Limited Doctor Sleep announced

Posted: February 4, 2013, 16:16
Cemetery Dance just announced a limited edition of Doctor Sleep

Special Features Exclusive to this Collector's Edition:
• deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two-color interior printing

• full color cover artwork by Vincent Chong

• six color paintings by Vincent Chong printed on a high-quality glossy stock and tipped into the book

• twenty black & white full page illustrations and six black & white spot illustrations by Erin S. Wells

• high-quality embossed endpapers and fine bindings for all three editions

• full-color signature sheets in the signed editions

• extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the print run of the trade hardcover edition from Scribner — and you will NOT find our edition in chain bookstores!

For more info, head over to their site

More info can be found on the official site

Thanks to Ari

Gramma casting

Posted: February 1, 2013, 23:00
Mark Duplass has signed on for Universal and Blumhouse‘s Mercy based on King's Gramma that stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning. Peter Cornwell (A Haunting In Connecticut) is directing, with Jason Blum, McG, and Wonderland Sound and Vision’s Mary Viola producing.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Carrie Underwood's Christine

Posted: January 29, 2013, 14:28
Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadillacs, a nod to King's Christine.

Nice nod to King's Christine

Behind the scenes clip where she discusses how King was part of her life growing up and the inspiration for the video:

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Under the Dome cast grows

Posted: January 29, 2013, 08:41
Latest cast update:

Glee's Jolene Purdy and Nashville's Nicholas Strong have joined the cast of Under the Dome.

Purdy, who played tough-girl Ronnie in a handful of episodes of Fox's Glee, will play Dodee, a brilliant, eccentric engineer at the local radio station who uses her skills to make contact with the world outside the dome. Strong, who plays JT on the ABC freshman drama, will play Phil, a popular radio DJ and indie rock fan who's a charismatic figure with a dark secret. Both roles are series regulars.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Guns; new essay by King

Posted: January 25, 2013, 22:51
Stephen has written an essay discussing his thoughts on the gun control/gun rights issue facing the U.S., available now as a Kindle Single through

“I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about,” said King. “If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job. Once I finished writing ‘Guns’ I wanted it published quickly, and Kindle Singles provided an excellent fit.”

From Amazon: In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

Read more on King's site and Amazon's press release.

More casting Under the Dome

Posted: January 23, 2013, 08:52
Natalie Martinez and Alexander Koch joins the cast for Under the Dome. Martinez as a young, ambitious sheriff’s deputy and Koch as Junior Rennie, the cunning and deeply disturbed son of the local politician and car dealer.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Herbert West

Episode 13: Lilja & Lou Kick Off 2013 With Lucky Podcast 13

Posted: January 21, 2013, 10:37

Our first podcast of 2013!  And it happens to be Podcast Number 13. A sign of luck for Stephen King fans.  But is it good luck?  Or bad?

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

Episode 13: Lilja & Lou Kick Off 2013 With Lucky Podcast 13  - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

We review our personal top 5 Stephen King moments of 2012 plus some of the those from our listeners too.

We also talk about the big Stephen King items that are set for release this year.

Finally check out our latest Stephen King news.

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

In this podcast:
1) 00:56 - Lilja and Lou Intro.
2) 01:33 - Marv's Mailbag - Listener Questions
3) 09:55 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News
4) 16:15 - Reviews from The Night Shift: Lilja & Lou Review Their Top 5 Stephen King Moments from 2012
5) 27:05 - Reviews from The Night Shift: Lilja & Lou Talk About The Top Stephen King Items For 2013
6) 34:24 - 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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Lilja to speak at the Nerd Café

Posted: January 19, 2013, 23:12
If anyone of you happens to be in Linköping, Sweden on February 14th, please stop by and say ”Hi”.

Here is a translation of the text:

Hans-Åke Lilja
Horror Master's companion

February 14 at 18:00 Hagdahls kök

This spring’s first Nerd café will be visited by Hans-Åke Lilja who’ss a real literary nerd, especially when it comes Stephen King. Hans-Åke is one of the founders of Följeslagarna, the Swedish fanklubben for Stephen King. He has been a huge King fan for many years and will share his extensive knowledge of King and his literature.

