NEWS -

Mr Mercedes To Premier This Year

Posted: March 15, 2017, 00:01
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Today I got confirmation that the premier of the Mr Mercedes TV series now is planned for the fall of this year instead of in 2018.

Here is the cast:
Brendan Gleeson - Detective Bill Hodges
Harry Treadaway - Brady Hartsfield
Justine Lupe - Holly Gibney
Jharrel Jerome - Jerome Robinson
Scott Lawrence - Detective Peter Dixon
Robert Stanton - as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher
Ann Cusack - Olivia Trelawney
Mary-Louise Parker - Janey Patterson
Holland Taylor - Ida Silver
Kelly Lynch - Deborah Hartsfield
Breeda Wool - Lou Linklatter

Mick Garris Talks Stephen King & The Shining

Posted: March 14, 2017, 22:17
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Here is an interesting pod where Mick Garris talks King. Here are some of the things we find out in the pod...

- Garry Sinise turnd down playing Jack Torrance in The Shining miniseries.
- Garris wrote a 4 hour script for a miniseries of The Talisman.



Thanks to Justine Juje

Creepshow Re-Released On May 9

Posted: March 13, 2017, 15:12
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Here is the front and back cover for the re-release of Creepshow.

Creepshow
The graphic novel adaptation of the classic horror anthology film written by Stephen King, with art by Bernie Wrightson!

Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)—and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinsister stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—“Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You”…unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!

You can pre-order your copy here. Release date is May 9.


More IT & No Filming Of Part 2 In March

Posted: March 13, 2017, 11:00
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Director Andy Muschietti showed the teaser as well as a clip from the film this weekend and we have already gotten a description of the teaser. Here is a description of the scene that was shown (source: Daily Dead).

We were also shown about five minutes of another scene that introduces Ben Hanscom while the Losers' Club begins to explore the sewers below Derry, as they suspect that’s where Pennywise calls home. It was a great way to see the relationships between the kids explored, and I loved how naturally they all responded to each other.

Muschietti also revealed that he wanted to keep Bill Skarsgard (who play Pennywise) away from the kids as much as possible.

He was with them for the read-through, but then that was it, and all the kids were like, “It’s okay, he’s not going to scare us,” but that first day he got onto the stage, they fucking freaked out. I can’t even describe how scary he looked in person.

There has been rumors about the second movie would start shooting in March but when asked about that Muschietti had the following to say:

"It's just a complete misinterpretation of the facts. It's not happening now. We're in the midst of post production.”

So, there you have it.

- The teaser will be scary as Hell.
- Bill looks great as Pennywise
- The second movie won’t start film in March.


Thanks to Dimitris Tso and Lou Sytsma

IT on SXSW 2017 Today

Posted: March 11, 2017, 20:04
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If you visit SXSW 2017 today don't forget to stop by Andy Muschietti & David Sandberg when they talk about their upcoming movies IT and Annabelle 2.

Join Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”) and David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) as they discuss their upcoming New Line Cinema horror features: “IT,” based on the seminal Stephen King novel, and “Annabelle 2,” the newest offering from “The Conjuring” universe. These breakout directors will share never-before-seen footage from these films, due in theaters later this year, and share their inspirations and influences. Moderated by Rotten Tomatoes senior editor Grae Drake.

Pre-Order The Making of Cujo

Posted: March 9, 2017, 08:43
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Now you can pre-order . You can get it in hardback ($39.95) or paperback ($29.95).

Place your order here.

“It’s Not A Monster…It’s Just A Doggy…”

Based on the bestselling novel by prolific author Stephen King, Lewis Teague’s masterfully conceived, created and performed film adaptation of Cujo hit theatres in 1983 – a year that became a benchmark for King adaptations with both The Dead Zone and Christine also terrifying audiences around the same time.

Cujo would impress critics and fans alike, and would be regarded as one of the most successful of King’s stories brought to the screen during the eighties. The film would also showcase a phenomenal performance from star Dee Wallace, who throws herself into the rich and complicated part of alienated adulteress Donna Trenton, making it a true tour de force role for a woman. Along with Wallace’s poignant and dedicated control of the protagonist, this horror classic would feature some of the most thrilling and exhilarating animal action ever put to screen. Lead by dog trainer Karl Lewis Miller, the multiple St. Bernards used to portray the titular rabid canine would terrify hardened horror devotees with brilliantly orchestrated attack sequences during the film’s climactic siege sequence that would see Dee Wallace trapped inside a dead Ford Pinto with child actor Danny Pintauro along for the harrowing ride.

With it’s sophistication and deep subversive intelligence, Cujo is a biting critique on the breakdown of the American family, an electric take on the “woman in the storm” story trope, a personal and introspective ecologically themed horror film (a subgenre usually socially and politically motivated) and a perfectly realised example of the power of circumstance. It also thoroughly scrutinizes fear – both real and imagined – in a sharp and magnetic manner.

