Lisey won't be limited

Posted: July 7, 2005, 23:26
On the message board on King's official site the moderator said that there are no plans at this time to do a limited edition of Lisey’s Story.

King working on The Pulse

Posted: July 7, 2005, 22:24
King is working on yet another novel. This one is called The Pulse and according to King's office it's probably going to be a novel-length piece. King is still working on it and no publication information is available yet. BUT the good thing is that you can now read the fist chapter online, right here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent, Grzesiek, Brian Freeman and Ariel.

Interview with King by John Irving and more

Posted: July 4, 2005, 00:00
Here is an article about King's appearance at the Maple Street School and an interview with King by John Irving.

According to the message board on the official King site King's next public appearance will be at the New Yorker Festival in NYC which will be held 9/23 - 9/25

Thanks to CRinVA.

King reads from Lisey's Story

Posted: June 25, 2005, 23:25
At the reading at Maple Street School on Friday evening King read from his upcoming novel Lisey's Story.

King described his novel-in-progress as "a love story, with monsters ... some of them human."

He also gave the audience a disclaimer. "This sort of thing might come back to you tonight," King said, "when it's dark, and you're alone, and there's no one around to hear you scream."

The reading did not disappoint.

The audience heard a story about a man remembering one of the traumatic experiences of his youth. The fictional boy watched his older brother going mad, "snarling like a dog" with a face like "a Halloween mask."

Live run-through of The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Posted: June 25, 2005, 08:30
Here is an interesting article about a live run-through done last month for the King-Mellencamp collaboration The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County:

Collaboration reaches for Broadway

A long-awaited collaboration between Stephen King and John Mellencamp is moving closer to production.

In May, actors participated in an initial read-through of the "dramatic musical" that features a story by King and songs by Mellencamp.

Broadway is the hoped-for destination for "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," but Mellencamp advises patience.

"If we're lucky, a year from now we'll be in Chicago or Miami putting the thing together," he says, referring to a theatrical debut that customarily precedes a move to New York.

The singer clearly liked what he saw and heard during the read-through.

"It was the most exciting thing I've done professionally in probably 25 years," Mellencamp says. "It was so much fun to see those characters come to life and hear those songs being sung."

The story features two quarreling brothers from Mississippi, their father and the ghosts of two uncles who couldn't resolve their differences before meeting a tragic end.

Mellencamp has written 17 songs in the acoustic blues style heard on his 2003 album, "Trouble No More." When "Ghost Brothers" makes it to the stage, Mellencamp says, his band will play the music from the orchestra pit.

King and Mellencamp have been working on the project since 2000.

The rock star says he's enjoyed forging a give-and-take relationship with the author of "The Stand," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Carrie."

He also admits to having little success when suggesting rewrites to King.

"He would say, 'I'm the writer, you're the songwriter. Shut up,' " Mellencamp says with a laugh.

Recalling doubts about a specific scene, Mellencamp says the read-through revealed King's accurate instincts.

"It was so sweet and so great," the Seymour native says. "Steve was sitting right in front of me, and he turned back to say, 'Not going to work, eh?' "

Thanks to Rocky Wood.

The Dark Tower part 5, 6 and 7 in UK paperback

Posted: June 23, 2005, 00:00
Here is the release dates for The Dark Tower part 5, 6 and 7 in UK paperback:

Wolves of the Calla - February 1, 2006
Song of Susannah - April 10, 2006
The Dark Tower - July 7, 2006

Here are some updates about the Dollar Baby I Know What You Need.

The newest King column titled The Sideshow Has Left Town is in fact NOT Column #34 but is a separate Non-Fiction King piece. Just to make things clear.

Lisey's Story in 2006

Posted: June 21, 2005, 23:24
It has now been confirmed that Lisey’s Story will be published in 2006, probably in the fall but a specific date hasn’t been set yet.

Scarrie and more

Posted: June 21, 2005, 00:00
I heard from the US publisher of The Colorado Kid that no other publisher is allowed to publish the book before them so I guess it may not be out in Poland in July after all...

A parody on Carrie - The Musical will premier on July 2. It's called Scarrie - The Musical. You can read more about it on their official site.

My review of Bev Vincent's book The Good, The Bad & The Ugly can now be read in the review section.

King's UMO Commencement address will be shown on C-SPAN on 25 June. Read more here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood.