Free admission!

The event is organized in collaboration with the Folkuniversitetet and the Museum of Technology.

Wilmington under the Dome

Posted: January 17, 2013, 08:38
Under the Dome will start shooting in Wilmington in February:

North Carolina has scored another major television production.

The Wilmington Regional Film Commission lists “Under the Dome,” a TV series based on a novel by Stephen King, as being in pre-production in Wilmington. “Under the Dome” is a science-fiction novel about people in a Maine town who suddenly find themselves sealed off from the rest of the world under a gigantic, transparent force field. The 1,072-page book follows the townspeople living in post-apocalyptic conditions, trying to deal with the consequences of being shut off from the rest of the world.

Executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, “Under the Dome” is scheduled to begin filming in Wilmington in February and will debut on CBS on June 24. According to CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler, promos of the show will air during the Super Bowl.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Brian K. Vaughan an executive producer under the dome

Posted: January 16, 2013, 13:17
Here are some new info about Under the Dome from

Brian K. Vaughan, who grew up in Rocky River and Westlake, is one of the principal writers and executive producers on "Under the Dome,'' a 13-episode summer series based on Stephen King's novel. Produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, the CBS drama will premiere at 10 p.m. Monday, June 24, on WOIO Channel 19.

The six "Under the Dome" executive producers are King, Vaughan, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Stacey Snider. Vaughan, who penned several episodes of ABC's "Lost," wrote the adaptation. Niels Arden Oplev will direct the first episode.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King on Doctor Sleep

Posted: January 16, 2013, 13:14
In the 2013 Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly there is an interview with King about Doctor Sleep. In the interview King talks about his inspiration for the book:

“Every now and then somebody would ask, ‘Whatever happened to Danny?’ I used to joke and say, ‘He married Charlie McGee from “Firestarter”, and they had these amazing kids!’ But I did sort of wonder about it.”

And during the interview King also reveals a somewhat major spoiler about the book’s finale. Stop reading if you don't want to know!

“I had a chance to return things to the New England setting that I know, but I did go back to Colorado and looked around and said, ‘I’ve got to try to bring this back around to where the original book was.’ Everything should come home again. So there is actually a climax in-let’s put it this way-an area people will remember.”

First casting for Under the Dome

Posted: January 15, 2013, 14:23
the first casting for Under the Dome has been released:

According to Deadline, Colin Ford (Supernatural, We Bought a Zoo – Pictured Below) has been cast as Joe, “a teenager living in Chester’s Mill, a very smart kid who’s understandably freaked out when he discovers that the mysterious barrier covers the whole town — and both his parents are outside of it.”

Sours: Daily Dead

Mr. Mercedes; new King book in 2014?

Posted: January 13, 2013, 23:41
Here is something that totally passed outside of my radar until I got a question about it on facebook (thanks Hazel).

Apperentley King mentioned that he is working on a book called Mr. Mercedes. It's not supernatural, but a detective novel involving a person who drove a car into a crowd of people and then taunted the Detective who handled the case after his retirement. What started as a short story has turned into a 500 page manuscript.

On King's messageboard someone asked about it and the Moderator there said it would be at least 2014 before we see it, and that Mr. Mercedes is a working title that King isn't real happy with.

Here is the video where King talks about it.

He talks about the book between 6:20 and 15:38 in the video.

More Under the Dome

Posted: January 13, 2013, 16:14
More about Under the Dome from Crave Online:

At CBS’s executive session with Nina Tassler, Tassler showed a promo video for their upcoming summer series “Under the Dome;” which is based upon Stephen King’s epic novel of the same name. Tassler said the show begins shooting in February in Wilmington, NC and it will air this summer, with promos playing during the SuperBowl.

