What's going on over in France?

Posted: February 24, 2014, 23:15
Something seems to be going on over in France. I got this from Club-StephenKing but I have no idea what it means...

"Here is an overview of the exclusive gift that Stephen King is holding up for you...
Will you guess what is behind that blurred picture?
Come back wednesday to discover more."

The Ring

Posted: February 21, 2014, 13:21
A new essay titled The Ring is being published in Tin House, Issue, 59, Volume 15, Number 3. The theme for that issue is Memory and Steve's essay (only 2 pages) is about their wedding rings and the day they got married.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Sherry Stringfield goes Under the Dome

Posted: February 21, 2014, 09:09
Per TV Guide, Sherry Stringfield ("ER," "CSI") will play Pauline, a mysterious woman who may be connected to the origins of the dome. Previously the Guide teased the return of the eccentric Pauline Rennie, aka Junior's mom and Big Jim's presumed-dead wife, so you can see what we meant about shaking things up.

"I'm thrilled after all these years to be working again with Sherry Stringfield," said executive producer Neal Baer. "We had a blast on 'ER' together, and I know Sherry will bring the same grace, spirit, and intensity to her new, pivotal role on 'Under the Dome'."

Stringfield, who will recur in multiple episodes, joins previously announced Season 2 additions Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, and Karla Crome.

"Under the Dome" returns on Monday, June 30th, and plans to kill off two "favorites" in its Stephen King-penned Season 2 premiere.

Cusack wants Doctor Sleep

Posted: February 19, 2014, 23:20
John Cusack in yet another King movie? If you ask the actor himself the answer is yes.

John Cusack has declared his interest in starring in a big screen adaptation of 'Doctor Sleep,' Stephen King's sequel to 'The Shining.'

While there has been no definite talk of a 'Doctor Sleep' movie, Cusack singled it out in a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A as a project that he would "accept in a heartbeat" if it was offered to him.

Read more here.

Ep. 28: Golden Years-Real Deal Or Fool's Gold?

Posted: February 18, 2014, 00:20

With your hosts Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 28 of The Stephen King Podcast!

As usual, we bring you the latest Stephen King News.

We also crack open the King Crate and dust off the curiousity that was the short lived 1991 TV series - Golden Years.

An original work, created for television, by Stephen King who penned most of the episodes. It concerns a 70 year old Harlan Williams - a nod to Harlan Ellison perhaps? - who begins to age backwards and glow green at times - among other oddities. Is Golden Years the real deal or Fool's Gold? Or a mix of both? Listen to what we have to say. (Note - this segment runs in full SPOILER mode so if you have not seen the series as of yet and plan to do so, you may want to save this for later listening.)

Oh and we also announce the Audio Widget Contest Winner....

The prize is from Cemetery Dance and is a horror anthology with a new short story from Stephen King - Summer Thunder.

You and find it at the CD store, here: "Turn Down The Lights"

Besides Stephen King it has a stellar line up of authors.
Table of Contents:
"Turn Down the Lights..." an introduction by Richard Chizmar
"Summer Thunder" by Stephen King
"Incarnadine" by Norman Partridge
"The Western Dead" by Jack Ketchum
"An Instant Eternity" by Brian James Freeman
"In the Room" by Bentley Little
"Flying Solo" by Ed Gorman
"The Outhouse" by Ronald Kelly
"Lookie Loo" by Steve Rasnic Tem
"Dollie" by Clive Barker
"The Collected Short Stories of Freddie Prothero" by Peter Straub
Afterword by Thomas F. Monteleone

So listen and find out if you won!!!!

Big thanks to Cemetery Dance for the prize.

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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1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
2) 01:19 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
3) 18:20 - King Crate - Forgotten Items - 1991 Golden Years TV Series Review
4) 1:03:04 - Contest Winner Announcement
5) 1:03:50 - Preview of Podcast 29 And Signoff
6) 1:05:20 - Outre

Podcast edited by Lou Sytsma

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Revival in the UK

Posted: February 14, 2014, 23:14
Hodder & Stoughton have now confirmed that they will release Revival in the UK on November 11.

UK Editor Philippa Pride says: “this is an electrifying new book from Stephen King”.

Behind Creepshow

Posted: February 14, 2014, 00:19
Behind the scenes clip from Creepshow.

IT Remake

Posted: February 11, 2014, 10:03
Dan Lin (producer for the upcoming IT remake) had this to say about it to Collider:

“My next hope movie I hope is The Brotherhood. It’s to be directed José Padilha, who directed Robocop. So we’re out to cast on that. It’s genre that I love — cops, gangsters. Based on true story, a mob/cop story in 1980s New York. So we hope to shoot that in the fall. Then Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that. So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa. So I love what he did with True Detective. I think it’s a great sample for Stephen King’s It. So I’m really excited about that.”

First photos from Cell

Posted: February 8, 2014, 00:56
Cell is now filming and here are the first photos.

Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack are in Atlanta filming "Cell," a thriller based on a Stephen King novel. Cell phones transmit a mysterious virus that brings on the apocalypse. Neat!

The movie has been filming in downtown Atlanta this week, just a few blocks from where "Mockingjay" has been filming. It has since moved to a spot in east Cobb,

The movie, which also has filmed underneath a bridge at 85 and Mayson Drive and a Sandy Springs restaurant, needs some fleet-footed extras. Long-distance, marathon and trail runners are needed for scenes to be shot today and next Wednesday and Friday.

Stacy Keach cast in Cell

Posted: February 7, 2014, 09:25
Stacy Keach joins the cast of Cell.

Isabelle Fuhrman (“The Hunger Games”) and Stacy Keach have come on board the movie version of Stephen King’s “Cell,” opposite John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

International Film Trust, the sales agency arm of Benaroya Pictures, is selling the apocalyptic thriller to buyers at the Berlin Film Market.

Tod “Kip” Williams is directing. Benaroya Pictures is financing the film, which recently began shooting in Atlanta.

Fuhrman plays a teenage neighbor of Cusack’s Clay Riddell character who joins him and Jackson’s Tom McCourt character on their journey to safety after a mysterious pulse spreads like a virus through the human population.

Keach (“Nebraska”) will play the headmaster of a prep school where the survivors stop along their way.

Producers are Richard Saperstein, Michael Benaroya, Brian Witten and Shara Kay. While president of Dimension Films, Saperstein oversaw the Stephen King adaptations “The Mist” and “1408,” which also starred Cusack and Jackson, and grossed over $130 million worldwide.

The screenplay for “Cell” was written by Stephen King, with revisions by Adam Alleca.

Grace Victoria Cox goes Under the Dome

Posted: February 6, 2014, 08:37
Spoiler TV reports that Grace Victoria Cox joins the cast of Under the Dome.

Grace Victoria Cox to recur

The casting marks Cox's first screen credit.

The 18-year-old Cox will recur as the lithe, mysterious, beautiful and almost regal Melanie, who catches the eye of Joe (Colin Ford). Poised and ethereal, Melanie is from the right side of the tracks and is a clear contrast to Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz).

Isabelle Fuhrman joins Cell

Posted: February 5, 2014, 22:23
Deadline has some exclusive casting news for Cell:

EXCLUSIVE: Isabelle Fuhrman, who has played memorable baddies in both The Hunger Games and Orphan, has landed the female lead opposite Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack in The Cell. The film is an adaptation of the Stephen King thriller novel about an apocalyptic event that amounts to a pitch heard by anyone on a cell phone at a certain moment in time, which turns them into zombified beings with a herd mentality. Fuhrman will play the lead role of Alice. Paranormal Activity 2 helmer Tod Williams is directing a script by King and Adam Alleca, the latter of whom scripted Last House On The Left.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Ayana headed for TV

Posted: February 5, 2014, 08:41
King's short story Ayana is being done as a television drama by Universal.

Universal TV is currently developing an adaptation of Stephen King's short story, Ayana into a television drama. Ayana was written back in 2007 and was published in The Paris Review.

The story is set in a world of miracles, featuring a variety of themes including complex and powerful characters who interact with magic that leads to profound changes in their own lives.

Chris Sparling will be writing the upcoming project and Ben Haber will be a producer on the drama, Variety reported. Jordan Kerner will be the executive producer on the untitled show.

It has been reported that NBC is currently considering the project. However, if the network does not want the series, Universal TV is prepared to go to other networks.

Check out my Review of Ayana here.

Thanks to Lou Systma

CSI Under the Dome

Posted: February 4, 2014, 23:15
The Hollywood Reporter reports that two new actors has been casted for season 2 of Under the Dome.

Under the Dome is adding two more series regulars for its upcoming sophomore season. CSI: NY's Eddie Cahill and Misfits grad Karla Crome have been tapped to be trapped under the mysterious dome.

Cahill is set to play Sam, Big Jim's (Dean Norris) brother-in-law. The character is described as a handsome recluse and former EMT who can hold his own against Big Jim and forms a deep connection with Julia (Rachelle Lefevre).

Cahill was a series regular for all 197 episodes of CSI: NY, where he played Detective Don Flack. His credits also include romancing Jennifer Aniston's Rachel on Friends, Glory Days and an episode of Dawson's Creek.

Crome, meanwhile, will make her U.S. TV debut as Rebecca, a beautiful teacher who is athletic, smart, tough and sexy.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma.

Follow The Stephen King Podcast on Twitter

Posted: February 3, 2014, 23:52
You know you can follow The Stephen King Podcast on Twitter right?

There you will find a lot of info about what's coming up next on the podcast. Plus what we have been, and will be, talking about in the world of Stephen King.

Check us out on Twitter and follow - @SKingPodcast- so you can stay on top of the latest Stephen King Podcast news.

This past January over 5,500 of you listened to us!!! Plus our total hits just broke the 20,000 mark!!!!!!


So from both of us - Hans and Lou - a BIG THANK YOU!!!!!! to everyone that follows The Stephen King Podcast.

The result is in!

Posted: February 3, 2014, 14:53
The photo contest is over and a winner has been selected by you, the readers of Lilja’s Library. Here is the result.

The grand prize winner is sent in by Gabor Sinko who got 75% of the votes.

2nd place was sent in by Vickie Harper who got 13% of the votes.

3rd place was sent in by Brian who got 5% of the votes.

4th place was sent in by Jacqueline Light who got 4% of the votes.

5th place was sent in by Steffen Pihl who got 3% of the votes.

Congratulations to you all and thank you so much for playing the game with me!!! Maybe we’ll do it soon again…

King on PBS later this year

Posted: February 3, 2014, 09:07
Stephen King has been interviewed for the PBS series Finding Your Roots, where "we trace people’s habitypes, which tell where your ancestors came from." The host is Dr. Henry Louis Gates, who can be seen here with King after their interview, which will air later this year.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Who's the most significant historical figure?

Posted: February 3, 2014, 09:05
Top 50 literary figures

1 William Shakespeare (4)
2 Charles Dickens (33)
3 Mark Twain (53)
4 Edgar Allan Poe (54)
5 Voltaire (64)
6 Oscar Wilde (77)
7 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (88)
8 Dante Alighieri (96)
9 Lewis Carroll (118)
10 Henry David Thoreau (131)
11 Jane Austen (139)
12 Samuel Johnson (141)
13 Homer (152)
14 Lord Byron (158)
15 Walt Whitman (160)
16 John Milton (165)
17 Geoffrey Chaucer (173)
18 Virgil (177)
19 William Wordsworth (182)
20 Stephen King (191)

Read the full list here.

Thanks to Herbert West

Description of Revival

Posted: January 31, 2014, 23:31
Here is a description of Revival that's being released later this year.

From master storyteller Stephen King comes Revival, a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town more than half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed.

King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

The twins from Shining all grown up

Posted: January 30, 2014, 11:36

"Hello, Danny. Come play with us." Who can forget two of the most terrifying hall dwellers ever to appear in a horror flick? Lisa and Louise Burns, the identical twins who played the terrifying Grady sisters in Stanley Kubrick's film "The Shining," made a rare public appearance recently in London during a screening of "Dr. Strangelove" at the British Film Institute, 34 years after their big-screen debut.

The siblings were just 12 years old when they terrified moviegoers in 1980, but today the 46-year-old sisters lead a rather normal life. And while they still look frighteningly similar, they barely resemble the creepy handholding sisters who lurked around the Overlook Hotel. "The Shining" was their final film. Lisa went on to study literature, and Louise became a microbiologist.