Lee Gambin’s book analyses the entire film scene by scene - and along with the academic input there is exhaustive coverage of the production. This is the ultimate in “making of” books, where no stone has been left unturned. From the film’s problematic early days with originally assigned director Peter Medak being fired, to detailed insight into screenwriter Barbara Turner’s take on the source material, to Lewis Teague being brought in to take over as director along with cinematographer Jan de Bont and beyond, this definitive tome features over thirty candid interviews with cast and crew such as stars Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly and Danny Pintauro, director Lewis Teague, composer Charles Bernstein, as well as stunt man Gary Morgan who played Cujo in many scenes (care of a St Bernard costume). There are many more additional voices who were on set represented in the book such as Danny Pintauro’s parents as well as some highly deserving and loving insight about the late great animal trainer Karl Lewis Miller, from his daughter Teresa Ann Miller.

With over 200 pictures (most of which have never been seen), this is the perfect tribute to a modern classic – a pure celebration of eighties horror, Stephen King, dogs in film, powerhouse performances from women and much more.

The bottom line here is this…everything you have ever wanted to know about Cujo is in this book!

Sleeping Beauties Over 700 Pages Long

Posted: March 6, 2017, 13:13
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Sleeping Beauties

By Stephen King and Owen King

Details UK Edition:
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781473665194
Publication date: 26 Sep 2017
Page count: 704
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Cover art is not the final cover
Pre-Order

Details US Edition:
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 150116340X
Publication date: 26 Sep 2017
Page count: 720
Imprint: Scribner
Pre-Order

A spectacular father/son collaboration like no other, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place...

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

Sleeping Beauties To Be Released Sep. 26 In The UK

Posted: March 6, 2017, 10:22
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Hodder & Stoughton will publish Stephen King and Owen King’s book Sleeping Beauties on September 26 this year. Here’s what the press release say:

Hodder & Stoughton are thrilled to announce that they will publish Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King on 26th September 2017. The novel is the first collaboration between the father and son. A simultaneous audio edition will be published by Hodder Audio.

The novel, which asks the question ‘What would happen if all the women abandoned the world?’ is a wonderfully provocative story of supernatural suspense. Editor Philippa Pride says: ‘We are thrilled that these two hugely talented writers – father and son – have come together to write such an exciting, powerful and original novel, rich with beautiful imagery and arresting characters. It is a wonderful achievement and publication will be a major event.’

Creepshow In The Walking Dead

Posted: March 5, 2017, 13:21
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Daily Dead reports that Creepshow will be doing a small cameo in The Walking Dead.

Greg Nicotero is no stranger to celebrating iconic horror movies on The Walking Dead through the many walkers that appear on the show, and to celebrate his upcoming 19th-directed episode of the AMC series, Nicotero unveiled a new photo that features an homage to 1982's Creepshow.

Nicotero shared the Creepshow-esque photo on his Instagram page, giving fans a sneak peek at a walker in a fairgrounds ticket booth that hearkens back to the poster for Creepshow, which featured a one-eyed corpse as a ticket-taker.

The Running Man That Almost Happened

Posted: March 4, 2017, 12:12
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Slasherfilm had a very interesting article about how The Running Man came about.

Before Paul Michael Glaser directed The Running Man, four other directors worked on the movie and here are info on the three alternate versions we almost saw.

“He had an interesting idea that the movie should be the actual broadcast, which would have had some narrative problems because how did [Ben Richards] get in trouble and stuff like that,” de Souza said. “He was making it very British. He said on an English crew, you have a tea lady who comes around with a cart of tea and biscuits. When the tea lady came through, the show stopped the crew stopped, the stalker stopped and the runners stopped and they all took a break, then started up again. It was kind of a Monty Python bridge too far. Before you could say, ‘What is the capital of Assyria?’ he was gone.”

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

Richard Chizmar talks Castle Rock With Brian Keene

Posted: March 3, 2017, 10:00
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Richard Chizmar joins Brian Keene's Horror Show Podcast.

Richard Chizmar sits down with Brian and Dave to spill all the behind-the-scenes details on returning to Castle Rock for his new collaboration with Stephen King, GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX, as well as discuss how their friendship and professional relationship has grown over the years.



Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King On IT Movie

Posted: March 3, 2017, 00:23
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The moderator of King's Message Board posted this message today:

Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of IT today and wanted to let everybody know that they should stop worrying about it as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production.

So, it looks like we got something good to look forward to. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo

Posted: March 2, 2017, 19:32
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Looks like we're going to learn more about how the movie version of Cujo was done.

