The Dark Tower press release and schedule

Posted: February 14, 2003, 00:00
Finally the release schedule for the last 2 Dark Tower books has been released (both the hardback, trade paperbacks and the paperbacks) as well as the release schedule for Viking's re-release of the first four volumes.

Press release:

For Immediate Release


Unique Multi-Publisher Venture Will Complete 7-Book Series, Written Over More Than 30 Years; Three Publishers will Coordinate Efforts

New York, NY. International best-selling writer Stephen King has finished the last three volumes of his Dark Tower series and will publish the first on November 4, 2003 with Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc., a small press in New Hampshire which has published the prior four Dark Tower books, and with Scribner, the publisher of his recent novels, it was announced today by Robert K. Wiener, President of Donald M.Grant and by Susan Moldow, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Scribner. Prior to the publication of the new volume there will be a special promotion of the Dark Tower backlist, in hardcover as well as paperback editions, from Penguin Group (USA) publishers, Viking, Plume Books and New American Library.

The unusual arrangement was co-brokered by King's long-time manager Arthur Greene and editor, Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff, Verrill, Feldman, a literary agency. This is the first time, according to Greene, that three unaffiliated publishers have come together to publish a series of books, by one author in one territory.

The launch of the final three volumes will commence with a massive promotion in June of Volumes I-IV of the series in Viking hardcover and Plume trade paperback: The Gunslinger, (first published in 1982), The Drawing of the Three, (1987), The Waste Lands, (1991) and Wizard and Glass, (1997). King has written a new introduction to the series that will be included in the new hardcover, and redesigned trade paperback editions of all four books, including the first publication of a newly revised and expanded edition of The Gunslinger, a tale King began writing in 1970, five years before the publication of his first novel, Carrie.

The New American Library mass-market editions will follow monthly from July through October. In November, Donald M. Grant with Scribner will publish Wolves of the Calla, the fifth volume in the series, in a high-quality, illustrated edition for the general trade, retailing at $35. The arrangement will continue for the publication of the remaining books. Song of Susannah, Volume VI, will follow in summer 2004 and The Dark Tower, the seventh and final novel in the series, will be published in November 2004. Illustrated trade paperback editions will follow each hardcover at roughly six-month intervals. Mass-market editions from Pocket Books will follow eventually. Wolves of the Calla will be illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, Song of Susannah by Darrel Anderson, and The Dark Tower by Michael Whelan, who illustrated the original Grant edition of The Gunslinger.

Commenting on the series, King said, "I started writing the Dark Tower when I was still in college. It's been a major part of my life and my writing career. I wanted to finish it both for the readers, who have been so devoted, and for myself. In the upcoming books you'll meet new characters and you'll see familiar faces like Ted Brautigan from Hearts in Atlantis, Father Callahan from Salem's Lot... even Dinky Earnshaw from Everything's Eventual. For me, it's like a finale and a reunion, all at once. I've put everything I've got into these three books, and I think it shows. I can say something about them I've only been able to say about a handful of my previous novels: They work, they're good, and I'm proud to have written them."

Said Clare Ferraro, President of Viking and Plume Books, "It's a great pleasure to join forces with him again to publish what certainly constituted the most ambitious work of his career. These new editions of the Dark Tower will be eagerly awaited by his fans and provide new readers with a chance to "begin at the beginning" of this epic work."

To complement the publication of the existing books in the series and the final three novels, Scribner will also publish a two-volume concordance, a reference for the series detailing character names, places and other cross-references in the books. The first will cover Volumes I-IV in the series and the second, will cover Volumes V-VII. Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume I, written by Robin Furth, will be published in June. Volume II, also by Furth, will be published in November 2004 in conjunction with the Scribner publication of the final book in the Tower series. King has written an introduction for the concordance.

"The Dark Tower is one of the most beloved series in modern publishing history," said Scribner's publisher Susan Moldow. "For fans who've been waiting for all these years to find out how it ends, the news that the three final volumes will be available within a year will be a cause for jubilation."

