Anniversary editions

Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:13
PS Publishing will release anniversary editions of Skeleton Crew and Thinner. Here is the news from Fire Wire:

PS Publishing To Release Special Slipcased Anniversary Editions of Stephen King’s Thinner & Skeleton Crew In The Spring of 2014

Next year (spring and late winter respectively), PS Publishing will release special slipcased Anniversary editions of Stephen King’s Thinner (originally published under the by-line of Richard Bachman) and Skeleton Crew.

Stepping up to the plate for artwork chores on Thinner is Les Edwards while multiple Jack Kirby Award-winning comic book artist Stephen R. Bissette is already going hell-for-leather on color spreads for Skeleton Crew plus art-headers for each story.

The publisher is planning on including Pete Von Sholly’s storyboards for Frank Darabont’s movie adaptation of The Mist.

Future updates regarding these two books will include: the details of introductions, afterwords, signatures, etc.

Phil & Sundance

Posted: May 17, 2013, 12:34
I had totally missed this and only just found it the other day over at Charnel House/:

MAJOR UNPUBLISHED WORK NEWS! Recently, news of a previously unheard-of Stephen King work leaked to the internet. King experts didn't know about it. I didn't know about it. The only people who knew about it were Stephen King and the person for whom he wrote it (more details as I get them).

The work is called "Phil & Sundance", an unfinished 80-page novella Stephen King wrote in 1987. Numerous sources have checked and it is, indeed, a legitimate Stephen King piece of fiction. French website Club Stephen King posted a scan of the very first page, with a note from King on it, indicating that it might be a piece intended for young people. You'll see that page to the right (click on it to read it more clearly).

Right now, no one knows what the plans are for "Phil & Sundance." Will King finish it and publish it? Will he post the unfinished work to his site, a la The Cannibals? Will it remain unfinished and unpublished, like "Comb Dump"? No one knows. In any event, this is one of the most exciting Stephen King finds in the last decade, and you can expect the Stephen King community to be abuzz about it for awhile. As of right now, books by Justin Brooks (Stephen King: A Primary Bibliography) and Rocky Wood (Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished) are delightfully out-of-date.

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New hope for DT movie?

Posted: May 17, 2013, 10:07
Here are the latest news about The Dark Tower Movie.

After getting rejected by two studios on an ambitious multi-platform treatment of Stephen King’s seminal novel series The Dark Tower, Grazer, Howard, Akiva Goldsman and King streamlined their original ambition to adapt nine volumes into three features and two limited-run TV series. Now, Media Rights Capital is committed to make a single movie with Russell Crowe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, with more movies coming if the first gets results. This isn’t set in stone, as Grazer tells me that he has just been approached by a Silicon Valley investor willing to finance Dark Tower as originally constructed, Now it’s a matter of deciding what path to take.

So, what do you Think? Will Russell Crowe be a good Roland?

Thanks to Herbert, Anders and Ari

More info about Hard Listening

Posted: May 17, 2013, 10:03
This was released on King’s site:

On June 18, 2013, a new eBook will be released by titled Hard Listening, an anthology written by members of the Rock Bottom Remainders. Of particular interest to fans of Stephen's: his contributions to the book include a new essay, a new short story, and several candid email exchanges. There is also a featured writing contest, in which several of the authors (including King) contributed short stories written in the author’s style. Readers then get to vote on which piece was actually written by King before seeing the results.

From the table of contents we learn that there will be letters and an essay from King called Just A Little Talent by Stephen King.

Read more here and check out an excerpt here.

King coming to Europe

Posted: May 17, 2013, 08:30
On King's official forum, in a dedicated tour thread the moderator had the following to say.

We have the dates and cities all set up but the publisher needs to find venues in a couple of the locations. The tour in Europe is a lot farther behind in the planning other than having the couple of weeks in November set aside and that France and Germany will be the only countries involved this time around.

Thanks to Club Stephen King

John Cusack filming Cell in September

Posted: May 16, 2013, 08:38
John Cusack starts filming King's Cell in September.

From the Press Release
On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (IFT), has added a new title to their Cannes slate - the Stephen King adaptation CELL, starring John Cusack - it was announced today by IFT President Ariel Veneziano.

IFT has acquired the remaining international territories for CELL, based on the novel by Stephen King, with Benaroya Pictures now on board to finance and co-produce.

CELL stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (2012) and will be directed by Tod "Kip" Williams (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR).