Tassler then showed the video which featured King and screenwriter Brian K. Vaughan discussing the series, with a few clips and animatics illustrating how graphic the show might be. People and cows sliced in half by the dome landing, a plane crashing into the dome in mid-air, townspeople ransacking supermarkets and washing their bloody hammers from God knows what kinds of murder.

“At the time that it comes down, the wife of the town’s selectman is taking flying lessons and the plane hits this invisible dome,” described King. “The pilot just sees the nose of the plane crumble and parts of the plane hit the ground. The gradual realization of what this thing is should be powerful. I thought of it as a force field. TVs won’t work, electronics won’t work.”

Vaughan added another gory detail about the dome’s EMP quality. “If you get too close to it, pacemakers will explode out of your body.”

King spoke my language when he added that “Under the Dome” would deal with how long supplies last when the town of Chester’s Mill is cut off. “There’s only so much heat, only so much food. It was a chance to talk about the depletion of resources and how people behave in extraordinary circumstances.”

The plan for “Under the Dome” is to make it last even longer than the 1000 plus page book will take to read. “It’s very exciting to take the idea of the book and possibly expand it,” explained King. “That’s what TV is for. It’s an expansive medium. The novel only covers a short period of time. The idea of the TV series is not to extended it for a week, but months.”

Of course, no movie or television show is exactly like the book, and King seemed okay with Vaughan’s changes.

“I read Brian’s pilot script and thought it was terrific,” noted King. “It’s like the book in a lot of ways. It takes different directions from the book in other ways and that’s good. I think that Amblin television is the natural place for ‘Under the Dome’ to go. I always felt like [Steven] Spielberg’s view of American Life and mine are similar. We both see the extraordinary things in ordinary things and people.”

King is known most for horror, but let’s not forget that the best of King crosses genres like Stand By Me, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Running Man. “‘Under the Dome’ combines action, intrigue, drama, mystery, romance, sex,” offered Vaughan. “Different characters will have different relationships with the dome. What happens to people involved, blossoming romances when they’re cut off from society. It’s going to bring out the best in some people and the worst in other people.”

Like King’s fictional New England town of Castle Rock, Chester’s Mill will become a rich place for viewers to visit each week.

“In small towns, we think we know everybody else’s business and everybody holds back,” said King. “Some of the people in ‘Under the Dome’ are pretty sick indeed. If people like the show, it won’t have to end after X number of pages. They can come back to Chester’s Mill week after week and obviously I hope that’s what will happen.”

Under the Dome to premier June 24th

Posted: January 13, 2013, 01:11
CBS has announced its summer schedule, including the premiere date of its eagerly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel Under the Dome and the return of resurrected crime procedural Unforgettable.

Dome is set in a New England town that’s abruptly sealed off from the rest of the world by a mysterious invisible force field. CBS teased up Dome for TV critics at the network’s press tour session in Pasadena on Saturday with a reel that included interviews with King and showrunner Brian K. Vaughan (Lost). “It’s really exciting to take the book and possibly expand it,” King said. “That’s what TV is for … TV is an expansive medium.” King said he’s particularly pleased to have Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment producing the show. “I’ve always wanted to work with Steven,” King said. “Our view of American life is similar … we both see the extraordinary in ordinary things and people.”

While Under the Dome doesn’t begin filming until next month, CBS looks to be very invested in it – revealing the first promo will be aired during the Super Bowl and showing us a video in which King and Vaughan spoke about the series, as they showed production art. Based on what was shown, it looks like Under the Dome is CBS’ answer to The Walking Dead, with its tale of how normal people try to cope in the wake of a bizarre crisis – here, an invisible dome that suddenly surrounds a town, cutting the residents off from everyone on the outside. As Vaughan put it, “It’s going to be bring out the best in some people and the worst in other people.” The network’s entertainment president Nina Tassler said that the first season will conclude with a major piece of plot information being revealed.

Under the Dome will premiere on Monday, June 24th at 10pm.

Thanks to Herbert West and Lou Sytsma

SPEAK your mind about the podcast!