The Dark Tower novels have a unique history in publishing. Beginning with a short story published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, King has been working on what became his epic fantasy quest for thirty-two years. The Gunslinger appeared in hardcover only in a limited edition from Donald M. Grant in 1982. The Plume trade paperback edition published five years later became a #1 national bestseller. The pattern of a high-priced limited edition from Donald M. Grant, followed by a #1 trade paperback from Plume continued for the next three books at almost regular five year intervals. The summer promotion of Volumes I-IV from Viking and the fall publication of Wolves of the Calla will be the first time that any new hardcover of a Dark Tower book will be available to as wide an audience as demands it. And the fact that King has completed the last three books signals for the first time that someone who commences the series can be assured of reading it to the end.

Robert Wiener said "Prior to its publication Donald Grant himself declared The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger "The most important fantasy volume in the history of specialty publishing." Twenty-one years and four books later, this scheduled release of the remaining volumes is cause for even greater anticipation and excitement for King fans everywhere."

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. He has published over 40 books and is considered one of the world's most successful writers. He and his wife, Tabitha, are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored for their philanthropic activities.

Scribner is a division of Simon & Schuster, part of the entertainment operation of Viacom Inc., a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and multi-media formats. Its divisions include the Simon &Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster New Media, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at

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Donald M. Grant, Publisher has been producing fine specialty editions in the fantasy genre for over 55 years. Over that period the company has published substantially more than 125 quality titles (including eight by Stephen King), placing an emphasis on time-honored book design, an abundance of full color and black and white illustrations and quality-sewn binding. For more information visit our website at

February 13, 2003



BookBook TitleDonald M. Grant
Limited Edition Hardcover Pub Date
Trade Paperback Pub Date
Mass Market Pub Date
Book IThe Gunslinger19829/887/89
Book IIThe Drawing of the Three19873/891/90
Book IIIThe Waste Lands19911/921/93
Book IVWizard and Glass199711/9711/98


BookBook TitleIllustratorReissue

Pub Date
Book IThe GunslingerMichael Whelan6/03
Book IIThe Drawing of the ThreePhil Hale6/03
Book IIIThe Waste LandsNed Dameron6/03
Book IVWizard and GlassDave McKean6/03


BookBook TitleIllustratorScribner
Hardcover Pub Date
TradePaperback Pub Date
Mass Market Pub Date
Book VWolves of the CallaBernie Wrightson11/036/042006
Book VISong of SusannahDarrel Andersonsummer '041/05tbd
Book VIIThe Dark TowerMichael Whelan11/046/05tbd

Now you can also pre-order The Dark Tower V (the Simon & Schuster edition, which is supposed to be 736 pages long according to nd Robin Furth's Stephen King's The Dark Tower from and

It has also been reported that King won't tour with The Rock Bottom Remainders this spring.

Buick cover, Cameo, Road to the Dark Tower and shooting

Posted: February 2, 2003, 00:00
Here is the cover for Pocket Books paperback edition of From a Buick 8. It will be released in July.

Ridley Pearson reveals that he will have a cameo in The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer and the there might be another book about Rose Red.

Bev Vincent releases book about King's The Dark Tower series in 2004. The title is The Road to the Dark Tower.

Shooting of Secret Window, Secret Garden starts in July.

Bag of Bones out in 2004?

Posted: February 1, 2003, 22:43
Rosandra at Needful Things reports that Bag of Bones -- to be directed by Peter Care with a screenplay by David Veloz --is currently in pre-production and is tentatively scheduled for a 2004 theatrical release.

Ramones cover and more

Posted: February 1, 2003, 00:00
Here is the cover of the Ramones tribute album that King has written liner notes for.

Bag of Bones scheduled for a 2004 theatrical release? It might be possible.

A review of the script of Secret Window, Secret Garden can now be found online, Michael Piller will attend a chat on the official Dead Zone site and here are The Rock Bottom Remainders tour dates for 2003:

Seattle: April 23, 2003 (probably at the Experience Museum)
San Francisco: April 24, 2003 (Great American Music Hall)
Los Angeles: April 25, 2003; Actor/writer Steve Martin will interview the Remainders at UCLA to kick off the book fair; this will be filmed for an upcoming documentary on the band.
Los Angeles: April 26, 2003 (LA Book Fair, afternoon, outside on UCLA campus, free concert!)