Richard Saperstein (THE TOXIC AVENGER, HANCOCK, SE7EN) and Michael Benaroya (LAWLESS, MARGIN CALL) are producing along with The Genre Company's Brian Witten and Shara Kay. Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin of Cargo Entertainment will executive produce.

When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users' minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected "phoners."

The film is currently in pre-production with principal photography set to begin in September.

Under the Dome scenes include fake gun fire

Posted: May 15, 2013, 00:33
Interesting article from WECT.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Crews with Under the Dome continue filming in the Wilmington area Tuesday.

Don't be alarmed if you hear gunfire near Church Street, some of the scenes could include possible fake gun fire.

According to film permits, the scene involves a character breaking into a house while another actor comes out of the home with a fake rifle to prevent the crime.

They will be working on the scene until 11:00 Tuesday night.

The locally-filmed mini-series is based on a Stephen King novel with the same title.

Under the Dome is about a fictitious town called Chester's Mill that finds itself surrounded by a mysterious barrier that won't allow people to travel outside of it.

The series will air on CBS in June.

Titles of Under the Dome episodes

Posted: May 14, 2013, 10:14
Here are the titles and a short description of episode 4-7 of Under the Dome.

- - SPOILERS - -

Episode 1.04 – “Outbreak”
An epidemic breaks out in Chester’s Mill, and the clinic is running out of medicine to treat people.

Episode 1.05 – “Blue On Blue”
A soldier outside the dome tells Barbie that the military is getting ready to leave, and that the government is afraid that the dome is starting to affect magnetic fields.

Episode 1.06 – “The Endless Thirst”
Store looting becomes a problem when the townspeople worry that water and food are running out.

Episode 1.07 – “Broadcast Signal Intrusion”
Joe and Norrie head for the center of the dome to try to find what's causing it. Harriet goes into labor.

Lilja's Library Exclusive Joyland news!

Posted: May 13, 2013, 14:13
Here is some exclusive news from Lilja’s Library. Starting today you can pre-order three different hardcover editions of King’s upcoming book Joyland. Here is the press release:


Hard Case Crime Announces Collectible Hardcover Editions
of Stephen King’s New Novel

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New York, NY; London, UK (May 13, 2013) – Stephen King’s new novel JOYLAND, which will be published as a paperback original on June 4 by the award-winning Hard Case Crime line from Titan Books, will also be released a week later in three hardcover limited editions for collectors, two of them signed by the author. All three hardcover editions will feature both a new cover painting and nine black-and-white interior illustrations by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the painter responsible for more than 1,000 classic book covers as well as the iconic movie posters for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the original Sean Connery James Bond movies. JOYLAND will be the first book ever fully illustrated by McGinnis, whose 70-year career includes induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame alongside Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. In a nod to the look of classic crime novels, the hardcover editions will also feature a map on the back cover, drawn by Susan Hunt Yule, of the Joyland amusement park where the story takes place.

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The three hardcover editions will be available from Titan Books and can be pre-ordered starting today from the following web page: There will be a numbered edition of 724 copies signed by the author, priced at $75 (£55.99), as well as a rarer lettered edition of just 26 copies priced at $200 (£150) that will be signed by the author and packaged in a handmade collectible traycase. An unsigned gift edition of 1,500 copies will also be available for $40 (£29.99).

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Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, JOYLAND tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. JOYLAND is a brand-new book and has never previously been published. One of the most beloved storytellers of all time, Stephen King is the world’s best-selling novelist, with more than 300 million books in print.

Episode 17: Lilja, Lou Try To Untangle Themselves From The Mangler

Posted: May 12, 2013, 21:48

Episode 17: Lilja, Lou Try To Untangle Themselves From The Mangler - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

Last podcast we discussed the pinnacle of King movie adaptations with The Shawshank Redemption. This time we head the other way and descend to the depths of horrible film making to discuss The Mangler.

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 - Lilja and Lou Intro.
2) 01:31 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News
3) 13:35 -  Reviews from The Night Shift: The Mangler
4) 30:38 - Preview for next podcast and Signoff

Intro Music - Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

Listen here or on iTunes.