For those who love the movie, author Lee Gambin is working on a book that follows the making of Cujo. Dubbed Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo, the author revealed the book artwork, which you can see below. No release date has yet been given, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground!

Source: Dread Central.

Still From IT

Posted: March 2, 2017, 13:55
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Here is one of the first stills we have from the IT movie showing Patrick Hockstetter, Henry Bowers, Belch Higgins, Ben Hanscom and Paul Bunyan statue.

Limited Art Portfolio of The Eyes of the Dragon

Posted: March 2, 2017, 13:30
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Suntup Editions will release a signed limited edition art portfolio of The Eyes of the Dragon featuring twenty-four illustrations by artist David Palladini.

The portfolio is published in two editions, both of which are signed by David Palladini: a numbered edition of three hundred copies, measuring 10” x 151⁄2” and a lettered edition of twenty-six copies, measuring 12”x 18”. Both editions include twenty-two black & white illustrations and two color illustrations. An afterword written exclusively for this edition by David Palladini is letterpress printed and included in both editions.

Publication is scheduled for Summer 2017 and will be available for pre-order in March. Numbered edition publication price: $295. Lettered edition publication price: $795.

For more info, head over to Suntup Editions website.

Update: Different Editions Of Gwendy’s Button Box

Posted: March 1, 2017, 00:34
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Here is an update on what editions you can get of Gwendy’s Button Box.

Cemetery Dance
- Trade Hardcover ($25)
- Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar ($25)
- Trade Hardcover with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)
- Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)
- eBook

Lonely Road Books
- Limited edition (350) signed by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
- Lettered Edition (52) signed by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
The Limited & Lettered Editions will have a 7 X 10 trim size with some additional artwork including a full-color gatefold painting of Castle Rock.

Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audio edition (probably)

Order Gwendy's Button Box from Cemetery Dance
Order Gwendy's Button Box from Amazon.com

Source: Brian Freeman on thedarktower.org message board.

The Stephen King Podcast Needs You!

Posted: February 28, 2017, 20:41
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As most of you know nothing in this world is free. Not even running a podcast. It costs money to host and run a podcast and because of that we would like to ask those of you out there that enjoy listening to us talk for about 90 minutes a couple of times a month to help out.

The last months we have had over 5,000 downloads of each episode and if even a fifth of all of those who downloaded the episodes donate $1 each we would have money to cover the costs for quite some time. And I mean what do you really get for $1? Why not spend it on something you enjoy?

But please note that if no one donate we'll still keep doing the pod. We will still keep talking for about 90 minutes a couple of times a month. However, if you DO donate we will mention you in our podcast as a supporter of the show. Unless you want to be anonymous, then that’s OK as well.

Thank you in advance for your support and if you want to help out, just click on the link and enter an amount.

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Here's How To Order Gwendy’s Button Box

Posted: February 28, 2017, 18:29
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Here are the ordering info you need to get Gwendy’s Button Box by King and Chizmar.

Trade Hardcover ($25)
Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar ($25)
Trade Hardcover with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)
Trade Hardcover signed by Richard Chizmar with Custom Slipcase ($49.95)

Gwendy’s Button Box: New Book By King & Chizmar

Posted: February 28, 2017, 18:21
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The book Stephen King and Richard Chizmar has written is called Gwendy’s Button Box and will be released by Cemetery Dance in May.

Here is a description of the plot. Something that exits me extra with this is the line: ”We ought to palaver, you and me“. We have heard that word Palaver before right…

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some very strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December.

Here is what King said about working with Richard:

“I had a story I couldn’t finish, and [Chizmar] showed me the way home with style and panache,” King said in a statement. “It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better.”

Rich added…

“Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story,” Chizmar says. “I added quite a bit and sent it back to him. He did a pass, then bounced it back to me for another pass. Then, we did the same thing all over again – one more draft each. Next thing you know, we had a full-length novella on our hands. We took a free hand in rewriting each other and adding new ideas and characters. The whole process took about a month.”

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Annette O’Toole Talks Stephen King’s IT

Posted: February 27, 2017, 22:27
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Here is an interview with Annette O’Toole who plays Bev in the IT miniseries.

I was just asked to do 11.22.63 out of the blue. I hadn’t read the book, but I got it right away, and then realized that my character is only a mention of a name in the book. So I didn’t really have anything to live up to for Mr. King this time, and just came up with who Edna was on my own. One of the producers told me on the set that I was an “Easter egg,” for the Stephen King fans. I thought that was hilarious and apt.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Ep 69 - Stephen King Story Pool, Water Cooler Chat

Posted: February 27, 2017, 13:27
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Welcome to the Stephen King Podcast Constant and New Listeners!

Join your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and writer/podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 69 of The Stephen King Podcast!