Posted: January 30, 2003, 00:00
Some images from Dreamcatcher and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer is now available online. The official Dead Zone site also let's you poke in Johnny's brain...

Remake of 'Salem's Lot and more

Posted: January 28, 2003, 00:00
A new miniseries version of 'Salem's Lot will start shooting in Australia in April this year.

You can now check out a bigger cast list for The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer and it has also been confirmed what roll Johnny Depp will play in Secret Window, Secret Garden.

What happened to The Talisman?

Posted: January 27, 2003, 23:08
Film Force recently did an interview with Mick Garris and there he got a question about what happened to The Talisman miniseries. Here is his answer:

GARRIS: Talisman is an interesting thing. I had written the script for the four-hour mini-series – this is something Spielberg was going to do as a feature for a long time. It had been decided, "Let's do it as a mini-series," everybody was excited. Kennedy/Marshall were producing, Spielberg was involved tangentially at DreamWorks – and I wrote the script and I really enjoyed doing it. I put a lot of heart and soul into that. It was, again, a very personal one. I was really happy with the script, and the studio really was happy with the script. Kennedy/Marshall thought it was terrific, Spielberg had given it his blessing – ABC read it, "We love this." And then I didn't hear from them for weeks. "What's going on? We've got to set our dates and do all this." Finally, I got a call from Kathleen Kennedy saying the network said they can't afford it. Spielberg had only given his blessing for one network. Both NBC and CBS have told me they would go with it tomorrow. But Spielberg got excited about it again, and was considering doing it as a feature. So maybe working with some of the people he's working with now, to rewrite it as a feature. I don't think anything has happened since then. There is the possibility that it will come back as a mini-series or as a feature. Who knows?

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales

Posted: January 27, 2003, 00:00
Here is the cover of McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales that will contain King's story The Tale of Gray Dick.

It has been reported that Johnny Deep will star in Secret Window, Secret Garden and Mick Garris talks about The Talisman in a recent interview. There is now an article about the FX in Dreamcatcher.

Ridley Pearson has updated the diary of the filming of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.

The Things They Left Behind

Posted: January 23, 2003, 00:00
Now it's official. The title of King's story in Ed McBain's anthology is The Things They Left Behind. The story is NOT connected to The Dark Tower, The Things They Left Behind is something entirely new!

Anthology edited by McBain, Dreamcatcher and Diary casting

Posted: January 20, 2003, 00:00
Kev reports that Ed McBain will edit a new anthology, which will contain a new King story.

Here is what he says about it in his newsletter:
...I [McBain] have to do a novella for an anthology I'm editing for Tor Books. My own contribution is titled MERELY HATE. I've done the research for it, now all I have to do is write 20,000 words. The other writers from whom I have commitments for original never-before-published novellas, are -- in alphabetical order -- Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King, Sharyn Mc Crumb, Walter Mosely, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, and Donald Westlake.

Bev Vincent talked to Ed himself and he told Bev that he has King's new novella in hand and that it is absolutely marvelous. He also said that he estimates the book will be out in 2004.

Dreamcatcher has been moved up to March 21, 2003 and the role of April Rimbauer The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer will be played by New York actress Courtney Taylor Burness.

The Dark Tower: A Concordance

Posted: January 14, 2003, 00:00
As most of you already know it's just about 8 month until part 5 of The Dark Tower is released. Today when I was looking for it on Simon & Schuster's site I found something else that caught my attention. It's a book called Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume I.

After some research I found out that this is a book done by King's research assistant, Robin Furth. The book is similar to Stephen Spignesi's encyclopedia but for The Dark Tower books. It will include lists of characters, places, maps, etc.

A second volume will be released around the same time as part 7.

The first volume will be released in June.

Pop-up book and Diary casting

Posted: January 9, 2003, 00:00
The Girl who loved Tom Gordon will be the first-ever pop-up book by King and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer begins production on Wednesday at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood. It's also clear that Kate Burton, Tsai Chin and Dierdre Quinn will star alongside Steven Brand and Lisa Brenner. South African actress Tsidii Leloka will be reprises her role as Sukeena, the maid.