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Hill on Under the Dome

Posted: May 11, 2013, 05:50
Remeber my post about Joe Hill seeing the pilot of Under the Dome? Well, here is a comment on that from the people behind Under the Dome:

Well, we have received our first official review of the Under the Dome pilot…and it comes from none other than author Stephen King ‘s son, author Joe Hill. This means, A. the pilot is actually done, or at least in a fine cut at this point, B. Stephen King does not dislike it enough to not allow his son to see it, and C. Joe Hill likes to go public with nearly everything he thinks. The Under the Dome pilot does not air on CBS until June 24th, so it is not uncommon for a pilot to be finished this long before a premiere date. Pus, CBS gave an order to make Under the Dome a straight-to-series type of series. This means, that they decided to go forward with 13 episodes without even seeing a pilot. This used to never happen, especially. when shows like Michael Bay’s The Last Boat get a order and they decide to wait a full calendar year between shooting the pilot and the first regular episode. However, these days, anything is possible in television, even broadcast television. Of course, comparing it to Lost is a little unimaginative for a best-selling author, but I am sure he is not allowed to say much more. Conjuring up memories of Lost is probably what the Under the Dome producers want him to do anyway. Whatever works for ratings, I guess.

Plot info about Haven season 4

Posted: May 11, 2013, 04:49
Startling new mysteries and secrets are in the works as Syfy’s hit series Haven went into production on May 8, on an all-new 13 episode Season 4 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

When Haven premieres this October, Colin Ferguson (Eureka) returns to Syfy playing William, a handsome mysterious stranger, whose secret agenda leads him to Audrey (Emily Rose).

Season 4 of Haven picks up six months after the devastating events of the Season 3 cliffhanger in which the town was pummeled by a violent meteor storm. Audrey and Duke (Eric Balfour) vanished into thin air leaving an injured Nathan (Lucas Bryant) marooned in Haven.

Ghost Brothers Road Trip

Posted: May 10, 2013, 23:34
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be going on the road. Here are the places they will stop.

10 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University Auditorium
11 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall *
12 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium
13 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium **
16 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
17 – Evansville, IN – Aiken Theatre at The Centre
18 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
19 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
22 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
24 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
25 – Madison, WI – Overture Hall
26 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center
27 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre ***
31 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

1 – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre
2 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
3 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
5 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
6 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall

For more info, head over to King's official site.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Haven casting news

Posted: May 8, 2013, 16:24
Here are some casting news for the forth season of Haven

Former Eureka star Colin Ferguson is back at Syfy, joining the upcoming fourth season of the network’s drama Haven for a season-long arc. On the show, based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, Ferguson will play William, a handsome mysterious stranger, whose secret agenda leads him to FBI agent-turned cop in the small town of Haven, Main Audrey Parker (Emily Rose).

New ending and a second season ?

Posted: May 7, 2013, 09:06
This interesting article from zap2it asks some very interesting questions.

1. What is this new ending...
2. What happens if there is a second season?
3. If there isn't a second season, will we get a satisfying ending?

"Under the Dome" is coming to CBS this summer, the story of a small town that suddenly finds itself encased in a giant dome. Creator Brian K. Vaughn teases the outline of the show for SFX, which he says will have three distinct sections.

"The first section is fate. The second section is fear. And the third section is fascism. I won't say who is the fascist or what exactly that means, but I think you get the sense that things are going to go wrong very quickly under the dome, and we're going to need an iron fist keeping order," says Vaughn.

He also reassures fans that people who have read the book won't necessarily know exactly what's coming.

"There's sort of a perhaps slightly different explanation for the dome," says Vaughn. "I nervously pitched Stephen King what a different version of the ending might be ... He said, 'I wish I'd thought of that.'"

"Which, I suspect, is just Stephen being kind," laughs Vaughn. "But he's been great."

Neal Baer, the showrunner, adds that the series can be seen as a parable for the times we're living in.

He tells Huff Post Live, "What does it mean for your town when you start to run low on food, fuel, medicine? What happens when the dome gets a little polluted when you're burning stuff for heat? It's not a big step to think about what that means for us, running low on fuel, running low on water, what about pollution."

"We can do a show that touches on these issues -- that's why we call it a parable for our time without being preachy or pedantic."

It all leaves us wondering -- what does a Season 2 look like? That's a little cart-before-the-horse, but CBS is not running "Under the Dome" as a miniseries, meant to only air this summer.

If it is successful, the show will be renewed for a second season. We wonder what happens then -- will there be more story to tell? And if it doesn't get renewed, will Season 1 wrap up the story in a satisfying way?

"Under the Dome" premieres Monday, June 24 on CBS.

Sneak Peek of Rose

Posted: May 7, 2013, 00:00
Cemetery Dance has released a sneak peek of Vincent Chong's interior for Doctor Sleep.