Posted: January 7, 2013, 13:37
Speak your mind! To make it easier for you all to let me and Lou know what you think about the podcast and leave comments for us there is now a very easy way to do so over at the podcast section of Lilja's Library. To the right you have a tab you can click on and then it's just to speak your long as you have a mic on your computer.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County in Jan?

Posted: January 4, 2013, 09:26
Simon & Schuster announced on their website that Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released in hardback (110 pages) on January 24, 2013. Earlier it has been March 19 so I’m not sure if this is an error or if the date has changed but what’s interesting is that we now know that the book will be in hardback and 110 pages long. I’ll keep you updated as I learn more but in the meantime, check out the official site here.

On Sale Date Announced for The Shining Signed Limited Ed.

Posted: January 4, 2013, 09:24
From Subterranean Press

We've nailed down the last details, and are happy to let you know that the Signed, Limited Edition of Stephen King's The Shining will go on sale at approximately 12:00 PM, EST, on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

There is one change to note. Gabriel Rodriguez (of the current comic series Locke & Key) will be illustrating the volume.

As a reminder, we'll be publishing the book in three unique editions:

Lettered: 52 signed copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $2500
Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom traycase: $450
Gift: 1500 unsigned copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $95

Wanna be a guest at the Lilja & Lou Podcast?

Posted: January 4, 2013, 00:24

I need your help! In the next podcast Lou and I are going to list our top 5 Stephen King moments of 2012 and we want you to do the same. You can do it on facebook, on twitter, here or in an email. Or even better, in an audio file. I know that might be a bit tricky but if you have Skype I’d be willing to set up a time when you can call me on it and we can record your top 5. How about that? You’d get to be a guest at the Lilja & Lou Podcast.

So, start thinking about your top 5 Stephen King moments for 2012 and give me a call, OK? I’m looking forward to your call.

Under the Dome news

Posted: January 3, 2013, 21:39
Under the Dome open production offices at EUE/Screen Gems Studios next week.

A CBS television series based on a best-selling Stephen King novel will film in Wilmington, according to local film industry sources.

"Under the Dome," a 13-episode series based on the author's 2009 book, is expected to open production offices at EUE/Screen Gems Studios next week, sources said.

The show will air this summer, according to a CBS news release.

"Under the Dome" will join NBC's "Revolution" as the second TV series to film in the Port City in 2013.

The dramas have something else in common: their characters struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic environment.

"Under the Dome" is set in a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with dire living conditions while searching for answers about the barrier, according to the network.

"Revolution" follows a family trying to survive 15 years after all electronic equipment stops working. The NBC series, which began filming in the region in early July after filming its pilot in Georgia, took a midseason break Nov. 26. It will air new episodes again in March at 10 p.m. on Mondays.

"Under the Dome" will be produced by King and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Niels Arden Oplev – director of the original Swedish version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" – will direct the first episode.

No casting details have been announced.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Update on Haven

Posted: January 3, 2013, 21:33
Sam Ernst of Haven posted this update on Twitter:

When does Haven return? The last 2 eps of season 3 are Jan 17. Season 4 premiere is still being worked out.

Follow-ups on the goals for 2012

Posted: December 30, 2012, 23:47
OK, 2012 is almost over and about a year ago I set up six goals for Lilja’s Library for 2012 and I thought it was about time to see if I lived up to them. So, here we go.

Goal 1) I hope to do at least 5 cool interviews for you. Don’t know who yet but I have my sight set on some specific people…

Outcome: I did seven interviews during 2012.

Goal 2) I hope to have at least 7 new cool contests for you during 2012.

Outcome: 11 contests where held during 2012.

Goal 3) I hope to get at least 15,000 followers on facebook. I know it’s a lot (twice what I have today) but you have to set your sights high, right?

Outcome: As predicted it was a hard goal to reach. Today I have 13,670 followers so this goal was not reached.

Goal 4) I hope to get 3,000 followers on twitter. Might be harder than goal 3.