The Colorado Kid premieres in Poland

Posted: June 20, 2005, 00:00
Poland will be first to release King's next book, The Colorado Kid, if everything goes as planed. The Polish publisher Proszynski & S-ka will release the book in July, 3 month a head of the US release. To the right is the cover.

Thanks to grzesiek.

Now you can get a complete wrap-up of The Collector, episode two of season 4 of The Dead Zone on their official site. And here is a description of this week's episode, Double Vision:

This week, Johnny's ability to alter fate will be put to the test when he meets a young woman with psychic abilities of her own. But unlike Johnny, she embraces her power, using it to live life to the fullest - and with almost reckless abandon.

"Tommyknockers & More" Bus Tours

Posted: June 12, 2005, 00:00

Now you can get a complete wrap-up of Broken Circle, the season premiere of The Dead Zone on their official site. And here is a description of this week's episode, The Collector:

This week, Johnny's visions of a young girl's abduction lead him on a life-and-death race to find "the Collector" - a disturbed man who kidnaps young women and attempts to indoctrinate them to be their most "perfect self." It's a race against time to save an innocent girl before the kidnapping spirals into murder.

If you don't have any vacation plans yet, check this tour out: "Tommyknockers & More" Bus Tours.

Reading info and Dead Zone news

Posted: June 11, 2005, 00:00
King's latest column in Entertainment Weekly is now online. The title is Extras Bite and you can read it here.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

I have now been revealed that King will be reading from Carrie, The Green Mile and Faithful at the Maple Street School on the 24th, with a Q and A session following each reading.

Thanks to Christopher Looney.

There is an error to the discs in the season 3 DVD box of The Dead Zone. At the top of the screen there's a white line that runs across the top of the picture and flashes. If you have bought a copy and have these lines, please read this.

Thanks to TV Shows on

Season 4 of The Dead Zone premiers on USA Network tomorrow, don't miss it.

It seams that got a few copies of the limited edition of Transgressions after all. I have 11 confirmed deliveries from

Thanks to Brent Phillips.

The UK international mass-market paperback edition of The Dark Tower V - Wolves of the Calla is now out in Sweden.

The Dead Zone season 3 review

Posted: June 8, 2005, 00:00
Now you can see what I think about season 3 of The Dead Zone. My review can be found here and if you want a copy for yourself you can get that one here.

Update on The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Posted: June 7, 2005, 11:16
Here is an update about The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County:

After a busy summer apart, rocker John Mellencamp and author Stephen King plan to plow forward with their stage musical later this year.

The two have been working on The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County for several years. They recently held a read-through in New York City, which Mellencamp called the most exciting thing that I have done in my career since somebody called me up in the early '80s and said I had a No. 1 album.

But changes will have to wait until fall.

I've got to do these shows this summer (and) Steve is finishing a book, says Mellencamp, who's written more than 20 songs for the musical. We're going to reconvene in the fall, make some changes and make it our job until we see it on the stage.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

German Kid and Llamadas

Posted: June 7, 2005, 00:00
Today you can get a copy of season 3 of The Dead Zone from

Stephen King's Gotham Café is an official selection of the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City. The film will be screening at the IAO gallery on June 10th. For tickets go to .

Here is a scan of the German cover of The Colorado Kid. The release date is December 16 and it'll have
160 pages.

There is another Dollar Baby being done in Argentina (earlier Llamadas was done there) and this time it's Harvey's Dream.

Thanks to Ariel.

Broken Circle and other Dead Zone news

Posted: June 2, 2005, 00:00
Here is the poster for season 4 of The Dead Zone.

If you go to the official site there is now a lot of goodies. You can check out the script from Act 1 of Broken Circle (originally called Tipping Point Part II and scheduled for season 3) and other things.

But since you came here I will tell you a few things that isn't on the official site...

- There will be 12 or 13 episodes in season 4, depending on how the Network decides to schedule the episodes.
- Season 5 will be filmed at the same time as season 4 and will probably have 12 or 13 episodes as well.
- Kristen Dalton will be back as Dana for one episode in season 4.

The first copy of the limited edition of Transgressions has now surfaced. It's a copy that is for sale over at eBay.

Thanks to John.

The Colorado Kid in Germany

Posted: June 1, 2005, 00:00
Ullstein in Germany will is the first non-US publisher that is known to be releasing King's The Colorado Kid. It will be released in either December 2005 or January 2006 depending on what source your listening to.

