King Testifying Against Merge

Posted: August 2, 2022, 20:00
APNews reports about King testifying against the merge of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

As the Justice Department bids to convince a federal judge that the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster would damage the careers of some of the most popular authors, it is leaning in part on the testimony of a writer who has thrived like few others: Stephen King.

King has willingly — even eagerly — placed himself in opposition to Simon & Schuster, his longtime publisher. He was not chosen by the government just for his fame, but for his public criticism of the $2.2 billion deal announced in late 2021, joining two of the world’s biggest publishers into what rival CEO Michael Pietsch of Hachette Book Group has called a “gigantically prominent” entity.

“The more the publishers consolidate, the harder it is for indie publishers to survive,” King tweeted last year.

Q&A About H&S’s Limited Fairy Tale

Posted: July 27, 2022, 19:11

Yesterday Hodder & Stoughton put up a limited signed edition of FAIRY TALE by Stephen King on their own website for pre-order. A lot of you have had questions about this and I have now the answers for you. Straight from the publisher.

The reason some fans (depending on where they live) weren’t able to order the book is because Hodder & Stoughton don’t have the rights to sell their books in those territories/markets. Nothing else.

The offer was limited to one copy per customer, so if someone ordered more than one book, the publisher will be checking with a view to cancelling duplicate or multiple orders. In this event, those copies will be put back on sale on the site, so keep your eyes peeled.

If you ordered and got two confirmations, one from Shopify and one from Hachette UK, your order is received and accepted, and you’ll get the book once it’s released.

The book will be signed on the page by King himself, not a printed signature or a bookplate.

My Thoughts On Pennywise: The Story of IT

Posted: July 26, 2022, 21:59
Here are my thoughts about the new documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT.

Just saw Pennywise: The Story of IT and I must say that I’m impressed. We have heard about this documentary for a long time and from time to time the wait has felt painfully long (in that you just want to see it now) but let me tell you. After seeing it I can honestly say that it was well worth the wait.

Signed Limited Fairy Tale Announced

Posted: July 26, 2022, 14:26
King’s UK publisher just released the news that they will publish a signed edition of Fairy Tale. Here is the info:

An exclusive Collector’s signed and slipcased edition of FAIRY TALE is available to pre-order now for £250 only through

Limited to 200 copies, this very special signed edition is a clothbound hardback in a bespoke slipcase, with gold endpapers, head and tail bands and a blue marker ribbon.

Orders are limited to 1 per customer.

NOT available in USA, Canada and certain other territories – see website for full list and further Terms and Conditions.

Pre-order now:

Krusty The Clown As Pennywise

Posted: July 24, 2022, 00:58
Krusty the Clown as Pennywise from IT will become part of The Simpsons in one of this fall’s two Treehouse of Horror episodes. It will be a full-length parody of IT The Simpsons producer Matt Selman revealed today at San Diego Comic-Con.

Thanks to Matty Jorissen

Release Date For Salem’s Lot Moved

Posted: July 11, 2022, 19:41
The News we all suspected would come has now done just that. Warner Bros have confirmed that they are moving New Line’s adaptation of Salem’s Lot from Sept. 9 to April 21, 2023.

The move itself isn’t a surprice since neither a poster or a trailer has been released but to move it more than 7 months, what’s up with that? Talk about missing the target. Well, hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

Thanks to Herbert West.

Salem’s Lot Poster?

Posted: June 27, 2022, 21:34
On August 2nd Penguin Books will release a new paperback edition of Salem’s Lot with a movie tie-in cover. Not sure if it’s the same as the poster for the movie but probably.

Order your copy here.

23 Years Ago Today…

Posted: June 19, 2022, 10:50
23 years ago today King survived a horrible accident that almost killed him. In this interview he and Tabitha talks about it.

I think I speak for all of us when I say that we’re all grateful that he survived that day!

DVD/Blu-ray Release Of Firestarter

Posted: June 9, 2022, 08:48
The remake of Firestarterwill get a digital release on June 12th and a DVD and Blu-ray release on June 28th. Here is a list of the bonus features, including a new ending.

Bonus features include an alternate ending exclusive to the new Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD release. Deleted and extended scenes, as well as a gag reel will also be included. “Kinetic Energy”, a feature in which film stars Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong discuss how they worked with the film’s director to bring the story to life, will be part of the package as well as “Spark of Fire”, a feature that explores how the film was adapted from the 1980 novel. “Igniting Firestarter” – a behind-the-scenes look at all the fire-based stunts, “Power Struggle” – a behind-the-scenes exploration of the stunts performed in the film, and a feature commentary from the film’s director, Keith Thomas, will also be part of the included bonus features.

Will you get a copy? The new ending can’t possible be worse than the original.

The Boogeyman Has Finished Shooting

Posted: June 8, 2022, 08:57
Director Rob Savage gives an update on The Boogeyman. The movie will air on Hulu but no premier date has been released yet.

“We’ve finished shooting, and we’re in the edit, and it’s all going very well. And I’m really, incredibly pleased with how this movie has come together. And I’m so in awe of the cast that we’ve that we’ve pulled together. So I feel like, even if it turns out that I’ve totally f*cked up my part of it, I feel like everyone else in this movie is so incredibly talented, that it’s still going to come together to be something special. And yeah, hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, it’ll rank pretty high up the list of Stephen King adaptations. Knock on wood, but I think we’ve got something really, really great in the can. But that’s that’s where we are right now.”

King Signs For Fudraiser

Posted: June 3, 2022, 18:56
The Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital is pleased to announce that its much-loved annual fundraising event will take place virtually on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST.

King will attend and and tickets are $150 or $500 for a VIP ticket that also give you a signed book (the signature will be on a book plate and not in the book itself) from each attending author.

The books that will be signed are:

Violeta, by Isabel Allende
Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
Billy Summers, by Stephen King
The Foundling, by Ann Leary
Chances Are… , by Richard Russo
The Good Left Undone, by Adriana Trigiani

More info and tickets can be found here

New Interview With King

Posted: May 27, 2022, 21:22
Here is a new interview with King. He talks about a lot of stuff but the highlights are these.

In passing King mentioned that he has written a new novella called Rattlesnake that’s actually a sequel to Cujo.

“I just wrote a long story called Rattlesnakes. And it involves, at one part, twins who are only four years old… falling into a rattlesnake pit. And the snakes get ’em. It’s a terrible scene.”

Unfortunately the interviewers didn’t follow up on this so we don’t really got to know how it’s connected to Cujo.

It also seams that Mr Harrigan’s Phone is done. King mentions that he’ll see it later the same day they did the interview.

He also talks about Fairy Tale and admits that the new Firestarter movie wasn’t all that good.

Thoughs About Finn

Posted: May 25, 2022, 00:01
Here are some thoughts about King’s new story Finn.

Finn is a young man who has been followed by bad luck all his life so the fact that he is kidnapped by mistake isn’t something that should surprise anyone.

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Firestarter; Bring Me The Fire Extinguisher

Posted: May 17, 2022, 09:40
Here are my thoughts about the remake of Firestarter. There are one SPOILER but I have marked it so you can skip it if you haven’t seen the movie yet…

It’s almost like Andy and Charlie are superheroes. Give them suits and some cool names like FireGirl and PushFather and you have the latest instalment of Marvel’s superhero movies. And the ending…don’t even get me started. It’s so stupid that I wanted to scream. What happened?

Firestarter Franchise?

Posted: May 10, 2022, 07:13
Keith Thomas, director of the Firestarter remake is open to a potential franchise based on the King’s book.

“I’m always down, I’m always down. I think we’ve got all sorts of ideas of where it could go. Obviously, Stephen King didn’t write a sequel. So all that would need to be explored, but I feel like we created a world in this, and some characters that I feel like their stories could definitely expand, expand and go on.”

What do you say? Do we need/want sequels?

Firestarter Interview

Posted: May 4, 2022, 13:48

Here is an interview with Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong & Keith Thomas about the upcoming Firestarter remake. What worries me is that Keith Thomas seems to think it’s OK to change the plot because there already is a movie version that’s true to the book…

Finn: New Story By King

Posted: April 27, 2022, 15:49
Finn is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young man, unlucky since birth, who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The darkly funny, unsettling tale takes Finn through existential and psychological crises in a world where bullies and madmen upend the lives of the innocent.

“Finn” will be released simultaneously in ebook and audiobook formats exclusive to subscribers of reading subscription service Scribd om May 25. A subscription is $11.99 a month and offers access to ebooks, audiobooks and magazine articles.

Thanks to Bev Vinvent.

First Footage From Salem’s Lot

Posted: April 27, 2022, 07:29
On September 9 Warner Bros. bringings the remake of Salem’s Lot to theaters and we’re all waiting for the trailer.

Yesterday the first footage debuted at CinemaCon. This particular footage probably won’t be making its way online, but Bloody Disgusting have some social media reactions that at least help paint a picture of what was shown.

King And 2Cellos

Posted: April 1, 2022, 08:06

The duo 2Cellos brought their “The Dedicated Tour” to the Agganis Arena, and the one and only Stephen King made the scene, and he enjoyed it so much, he went backstage to meet the artists. Based on the footage, the Master of Horror, had a pretty great evening taking in the show.

Read more at Z107,3

Welcome To Derry!

Posted: March 30, 2022, 08:28

A prequel to IT is in development at HBO Max. The series is called Welcome to Derry and will begin in the 1960s and cover the time up to the events in the IT movie from 2017. It’s also said it will cover the origin story of Pennywise.

Andy Muschietti, who directed both IT movies, is attached to executive produce the series along with Barbara Muschietti and Jason Fuchs. Muschiettis and Fuchs developed the story for the show with Fuchs writing the script. Andy would also direct the first episode should the project go to series.

What do you think? Do we want/need a prequel to IT that’s not based on something King wrote?

Gwendy’s Button Box: The Graphic Novel

Posted: March 28, 2022, 10:02
In his last newsletter Brian Keene reveals that he is doing a graphic novel adaptation of Gwendy’s Button Box. The thing that makes this one extra interesting is that it will go beyond the novella and explore the other residents of Castle Rock.

Here is what Keene write in his newsletter:

I worked on INVISBLE MONSTERS and PROJECT CASTLE (and a lot of people have figured out what the latter is, and Rich Chizmar confirmed it during a YouTube Livestream, so the heck with it — let’s dispense with the codename. PROJECT CASTLE is actually a graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King and Richard Chizmar’s GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX. However, it goes beyond the novella and explores the other residents and denizens of Castle Rock, and what they were up to during the time period of the novella. So, for example, while Cujo, or Deputy Andy Clutterbuck, or Frank Dodd didn’t appear in the book, they could very well appear in the graphic novel. Basically, I’ve been allowed to run riot all over Castle Rock in the 1970s, and it has been a lot of fun. We’re still a while from publication (I’m on the final draft now) and I’ll stay mum about the artist and the rest of the team (because Rich didn’t speak about any of that on the livestream).

If it seems like I’m taking a long time for a 100+ page graphic novel, that’s because I am. These aren’t my characters, and it’s a setting beloved by millions, and I am taking my time to make sure I deliver something that is respectful, thoughtful and loving of them. And I’m also fact-checking with Bev Vincent and other experts to make sure the stuff I’ve added matches up, continuity-wise. Bottom-line: if you’re hoping for Pennywise fighting Father Callahan in the basement of the Castle Rock VFW, you’re going to be very disappointed. But if you’re wondering what the Castle Rock Strangler was doing the night Gwendy pressed a button and ate a chocolate rabbit, I think you’ll dig it.

Thanks to Herbert West

King Talks About Being 33 Years Sober

Posted: March 28, 2022, 08:16
In this interview with Archbishop Justin Welby King shared that he has been sober for 33 years, and it has become part of his life.

He added: ‘It certainly allowed me to live a more spiritual life in many ways. It makes it easier to live a moral life. Because when you do something that’s rather sh*tty, you know that you’ve done it, and you have to talk about it a little bit.

‘Because the last thing that I want to do is to get drunk or to get stoned. And so part of my prayer is, please forgive me for what I did, because I don’t want to drink or drug anymore. And it works.’

Listen to the entire interview here

Ben Stiller As Jack Torrance?

Posted: March 22, 2022, 09:40

Deadline reports that a major new Ivo van Hove stage adaptation of The Shining is in the works for a 2023 West End debut. They also report that Ben Stiller in talks to play the role of Jack Torrance.

Rehearsals are set to begin in the fall, with London performances targeted for January 2023. An eventual move to Broadway is expected.

What do you think, will Ben Stiller pull of playing Jack Torrance?

Shooting The Long Walk Starts in June

Posted: March 2, 2022, 16:12
The California Film commission has announced the last round of tax credits for film productions and Warner landed $7.1 million for its adaptation of King’s The Long Walk. Production Weekly also mentioned that shooting will start in June in Northern California.

Thanks to Herbert West and Bev Vincent.

Casting The Boogeyman

Posted: February 23, 2022, 08:19

David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, Vivien Lyra Blair and Madison Hu join Chris Messina and Sophie Thatcher in The Boogeyman. The film has entered production in New Orleans and will debut in 2023 on Hulu in the U.S., on Star+ in Latin America, and on Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.

The plot is described as:

The film from director Rob Savage follows a 16-year-old and her younger sister, still reeling from the death of their mother, as they’re targeted by a supernatural boogeyman, after their psychologist father has an encounter with a desperate patient in their house.

Sounds to me as if it’s been a bit altered compared to the story King wrote in 1973 but I guess we’ll see next year…

Overlook, The Film That Didn’t Happen

Posted: February 16, 2022, 18:30

Here are some info about the film The Overlook Hotel that never was…

This script pulled no punches. 30 pages in, a child chokes to death on the hotel's opening night while a terrified doctor-in-training tries to perform an emergency tracheotomy that goes horribly wrong. This scene was so extreme that it shook off Brad Pitt, who was being courted for the lead.

Source: Slasherfilm

King & Chizmar Talks Gwendy

Posted: February 14, 2022, 23:34
King and Chizmar talks Gwendy’s Final Task with USA Today.

“I like stories that seem to fit into a bigger pattern, and for me, this one was part of it,” King says. “Everything that I've written for a long, long time has always been with the tower in the corner of my eye. In 'Gwendy's Final Task,’ the Dark Tower comes forward more than it does in some of the other works. It's actually in the foreground here.”