Mr Mercedes: TV Series Faithful to the Book?

Posted: January 10, 2017, 12:50
Are the details in the Mr Mercedes casting call an indication that the adaptation will be faithful to the book?

The Berkeley Independent reports that an extras casting call for Mr. Mercedes, the next Stephen King work to be adapted to the screen, has finally gone out. What is especially interesting about the call is how specific its requests are. In fact, the level of detail in the casting call may suggest a few things about the plot of the adaptation and how faithfully it will adhere to the Stephen King-penned hardboiled crime thriller it is based on.

Read the article here.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

Photos From The Set of The Mist

Posted: January 10, 2017, 00:49
Here is an article about filming The Mist TV series in Halifax. There are also some set photos.

“I think our special effects are really good, I think the story is very good, and I’d like to think it has legs. I’d love for it to go three or four or five seasons. Haven went six.”
- - Art director Terry Quennell

For more photos head over to the article.

Thanks to Lena Hardiman

Mr Mercedes Filming Soon

Posted: January 9, 2017, 12:29
Mr Mercedes is gearing up to start filming. We have confirmation from this casting call that they will be shooting in the Charleston area the week of February 21-24.

Tona B. Dahlquist Casting is looking for paid extras of "all ages ethnicities and types" for a 10-episode television series being shot in the Charleston area this month.

Casting directors are also looking for "a set of twins," Caucasian babies (preferably girls) 7-9 months of age.

Interested actors should be available for filming multiple days and nights the week of February 21-24.

They're also looking for several real police officers, EMTs/ paramedics and firemen as well as anyone who owns a vehicle made between 1990 and 2011.

Interested parties can visit the Casting Facebook page for more information as well as updated casting needs.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Thanks For 2016 & Happy 2017!

Posted: December 31, 2016, 18:00
2016 is almost over and I want to take this chance to wish you all a great 2017 and also thank you for all your support during 2016. We have a lot to look forward to in 2017 and I’m convinced it will be a great year to be a King fan. I’m especially looking forward to Steve and Owen’s collaboration “Sleeping Beauties”. What are you looking forward to in 2017?

/ Lilja

Matthew McConaughey Talks Dark Tower

Posted: December 31, 2016, 11:05
Here is an interview with Matthew McConaughey. Matthew talks about why he picked The Dark Tower over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and he says "We’ve done the first one" maybe implying they'll do more, perhaps they're talking film 2 now, who knows...
Thanks to Douglas Dowie

Ep 67: Stephen King in 2016 Retrospective

Posted: December 31, 2016, 00:05

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 67 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Our last podcast of 2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

2016 has come to an end - thankfully - and though it was a tough year on many fronts, it was a great King year. Hans & I look back on the past year in terms of Stephen King and pick our high and low points.

Spoiler - there were far more highlights!

Join us on our 2106 Stephen King Retrospective.

All that plus the latest Stephen King News!

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.
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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:28 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:34 - News From The DeathRoom
4) 27:05 - 2016: The Year In Review
5) 1:43:25 - Podcast Signoff
6) 1:47:50 - Outro

Intro Music - Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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Pennywise In Entertainment Weekly

Posted: December 27, 2016, 08:49
It's now confirmed that the latest photo of Pennywise is from Entertainment Weekly.

Director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) says this monster unsettles precisely because he doesn’t lurk in the shadows. “Pennywise shows up, he’s front and center, and he does his show. He has an act,” Muschietti says. “So it’s weird all the time, and every little thing implies a further threat.” Watch out for his punchlines. They’ll knock you dead.

Casting Call For Mr Mercedes

Posted: December 24, 2016, 01:02
Casting Call for Mr Mercedes. Infant Twins and Drivers with Cars older than 2009

Production Description

Casting the Audience Network 10-part TV series "Mr. Mercedes," starring Brendan Gleeson, and based on the novel by Stephen King. Project description: "Centers on a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Project will premiere in 2018 on Audience Network, a joint venture of AT&T and DirecTV."

Check it out here and here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma.

Ann-Margret Cast In Mr Mercedes

Posted: December 22, 2016, 22:51
Ann-Margret has been cast in Mr Mercedes and will play the next-door neighbor of Bill Hodges.