Some new clips of King can now be found over at Stephen King Short Movies: Stephen King on Good Morning America (2003), Stephen King on the Late Night with Conan O'Brian (1999), Stephen King on The Whoopi Goldberg Show (1992), Stephen King Library Ad (this is not a show)

Assorted information and My Summer Hit List

Posted: May 27, 2005, 00:00
Today I spoke with the nice people over at Maple Street School where An Evening with Stephen King will take place on June 24. They told me that it hasn't been decided what King will read yet and unfortunately there is no plans to record the event. They also told me that since it is a community event and they want to be sure local fans can attend, they are selling tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at the school and at the Northshire Bookstore. If they have any tickets left 48 hours before the performance they will contact anyone who showed interest from afar and allow them to purchase tickets with a credit card.

King will be available for Q&A but will be leaving immediately following the reading.

King's latest column is now online. It's called My Summer Hit List and you can read it here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent and Paul Poroshin.

Many of you have been asking me if I know anything about the limited edition of Transgressions and I have been sending mail after mail to the publisher to find out what's up with it. Then today I finally got a reply. It's not much but the told me that the orders for the book has outnumbered the actual number of copies done and that the decision about which stores that will get the book will be made high up in their sales department shortly.

I hope to get more info soon and when I do I'm putting it right here on the site for you to read.

It has been reported earlier that a second sequel to Creepshow was going to be done. Now it seems that it has already been shoot. This is from a press release.

Taurus recently completed principal photography on a sequel to "CREEP SHOW," based on a short story by Stephen King. The original "CREEP SHOW" was directed by George A. Romero.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Dead Zone news

Posted: May 25, 2005, 00:00
Today there are a lot of The Dead Zone news. The fourth season will premier on June 12 and here are the descriptions of some of the episodes:

BROKEN CIRCLE (a.k.a. TIPPING POINT PART 2) -- The conclusion to last year's cliffhanger.
THE COLLECTOR -- Johnny searches for a serial kidnapper and unwittingly delivers a previous victim.
DOUBLE VISION -- Johnny encounters a young woman with similar psychic abilities.
GRAINS OF SAND -- Johnny becomes a surrogate father while he searches for the people responsible for the death of an illegal immigrant.
STILL LIFE -- A missing person's case becomes a murder investigation involving an eccentric artist and his daughter.
THE LAST GOODBYE -- Johnny and Sarah go on a road trip in search of a dead rock star.
HEROES & DEMONS -- A young autistic boy leads Johnny through a murder mystery in order to save his father from death by lethal injection.

Season 3 will be out on DVD on June 7. You can pre-order it here.

There is also a lot of official items (stuff like crew jackets, cast & crew gifts, etc.) being sold on eBay this summer. Right now there is a Dead Zone crew jacket on auction. To find the stuff just need to go the eBay and "Search by Seller." for TREXPERT47.

Stephen King's Gotham Café has been invited to screen at the 2005 Northeastern Writers Conference held in Rhode Island July 14-17. The top horror writers historically attend this conference as a retreat with their peers. This years attendees include Peter Straub, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson and Douglas E. Winter.

Dark Forces: The 25th Anniversary Special with King's The Mist is almost sold out. So if you're interested in a copy of it, go here NOW!

King's Ransom Raffle

Posted: May 23, 2005, 00:00
King will appear at a reading in Vermont on June 24. No news on what he will read has been released yet.

King's Ransom' tickets on sale now

May 21, 2005

MANCHESTER. Maple Street School's tickets for its "King's Ransom Raffle" are now on sale.

Prizes to be raffled off include a two-night stay at the Auberge du Vieux-Port in Old Montreal, drop earrings donated by jeweler Phillip Burnham, a kayak, and local gift certificates.

Tickets are $10 apiece or three tickets for $25 with proceeds benefiting the Maple Street School's Scholarship Fund, and are on sale June 4 and June 5 at Shaw's, and on Friday afternoons at Factory Point Bank in Equinox Square, or at the school.

The winner will be chosen June 24 at the School's Scholarship Fund event, "An Evening with Stephen King." The event will offer a reading and cocktails in Hunter Hall with the author.

For more information or for tickets, call 362-7137.

Thanks to Rocky Wood.

Bev Vincent is selling a signed Song of Susannah poster that you don't want to miss out on if you have an extra $ to spare. Check it out here. It ends on Wednesday.

