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.

Bates Motel; Good or Bad?

Posted: March 21, 2013, 12:55
Did anyone watch the first episode of Bates Motel? If so, what did you think?

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Posted: March 21, 2013, 11:48
At last we're about to get a new novel Joe Hill. It's called NOS4A2 (pronounced "nosferatu") and it's being released on April 30. You can now see Hill himself talk about it in the clip below and read an excerpt here.

King to benefit Twain House

Posted: March 18, 2013, 00:20
King will be in Hartford in July to benefit Twain House:

Stephen King, the author of horror books, mystery stories and essays, will engage in a conversation with WNPR radio host a Courant blogger Colin McEnroe, July 18, at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. The event is a benefit for the Mark Twain House.

Twain House members can reserve tickets on March 18. Become a member by calling 860-280-3112 or visiting Annual memberships begin at $35 for ages 39 and younger and $50 for other individuals.

Tickets go on sale to the general public March 21. Cost is $25 to $75. A $250 VIP ticket includes a reception with King and an autographed book.

Information: 860-987-5900 and

Thanks to Ajazlou


Posted: March 12, 2013, 13:57
Do you enjoy Joe Hill's books? Well I do and right now I wish I lived in the US so that I could see him during his upcoming book tour for NOS4A2.

The book is released on April 30th.

Episode 15

Posted: March 11, 2013, 22:50

Episode 15: Lilja & Lou & Tyson Take A Double Featured Trek Through A Storm Of The Century & Owen King's New Novel  - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

We review the made for TV Mini-series: Storm Of The Century with special guest Tyson Blue - who recounts his set visit. We make mention of Carrie, The Stand, include Listener Feedback, and talk about the SOTC screenplay.

Plus Tyson gives a spoiler free preview of Owen King's upcoming novel - Double Feature - due for release on March 19th.

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) 01:13 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News

3) 21:48 -  Reviews from The Night Shift: Storm Of The Century

4) 01:16:00 - Spoiler Free Sneek Peek: Owen King's new novel - Double Feature

5) 50:42 - 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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Guns at

Posted: March 6, 2013, 00:27
Don't forget that Guns now is out as an audio book from In the essay King talks about guns and why he pulled Rage from the shelves. Check it out.

Link to audiobook

Narrated by: Christian Rummel.
Audiobook length: 49 minutes.
Price: $0.99

Mercy synopsis

Posted: February 28, 2013, 21:45
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming Mercy, based on Gramma.

Based on a short story by Stephen King, Mercy tells the tale of two young boys (The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs and Super 8’s Joel Courtney) who move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, they fear she might not be the only one who won’t make it through the summer alive.

Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and overcome the evil forces threatening their family.

Directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut), Mercy is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie’s Angels) and Mary Viola (Brooklyn’s Finest, We Are Marshall) of Wonderland Sound and Vision.

Thanks to Herbert West

Under the Dome begins shooting pilot

Posted: February 26, 2013, 10:30
The television adaptation of Under the Dome begins shooting its pilot episode at the end of the week. The director of the pilot episode is Niels Arden Oplev, the Danish director who helmed the original adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2009.

According to "Steve's going to be on the set for Under the Dome most of this week"

Read more here and check out Chesters Mill's site here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Rachelle Lefevre joins Under the Dome

Posted: February 20, 2013, 13:57
Dread Central reports that former Twilight star Rachelle Lefevre has signed on for Under the Dome:

Another lead role has been filled for the CBS adaptation of Stephen King's "Under the Dome" as former Twilight star Rachelle Lefevre signs on to the miniseries, which will premiere in June.

Per THR, Lefevre will play Julia, an investigative reporter who just moved from Chicago to Chester's Mill with her husband, a doctor at the town's medical center. She's the editor of the town's local paper and is intrigued after learning of multiple deliveries of propane gas to a nearby warehouse. She's baffled by the appearance of the strange dome but more concerned with the whereabouts of her mysteriously missing husband.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Joyland in the UK

Posted: February 18, 2013, 10:17
Who dares enter the King's funhouse of fear? Hodder & Stoughton will publish the audio digital download of King's Joyland. Here is the press release:

Hodder is proud to announce that they will publish the audio digital download of Stephen King’s JOYLAND on June 4, 2013. US imprint, Hard Case Crime, will publish the paperback original. Rights in the audio were acquired from Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff & Verrill for British Commonwealth, excluding
Canada .

‘I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,’ says Stephen King who has combined these elements into a wonderful new novel.

JOYLAND is both a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss and your first heartbreak. As Devin reflects: 'That fall was the most beautiful of my life. Even forty years later I can say that. And I was never so unhappy, I can say that, too. People think first love is sweet, and never sweeter than when that first bond snaps.'

King's UK editor, Philippa Pride, says: ‘JOYLAND is a beautifully written, sometimes joyous, sometimes heartrending, always gripping story, the ending of which will move you to tears as you
listen. It is part of a bumper year for Stephen King and Hodder in 2013 in both audio and print form.’

February sees publication of the mass market paperback of The Wind through the Keyhole, the new Dark Tower novel which the Guardian describes as ‘a gem of a novel, enchanting and
enchanted’, cinema goers viewing the highly anticipated remake of Carrie in the autumn will be racing to buy a tie-in paperback edition and audio, and readers and listeners are already queuing for September’s giant hardcover, Doctor Sleep, in which King revisits the territory and characters of The Shining. Bag of Bones is due to be seen on UK television within the next year.

I couldn’t resist...

Posted: February 16, 2013, 00:55
...telling you about this thing I found out today. Between 1993 and 2005 the TV series NYPD Blue" aired in the US. Along with "The Sopranos" this was the absolute best thing you could watch on TV. In 2003 the first two seasons were released on DVD, but then nothing happened. Not until 2006 when season three and four was released. And then again nothing... until now.

Today I saw that in England season 5 to 12 will be released on DVD within just over two months. Season 5 and 6 is being released on Monday February 18, season 7 and 7 on February 25, 9 and 10 on March 25 and season 11 and 12 on April 29. This means that me and every other fan of the show will finally be able to own all 12 seasons.

Covers for season five to ten.

Lilja at NerdCafe

Posted: February 14, 2013, 23:36
Here is the video from me at NerdCafe. Unfortunately the sound didn't work all the time and it comes and goes but then most of you might not understand Swedish anyway right?

Lilja on the radio

Posted: February 14, 2013, 23:08
Listen to Lilja on the radio. Earlier today I talked about my speach at the NerdCafe with Swedish radio and if you want to check it out you can do so here.

Scroll down to the link:
Lyssna på: 16.00 - 16.30 torsdag 14 feb 2013´

When the player starts you go to 21 min and there you'll find it.

Dale “Barbie” Barbara has been cast

Posted: February 14, 2013, 00:22
Under the Dome has cast its lead role: Actor Mike Vogel has signed on to the CBS thriller as Dale “Barbie” Barbara, an Army veteran who arrives in the small town of Chester’s Mill on a mysterious mission.

The summer series, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, previously cast Jolene Purdy, Nicholas Strong, Britt Robertson, Alex Kotch and Natalie Martinez.

Thanks to Herbert West

Lilja on the radio

Posted: February 12, 2013, 22:51
Today radio Östergötland (Swedish) called and wanted to do an interview about me talking about King on Nördcafe in Lindköping on February 14th. If you want to listen to it (I think you need to live in Sweden to hear it live but you might find it here afterwards) I think it will air around 4PM on the 14th.

More info here.

Amazon announces streaming deal for Under the Dome

Posted: February 12, 2013, 10:19
Looks like Amazon will make episodes of Under the Dome available just days after the series makes its debut on TV in June.

The latest example came on Monday, when Amazon announced an unusual arrangement with CBS, the country’s most-watched television network, to carry episodes of “Under the Dome” just days after the series makes its debut on TV in June.

“This deal is yet another sign that the streaming marketplace is becoming more and more robust,” said Scott Koondel, the chief content licensing officer for CBS, a position that was created two months ago. “Advances in user-friendly technology from companies like Amazon and Netflix are a boon for premium content owners.”

Read more here and here.

What do you think? Will you watch Under the Dome on Amazon?

Thanks to Herbert West and Lou Sytsma

Win a Limited Edition of Doctor Sleep by King

Posted: February 11, 2013, 23:59
Enter this brand new contest to win a Limited Gift Edition or a US First Edition of Doctor Sleep, the highly anticipated upcoming sequel to The Shining. The new novel by King is set to hit stores this September.

Click here to enter the contest:


On September 30, 2013, only a few days after the official release of Doctor Sleep, we will be announcing 12 winners at random from the total number of entries received.

The first 2 winners will receive:

Stephen King Doctor Sleep Limited Gift Edition by Cemetery Dance Publications. 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.

Author: Stephen King
Artist: Vincent Chong & Erin S. Wells
Page Count: 500 (estimated)
Pub. Date: September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-58767-401-3
Status: Forthcoming

The next 10 winners will receive:

Stephen King Doctor Sleep First US Trade Edition

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Scribner (September 24, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476727651
ISBN-13: 978-1476727653
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 inches

Lilja & Lou Podcast - Episode 14: Lilja & Lou Close The Barn Doors On Haven Season 3

Posted: February 11, 2013, 09:55

With 2 books out this year plus a new TV series our money is on a very, very good year for King fans.

Episode 14: Lilja & Lou Close The Barn Doors On Haven Season 3  - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

We review the last 4 episodes of Haven Season 3.  Find out what we liked and disliked about the home stretch of the third season of Haven.

We talk about the latest Stephen King news - Under The Dome casting and movie castings.

Finally we open Marv's Mailbag to field listener questions including an audio one!

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) Twitter - @LiljaLouPodcast - please use the hashtag #LiljaLouPodcast

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

In this podcast:

1) 00:56 - Lilja and Lou Intro.
2) 01:19 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News
3) 13:08 - Reviews from The Night Shift: Lilja & Lou Review the last 4 episodes of Haven Season 3. 
4) 32:25 - Marv's Mailbag - Listener Questions
5) 50:42 - 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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“After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.”

Room 237 was directed by Rodney Ascher and starts a number of limited theatrical engagements on March 29th.

Source: Daily Dead.

Tod “Kip” Williams to direct Cell

Posted: February 9, 2013, 00:03
Bloody Disgusting reports about the movie version of Cell.

Eli Roth was years ago attached to direct a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell, but ultimately passed because technology was moving too quickly. Point was, by the time he developed, filmed and released the movie, it would be “outdated.” He was right.

Either way, now out of Dimension and Weinstein Company hands, Screen Daily is reporting that Cargo Entertainment has attached Paranormal Activity 2‘s Tod “Kip” Williams to direct John Cusack, pictured, in the Stephen King adaptation. Cusack has always been attached to the project.

King and The Last House On The Left writer Adam Alleca adapted “Cell,” which “Centres on a graphic artist who struggles to reach his wife and son in the aftermath of a devastating pulse transmitted through a mobile phone network.” King’s novel is a throwback to his early apocalyptic horror novels. In a single moment, a pulse sent out through cell phones around the world turns every phone user into a crazed, murderous zombie.

Production is set to start in May.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Revised “Carrie” gets Cincinnati debut

Posted: February 7, 2013, 10:28
September will be a scream at The Carnegie as Showbiz Players debuts the new, improved version of the horror musical “Carrie,” which famously came and went on Broadway in 1988.

Based on Stephen King’s bestseller about a misfit teen with a smother-mother and telekinetic powers, Showbiz’ Bunny Arszman promises it’s “newly reworked and fully re-imagined,” including being updated to today.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Fiction Sphere have recently released the trailer for their upcoming adaptation of The Boogeyman. The film stars two Game of Thrones cast members; Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) and James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont).

More limited news...

Posted: February 6, 2013, 09:27
I got the following update about the limited Christine and Pet sematary from Club Stephen King.

I told you long ago, the publisher PS Publishing will sell for April 29 a special anniversary edition (30 years) of CHRISTINE and November 14, a special edition anniversary (30 years) Pet Sematary (Pet Sematary .

Bev Vincent has just pointed out that introduction CHRISTINE include a novel by Michael Marshall Smith, and it will be Ramsey Campbell, who will write an introduction for exclusive Pet Sematary.

I remember the details of these special editions birthdays, as known to date:

- New cover art
- Illustrations of openings and end of the book (end papers)
- New jackets around the box
- About six illustrations B & W
- Signature of the artist (it is quite possible that this is Mark Geyer, who illustrated the limited edition, special anniversary, 10 years, THE GREEN MILE , and who made ​​the frontispieces of the European versions of ROSE MADDER / BAG OF BONES )
- Facsimile signature of Stephen King
- Edition: 300 to 400 copies, numbered.

More casting under the dome

Posted: February 6, 2013, 09:25
Deadline reports that Aisha Hinds (Detroit 187) is the latest to be cast in Under The Dome Hinds will play Carolyn Hill, a take-no-prisoners Los Angeles entertainment attorney who is trapped in Chester’s Mill while driving through town with her partner, and their daughter, on their way to deliver their teenaged daughter to a camp for troubled youth.

More limited edition news

Posted: February 5, 2013, 11:06
Found this on The Fire Wire today.

According to the most recent PS Publishing newsletter, the UK Publisher of fine books will release two special Stephen King anniversary editions later this year.

Both Christine and Pet Sematary will get the special treatment with new wraparound covers, new two-page endpapers back and front (each one different) and full color wraparound artwork on a special slipcase. The artists will be signing the tip sheets plus a facsimile signature from the author. The print run will be small, around 300 or 400 numbered copies so.