Ann-Margret will play will play Ida Silver, the next-door neighbor of Gleeson's Det. Bill Hodges. Ida doesn't miss much and is a real piece of work: prickly, outspoken, self-serving, intimidating and vulnerable.

Best known for film roles such as Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Tommy and Grumpy Old Men, Ann-Margret's TV credits include Ray Donovan, CSI and Law & Order: SVU, for which she won an Emmy. She is repped by ICM and AM Productions & Management.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Visit The Smallest Stephen King Museum

Posted: December 16, 2016, 14:45

If you haven’t already, check out Marv’s Museum here at Lilja’s Library. It’s the only (as far as I know) museum that specializes in Stephen King movie memorabilia. It might also be the world’s smallest museum. But on the upside it’s always open and it’s always free!

Today it only exists online but my goal is to one day be able to let you see all the items in person, somehow, somewhere but for now you’ll have to watch it online. But it’s still worth a stop. All the items have been features in a King movie.

So, come over and spend some time. Marv will show you all the goodies and I promise you’ll find them exciting!

Find out who drank his Coffey from this mug.

Behind The Mist

Posted: December 16, 2016, 09:26
Okezie Morro in the booth doing some ADR for The Mist.

Got a little peek of episode 1 & 2 and I'm just a teeny bit excited...Can't wait for you guys to see it!!

Fun Fact: The Stand

Posted: December 16, 2016, 08:43
Josh Boone revealed that James Franco was attached to play Larry Underwood in his filmversion of The Stand.

I was friendly with James because he was attached to play Larry Underwood in The Stand. He asked to read it, and said he wanted to make it.

What do you think? Good or Bad casting?

James Franco, Adam Storke and Larry from the comic.

Russell Crowe Cast In Revival

Posted: December 15, 2016, 23:21
I have reported earlier that casting was ongoing for Revial and now it’s clear that Russell Crowe has been cast as Rev Jacobs and that Josh Boone will direct his own script…right after he’s done with New Mutants.

I’ve had very, very different screenwriting experiences based on how the project comes together. For example, I have a good relationship with Stephen King, so when I wanted to adapt his novel Revival I really just went and asked him. I was able to write it in a very pleasant bubble and we attached Russell Crowe. I plan to make that right after New Mutants.

Read the entire interview with Boone here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

IT Screening Today

Posted: December 15, 2016, 12:00
Today the screening of the remake of IT happens and even though I doubt that we’ll get any details about it (the participants probably have to sign a no disclosure contracts) we might get a general opinion about it. Is it good? Is it bad? Love it or hate it?

IF I hear anything I’ll let you know ASAP and congratulations to all of you that get to see it. I wish I was there with you!

A Christmas Card To The Readers of Lilja’s Library

Posted: December 15, 2016, 09:10
2016 is soon over. 16 days left and then it’s 2017. And what a year 2016 have been here at Lilja’s Library. I can’t remember a single year during the 20 years I have been running the site that I have actually spoken with so many of you! And that is one of the things I’m so very happy about; that I have been able to reach so many of you. Some of you I have been talking to one on one, some in emails, some as a group with facebook chats and some through the podcast I run with Lou. Either way, I love talking King with all of you and I hope we will continue doing that.

Another thing I’m extremely happy with is that I could finally tell you about my upcoming book “Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library”. It’s been in the works for 1,5 years more or less and I have been dying to tell you all about it. Well not I can and I can’t think about a better way to celebrate the fact that the site has been online for 20 years. 20 years! That is a long time. A lot has happened during those 20 years. Some of you have been with me from the start, some just found the site a month ago but either way you have been a great support.

The reason the site exists is 1) because I love King’s work and I love to spread the word about it and 2) because you enjoy the site and come back for more. Would the site still be here if no one visited? Well, I actually think it would. For my own sake. Would it be as much fun to run the site if no one got in touch with me, telling me about your last King book, asking something, showing a photo of a King reference and so on? Hell no!

So, I’m not very good at sending Christmas Cards (ask my relatives) so this is my Christmas Card to you, my thanks for your support and my wish for an even better 2017, all bundled up in one. I know there are still 16 days left of 2016 but with Christmas coming up and all the things you do with family and friends a lot of you might not be spending that much time online during the next couple of weeks as you normally do. For that reason, I wanted to get this out now. In time for you to read before you disconnect and spend time with family and friends. I will still be here though, each day at least for a short time, reading mails, checking facebook and twitter and so on so if you feel like getting in touch, talking King or just say “Hi”, don’t hesitate.

