Win A Signed King Book From The Folio Society

Posted: July 5, 2016, 11:57
One of the things King Fans are always looking for is a signed book by the master. Years ago you could send a book to King and he would sign it for you. Eventually he had to stop doing that to get time to write his books. Today there are really only two ways of getting a signed King book. One is to attend one of the few signings he’s doing from time to time and the other is to buy a signed book which can be both expensive and risky (chances are you might end up with a fake signature if you don’t go through the right channels).

But today there is a third way. You can actually get a copy of The Folio Society’s beautiful first illustrated (illustrations by Edward Kinsella) edition of The Shining (read more about the book or buy a copy on their website) signed by King (there are only a limited number available) for free. Too good to be true? Not at all. All you have to do is enter this contest that I’m running.

To enter the contest you have to show me that you are a fan. And the way you do that is to send me photos of you and King’s books for the photo pages I have on the site. Please make sure it’s one book in each photo and the right book.

Mr Mercedes
Finders Keepers
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
End of Watch

For the last one, where you show you and Lilja’s Library you can do pretty much what you want as long as you and something connected to Lilja’s Library is in the photo. Check the page out for inspiration.

You and Lilja’s Library

If you send in a photo for all these 6 groups you will be in the drawing for the signed book. Easy right? And because I don’t want to force you to buy the books if you don’t have them you can print the cover from Internet and use that one for any of the books you’re missing.

Send the photos to info[a] (replace “[a]” with “@”) and do it before August 31st.

So, in other words, you are 6 photos from the chance of having a signed King book. Not a bad place to be in right? Good luck to everyone!

The Man in Black, Jake and Roland in New York

Posted: July 3, 2016, 23:20
Now we have photos of all three main characters from The Dark Tower movie. Eddie and Susanna might appear but so far we only know for sure that The Man in Black, Jake and Roland will be in this one and below you can see all three from this weekend’s filming in New York.

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Six Scary Stories With Intros by King

Posted: July 2, 2016, 00:06
Cemetery Dance and Hodder & Stoughton will release the book Six Scary Stories this fall. Hodder as an eBook on August 25 and Cemetery Dance as a hardcover and tradepaperback on October 31. Please note that King has written the intros to the stories but not the stories themself.

Six Scary Stories
selected and introduction by Stephen King

Featuring full color cover artwork by Vincent Chong

About the Book:
Number 1 bestselling writer Stephen King introduces and presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology!

Stephen King discovered these stories when he judged a competition run by Hodder & Stoughton and the Guardian to celebrate publication of his own collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. He was so impressed with the entries that he recommended they be published together in one book, which Cemetery Dance Publications and Hodder & Stoughton are pleased to report has become a reality. The six stories are:

WILD SWIMMING by Elodie Harper
EAU-DE-ERIC by Manuela Saragosa
THE SPOTS by Paul Bassett Davies
THE UNPICKING by Michael Button
LA MORT DE L'AMANT by Stuart Johnstone
THE BEAR TRAP by Neil Hudson

Scott Landon's Playlist

Posted: June 29, 2016, 23:24
Stephen King’s 2006 novel, Lisey’s Story, focuses on the character of Lisey Landon, widow of famous writer Scott Landon. King wrote the following letter (read it here) to explain the mix tape he created for Landon, which was discovered in Landon’s 1974 Ford Falcon.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Dark Tower Filming In New York

Posted: June 29, 2016, 21:21
The Dark Tower will be filming in New York this weekend according to OLV.

Here is where they will be this weekend:

Thursday, 6/30: 27th St and Madison Ave, NYC
Thursday 6/30 – Friday, July 1: Walker St, NYC
Friday, 7/1 White St and Broadway, NYC
Saturday, July 2: 26th St and 3rd Ave, NYC

Read the entire article here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Breathing Method Headed to TV

Posted: June 28, 2016, 23:11
reports that The Breathing Method will be turned into a TV series.

In 2012, it was announced that Blum was developing The Breathing Method as a feature film project through Universal, with Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) slated to direct from a script by Scott Teems. There’s no word on whether Derrickson will be involved with the television series. “It’s active,” says Blum. “It’s moving along.”

The Breathing Method, which is the only one of the four novellas from Different Seasons to not yet receive the big screen treatment, tells the bizarrely romantic and heartbreaking story of an elderly Manhattan doctor who recounts his long ago encounter with a pregnant woman who is determined to give birth to her illegitimate child, despite being poor and having no family. As the doctor teaches the woman his unique breathing method, to help her get through childbirth, he falls in love with her.

The television series will focus on the relationship between the doctor and the woman, which begins in the 1930s, which leaves lots of room to explore the relationship between the doctor and the woman’s child, a boy, who is born in the story after his mother is decapitated. He’s then put up for adoption but watched over by the doctor, who keeps track of the boy’s – and the resulting man’s – progress.

No network is currently attached.

I don’t know about you but I’m not that excited about this news. Sounds kind of boring actually. What do you think? Could this be a success if done?

Thanks to Herbert West.

The Mist Starts Filming Next Month?

Posted: June 27, 2016, 15:25
Is the The Mist set to start filming next month?

Last April, Spike TV announced that production for the original scripted series was beginning this summer and slated to air in 2017.

Two sources close to the production said Wednesday (June 22) that filming is expected to begin next week in the empty Target store in Bedford.

The Bedford Place Mall building will reportedly be used as studio space for the harrowing series.

The Target store has been shuttered since April 2015, when the American retailer closed down all of their 133 Canadian locations after failing to crack the Canadian market.

On Wednesday, there were no obvious signs of TV production but a RONA employee said their store and other surrounding businesses received a notice last week about the filming of a television series.

The employee said the notice indicated production will begin in July and be filmed over a six-month period. A portion of the back parking lot of the mall will be used to park production trailers.

The notice did not disclose the name of the series or the production company. David Schwarz, senior vice-president of communications for Spike TV, said in an emailed statement on Wednesday that production details cannot be confirmed at this time.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Matthew McConaughey Talks DT

Posted: June 27, 2016, 14:24
Here is an interview with Matthew McConaughey and in the end he mentions The Dark Tower:

He bids me goodbye to return to The Dark Tower, in which he plays the villainous Man in Black to Idris Elba’s dystopian sci-fi Western hero. Even in that world, good and evil are relative depending on whose shoes you’re standing in. McConaughey considered whether his Walter Padick, the greatest villain in the Stephen King multiverse, would believe himself to be evil incarnate. He pauses. “He sure doesn’t think he is,” he says. “A good villain believes he’s a minister of peace.”

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

IT Cast

Posted: June 27, 2016, 13:22
Here is a list of the cast for the IT remake. As for the Loser’s Club only the kids has been cast so far and it’s hard to say how well they will do. I haven’t seen them in anything so it could go either way but let’s hope they are right for the parts.

Bill Denbrough - Jaeden Lieberher
Beverly Marsh - Sophia Lillis
Stan Uris - Jack Grazer
Mike Hanlon - Chosen Jacobs
Eddie Kaspbrak - Wyatt Oleff
Richie Tozier - Finn Wolfhard
Ben Hanscom - Jeremy Ray Taylor

Pennywise - Bill Skarsgård
Henry Bowers - Nicholas Hamilton
Patrick Hockstetter - Owen Teague
Javier Botet - ?
Georgie - Jackson Robert Scott
Al Marsh- Stephen Bogaert
Rabbi Uris - Ari Cohen

Frances Conroy To Star in The Mist

Posted: June 23, 2016, 22:31
Frances Conroy has signed on to star in The Mist.

From the pressrelease:

New York, NY, June 23, 2016 – Frances Conroy has signed on to star in Spike’s new scripted series “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.

Conroy has been cast in the role of “Nathalie,” a modern day ecological martyr. While she is seemingly more connected to nature than most people, her instincts about her fellow humans are dead on. Conroy is best known for playing Ruth Fisher on the television series “Six Feet Under.”

Henry Bowers Cast

Posted: June 21, 2016, 22:54
Australian actor Nicholas Hamilton has joined the production of IT, New Line Cinema’s Andy Muschietti-directed adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller. Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are producing. Hamilton will play Henry Bowers.

Thanks to Matty Jorissen.

Here is my review.

Early Photo of King

Posted: June 18, 2016, 16:24
Is this the earliest photo of King? It might. Stephen Spignesi will be talking about it later today!