Mick and Cynthia Garris are doing a signing (for The Shining DVD) at the also-wonderful Dark Delicacies book and movie store on Saturday, 18 January, at 2:00 p.m. The address is:

4213 West Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

The Shining DVD released in the US

Posted: January 7, 2003, 00:00
Today The Shining is released on DVD in the US. It has English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Bahasa, Thai and Korean subtitles, commentary by Stephen King, Steven Weber, Mick Garris, Cynthia Garris, Mark Carliner, Bill Corso, Boyd Shermis, Patrick McMahon and Shelly Johnson and additional/deleted scenes with optional director's commentary.

Get it here

Image from Dreamcatcher and more

Posted: January 5, 2003, 00:00
Here is an image from the movie version of Dreamcatcher.

In other news; Donald M. Grant reports that Rick Berry will be signing their 3,500 copy edition of The Talisman, that Rick Berry's original art for Black House is for sale and that they expect to have the final (proofed and copy edited) version of The Dark Tower V by the summer of 2003.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer casting

Posted: January 4, 2003, 00:00
Steven Brand (Scorpion King) and Lisa Brenner (The Patriot) have been cast in The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer as John and Ellen.

The Dead Zone titles

Posted: January 2, 2003, 00:00
With only 3 days left to the premier of the second season of The Dead Zone reviews are starting to pop-up. The first 5 episodes of season 2 are: Valley of the Shadow, Descent, Ascent, Misbegotten and The Outsider.

Desperation on ABC in 2004?

Posted: January 1, 2003, 23:30
In an interview with Lilja's Library Mick Garris says that he hopes Desperation will air on ABC in 2004. Yes, that is correct. Desperation will be a 3-hour movie for TV. It will air on ABC.

New layout and interview with Garris

Posted: January 1, 2003, 00:00
Today Lilja's Library premiered with its new layout. This means that we start January's festivities. Today that means an interview with no other then Mick Garris the man who did The Stand and The Shining and is currently working on Riding the Bullet and Desperation.

Garris on Desperation

Posted: December 22, 2002, 23:29
Mick Garris next movie is Riding the Bullet but after that it's Desperation's time. Here is a quote from Creature Corner:

After that project, Garris is said to be moving on to something I've wanted him to direct for a long time now, 'Desperation'. The King novel, in case you're unfamiliar, concerns a group of people that get stuck in a small Nevada town called Desperation and have to ban together to fight a manifestation of pure evil known as Tak. It's a great story, and the script was originally written by Stephen King himself (read my review of it here).

'Desperation' has been sitting over at New Line for countless years, but I guess it's been moved somewhere else since the movie that Garris will direct is set to be a 4-6 hour miniseries (on ABC, I'm sure). That also means the script I read many moons ago will probably not be used, but here's hoping we get something of the same quality.

No more Plant?

Posted: December 2, 2002, 15:53
It's now very unclear if King will finish The Plant since he has said he might not publish any more non Dark Tower books.

New short story

Posted: November 25, 2002, 00:00
McSweeney's magazine> is going to have a story by King in its 10th issue. It hasn't been confirmed whether this is something new or not though but I hope for something new. In an interview for Washington Post Glen David Gold said the following:

"For people who are waiting for another piece of work, I've got a story in the upcoming McSweeney's. Michael Chabon is editing an all genre issue. So I thought I'd write a ghost story, then Michael said that was great, and here's a list of other people contributing and it was "Stephen King -- Ghost Story." I wrote a serial killer elephant story."

As far as I have found out the issue of McSweeny's contains "all original material". In other words, everything indicates that King's story will be a new story, or rather a new ghost tale. No title yet though... More news to come so stay tuned!

The issue should be out for subscribers in January and in some bookstores in February. Other authors futured are; Nick Hornby, Michael Crichton, Neil Gaiman, Elmore Leonard, Harlan Ellison, Dan Chaon, Dave Eggers, Sherman Alexie,
Aimee Bender, Rick Moody, Jim Shepard, and others

Helmer Peter Care to directing Bag of Bones

Posted: October 28, 2002, 22:41
Coming soon reported the following today about the movie version of Bag of Bones:

Helmer Peter Care (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) will develop and direct MGM's Bag of Bones based on the 1998 Stephen King novel, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The deal -- closed pending approval from King -- will see Care directing the project, from the David Velos-adapted screenplay, centering on young novelist Mike Noonan, who is helped by the spirit of his dead wife from beyond the grave. Together, they excise the spirit of a murder victim, who has killed several children and now has her eyes on an innocent 3-year-old.

Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin's Cheyenne Enterprises is producing, and Care's wife, Lorraine, is co-producing.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Will The Talisman see the light?

Posted: October 22, 2002, 23:07
Dark Horizons reports that there may be a chance that The Talisman will se it's way to the silver screen after all. Here is what they say:

Skeleton Key & The Talisman: Variety reports that "The Ring" screenwriter Ehren Krueger has signed a two-picture deal with Universal including his New Orleans gothic thriller spec script "Skeleton Key" which Iain Softley ("K-Pax") is being sought after to direct. The other is an adaptation of Stephen King's "The Talisman" for Spielberg and Kennedy-Marshall.

Thanks to Jake Cox.

Susan Moldow comments on King's retirement

Posted: September 28, 2002, 00:00
In an article about King's retirement Susan Moldow, his publisher at Scribner, who is skeptical about King actually retiring commented the retirement with the following statement:

"That rumor is older than Methusaleh, and yet he keeps writing and publishing," she said in a phone interview Monday. "I've heard him describe a novel that I know he wants to write, that isn't a part of the 'Dark Tower' series and that doesn't seem to duplicate anything he's done before. And since he's described it to me, it would be harsh and cruel for him to withhold it from me."

Time for Children of the Corn 8

Posted: September 13, 2002, 20:30
Apparently there is a 7th sequel to Children of the Corn on the way. Miramax/Buena Vista is now planning to release Children of the Corn 8. No release date has been set and the movie is still in development.

Thanks to Anders and Dark Horizons.

Still hope for The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Posted: September 2, 2002, 23:17
There is still hope for The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon as a movie. Darkworlds talked with George A. Romero at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors and here is what he had to say:

Darkworlds caught up with legendary horror director George Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE DARK HALF, BRUISER) at the 2002 Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in LA. During a lengthy interview (video of which will soon be available on Darkworlds), talk turned to Romero’s upcoming collaboration with best-selling horror scribe Stephen King, as well as Romero’s experiences working with King in the past. (Interview for conducted by Greg Stacy.)

DW: What can you tell us about THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON? Is it a horror film?

Romero: Well, it’s got some scary elements in it. It’s about a little girl that gets lost in the woods. It’s (based on King’s) novel, it was a best-seller 2 or 3 years ago. Tom Gordon was at the time (of the story) a real pitcher, he was a guy they brought in to save the games for the Red Sox, and Steve’s really an avid Red Sox fan. So, Tom is this girl’s hero.

DW: How did you get involved with the project?

Romero: I just loved the book. I called Stephen, and he said cool.

DW: THE DARK HALF was (one of the best) Stephen King adaptations. How closely did you work with King on that?

Romero: Steve doesn’t sit over your shoulder. He lets you run with it. So, it was great. He had approval in the end… I guess he dug it, because he didn’t change a thing. He just let it wail. I love doing (King adaptations). I think (THE DARK HALF) is a pretty good adaptation, myself!

Thanks to Anders.

Lilja on the radio

Posted: August 28, 2002, 00:00
Meridian Writing (on BBC radio) airs a special King-program this week. Joining Harriett Gilbert to answer why King's books are so loved are the writers Neil Gaiman and Muriel Gray, and a fan from Sweden who runs his own Stephen King website. Yes, your right, the Swede is I, Lilja.

Paranoid is leaving the Internet

Posted: August 22, 2002, 00:00

Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2002) - The official limited release of Paranoid, the first Stephen King "Dollar-Baby" to receive permission to be released on the Internet, is about to come to an end. This marks the final week in which Paranoid will be able to be downloaded or viewed online.

The 8-minute adaptation has received rave reviews during it's limited, eight month engagement across the World Wide Web.