OK, it’s time to wrap this up and get back to King. Before we do that though I just want to again thank you all for your support and friendship during 2016 and during the 20 years Lilja’s Library has been online. It’s a joy and pleasure to run the site thanks to you all!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year! / Lilja

King’s Fans & Their Books; Add Your Photo!

Posted: December 14, 2016, 12:06
Come on fans of the King. Show yourself with you beautiful King books. I know you have the books and I know you have the camera (or phone). And I want to see it!

Send in photos of you and King’s books so that I can add them to the Fan Photo Page. Here are my photos.

Looking at all these I'm thinking I might need the next photo without the beard?

Also, if you send in a photo of you and something connected to Lilja’s Library you get a chance to get a free copy of my upcoming book Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years. Read more here

Here are the links with the number of photos submitted:
Mr Mercedes (331)
Revival (179)
Finders Keepers (132)
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (112)
End of Watch (107)
Charlie the Choo Choo (9)
Lilja’s Library (120)

And remember, anyone, anywhere can enter! / Lilja

Deborah Hartsfield In Mr Mercedes Cast

Posted: December 14, 2016, 08:43
Deadline reports that Kelly Lynch has been cast in Mr Mercedes.

Kelly Lynch has landed a key role in Mr. Mercedes, AT&T Audience Network’s upcoming drama series. Lynch will play Deborah Hartsfield, Brady Hartsfield's complicated mother. Despite her troubles, Deborah tries to have a normal relationship with her deeply troubled son but she is rarely successful.

Great casting if you ask me.

Two Movies About King On The Black List

Posted: December 13, 2016, 23:16
The 2016 Black List is out and there are two movies about King. One about his life and one about how he did Maximum Overdrive. Remains to be seen if they get done though...

True Stories About Stephen King

The Kings of Maine, Kathy Charles. Living with his wife and child in a trailer while working as a janitor, Stephen King struggles with alcoholism and his own dark history as he attempts to complete Carrie.

Maximum King!, Shay Hatten. An outlandish, surreal imagining of how in 1985 Stephen King wrote and directed his horror classic MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE.

Check out the full list here.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson and Lou Sytsma

From Pet Sematary To IT

Posted: December 13, 2016, 07:37
In episode #65 of The Stephen King Podcast Lou and I spoke to John Campopiano about his wonderful documentary about Pet Sematary, Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary and today I’m very happy to tell you that John isn’t finished with King’s movies. Right now he is working on a documentary on the 1990 version of IT.

The documentary will be release next year. Head over to Bloody Disgusting for all the details.

A young John Compopiano

Thanks to Lou Sytsma, Douglas Dowie and Herbert West

Help Me Make Lilja's Library The Best It Can Be!

Posted: December 12, 2016, 15:33
4,5 years ago I asked you all what you stuff you wanted to see on Lilja’s Library. A man called Lou Sytsma responded that he wanted to do a podcast about Stephen King with me. On April 19th 2012 we published the first episode and yesterday we recorded episode #67.

Why am I telling you this? Well 2016 is almost over (when I write this on December 12 it’s 19 days until we’re into 2017) and I want your help! Lilja’s Library has been online for 20 years now and I have always tried to give you the best I can when it comes to Stephen King news. And I think I have done a pretty good job right?

But soon it’s a new year and with that comes new opportunities. So, I want your comments and ideas on what I can do to make Lilja’s Library even better in 2017! I have a lot of ideas but I’m not sure if they are all good or even possible to realize. Some will require donations from you the readers of the site, some will just require hard work from me. But I want your input! What do you want to see at Lilja’s Library next year?

So, please don’t just scroll past this. Give me your ideas and thoughts so that I can make the best out of Lilja’s Library that I can. OK? Send them by mail, facebook page, twitter, Instagram, SMS (you’ll need to find my number first though). I really, really want to hear what you think and what you want Lilja’s Library to be!