Dark Tower covers

Posted: May 17, 2005, 00:00
To the right is the cover for the UK paperback edition of The Dark Tower 7. It's being released on November 7 and you can pre-order your copy here.

Hodder & Stoughton will also release new paperback editions of the first four books at that time and the covers for those is the ones bellow.

Quicksilver Highway DVD review

Posted: May 16, 2005, 00:00
Tomorrow Anchor Bay Entertainment releases Quicksilver Highway on DVD and you can see my thoughts about it in my review. You can order your copy here.

Brian Freeman, author of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book has founded his own publishing company, Lonely Road Books, and one of their fist books will be a limited edition of Dark Forces that King's story The Mist. You can find more info here.

Lighthouse IV and V information

Posted: May 15, 2005, 00:00
Here is some info about the Lighthouse special King editions:

Lighthouse IV - Stephen King Special Edition I
The Lighthouse IV paperbacks have arrived. We start shipping next week. Note: There are only 10 paperbacks, and 10 hardbacks left. Be sure to place your order if you want a copy as these are not going to last long.

Lighthouse V - Stephen King Special Edition II

Lighthouse V goes to press in July/August 2005. Pre-orders can be placed in our store. If you've ordered Lighthouse IV, we will match the numbers.

More info here.

Bag of Bones cover and Trivia review

Posted: May 12, 2005, 00:00
Here is the cover for the re-release of Bag of Bones on audio. It's the same edition as the previous one but if you haven't heard King reading the book you should definitely get this one.

My review of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book is now online.

The Night Country review

Posted: May 10, 2005, 00:00
Today I have a new review for my Almost King in the review section. This time it's The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan who King co-authored Faithful with.

A second Dollar Baby festival will be held in October, read more here.

Now you can buy J.R.Flynn's The Gunslinger inspired CD online.

The Colorado Kid cover and description

Posted: May 9, 2005, 00:00
Here is the cover of the audio edition of The Colorado Kid as well as a description of the story:

Stephanie McCann is a journalism student at the University of Ohio. Her summer internship brings her to Moose-Lookit Island, Maine, where she tags along after Vince Teague and David Bowie-two salty newsmen who've been running The Weekly Islander together for forty years.

Over those decades, the old guys have seen it all. With Stephanie's help, they review a cold case involving "The Colorado Kid "-an anonymous tourist visiting the island who turned up dead in the spring of 1980.

The Colorado Kid is classic King. He deftly weaves a charming and funny New England yarn featuring good old-fashioned Island storytelling.

You can pre-order you copy of the book here or the audio edition here.

Here is another article about King's speech at UMO. On the official site it's posted that they will be posting the text of King's speech in the next couple of days.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Here is a review of The Hot Kid By Elmore Leonard written by King.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Yesterday King spoke at the UMO

Posted: May 8, 2005, 00:00
Yesterday King spoke at the UMO and while delivering the commencement speech at his alma mater he told University of Maine graduates to be voracious readers, donate a tenth of their earnings to worthy causes and carve out their careers in Maine more...

Here is a first look at the poster for Stephen King's Gotham Cafe painted by artist Steve Wedemeyer.

Mixed news and Mangler Reborn images

Posted: May 4, 2005, 00:00
Really Scary has the following report from Mick Garris:

"We just completed our first week of shooting on Masters of Horror with John Landis directing in Vancouver, so it is a hectic time," said Garris. "I'm doing looping and visual FX and color timing and sound mixing in LA on Desperation, shooting MOH in Vancouver, so I spend a lot of time in little rooms and on airplanes...Hope all is well in the Really Scary world."

Entertainment Weekly has put some of King's columns online. Check them out here.

Transgression is out. Order your copy here. It also seems like won't get any copies of the limited edition. Mail has been sent out to people that ordered saying that they won't get a copy...

Here are two now images from Mangler Reborn. Personally I think they look pretty cool.

Walpuski's Typewriter and PalaverCon

Posted: April 29, 2005, 00:00

I have added a new section under the review section in which I review stuff by people that has in some way been involved with King. First out is the excellent book Walpuski's Typewriter by Frank Darabont. The book will be out next month an d you can pre-order you copy here.