Outcome: This goal was, as predicted, even harder then goal 4 and today there are only 2,789 so this goal wasn’t reached either.

Goal 5) I will keep reporting the latest on King for you and hopefully deliver what you want when you want it.

Outcome: I think I did a good job but this one is really up to you to say…

Goal 6) Finally get the new section at Lilja’s Library up and running. I can’t say what it is yet but it has to do with movie props…

Outcome: Marv’s Museum is now online and if I may say so myself, it looks pretty cool!

Under The Dome; A New Media Experiment

Posted: December 19, 2012, 15:35
CBS Exec: Stephen King's 'Under The Dome' A New Media Experiment For The Network

At a HRTS newsmakers luncheon, Scott Koondel said the ambitious summer series will serve as a test of how to capitalize on new electronic platforms.

When CBS ordered the 13 episode series Under The Dome, based on a novel by Stephen King and produced by Steven Spielberg, it wasn’t just an investment in their most ambitious scripted summer programming in years.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Syfy Reschedules Haven Season 3 Finale

Posted: December 19, 2012, 15:31
The airing of last Friday’s episode of Haven was delayed due to the recent tragedy in Connecticut. The season finale was originally scheduled to air this Friday, but Syfy has pushed the release to January and will air both episodes back-to-back:

“Last Friday’s 10PM episode of Haven contained scenes of fictitious violence in a high school setting and in light of the recent tragedy, we have decided to reschedule it along with the series’ season three finale, originally slated to air this Friday, December 21st at 10PM. The final two episodes of season three of Haven will now air back-to-back on Thursday, January 17th from 8-10 PM (ET/PT) to maintain the integrity of the series’ serialized nature.”


Episode 12: Lilja & Lou Visit Afterlife And Get The Urge To ReVisit eBooks

Posted: December 17, 2012, 16:45

Our last podcast of 2012!  Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.  We'll be back in late January with more King podcasts!  Till then, enjoy Episode 12.

Episode 12: Lilja & Lou Visit Afterlife And Get The Urge To ReVisit eBooks  - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

We review Ur, the brand new Stephen King short story Afterlife, and check the pulse of our listeners about their thoughts on ebooks.  

Finally check out our latest Stephen King news.

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

In this podcast:

1) 00:56 - Lilja and Lou Intro.
2) 01:25 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News
3) 16:15 - Reviews from The Night Shift: Part 1 - Ur
4) 25:03 - Reviews from The Night Shift: Part 2 - eBooks: The State of ebooks vs real books
5) 42:10 - Reviews from The Night Shift: Part 3 - Afterlife: the brand new Stephen King short story
6) 49:06 - 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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Attention all Walking Dead fans!

Posted: December 14, 2012, 14:54
Here is a chance for all you The Walking Dead fans to win a signed copy of The Road To Woodbury. Since I know a lot of you are fans of The Walking Dead I don't want you to miss out on this one. Heck, I'd love one for myself...

Both Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga has signed the copy and you enter here. Please note that the contest ends on Sunday!

Q&A With Stephen King

A Conversation With Stephen King

Thanks to Ari

3 min of Afterlife by King

Posted: December 10, 2012, 10:37
Here is the first 3 minutes of Afterlife, read by King this Friday at University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

King at UMass Lowell

Posted: December 10, 2012, 00:52
King spoke to creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass., on Friday, Dec. 7.

He talked about his crime novel Joyland (out in paperback in July) and Doctor Sleep (a sequel to The Shining out in September). King also read a "world premier" story called Afterlife.

Read more here.

Here are s clip from the event.

A Conversation with Stephen King: Highlights Of His Visit To UMass Lowell.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Kimberly Peirce on her Carrie remake

Posted: December 10, 2012, 00:50
Director Kimberly Peirce talks about her version of Carrie in the latest issue of Total Film.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Wind Through the Keyhole is a winner

Posted: December 7, 2012, 10:37
The Wind Through the Keyhole won Best Fantasy book at Goodreads for 2012. Read more here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood