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.

A Good Marriage in Hollow

Posted: May 1, 2013, 16:17
The movie version of A Good Marriage is being filmed in Hollow.

King's novella, adapted into a screenplay by the author and to be turned into a movie by Will Battersby and Peter Askin, is a little darker than that, with a longterm "good" marriage crumbling as the wife (to be played by Joan Allen) discovers her husband may be a serial killer.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma.

Limited ed. of my book now shipping!

Posted: April 28, 2013, 00:15
The limited editions of my book is starting to ship. This one was delivered to Chris Kelaart and is book S. If anyone else out there got his or her copy, please send a photo of Glenn's drawing and what letter you have and I'll post it here on the site.

Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker, each copy featuring an ORIGINAL Glenn Chadbourne drawing on the signature sheet ($250)

J.J. Abrams to put 11/22/63 on TV?

Posted: April 28, 2013, 00:07
King's novel 11/22/63 may become a TV series with J.J. Abrams as an executive producer several sources reports on the Internet. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company and Warner Bros. TV are in talks to adapt the novel about a teacher who travels back in time and tries to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

This will probably be a TV series or miniseries, likely for cable.

More info to come...

Thanks to Lou, Ari and Neil.

Episode 16: Lilja, Lou & Tyson Get Busy Re-Living The Shawshank Redemption

Posted: April 24, 2013, 10:24

Episode 16: Lilja, Lou & Tyson Get Busy Re-Living The Shawshank Redemption - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

In a special podcast we focus on one classic Stephen King Story with special guest Tyson Blue.   We review and compare the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption with the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

Tyson recounts his visit to the Mansfield Prison in Ohio where the movie was shot.  Coming up this year is the 20th anniversary of filming the movie there and a special celebration is planned.  You can find the details at the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society about the 20th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for August 30, 31 & September 1st this year.  Regular tour information can also be found there.

Actor Dean Harris's aka Big Jim Rennie of the upcoming CBS summer TV series - Under The Dome - Twitter ID is - @deanjnorris

Link to Joyland Review

We hope you will all enjoy this episode and as usual we want to hear from you, good or bad, we want it all!

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In this podcast:

1) 00:56 - Lilja and Lou Intro.

2) 01:17 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News

3) 14:43 -  Reviews from The Night Shift: The Shawshank Redemption

4) 56:46 - Preview for next podcast and Signoff

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

Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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New shortstory in book about Rock Bottom Remainders

Posted: April 23, 2013, 18:49
Hard Listening is an Interactive eBook about the rockband Rock Bottom Remainders. I have also gotten confirmation from the publisher that it will also contain a new short story by King (no title yet) that hasn’t been published else ware. In fact, he wrote it just two months ago.

Over 350M books sold. 40 New York Times #1 Bestsellers. One lousy band.

In 1992, a cadre of the world’s bestselling authors formed a rock band. Twenty years later, they’re hanging up their guitar picks, drumsticks and leather whips, but not without a look back on two decades of friendship, love, writing, and the redemptive power of rock’n’roll.

Hard Listening is a voyeuristic view into the private lives of your favorite authors, combining essays, fiction, candid email conversations, Q&As, and interactive parlor games. See Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Dave and Sam Barry, Roy Blount Jr., Mitch Albom, James McBride, Ridley Pearson, Matt Groening, Greg Iles, and rock legend Roger McGuinn at their most unguarded.

So much to say and so few places to say it

Posted: April 22, 2013, 09:05

So much to say and so few places to say it right? Most of you know by now that I have something to say about a lot of things, right? Well, most of you might not care about the non-King stuff but it’s often quite interesting. So, to satisfy my need to talk about everything I find interesting I have created a Facebook group called “Lilja says…” where I comment on what I think you should check out and what you should stay away from and I’d love to hear your comments on the stuff I post there. So, if want I’ll see you over at Lilja Says...

First trailer

Posted: April 19, 2013, 08:21
Here is the first trailer for the last season of Dexter. Only 72 days left now...

Hill’s Twittering From The Circus of the Dead eBook

Posted: April 17, 2013, 15:59
HarperCollins Publishers will released a 100 page eBook from Joe Hill entitled, Twittering From The Circus of The Dead on August 6, 2013.

The short story, written entirely as tweets from a teenage girl, follows an American family on a cross country road trip that goes horribly wrong. The tale first appeared in The New Dead, an anthology of zombie stories, published in 2010.

The eBook will cost $3.99 to download.

Thanks to The Fire Wire

Stephen and Owen at PEN Canada Benefit

Posted: April 17, 2013, 15:39
Both Stephen and his son Owen will Headline PEN Canada Benefit on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

Read the full press release here.

And if you can't attend you can still get a signed copy of Owen's book Double Feature from Cemetery Dance.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Weeds and more...

Posted: April 17, 2013, 15:30
Here you can get an eBook with the following King stories in:

The Cat From Hell
Suffer the Little Children

The one that might be most interesting is Weeds that has not yet been collected or reprinted elsewere.

However, thanks to King expert Rocky Wood we now know that Battleground, Trucks and Suffer the Little Children are reprints of the stories from King's collections, not from 'Cavalier'. Rocky have recorded every minor variation in the publication of these stories and this is definitely not the 'Cavalier' versions.

Weeds might still be of interest though...

How about a copy of Doctor Sleep?

Posted: April 15, 2013, 15:25
Once again it’s time for a contest here at Lilja’s Library and this time the price is a copy of Cemetery Dance's Gift Edition of Doctor Sleep! And this time it’s your love for King that can make this copy yours.

A lot of King fans value their King books more than anything else. Some love their limited the most and some love their well-read copy of their favorite King book. Some will no doubt love this edition of Doctor Sleep the most while others might value another title.

Well, to win this copy you need to take a photo of you and your most cherished King book and send it in to me before September 20, 2013 and then on September 23rd, the day the book is released I’ll let you know who sent in the best photo.

What is the best photo you might ask then? Well, it’s simple. The best photo is the one that shows how much you love a particular King book. And if anyone was wondering, no, it doesn’t have to be a limited and it doesn’t have to be one that’s been read to shreds. It’s not what’s important this time. What’s important is that the photo shows that you love your book…and that both you and the book is in the photo.

Easy right? And you have about 5 month to decide how you want to do it. So get busy! Enter by emailing the photo to me at info[a] no later than September 20th. Oh, this contest is open to anyone, no matter who you are or were you live!

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“Slipcased Oversized Hardcover Gift Edition of only 1,750 illustrated copies printed in two colors with two-color hot foil stamping, a fine binding, and embossed endpapers ($95)”

No Shining prequel if it's up to King

Posted: April 15, 2013, 09:40
It's been reported that Glen Mazzara was writing the script for the prequel for The Shining and now King has commented on it...

“There’s a real question about whether or not they have the rights to ‘Before the Play,’ which was the prologue cut from the book — because the epilogue to the book was called ‘After the Play.’ So they were bookends, and there was really scary stuff in that prologue that wouldn’t make a bad movie. Am I eager to see that happen? No I am not. And there’s some real question about what rights Warner Bros. does still have. The Shining is such an old book now that the copyright comes back to me. Arguably, the film rights lapse — so we’ll see. We’re looking into that.

I’m not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I’m sort of a nice guy. When I was a kid, my mother said, ‘Stephen if you were a girl, you’d always be pregnant.’ I have a tendency to let people develop things. I’m always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn’t happen.”

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King and Dean

Posted: April 15, 2013, 09:01
Dean Norris Tweeted this from the set of Under The Dome

A VERY scary Breaking Bad fan. Oh, he also writes stuff #icon #stephenking #awesomeguy

Cujo to return in 2013

Posted: April 12, 2013, 01:40
Looks like Cujo will be back in 2013 just like Carrie...


Lang Elliott, President & CEO of Sunn Classic Pictures, Inc., announced that Sunn plans to produce the remake of “CUJO” this year representing the 30th Anniversary since Sunn produced and distributed the original “CUJO” motion picture in l983, based upon Stephen King’s novel. The l983 version was highly successful at the worldwide box-office and, compared with today’s inflation and higher ticket prices, the box-office would be well over $225 million even without ancillary sales (i.e., DVD, cable, free television, pay-per-view, etc.).

“CUJO” is the story of a large, playful St. Bernard dog that is transformed into a hideous killing machine after being infected by rabies. Donna Trenton’s car is on the fritz, and she and her son take her ailing automobile to their mechanic. Upon their arrival, the car stalls and refuses to restart. The mechanic fails to appear so Donna searches for him. The transformed, maniacal “CUJO” reveals himself; he is highly agitated and very aggressive. Donna hardly recognizes this filthy, monstrous creature foaming at the mouth. Suddenly “CUJO” charges Donna, who barely makes it back into the car for protection. Trapped with her son and the windows rolled up, the sweltering heat begins to take its toll. “CUJO’s” powerful state of insanity and violence await.


Glen Mazzara pens Overlook Hotel

Posted: April 11, 2013, 23:33
Glen Mazzara, former showrunner of The Walking Dead is in negotiations to pen the screenplay to what is being called Overlook Hotel the prequel to Stephen King’s horror classic The Shining. My hope and guess is that it will be based on Before the Play.

Thanks to Ari

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King book is 'a jumping off point'

Posted: April 2, 2013, 01:26
Producers from CBS’s upcoming summer series Under the Dome took to the WonderCon stage Saturday night to give the crowd a taste of what to expect from the series, starring Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, and Rachelle Lefevre.

Read all about it here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Under the Dome at WonderCon

Posted: March 27, 2013, 23:37
King's official site reports about Under the Dome at WonderCon on March 30th.

UTD at WonderCon
Posted: March 27th, 2013 9:51:31 am EDT

Cast and crew members of the upcoming Under the Dome TV adaptation will be on hand at the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon 2013. (March 30th at 7pm.)

There will be Q&A discussion panel as well as a giveaway of an exclusive video clip from the pilot episode. Five lucky attendees will also receive a copy of Under the Dome signed by Stephen.

Stephen on Double Feature by Owen King

Posted: March 26, 2013, 09:10
Stephen Comments on Double Feature by Owen King
March 25th, 2013 2:21:06 pm

"If you are in the mood to laugh your ass off, Double Feature will perform that surgery and painlessly. I am proud of my son, Owen, and in awe of his talent. The book might be a little difficult to locate at Barnes & Noble but if you seek, there or elsewhere, you will find it."

-Stephen King

Doctor Sleep press release

Posted: March 21, 2013, 15:55


STEPHEN KING to return to the characters and territory of one
of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in 2013

‘Hugely anticipated’ – The Sunday Times

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting, stand-alone novel, Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and devoted to their comfortable Recreational Vehicles. But they live off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Following a childhood haunted by the time he spent with his parents at the Overlook Hotel, Dan Torrance has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home in rural New Hampshire where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying.

Aided by a prescient cat, Dan becomes ‘Doctor Sleep’.

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival...

Publication of the hardcover, eBook and digital download will be September 24, 2013. And if you want a taster before then, check out the CD or digital download of The Wind through The Keyhole in which Stephen King reads the Prologue.