PalaverCon 2005, a Dark Tower convention with guests Michael Whelan (artist of The Gunslinger and The Dark Tower), Phil Hale (artist of The Drawing of the Three), Darrel Anderson (artist of Song of Susannah), Rick Berry (artist for The Talisman and Black House), Robert Wiener (President of Donald M. Grant Publisher) and more, will be held July 22-24 in Durham, New Hampshire. Events include games, an art show, an auction, panels, movies, parties and a dealers room to spend all your cash. Registration is limited to 150 attandees and can be done so through

Lisey's Story to me 5 or 600 pages long

Posted: April 27, 2005, 23:22
Here is a comment from the moderator of the message board on King's official site about the length of the upcoming book Lisey’s Story:

The working title at this time is Lisey’s Story and isn’t expected to change. It will probably be approximately in the 5 or 600 page length when it’s typeset.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Eyes of the Dragon dead

Posted: April 26, 2005, 23:05
According to the moderator of King's message board, the option for the animated version of The Eyes of the Dragon has lapsed.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

King co-wrote The Night Flier 2

Posted: April 26, 2005, 00:00
In this Friday's issue (April 29) of Entertainment Weekly you will find King's latest column Prime Downloads. You can also read it online.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

King has apparently co-written the script for The Night Flier 2.

Producer Richard P. Rubinstein, best-known for his collaborations with George Romero on MARTIN, DAWN OF THE DEAD and others, gave Fango the scoop on his upcoming genre projects.

Rubinstein is also still involved in a follow-up to the 1997 Stephen King adaptation THE NIGHT FLIER. "Mark Pavia, director of the original, came to me with a screenplay for the sequel," the producer reports. "I don't usually like sequels, but I thought the script was good and gave it to Stephen to see what he thought." Not only did King enjoy the screenplay, he decided to get directly involved. "I thought the script would sit on his shelf for a while," Rubinstein says, "but suddenly, Steve came to me with a corrected and rewritten screenplay by himself. When I told Mark, I thought he was going to have a heart attack. There were some things he would miss from his original version, but now he had an improved one co-written by Stephen King himself!"

La Femme dans la chambre

Posted: April 24, 2005, 00:00
Here is a sneak peek at the new artwork for Stephen King's Gotham Café painted by Steve Wedemeyer. The finished artwork will be revealed by the end of this month.

The Dollar Baby La Femme dans la chambre is now available for download over at Stephen King Short Movies. They have also created subtitles in English and French. So far the subtitles isn't in the movie but they tell me it will in a few days.

Thanks to Stephen King Short Movies.

Cover for The Colorado Kid and Dollar Baby news

Posted: April 23, 2005, 00:00

Here is a cover for The Colorado Kid that is used by sales force to carry around when they visit bookstores to solicit orders for forthcoming titles. This one sold on eBay for $23.00.

Here is a whole bunch of Dollar Baby news:

Gail Morris sent me this link to a trailer for Stephen King's Gotham Cafe.

The new version of Sorry Right Number is going to be premiering at Loews Theater at 34th St. and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. More info to come...

The Road Virus Heads North won the first round of regional judging (Region II) in the Narrative category for the Student Academy Awards! It's supposed to screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30pm, and will then be sent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles for further judging!

The Library Policeman as a Dollar Baby

Posted: April 20, 2005, 00:00
Here's an essay by King about HP Lovecraft from the LA Times.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

As reported earlier Dave Brock (who did The Road Virus Head North) is turning The Library Policeman into a Dollar Baby. Dave and his sister Rebecca is currently working on the second draft of the script which is going to be extremely faithful to the original novella and if all goes well it may even be a feature-length film. Hopefully production starts in 2006.

Tom Gordon being filmed in Boston

Posted: April 19, 2005, 23:26
The Boston Herald reports that director George Romero's big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon will film in Boston for a few days this summer before moving on to Maine.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson.

King revisited Blaze

Posted: April 19, 2005, 00:00
Now you can pre-order season 3 of The Dead Zone on DVD.

Fun Fact for today:

On King's message board someone asked if the book Blaze was ever published. The boards moderator then answered that King tried going back to work on Blaze again a few years ago (it hasn't been completely written), but it still wasn't working for him. That is quite interesting, don't you think?

French Woman in the Room and more

Posted: April 18, 2005, 00:00
Yet another Dollar Baby was revealed today. It's a French version of Woman in the Room with the title La Femme dans la chambre. You can visit the official site here:

Thanks to Stephen King Short Movies.