In this episode, Hans & Lou have a Stephen King Story Pool filled, water cooler conversation. Think of this live TV where neither of us knows ahead of time what the other is going to ask.

Plus the latest Stephen King News!

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.

Good or bad, we want it all!
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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:28 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:20 - News From The DeathRoom
4) 23:53 - Story Pool Water Cooler Chat
5) 1:11:28 - Podcast Signoff
6) 1:11:52 - Outro



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Stephen King To Appear In Sarasota

Posted: February 24, 2017, 23:43
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Bradenton Herald reports that King will do a book signing in Sarasota.

Stephen King will be at the shop starting at 2 p.m. March 15 to sign copies of his latest book, “End of Watch.”

There are some pretty strict rules about King’s book singing. You have to buy the book at Bookstore 1, and you can’t bring any other book or any piece of memorabilia for him to sign.

“End of Watch” is on sale now, and when you buy it at Bookstore 1, you’ll get a ticket to bring back on March 15. The ticket will reserve your place in line.


Thanks to Lou Sytsma

More Behind The Scene of Mr Mercedes

Posted: February 23, 2017, 08:37
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Here are two more behind the scenes photos from Mr Mercedes and while the second might be hard to place there should be no doubt what scene is being filmed in the first if you have read the book and also seen the photo I posted yesterday.


An Update On Castle Rock

Posted: February 21, 2017, 21:46
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The Hollywood Reporter has an update on Castle Rock for us.

What:

Castle Rock is a 10-episode drama from writers and exec producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan). It's described as an ongoing series, though sources tell THR that it's more of an anthology that will weave together characters and themes from King's novels featuring the mysterious Castle Rock location. Each season, sources say, will follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.

Logline:

Here's how Hulu describes the series: "A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Production team:

Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by King. Shaw and Thomason developed the project for television and executive produce alongside Abrams and Bad Robot Productions' Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Cast:

No castings have been announced yet.

When:

A premiere date/time period is unclear. Production will begin this year.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

This Is Castle Rock

Posted: February 21, 2017, 14:32
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How much do you know about King’s fictional town Castle Rock? Well, I did some research and found this that might be good to know with the upcoming King/Chizmar collaboration and the Hulu series.

Castle Rock is located 37 miles from Portland and 180 miles from Boston. The town’s population was 1,280 in 1959 and 1,500 in 1991. No more recent number has been found.


King wrote six books that takes place in the town. They are, in publication order: The Dead Zone (1979), Cujo (1981), The Dark Half (1989), Needful Things (1991), Bag of Bones (1998) and Lisey's Story (2006).

King has also written some short stories that takes place in Castle Rock. They are, in publication order: The Body (1982), It Grows On You (1982), Uncle Otto's Truck (1985), The Sun Dog (1990), The Man in the Black Suit (1997) and Premium Harmony (2015)

There has also been a lot of reference to Castle Rock in King’s works throughout the years. Here they are in publication order: Graveyard Shift (1978), One on One (1978), The Stand (1978), Creepshow (1982), Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982), Pet Sematary (1983), Gramma (1985), Mrs. Todd's Shortcut (1985), Nona (1985), The Mist (1985), It (1986), Gerald's Game (1992), The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999), Riding the Bullet (2000), Kingdom Hospital (2004), N. (2008), Under the Dome (2009), A Good Marriage (2010) and Dr. Sleep (2013).

There have also been numerous characters living in Castle Rock during the years and here are some that you should recognize. They may or may not show up in the new work but they will probably be referred to in some way…

George Bannerman
- The Dead Zone
- Cujo
- The Body
- Needuful Things
- The Dark Half

Frank Dodd
- The Dead Zone
- Needufl Things
- Cujo
- Uncle Otto's Truck
- IT

Thad Beaumont
- The Dark Half
- Bag of Bones
- Needful Things

Alan Pangborn
- The Dark Half
- The Sun Dog
- Needful Things
- Bag of Bones
- Gerald's Game

Norris Ridgewick
- The Dark Half
- Needful Things
- Bag of Bones
- Gerald's Game
- Lisey's Story

Andy Clutterbuck
- The Dark Half
- Needufl Things
- Lisey's Story
- It Grown on You
- Drunken Firework

Joe Camber
- Cujo

Donna Trenton
- Cujo
- Needful Things

Tad Trenton
- Cujo
Patricia "Polly" Chalmers
- Needful Things

Reginald "Pop" Merrill
- The Sun Dog
- Needful Things

Nettie Cobb
- Needufl Things

Chris Chambers
- The Body

Teddy Duchamp
- The Body

Vern Tessio
- The Body

Gordon Lachance
- The Body

John "Ace" Merrill
- The Body

Lisey Landon
- Lisey's Story

Scott Landon
- Lisey's Story