Thanks! / Lilja

Fans Get Charlie the Choo-Choo

Posted: December 12, 2016, 11:15
King’s first children’s book, Charlie the Choo Choo, is out and I would like to do the same thing I did when Mr Mercedes, Revival, Finders Keepers, Bazzar of Bad Dreams and End of Watch was released.

I want to put together a page with photos of you all and your copy of Charlie the Choo Choo. All you need to do is send me a photo (this should open an email but if it dosn't, send the photo to info[a] of yourself and the book (any edition works) and I’ll post them here. If you don’t want to send it by email you can also post it on the facebook page and I’ll grab it there. I would also like to ask you to include your name, town and country so that I can list that with the photo. You can see what it will look like at the Mr Mercedes page, the Revival page, the Finders Keepers page, Bazzar of Bad Dreams page or the End of Watch page.

Check out all the Charlie the Choo Choo photos here.

Let's get those photos collected! Some of you are even on all pages, GOOD WORK!

All You Need To Know About Limited Charlie

Posted: December 7, 2016, 20:52
Here is the latest info about the limited UK edition of Charlie the Choo Choo straight from Waterstones Customer Support:

- The official line is that this is a “scripted signature”.
- In the US, the actress was presented as Beryl and signed the prints using “Beryl’s signature”.
- The same signature appears on the prints, but it was a third person who held the pen.
- To be clear, Stephen King did not sign them.

From before we know the following:
- Release date is December 15
- It’s released in 1,000 copies
- Price is £20.00
- It has a slipcase

Mr Mercedes To Film In Charleston

Posted: December 7, 2016, 10:49
Mr Mercedes is going to be filmed in Charleston.

Stephen King's 2014 novel "Mr Mercedes," a police thriller and the first of the best-selling author's Bill Hodges Trilogy, will be made into a 10-episode TV series to be shot in Charleston starting early next year.

The book was adapted by showrunner David E. Kelley and produced by Sonar Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It will star Brendan Gleeson (HBO's "Into the Storm") and premier in 2018 on DirecTV and AT7T Uverse. Executive producers are Kelley and Jack Bender.

The production team currently is looking for background extras and stand-ins. For information, go to their site.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

What’s Happening At Lilja’s Library?

Posted: December 7, 2016, 09:12
Here is a reminder of what’s happening here at Lilja’s Library.

Christmas is soon upon us and if you haven’t gotten all your gift shopping done here is a great chance to give someone a copy of Charlie the Choo Choo. Enter here

I have been nagging you about sending in a photo of you and something connected to Lilja’s Library so that we can all see all the fans of this site and of Stephen King’s work look like. Well, some of you have and some of you haven’t. But don’t fear, the contest is still open and you can still enter. The prize is a copy of my upcoming book Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library so make sure you get creative. Enter here

I’ll be starting a new photo page for Charlie the Choo Choo (like this) so get your camera or phone out and start getting those selfies.

So, click those links, enter those contests and take those photos! / Lilja

You & Lilja's Library

Posted: December 7, 2016, 09:03
As you know (and if you didn’t you do now) Lilja’s Library celebrates 20 years this year and I want to celebrate that as much as I can. And you also know that the site wouldn’t be worth anything if no one read it. So, in order to celebrate that I want to involve you.

I want to do something similar to the photos you send in with yourself and one of King’s books but this time I want you to send in a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library. Lilja’s Library you might ask? Yes, take a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library in some form. It could be you in front of the computer (where you can see Lilja’s Library), it could be a photo of you and my book, it could be a photo of you and your tattoo of Marv (if anyone has one), or any other form of Lilja’s Library. Draw Marv and pose with him, read the site on your phone and take a photo of you doing it…your imagination is the limit. The rule is that Lilja’s Library and you need to be in the photo (and not just a toe or a finger, your face at least). That’s it. Not to hard right?

And to make it even more fun, one of you that send in a photo will get a prize. I will draw the photo I like the best (what I like is for me to know and you to find out) as the winner. If you have already sent a photo and think: "darn I should have been more creative", then just send another one. The prize is a copy of my upcoming anthology Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library that's released next year.

OK, so start sending in your photos, either by email to info[a] or post them on facebook or twitter. I will then pull them from there and post them on the site.

Check out the entries here.

I hope to SEE you soon! / Lilja

The Making of the Dark Tower: The Art of the Film

Posted: December 7, 2016, 08:44
This book looks more and more interesting if you ask me...

The Making of the Dark Tower
The Art of the Film
By Daniel Wallace

This deluxe, illustrated official companion to the Dark Tower movie—based on Stephen King’s bestselling seven volume series—explores the art and creation of this extraordinary film, starring Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, The Man in Black.

A gorgeous celebration of the art and creation of the Dark Tower movie, The Making of the Dark Tower includes interviews with actors and the director, the costume designer, and the set designer. From revealing how casting found the stars and the photography team scouted key locations, thoughts on where the Dark Tower can go from here, the book is organized into five parts.

Part I: The Path to the Tower discusses the origins of the saga and its thematic and cultural influences. Part II: The Gunslinger and the Man in Black profiles the two characters as two opposing forces. Part III: Mid-World is a journey through the bizarre wasteland of interdimensional detritus that is Mid-World. Part IV: Keystone World might be our Earth, but the Keystone World of the Dark Tower universe is also rocked by quakes and stretched thin by interdimensional stress. Part V: The Dark Tower is the wrap-up section collecting insights from the film’s major players, sharing their favorite memories and looking back on the journey that led them to this point.

Over three decades ago Stephen King introduced readers to Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger. In 2003 King wrote the last of seven novels in the Dark Tower series. Now fans of the book and of the movie will welcome this big, beautiful, full-color book that they’ll need for their collections.

Ep. 66: Shining In The Dark Music Room

Posted: December 5, 2016, 09:23

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 66 of The Stephen King Podcast!

In this installment, we review Stephen King's latest short story, part of the upcoming Anthology - The Music Room and the new book Hearts in Suspension.

Plus Hans is interviewed by me about his upcoming 20th Anniversary Anthology, titled - Shine In The Dark.

It's an awesome collection with rare pieces of fiction not easily available or brand new works done especially for this collection.

Contributors include:
"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Introduction)" by Hans-Åke Lilja
"The Blue Air Compressor" by Stephen King
"The Net" by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek
"The Novel of the Holocaust" by Stewart O'Nan
"Aeliana" by Bev Vincent
"Pidgin and Theresa" by Clive Barker
"An End To All Things " by Brian Keene
"Cemetery Dance" by Richard Chizmar
"Drawn to the Flame" by Kevin Quigley
"The Companion" by Ramsey Campbell
"A Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
"A Mother's Love" by Brian James Freeman
"The Keeper's Companion" by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Afterword)" by Hans-Åke Lilja

Covers illustrated by Vincent Chong & Interior Illustrations by Erin Wells.

Available for pre-order at Cemetery Dance - here

All that plus the latest Stephen King News!

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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:30 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:08 - News From The DeathRoom
4) 28:55 - Reviews From The NightShift - Hearts In Suspension
5) 38:04 - Reviews From The NightShift - The Music Room
6) 44:00 - King Crate - Han's Upcoming Anthology - Shine In The Dark
7) 1:06:26 - Podcast Signoff
8) 1:08:07 - Outro

Intro Music - Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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Limited Signed Charlie the Choo Choo

Posted: December 3, 2016, 08:41
A beautiful limited edition slipcase of Charlie the Choo-Choo will publish on 15th December 2016 and includes a numbered and signed print by Beryl Evans. Copies will be available to buy from Waterstones. A hardback picture book edition will follow in the wider trade in July 2017 to tie in with the release of The Dark Tower film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

No further info has been released about how many copies will be released or if it will be signed by King (signing as Beryl Evans) or by the actress who signed the book at Comic Con.

Order your copy (price £20) here.

Do A Shine Test In Sombra App

Posted: December 3, 2016, 02:40
The Sombra app got an update today and if you go to the employees section (and login) you can now take a "Shine test".

How td you login then you might ask? Well, I got this receipt when I got my copy of Charlie the Choo Choo at The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind.

Gerald's Game On Netflix Early 2017?

Posted: December 2, 2016, 22:21
Looks like Gerald's Game Might be released early 2017.

Netflix will probably release “Gerald’s Game” in the spring. Mr. Flanagan said the service may want to give it some festival exposure before offering it to subscribers.

Read more here.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso