100 of Insomnia

Posted: April 9, 2006, 23:53
Issue #100 of Insomnia is now online. Besides being a nice fan magazine this issue has a short interview (scroll down a bit) with yours truly. You have to understand Spanish to read it though…

Desperation moved to May 23

Posted: April 6, 2006, 17:28
I just got an email from Mick Garris in which he told me that ABC has moved the airdate
for Desperation to Tuesday, May 23rd. They are getting wonderful feedback to the film, and apparently that would be a stronger night for it.

Peter David to script The Dark Tower

Posted: April 6, 2006, 08:39
Marvel has selected writer Peter David to script the first seven issues of The Dark Tower Comic.

The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga’s mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself.

The first issue is set for February 2007. Here is the full press release.

Thanks to Nate Hammer and Joseph Reid.

The Secretary of Dreams in Fangoria

Posted: April 4, 2006, 22:40
Fangoria is running a feature article about The Secretary of Dreams. You can check it out here. They forgot to mention that Glenn created Marv – The Library Police Man though…

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Samuel L. Jackson checks into 1408

Posted: April 4, 2006, 10:19
_ reports...

Samuel L. Jackson has checked into 1408, the Dimension Films adaptation of the Stephen King short story. Variety says that shooting begins in the summer.

Mikael Håfström (Derailed) will direct and John Cusack stars as a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into the notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Jackson plays the hotel manager.

Matt Greenberg wrote the original script and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski did the rewrite. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing.

The short story was originally published in the collection Blood and Smoke.

Thanks to Alex Gadd

Lisey's Story = The Dark Tower?

Posted: April 3, 2006, 23:43
The moderator of King's official message board had the following to say about the plot of Lisey's Story.

I’m only about 1/2 way through so far. It will be horror with mystery, ghosts, monsters, and Dark Tower related. :-)

Winner selected...

Posted: April 1, 2006, 19:16
OK, I bet there are a lot of you out there waiting for the right answers and the winner of the contest, right? First I want to thank you all for entering. Some of you sent in a lot, and I mean a lot of errors (mostly broken links) and for that I’m very grateful! All in all 848 entries dropped in and that is a very good number.

With that said, here are the right answers:

Read the complete text

New French Dollar Baby called Suppr.

Posted: March 31, 2006, 15:42
A new Dollar Baby has surfaced. It’s called Suppr. and is a French version of The Word Processor of the Gods. It was made by Nicolas Heurtel, Charles E. Lacroix, Nicolas Geffroy, Julien Munoz and David Marques in 2005 at the University of Marne-la-Vallée, with music by Agnès Vincent.

You can read more about it at this very nice site, Creepshow – Stephen King Movies and you can download/see it here or here.

Thanks to Marijn Raaijmakers and Stephen King Short Movies

John Mellencamp comments on The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Posted: March 29, 2006, 08:41
Here is what the article says:

As for his long-in-the-works collaboration with author Stephen King on the musical "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," Mellencamp says a director is still being sought for the project.

"What we will do is take it to Chicago or the equivalent and workshop it -- get the kinks out before we try to take it to Broadway," Mellencamp told the Herald-Times. "Elton John opened his musical in San Francisco, and it lasted all of seven days before they closed it down and decided to rework it. When we hit Broadway, we want it ready from day one."

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Win a copy of Easton Press The Dead Zone

Posted: March 27, 2006, 00:11
To celebrate the new look of Lilja’s Library I’m having a contest where the prize is something really nice. And, this time you can actually control how many times you get to enter the contest... Just click on the link to the right for more info.

In the future you should keep an eye on the right hand side of the site. Right now you can see an ad for The Dead Zone contest there and that is how every contest will be announced from now on. So keep checking for contest info so you don’t miss out…or you can subscribe to my update mail and keep yourself updated on what happen at Lilja’s Library.

I also want to ask you all to change any bookmarks or links you have to my site. Since the site is completely redone all the old url’s don’t work any more. All your links should go to, that way you’ll always end up in the right place.

Welcome to the new Lilja’s Library

Posted: March 25, 2006, 23:28
Welcome to a new Lilja’s Library…well, at least one that looks new. All the things you have come to expect are still here, and more.

As I have told you earlier this is the 10th year of Lilja’s Library’s existence and the celebration will go on throughout 2006. This new look is part of those celebrations.

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King posts message about the ending of Cell

Posted: March 25, 2006, 20:46
Because so many readers have been unhappy with the ending of Cell King posted the following message on his official site:

CELL SPOILER: "Based on the information given in the final third of Cell—I’m thinking about the reversion back toward the norm of the later phone crazies—it seems pretty obvious to me that things turned out well for Clay’s son, Johnny. I don’t need to tell you this, do I?”

Posted 24 March 2006

Cover art for The Dead Zone season 4

Posted: March 24, 2006, 23:52
Here is the DVD cover for season 4 of The Dead Zone. It's being released on June 13.

You can pre-order you copy here.

Thanks to Marco Lammers.

Cell in mid-2007?

Posted: March 23, 2006, 22:38
The movie version of Cell might get done in mid-2007. Here is what Eli Roth said in an interview in Playing Magazine.

I was kind of the horror guy of the moment," Roth told Now Playing Magazine in an exclusive interview, "so we knew that we could set it up at a studio But with several different producers in contention, it was Stephen King's decision, and he said, `Let's give these guys a shot.' So we had it for a window and set it up right away with the Weinstein Company."

Essentially the project became available, Roth's producer Mike Fleiss heard about it, and made sure that Roth's name was one of the first ones mentioned "He asked what I thought of it, and said he thought we'd have a pretty good chance to get it because Stephen King really liked Hostel, which definitely helped."

It's going to be a while before much happens with Cell. He's got to write and direct Hostel 2 within the next few months, and said maybe he'll get to Cell in mid-2007.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

I Am a Doorway, new Dollar Baby

Posted: March 22, 2006, 22:22
A new Dollar Baby will soon see the daylight. It's Giuliano Dinocca who'll turn I Am a Doorway into a Dollar Baby.

It will be done this year and Arthur will be played by Giuliano Dinocca, Richard (probably) Florent Van Liebergen.

It'll be directed by Giuliano Dinocca (Dinocca Productions France) and shot between March-April in Bobigny, France.

Desperation trailer

Posted: March 19, 2006, 21:38
Reports say that the first trailer for Desperation has started to air on ABC. I haven't seen it (I do live in Sweden) but word is that it's looking good.

New King interview

Posted: March 19, 2006, 21:37
Here is an interview with King from The Boston Globe.

Thanks to Bev Vincent and Miss X.

Review of Home Delivery

Posted: March 14, 2006, 23:56
Today I have a review of yet another Dollar Baby. This time I have taken a look at the brilliant version of Home Delivery.