Today the twins are active on social media and make regular appearances at horror conventions. Check out the vid to see what the Grady sisters look like nowadays, and be sure to tune in to "The Insider" on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.

2nd season of Under the Dome further from the book

Posted: January 29, 2014, 15:00
Will the second season of Under the Dome be further from the book then the first one? Looks like it...

Under The Dome On CBS -- **Spoiler Alert!*

"Under the Dome" season 2 won't be anything like the book written by Stephen King, according to new spoilers. Can we expect new cast members to be introduced to "Under the Dome" season 2 after the air date?

"Under the Dome" season 2 returns to CBS on Monday, June 30 at 10pm ET/PT. According to, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said that the new season "goes places the book never went."

Though fans of "Under the Dome" may find this disheartening, Tassler adds that the CBS series is "thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first [episode] of next season," she said, thereby confirming that King will remain heavily involved in the writing process of "Under the Dome" season 2.

Because the show must introduce new characters to continue the storyline, new cast members will be introduced after the air date, including: Junior's uncle, "who's been hiding out for reasons we find out," and a new teacher who will teach the drama's kids "how to arm and keep Chester's Mill running." The teacher will most likely be a rival for Dean Norris' character, Big Jim.

Speaking of Big Jim: a new teaser trailer hints that he and Sheriff Linda share an intimate kiss!"

Haven renewed

Posted: January 28, 2014, 21:39
Haven has been renewed for 26 episodes.

"Haven" has been renewed by Syfy. But there's more -- the cable network has renewed the Stephen King-inspired show for a split season of 26 episodes airing in 2014 and 2015, which is double the normal amount of episodes "Haven" normally has per season.

Season 5 of "Haven" is planned to premiere in the fall of 2014, when 13 episodes will air. The final 13 episodes of the season will follow in 2015. There is no word as to whether these will be the last episodes of the series or not.

Thanks to Ari and Lou

Episode 27: Did Haven Open A Dead Zone Door?

Posted: January 26, 2014, 01:37

With your hosts Han Lilja of Lilja's Library and Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 27 of The Stephen King Podcast!

As usual, we bring you the latest Stephen King news.

Plus we review the last 3 episodes of the fourth season of Haven and worry that this may end being a series incomplete much like The Dead Zone TV series withered away in it`s last season.

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

Good or bad, we want it all!

You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:

1) FaceBook - Lilja's Library

2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)

In this podcast:

1) 00:56 - Intro

2) 01:19 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News

3) 12:34 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Our thoughts on the last 3 episodes of Haven Season 4

4) 31:14 - Preview of Podcast 28 And Signoff

5) 34:11 - Outre

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

Theme Music during Haven Segment - from The Dead Zone TV series

Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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Liam Neeson as Roland?

Posted: January 23, 2014, 09:32
This is still just a rumor so take it for that and nothing else as for now.

Schmoe Ville reports that:

Ron Howard is going to make this with MRC and Imagine for around 60 million or so. And he’s likely doing this next. There’s going to be a TV series as well since it’s MRC and I’m thinking it may end up being at Netflix.


I hear Liam Neeson is interested.

How much of this is the truth remains to be seen tough but please let me know what you think of Neeson as Roland? Good or Bad?

Aaron Paul to play Eddie Dean?

Posted: January 21, 2014, 22:56
Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean? Well, maybe. This is from Cinema Blend:

We’ve heard this before. But Paul was in Sundance recently promoting a new film, and was asked by Ain’t It Cool News about the Dark Tower books and whether he’d ever been considered for Dean. The character is a strung-out junkie pulled into a mystical realm by the story’s main hero, Roland, a gunslinger. Dean becomes a hero, despite his numerous flaws. Sounds a lot like Jessie, no? Anyway, Paul says that he hasn’t read all of the books (there are seven), but dropped this huge bomb:

Here is what he said...

I've had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show, which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They're definitely planning on making it. … I'm excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.

Thanks to Gordon W. Olson

Under the Dome back in June

Posted: January 16, 2014, 08:39
zap2it reports from the 2014 TCA press tour where news about season 2 of Under the Dome was released:

CBS showed off a Season 2 teaser for "Under the Dome" at the 2014 TCA press tour panel on Wednesday (Jan. 15) and wow, is there some crazy stuff coming your way, "Dome" fans.

Book author Stephen King is writing the first episode of Season 2, which executive producer Bryan K. Vaughn says is going to be a huge asset.

"The second season is going to take us places the book never go to go, he's bringing his own twists and turns," says Vaughn. "Stephen King gave us ideas we've never imagined. What's outside [the dome] comes inside."

The second season is going to explore the major question that was introduced in the Season 1 finale: The dome is there to protect them, but protect them from what?

In doing so, the show will introduce a new character in the form of Junior's uncle, who has been hiding out for reasons that will be revealed eventually and who will "cause problems for Barbie." Isn't that the Rennie family motto?

Another new character will be a young schoolteacher who is "quite forceful" and who will cause some major heat for Big Jim Rennie (Dean Norris).

Speaking of heat for Big Jim, there was footage of him kissing Linda Esquivel (Natalie Martinez) in the teaser trailer, which ... ew. Maybe that's just a dream he's having? Please?

Finally, death is coming to "Under the Dome." Two fan-favorites won't survive the first episode of Season 2 and EP Neal Baer promises, "No one is safe in this town."

"Under the Dome" premieres Monday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. We'll post the video for you as soon as we have it.

Not sure why they reveal this now but please let it be Joe McAlister and Norrie Calvert-Hill that dies, please...

Kimberly Peirce on Carrie

Posted: January 14, 2014, 08:48
“I did change things. It may not have been as much as some people wanted. But you have a book that’s very specific in time and place and how it represents some things. It’d be challenging to change a lot of things and still have the story work. I understand why you can’t wholeheartedly change the whole thing. I was hired on a green-lit movie, and there’s not a lot of time. You change as much as you can while you’re shooting.”

- Kimberly Peirce on Carrie

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Vote for your favorite King themed Christmas photo!

Posted: January 13, 2014, 09:32
A lot of you sent in photos to the contest where you were asked to send in a Stephen King themed Christmas photo and I have selected the five that I like the best. You can see them here. Now it's up to you. Until January 31st you can vote for you favorite and the one getting the most votes will be the winner and the person that sent in that photo will get the limited The Shining Gift edition from Subterranean Press.

But you who vote won't go unnoticed. One lucky voter will get a copy of my book Lilja's Library - The World of Stephen King in hardback... and if you so choose I'll sign if for you.

So, start voting!

Episode 26: King's November 2013 Road Trip

Posted: January 12, 2014, 23:50

With your hosts Han Lilja of Lilja's Library and Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 26 of The Stephen King Podcast!  This time we hit the road.

This is a special episode focused solely on Stephen King's November 2013 European Tour with stops in France and Germany.

Through the wonders of the Internet we go truly international this time with reports from Jeremy Guerineau for the French leg of the tour and Hans was able to go to the German leg of the tour.

Jeremy is the web site moderator of the French Stephen King website - Club Stephen King

Here is a list of all the media for the King's French appearances:
Press conference (video in english)

Evening with King (video in english, not translated simultaneously). We can see that King is having fun as well as being impressed by the translator

Recap (in french) of all the french events as well as numerous pictures & videos/audios (mostly in french)

Pictures & videos from the signing event

Thanks Jeremy for your report and the links.  It was great to meet you!

Hans does his usual stellar job reporting on the German leg of the tour.

We hope you will all enjoy this episode and as usual we want to hear from you. Good or bad, we want it all! You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:

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In this podcast:
1) 00:56 - Intro.
2) 01:48 - Jeremy & Hans Reports On The Tour
3) 42:59 - Preview of Podcast 27 And Signoff

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Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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Shine on stage

Posted: January 9, 2014, 09:10
The Shining as a stageplay... Could it work?

You never know if you don’t ask.

The board of the Benson Theater took a chance and asked author Stephen King for rights to adapt his book “The Shining” for the stage as a fundraiser toward purchasing, renovating and reopening the 1923 theater at 6054 Maple St.

King said yes.

A staged version of “The Shining,” directed and co-written by Jason Levering, is slated to run March 21 and 22 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Auditions are at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Image Arts Building, 2626 Harney St. The cast calls for 11 actors, many playing multiple roles.

Read more here

Thanks to Herbert West and Troy Tradup