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Hearts in Suspension To Launch In Maine

Posted: October 5, 2016, 00:19
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Stephen King will launch Hearts in Suspension at the University of Maine. Tickets will be available from October 12.

Stephen King will launch his newest book, “Hearts in Suspension,” at the University of Maine on Nov. 7 with a reading of the book and discussion of his student days at UMaine during the turbulent Vietnam War era, followed by a conversation with his former classmates and friends who were at UMaine with him during this time and who co-authored the collection.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m., with all ticket holders required to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are free and available according to the following timeline: Members of the University of Maine community can register for one ticket each with a MaineCard at the CCA box office, during normal box office hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 12–14. Members of the public can register for two tickets per person online or at the CCA box office beginning Oct. 17.

Read more here.

Holly Gibney IS Back

Posted: September 29, 2016, 08:59
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Here is an interview with King from the 2016 National Book Festival where he confirms that Holly Gibney from The Bill Hodges Trilogy is back. King has said earlier that one of the characters would return and now she is. King is working on the book now but we don’t know anything about a release date…yet.

There is one in the process now that deals with one of the characters from the Mr Mercedes trilogy that's outright scary.




Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Charlie the Choo Choo To Be Released

Posted: September 27, 2016, 23:01
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Ever since Comic Con we have been waiting for the news that the book Charlie the Choo Choo would be released in a version that you could buy…and not having to spend a fortune buying it on eBay. Now the day is here…well always. On November 22 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the book.

The cover will look a bit different and have King’s name on it so those of you that got the first one, it will still be limited come November 22.

Original cover

New cover

One More Mr Mercedes Book?

Posted: September 24, 2016, 16:49
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Beeng interviewed Live on Facebook for the National Book Festival King said the following about a book his working on now.

There is one in the process now that deals with one of the characters from the Mr Mercedes trilogy that's outright scary.

Watch the interview here.

Lilja's Library Highlight: September 23

Posted: September 23, 2016, 09:00
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ON THIS DAY IN 2001...

Do you remember back in the day when Wap was the big buzz thing? It was that time periods way of letting you put web content viewable on a cellphone. Wap died pretty fast and today no one uses it. But in 2001 Lilja’s Library was there!

The Dark Tower Heads For TV

Posted: September 21, 2016, 18:33
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The Dark Tower will be a TV series. From the EW article:

MRC and Sony Pictures, which is releasing the film, have committed not just to financing a pilot but a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes, depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018, ideally around the time the film becomes available on cable or streaming services.

Elba has signed on to appear as older Roland alongside Tom Taylor, 15, who plays Jake Chambers in the film. That duo will serve as the framing device for the show’s central story, which takes place many years before the events depicted in the film. Since the series will be Roland’s origin story, a younger actor will be cast to play the aspiring gunslinger as a teenager, back before the realm of Mid-World “moved on” into chaos and bloodshed.

McConaughey’s involvement is a possibility, but not locked in. His character, Walter, is a semi-immortal who wields powerful, ancient magic and is a major element of Roland’s origin as a six-shooting knight, but in King’s books this sorcerer often takes on different names and appearances.

So, the character will be in the show, but he may be inhabiting the shape of another actor.

For more info, head over to EW

Hearts In Atlantis Set For The Big Screen

Posted: September 21, 2016, 12:11
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A remake of the 2001 version? No, this is an actual adaptation of the story Hearts in Atlantis. The 2001 version was an adaptation of the two stories Low Men in Yellow Coats and Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling but still got the title Hearts in Atlantis.

This movie will go by the title Hearts which is probably a smart move.

British director Johannes Roberts is re-teaming with production and finance outfit The Fyzz Facility for coming-of-age drama “Hearts,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s critically acclaimed novella “Hearts in Atlantis.”

The story centers on a group of poor freshmen, surviving off scholarships and aid packages, who become obsessed with the highly addictive – and highly vindictive – card game Hearts and find their world starts to slowly unravel. Their grades begin to fall, and one by one they flunk out at a time when life outside college meant the draft and the jungles of Vietnam.

The Fyzz Facility’s James Harris will produce the new film alongside colleagues Mark Lane, Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey. The company will also put together the finance.

“We are delighted to be able to tackle material that is reminiscent of classic Stephen King adaptations like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Stand By Me,'” says Harris. “This is a wonderful story, and Johannes and Ernest have again proved what fantastic writers they are with a wonderful adaptation of King’s source material. We are excited to start casting for the film and working towards production in 2017.”

Read the entire article over at Variety.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

Hearts in Suspension Out Nov. 7

Posted: September 19, 2016, 09:03
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Hearts in Suspension will be released on November 7 and seems to be labeled as a Stephen King book. Here’s all info about it.

This publication marks the 50th anniversary of Stephen King’s entrance into the University of Maine at Orono in the fall of 1966. The accelerating war in Vietnam and great social upheaval at home exerted a profound impact on students of the period and deeply influenced King’s development as a writer and as a man.

King’s fictional treatment of this experience in his novella “Hearts in Atlantis” (reprinted in this volume) tracks his youthful avatar, Peter Riley, through the awakenings and heartbreak of his turbulent first year at UMaine. In his accompanying essay, “Five to One, One in Five,” written expressly for this volume, King sheds his fictional persona and takes on the challenge of a nonfiction return to his undergraduate experience. The stereoscopic combination of these narratives, told with King’s characteristic blend of canny insight and self-deprecating humor, create a revealing portrait of the artist as young man and a ground-level tableau of this highly charged time.

In addition, twelve fellow students and friends from King’s college days contribute personal narratives recalling their own experience of those years. These recollections—engaged, irreverent, and affecting—bring dimension and texture to the collective witnessing of a formative time in their lives and a defining moment in the country’s history.

This book also includes four installments of King’s never-before-reprinted student newspaper column, “King’s Garbage Truck.” These lively examples of King’s damn-the-torpedoes style, entertaining and shrewd in their youthful perceptions, more than hint at a talent about to take its place in the American literary landscape.

A gallery of period photographs and documents augments this volume.

ISBN 978-0-89101-127-9
PUBLICATION DATE: November 7, 2016
PRICE: $30.00

Stephen Is Busy Writing

Posted: September 15, 2016, 15:12
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Here is what the moderator of King's board answered to when the next book will be announced.

When we have something official to announce, it will be added to the News but at the moment there is nothing official to pass along even though Stephen is busy writing.

IT Set Photos

Posted: September 14, 2016, 01:06
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Here are a few photos from the set of IT.

Rehearsing without makeup. Sometimes I forget there's a dashing young Swede under all that terrifying rubber.
- Seth Grahame-Smith


Come Zoom With Us!

Posted: September 12, 2016, 15:22
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Next Sunday at 4:00 PM Eastern Time come Zoom with Hans & Lou!

What is Zoom, you ask? It's a videochat app that will allow everyone
to hang out together and talk about Stephen King.

Hans & Lou will be video-hosting the chat and you can join us to chat either
via message, audio, or video and audio. Pretty cool!

You can log in using the Zoom App via your PC, Mac or mobile device.

Check out the link here - https://zoom.us/download - and grab the app that
matches your platform of choice.

The chat will be a free-for-all so anything Stephen King related you want to
talk about is fair game. There's lots to talk about from the upcoming movies -
IT and The Dark Tower, to TV - The Mist, and the books - what've you recently
read, your favorite/least favorite books, to when is King's next book coming out?

So mark next Sunday, Sept 18th, 2016 @ North America 4:00 PM Eastern Time,
down on your calendar and we will see you then!

When the chat starts we will post a link you need to click on to join us on facebook, twitter and Lilja’s Library.

Interview with Lilja

Posted: September 12, 2016, 08:38
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Here is an interview I did with my partner in crime (we run a Swedish King site) for a Swedish website you might want to check out. It's in Swedish but hey, you got Google Translate right?

Creepshow 2 On Blu-Ray

Posted: September 10, 2016, 23:05
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Creepshow 2 will be released on Blu-Ray on December 13th and it has a lot of nice extra…

It will be released in two versions:

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
•Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
•Original stereo audio
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Creepshow 2: Pinfall – limited edition booklet featuring the never-before-seen comic adaptation of this unfilmed Creepshow 2 segment by artist Jason Mayoh
•Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick, moderated by Perry Martin
•Nightmares in Foam Rubber – featurette with special make-up effects artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
•My Friend Rick – Berger on working with make-up legend Rick Baker
•Behind-the-Scenes Footage
•Trailers and TV Spots
•Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
•Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
•Original stereo audio
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick, moderated by Perry Martin
•Nightmares in Foam Rubber – featurette with special make-up effects artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
•My Friend Rick – Berger on working with make-up legend Rick Baker
•Behind-the-Scenes Footage
•Trailers and TV Spots
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo

Here is the trailer. Interesting to see how they reveal the ending of The Raft in it…




Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Anders Jakobson

Gerald's Game Movie Might Still Happen

Posted: September 6, 2016, 12:14
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It’s been a while since we heard anything about an Gerald’s Game adaptation (back in 2014 to be more exact) but Mike Flanagan is still determine to make it happen. Rue Morgue recently spoke to Mike…

With OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL ready for its October release, director Mike Flanagan is confident that his long-mooted adaptation of Stephen King’s novel GERALD’S GAME will get off the ground next. And he’s committed to doing right by the book—about a woman left handcuffed to a bed in a remote cabin after a sex romp with her husband goes awry—knowing that the track record of King movies has been the definition of uneven.

Read the entire interview here.

Thanks to Herbert West