King playing rhythm guitar with John Mellencamp this Sunday night at Freedom Hall. King was on stage playing the song Pink Houses. Read more here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Peter Straub did it, and now King writes his thoughts about HP Lovecraft in H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life, by Michel Houellebecq, translated by Dorna Khazeni. Published by McSweeney's. Order your copy here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Here is the covers for both the hardback (new cover) and audio editions of Transgressions that's being released on May 1. You can order your copies here: Hardback or Audio, the place to go if your buying signed King items, is now back up and running after a 3 week break, check them out.

Nightmares scripts by...

Posted: April 17, 2005, 11:20
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories by Stephen King will contain eight one-hour episodes. The scripts will be written by Richard Christian Matheson, Mike Robe, April Smith, Larry Cohen (Return to Salem's Lot), Peter Filardi ('Salem's Lot 2004), Alan Sharp, Kim LeMasters and Mick Garris.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Dollar Baby and Riding the Bullet DVD news

Posted: April 17, 2005, 00:00
Info about a new Dollar Baby has just been released. This time it's a re-make of King's Sorry, Right Number. It's done by Brian Berkowitz who also did The Secret Transit Codes of America's Highways, also a Dollar Baby. Read more at

Thanks to Stephen King Short Movies.

I just got an e-mail from Mick Garris in which he told me what extra material there is on the Riding the Bullet DVD.

There is a commentary track by myself, and another with cast and crew. There are 7 mini-documentaries, a look at Bernie Wrightson's artwork, a trailer, and a storyboard comparison. It is enhanced for 16:9, and there are multiple language tracks.

You can order you copy here.

Official word on Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Posted: April 13, 2005, 11:19
On Tuesday TNT made it official that they will make the limited series Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories by Stephen King. The series is set to premiere on TNT in summer 2006.

Mick Garris told the people at World Horror that he's inserted a scene in Home Delivery where George W. Bush gets attacked by a zombie!

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Lighthouse V

Posted: April 13, 2005, 00:00
Lighthouse Media One are currently working on LIGHTHOUSE V, their second Stephen King Special Edition which is scheduled to go to press in July/August 2005.

They are seeking non-fiction articles/essays, concerning any aspect of the legend that is Stephen King, be it the books, the short stories, or the movies, for inclusion in the book.

Lighthouse V will be issued as:
A HARDBACK - 119 copies to pre-order.
PAPERBACK - 500 copies to pre-order.

More details can be found at

The Ghosts of Darkland County

Posted: April 11, 2005, 14:45
Here is more info about King and Mellencamp's collaboration, The Ghosts of Darkland County.

Once his mostly-Midwestern tour is done in mid-April, Mellencamp will be making a trip to a different center stage. For the past several years, he’s been collaborating with horror author Stephen King on a stage musical, “The Ghosts of Darkland County.”

Mellencamp has 17 songs

written for the show. King has a 110-page script penned.

Combine, he said, it should come out to be about a 5 1/2-hour show.

“No matter how damn entertaining you think Steve is or I am, that’s long,” he said with a laugh, realizing second and third drafts and edits are in order. “Steve and I are making this up as we go along. Neither of us have done anything like this before.”

Mellencamp’s written songs styles for the musical in styles ranging from jazz to blues to bluegrass to country to zydeco, many of which he thinks are out of character for him.

“I’m able to write songs that wouldn’t be expected of me if I put it on one of my records,” he said. “In a musical, it’s a whole different base, different situation. They aren’t rock songs, they aren’t pop songs.”

Thanks to Rocky Wood.

WKIT merch, King in a new movie and Dutch news

Posted: April 11, 2005, 00:00
New WKIT (King's radio station) merchandise is now available. Now you can get a t-shirt, mouse pad, Coffey mug or a bag through his radio station. The new merchandise features the artwork of Maine artist Glenn Chadbourne (a regular contributor to Cemetery Dance magazine and artist for The Stephen King Trivia Book, with much more to come!). You can order here.

King will appear as himself in a movie called Fever Pitch. The movie stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.

Good news for all Dutch King fans. The Stephen King Fan club in Netherlands is presenting a Fan club-day on Saturday April 16th. That event will also mark the world premier for The Road Virus Heads North.

Thanks to Chrissy.

Sneak peek at Desperation

Posted: April 10, 2005, 23:07
Really Scary has a report from the exclusive sneak peek at the first 15 minutes of Desperation that was shown at the World Horror Con in NYC. And judging from their description of the 15 minutes it seams to be very true to the book.