Paranoid made its World Wide Web debut January 25th on (a privately held company based in Hollywood, CA) and quickly gained popularity, amassing more than 21,000 views in its first week and climbing to the #7 slot for most popular short film on the entertainment network's vast website of more than 80,000 films. To date Paranoid has racked up more than 35,000 views from and more than 6,000 downloads of the official "hi-rez" version from

Adakin Productions' most recent project The Night Before, is currently in post-production. A trailer of the film is now available online at

Stephen King's self-dubbed "Dollar-Deal" is a policy the writer established early in his career to grant young filmmaker's the permission to make a movie out of any of his short stories as long as the resulting film will not be exhibited commercially without his approval. For this one-time right, King asks only for a copy of the finished film and the grand total of one dollar. The most famous "Dollar-Baby" (as King dubs the finished products and the filmmakers who create them) is Frank Darabont's adaptation of The Woman in the Room (released in the early 1980s on Interglobal Home Video). Darabont later went on to adapt the multi-Academy Award nominated films The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

For more information on Paranoid, visit

King signing

Posted: August 19, 2002, 00:00
King will be appearing at The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York on Wednesday Sep. 25th. Tickets go on sale on the 20th, and are $20 each. He will be signing copies of From a Buick 8.

New DVDs details

Posted: August 11, 2002, 00:00
Cat's Eye release 10/1/02 English, French and Spanish subtitles, commentary by Lewis Teague, trailer

It release 10/1/02 English, French and Spanish subtitles, commentary by Tommy Lee Wallace,
Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Tim Reid and Dennis Christopher

The Shining release 1/7/03 English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Bahasa, Thai and Korean subtitles, commentary by Stephen King, Steven Weber, Mick Garris, Cynthia Garris, Mark Carliner, Bill Corso, Boyd Shermis, Patrick McMahon and Shelly Johnson and additional/deleted scenes with optional director's commentary.

Night Flier 2

Posted: August 8, 2002, 00:00
Fangoria reports that there are plans for The Night Flier 2.

"There's talk of NIGHT FLIER 2," Pavia reveals. "I would write and direct again, with [original author] Stephen King giving his blessing on the story. Miguel Ferrer's Richard Dees character won't be in it, though I did toy with the idea of bringing Dees back as a TERMINATOR-style servant to [lead vampire] Dwight Renfield. Renfield and Katherine Blair [played by Julie Entwisle, now Pavia's wife, in the original film] will be returning."

Tour dates

Posted: July 31, 2002, 00:00
The Rock Bottom Remainders has five tour dates scheduled.

November 22, 2002 - Scotty's Landing, Coconut Grove, FL
November 23, 2002 - Bayside Marketplace, Miami, FL
April 22, 2003 - Seattle, WA
April 24, 2003 - San Francisco, CA
April 25, 2003 - Los Angeles, CA (part of LA Book Festival)

Bag of Bones on King's official site

Posted: July 27, 2002, 22:40
Bag of Bones has now been listed on King's official site. Here is what they say:

Bag of Bones
Major Motion Picture Release
Film rights for Bag of Bones have been optioned. MGM will be distributing this as a theater release. Bruce Willis is the Producer.

John Mellencamp interview

Posted: July 15, 2002, 11:27
John Mellencamp recently did an interview and in the introduction the following can be read:

Mellencamp, who co-founded the Farm Aid benefit concerts with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in 1985, is now working on a project with best-selling author Stephen King. King is writing the book, Mellencamp the music for a theatre presentation about an American family.

This isn't 100% correct though. King is NOT writing a book, only the play. There aren't any plans for a book.

Here are the two questions that concerns King:

Q: Peaceful World took on a new resonance for listeners, obviously, after Sept. 11. Have the events affected your writing since then?

Mellencamp: I haven't written since then, except for a few small smatterings for a musical I'm working on with Steve King. As you may or may not know, Peaceful World was written a few years before Sept. 11. I think all songs that are not just pop throwaways would take on a new meaning after such a tragedy.

Q: What's it like collaborating with Stephen King? Can you tell us any more about the project? And I hear King has his own rock band -- you ever give him any lessons?

Mellencamp: Steve is an honest gentleman, a person of integrity, and has written a beautiful story. Hopefully, we can complete this project before this time next year. But he is busy and so am I. And as far as his rock band goes, well -- I tuned his guitar once and Steve certainly looks cool.