This is one of the photos I'll be showing and talking about at my Stephen King lecture today. This was provided to me by Stephen King's brother Dave, for my "Stephen King Encyclopedia." Is this the earliest picture ever taken of Stephen King? Might be.

Ep 60: Cell Drops Into A Dead Zone

Posted: June 17, 2016, 11:00

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

Welcome to Episode 60 of The Stephen King Podcast!

The movie version of Cell finally begins transmission in selected theaters and VOD. Find out if Hans and Lou can pick up its signal.

We check in with Stephen Revisited and look back at the Dead Zone.

Historical Essay * by Bev Vincent
Richard’s Thoughts * by Richard Chizmar
Guest Essay by Chet Williamson

We also bring the latest Stephen King News.

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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 02:13 - News From The Deathroom
4) 29:37 - Nightshift Reviews - Cell Movie
5) 51:57 - Stephen King Revisited - The Dead Zone
6) 1:09:57 - Podcast Signoff & Lilja's Library Contest Announcements
7) 1:14:59 - Outro

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It Filming June 27 to September 6

Posted: June 17, 2016, 10:13
Got an email from David MacKay today and he told me that he was looking into background actor gigs in Toronto and saw that IT is scheduled to start filming on June 27 and all through September 6. So if anyone lives close by, go there and return with photos... This might also mean that our first look at Pennywise might not be far off.

Thanks to David MacKay.

Here is my review.

Bill Skarsgård As Pennywise

Posted: June 15, 2016, 09:26
Here is an interesting look at how Bill Skarsgård could look as Pennywise. We have no information about if they will use the famous Tim Curry makeup or not but it gives us an idea of what could be.

This one is made by Cody Ong and is in no way connected to the movie.

New Book Scares King to Death

Posted: June 14, 2016, 23:36
Yesterday in Iowa King confirmed that he do have a book written, besides Sleeping Beauties that he’s written with Owen. He said he is done with a first draft of a book that is scaring him to death. No more info was given though.

He also said that The Talisman was due for a third book (don’t mean it will happen soon though) but didn’t reply to a questions about a new Dark Tower book.

Thanks to Peter Hansen

Winners In Contest #2

Posted: June 11, 2016, 21:19
Here are the five Winners of an audio copy of End of Watch.

Mike Santoro
Gina McDonald
Karen Lynn
Dez Nemec
Laurie Lupica


The question was:

Is it the same narrator for all three Bill Hodges books (Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch) and if it is, what is his/her name?

And the answer is:

Yes. Will Patton reads all three books.

Winners In Contest #1

Posted: June 11, 2016, 21:18
Here are the Winners in the UK End of Watch Contest:

Grand Prize:
1 hardcopy of End of Watch
1 paperback copy of Finders Keepers
1 paperback copy of Mr. Mercedes
1 promotional moleskin notebook
-- Goes to Paul Attwood

Second and third place winners each get:
1 hardcopy of End of Watch
1 paperback copy of Finders Keepers
1 paperback copy of Mr. Mercedes
-- Goes to Mike Sweeney and Selina Ware

Fourth and Fifth place winners each get:
1 promotional moleskin notebook
-- Goes to Tony McDevitt and Luca Gnuva

Sleeping Beauties; Book by Stephen and Owen

Posted: June 11, 2016, 08:09
On the Charleston stop on the End of Watch tour King mentioned how he and his son Owen have collaborated on a book set in a women’s prison in West Virginia. A first draft of that work has been finished which means we probably won’t see it until the fall of 2017 at the earliest. No info on what kind of book it is but the title will be Sleeping Beauties.

End of Watch Tour: Day 4 - Charleston

Posted: June 11, 2016, 08:06
Here is a report from the Charleston stop on the End of Watch tour from Paul Taylor.

Steve did not read from any work. He told all manner of anecdotal stories about how his ideas came about, the writing process, and stories about his finished books and movies. He had the audience rolling with laughter much of the time. He also mentioned how he and his son Owen have collaborated on a book set in a womens' prison in West Virginia. A first draft of that work has been finished. A Q&A followed. He was on stage about 1 hour 10 minutes.

Joel Thornsbury also reported that the title of Steve and Owen’s book will be Sleeping Beauties.

Thanks to Joel Thornsbury and Paul Taylor