Vincent Chong turned in the rest of his original color interiors for our special edition of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which sold out just one week after it was announced, and we thought you might like a little sneak peek at another of the main characters, Rose Flanagan, who is known as Rose the Hat by the True Knot, the nomadic family she travels with:

The Dark Tower comics coming to an end...

Posted: May 6, 2013, 22:55
The end for The Dark Tower is here. As it looks now this will be the last arc.

Marvel concludes its Dark Tower saga with this all-new one-shot!

How does the Gunslinger’s quest echo the legendary battle between a young Arthur Eld and a towering Lord Perth? Find out here!

Only 49 days left...

Posted: May 6, 2013, 11:55
...until Under the Dome premiers on CBS. Here are the trailers/teasers we have so far.

First look

Say Goodbye (teaser)

No Way Out Teaser (teaser)


Hill on King

Posted: May 6, 2013, 10:41
Joe Hill talks about being the son of Stephen King...

“At a certain point, working on NOS4A2, I thought, maybe I’d like to have fun with it,” says Hill. “Instead of shying away from it and avoiding it like a dangerous infection, maybe it would be fun to goof on Stephen King a bit.”

Read more here

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

More casting for A good Marriage

Posted: May 6, 2013, 08:21
A Good Marriage will begin filming later this month and it will star Joan Allen as the wife. We have now also learned that Kristen Connolly will be playing the daughter and Anthony LaPaglia the husband/father. No release date has been set yet.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

A Good Marriage to filming this month

Posted: May 3, 2013, 10:42
The Movie version of King's A Good Marriage begins filming this month. Here is an update from Dread Central:

It's been nearly a year since there was anything to talk about regarding the latest Stephen King adaptation heading our way, A Good Marriage, but word has come that production is getting under way at the end of May in Sleepy Hollow, NY, with a 15-day shoot scheduled at a local home.

Joan Allen will star in the adaptation of the Stephen King novella, which was featured in Full Dark No Stars. Peter Askin, who directed the 2007 documentary about the Hollywood Blacklist and McCarthyism titled Trumbo, is on board to helm the thriller and is producing with his Reno Productions partner Will Battersby.

King’s story centers on a woman named Darcy who discovers the sinister and gruesome double life that her husband of 25 years and father of their two children has been living. She must now decide how far she is willing to go to maintain the marriage. King wrote the screenplay for the movie, which is being financed by independent equity. Paradigm is handling domestic rights, while Atlas International is selling foreign rights.

Tate Taylor to visit Joyland

Posted: May 3, 2013, 08:36
It's happened before and now it's happened again. A book by King has been sold to Hollywood before it's even released. It happened to The Talisman and now it's happened to Joyland. Let's just hope this one won’t get stuck in Development Hell like The Talisman...

Deadline reports that Tate Taylor, who launched his writing and directing career by getting the option on The Help before author Kathryn Stockett was done writing it, has gotten himself on the ground floor of another sure-fire bestseller. Taylor has been granted an option by Stephen King to adapt and direct Joyland, the King novel that will be published in June. Taylor will adapt to direct, and John Norris will produce through his Wyolah Films banner. Taylor will also produce.

Source: Dread Central.
Thanks to Ari

The Dark Tower on Netflix?

Posted: May 3, 2013, 08:32
In an interview with Netflix’s Chief Content Office, Ted Sarandos, the question about The Dark Tower came up. No confirmation but not a denial either...

Arrested Development creator Ron Howard has also been circling Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – any chance Netflix could pick it up?

I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.

What do you think? Can Netflix pull it off?

Simpsons and Under the Dome

Posted: May 2, 2013, 08:56
Simpsons in Under the Dome

Now CBS’ upcoming series adaptation of King’s Under the Dome is going to give the Fox animated hit a shout-out in return.

The backstory: King originally began work on his sprawling eco-parable bestseller in 1976, then shelved the project for a couple decades before picking it up again and ultimately publishing the novel in 2009. In the meantime, 20th Century Fox released The Simpsons Movie in 2007 with a broadly comic take on the same concept. Fox’s series The Simpsons then mocked the coincidence in a 2010 episode where Monty Burns begins to seal Springfield with a giant dome while brandishing a copy of King’s book before realizing this has already been done once before.

Now the upcoming series version of Under the Dome will throw a reference back to The Simpsons in its third episode. “We do make a reference to The Simpsons Movie,” showrunner Neal Baer told EW. “We have a ‘recharge party’ in episode 3 and the kids are watching it.”

There won’t be actual footage of the film in the scene, but it’s definitely in the script. “We make a verbal reference,” Baer teases.

Under the Dome descends on CBS on June 24.