Want to win a signed King book?

Posted: June 19, 2012, 22:42
OK, it’s once again contest time here at Lilja’s Library and this time I have put together a prizepack from my personal collection that I think most of you will find exciting. Here is what I have put together for you.

One lucky winner will get…

…a US hardcover of The Dark Tower 5 – Wolves of the Calla that’s flatsigned by non other than Stephen King himself. This book was sent to me from King’s officie years ago so it’s no doubt that it’s the real deal.

…a paperweight that was given out at the publisher party, arranged by King’s UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, in London when King was there promoting Lisey’s Story back in 2006. They only did 500 copies of it so it’s definitely a collector’s item.

OK, what’s the catch you might ask? How can you win this prizepack? Well, since I want to give this to one of all you loyal fans that’s been supporting me for all the years I’m going to try to do just that. Here are the three ways you can win:

The twitter way to enter:
1) Follow @liljaslibrary on twitter.
2) Cut and paste this on twitter (each post will be a entry):
Win a signed book by Stephen King! Retweet this to win! Follow @LiljasLibrary to be eligible

The facebook way to enter:
“Like” Lilja’s Library on facebook and then “Like” and/or “Share” at least one of my post (each Like or Share will be one entry).

The “speak your mind” way to enter:
Leave a comment to a piece of your choice here on the site (each comment will be an entry).

You can enter as many times as you like but you have to do it before July 31st. I will then present the lucky winner on August 1st!

Before I let you head out to enter I want to ask a favor of you. As you know I have never charged you for anything here at Lilja’s Library and I never will but since these items are pretty heavy and it will cost me quite a few $ to send this somewhere in the world. Yes, this contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world I’m going to ask you to please consider stopping by the Donation page. It’s not required to enter and whether you do or not will not affect your chances to win BUT if everyone who enters donates $1 it would help me cover the cost for this contest...

Treehouse of Horror V - The Shinning

Trailer for Sonja

Posted: June 19, 2012, 07:44
Here is a trailer for the Dollar Baby Sonja. A German version of Rest Stop.

Thanks to Hans von Wirth

Moretz talks Carrie

Posted: June 19, 2012, 07:31
Here is how Chloe Moretz describes the new version of Carrie:

“I am changing everything about me—my hair, my look,” Moretz tells Vanity Fair. “I’m doing my own take on [the character]. The script is totally different from the [original]. It’s more like the book. It’s a more Black Swan version—it messes with your mind. You’ll see things, and you don’t know if you’ve seen them.”

More here.

More Carrie casting

Posted: June 19, 2012, 07:29
Dread Central reports that Portia Doubleday and Judy Greer will join the cast of Carrie

MGM and Screen Gems have confirmed that Portia Doubleday and Judy Greer will join the cast of Carrie. Doubleday will play Chris Hargensen with Greer as Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher. They join the previously announced Julianne Moore as Margaret White, Carrie's mom, Gabriella Wilde in the role of Sue Snell, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, and of course Chloe Moretz in the title role.

Look for Kim Peirce's Carrie to be in theatres on March 15, 2013.

Seeking Haven From Cujo

Posted: June 17, 2012, 20:46

Episode 3: Seeking Haven From Cujo - of Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

In it Hans has an exclusive interview with the showrunners of Syfy's Stephen King based series Haven - Jim Dunn, Sam Ernst, & Charles Ardai.

We review the Cujo Blu-Ray.

Plus the latest King news and listener email. 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) 01:35 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News
3) 21:34 - Hans Exclusive Interview with the Haven TV series, showrunners.
4) 42:11 - Reviews From The Night Shift: Nothing new to review this installment.
5) 42:32 - The King Crate: Hans and Lou review: Cujo - The BluRay version.
6) 59:22 - Marv's Mailbag: listener email

Abandoned Amusement Park Article link -

Trailer for 1922
Trailer for Big Driver
Trailer for Fair Extension
Trailer for A Good Marriage

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

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First picture and casting news from Dexter

Posted: June 14, 2012, 00:34
The first picture from season 7 of Dexter is out and as you can see they are continuing exactly where season 6 ended.

Picking up immediately where the finale left off, Season 7 will open with Debra's horrified reaction to seeing her brother kill last season's baddie, Travis. "Viewers might think we shy away from that moment of Debra walking in and seeing Dexter stabbing into Travis' chest, but it's just the opposite," says executive producer Scott Buck. "She now has to deal with what she's seen and what she knows. And it forces him to defend and define himself."

And in casting news:

Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck"; I, Frankenstein; Killer Elite) will play Hannah McKay, a strong, independent woman with a past that she's struggled to put behind her. As Miami Metro reopens old cases, the department turns to her for assistance while Dexter begins to wonder if there's more to Hannah than what she reveals.

And another recurring character has been added as Avatar and "The Shield" tough guy Matt Gerald joins the cast for a multi-episode arc as a violent blue-collar criminal.

IT as two movies

Posted: June 8, 2012, 08:43
Warner has now decided to make two movies instead of one based on King's IT. Cary Fukunaga will direct the two movies and also co-write the script with Chase Palmer. Roy Lee and Dan Lin will produce it together with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Production.

Read more here.

Thanks to David, Ari and Jonathan.

Stephen Comments on the Death of Ray Bradbury

Posted: June 7, 2012, 12:44
From King's official site:

"Ray Bradbury wrote three great novels and three hundred great stories. One of the latter was called 'A Sound of Thunder.' The sound I hear today is the thunder of a giant's footsteps fading away. But the novels and stories remain, in all their resonance and strange beauty."

Stephen King

Thanks to Herbert West

Tom Holland to direct The Ten O’clock People

Posted: June 6, 2012, 00:20
Tom Holland will direct the movie version of King's The Ten O’clock People. Here are the press release:

“Veteran Director Tom Holland (“Fright Night,” “Child’s Play”) has signed on to adapt and direct the feature film “The Ten O’clock People,” a short story by Stephen King. Holland and King have previously collaborated on the popular thrillers “The Langoliers” and“Thinner.” After an extended hiatus, Holland returned to directing in 2007 as a featured director in the acclaimed “Masters of Horror” series for Showtime.Currently he is writing and directing “Twisted Tales,” a series of shorts for FearNet. “The Ten O’clock People” will be his highly anticipated and first theatrical release since“Thinner.”

King’s “The Ten O’clock People” was a short story published in 1993 as part of his “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” collection and was notable for being set in Boston, Massachusetts as opposed to his familiar Maine locale. The story follows Brandon Pearson, who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality, he plans to extinguish through extreme measures.

Inspired by his own struggle with kicking the habit, “ [this story] was Stephen trying to deal with his cigarette jones and the fairly new no-smoking laws back in the 90’s. This film will be a modernization of the original short story, a paranoid suspense piece,” commented Holland.

“With Ron Howard’s ‘The Dark Tower’ adaptation and remakes of‘Carrie’ and ‘The Stand’ on the horizon, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of King.” Said Producers Nathaniel Kramer and E.J. Meyers, “We’re excited to be contributing to it.”

“The Ten O’clock People” will begin filming this summer and is produced by Making Ten O’clock Productions and Holland’s Dead Rabbit Films.”

Thanks Jonathan James

10,000 FANS HAS VOTED! #1 & 2

Posted: June 5, 2012, 00:24
The King book that the fans like the most is...THE STAND. It got 2390 votes out of 10,000. That's 23,9% of the votes.

On second place we have IT with 1435 votes. That is 14,4% of the votes. This means that the top two books got more than 38% of the votes.

That tells me that these two are the books that the fans really like and that THE STAND is the #1 Stephen King book if the fans get to say.

What are your commens on this result? Let me know below or on facebook or twitter.

Thanks to everyone that voted!

10,000 FANS HAS VOTED! #3

Posted: June 3, 2012, 22:57
With 440 votes The Shining lands on #3 on the list.

That leaves 3825 votes to split between the #1 and the #2 book and I can tell you that #1 got 2390 votes (almost 25% of the total 10,000 votes) and the #2 got 1435 votes. I won't tell you what the last two titles are though until tomorrow...

Keep checking back, or follow Lilja's Library on facebook or twitter and you'll know about it as soon as I post.

Why Doctor Sleep is delayed

Posted: June 2, 2012, 00:28
The moderator of King's board explaines the reason for the delay of Doctor Sleep:

Steve needs more time for editing as he doesn't feel it's anywhere near ready for publication. He has a number of projects he's working on so would not be able to accomplish that within the deadline they would need in order to get it ready for production for a January release.

10,000 FANS HAS VOTED! #6-10

Posted: June 1, 2012, 08:43
Here are the books that placed between 6 and 10 in the big voting. Have you figured out who's in the top 5 spots? Should be pretty easy to see which but maybe harder to place them in the right order...

Together the top 5 got 4,966 votes. Almost half of all the votes went to the top 5 in other words.

6. The Talisman (313 votes)
7. Pet Sematary (287 votes)
8. The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (276 votes)
9. The Dark Tower 4: Wizard and Glass (273 votes)
10. Duma Key (214 votes)

I am a sold out author!

Posted: May 31, 2012, 23:10
I am a sold out author! Cemetery Dance just informed me that the trade edition of my book is now officially sold out. If you’re looking for a copy you might be able to get one at the bigger retailers but don’t wait too long since they will only be able to sell what they have in stock. has some left but the only other edition available at this time is the eBook that you can get here. It’s only $7.75 and there is even a free excerpt for you to check out.

OK, that was a bit off topic but I just had to tell someone and it might be a good reason for you to check out this contest

10,000 FANS HAS VOTED! #11-15

Posted: May 30, 2012, 22:30
Here are the books that placed between 11 and 15 in the big voting. Have you figured out who's in the top 10 spots?

11. Misery (212 votes)
12. Under The Dome (207 votes)
13. Bag of Bones (195 votes)
14. 11/22/63 (195 votes)
15. Needful Things (193 votes)

Let us know what you think!

Posted: May 30, 2012, 20:51
The next Lilja & Lou Podcast is being recorded on Sunday and one of the topics we are going to be talking about it eBooks vs. “real” books. If you want to join in, please send us your thoughts. Either in a mail or as an audio file.

We will also be taking a closer look at the movie version of Cujo so if you have any thoughts about that one please send those as well.

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More about Joyland

Posted: May 30, 2012, 13:47
A new novel by Stephen King, Joyland, is to be published by Titan Books imprint Hard Case Crime in June 2013.

The book will be released as a paperback first, with e-book to follow at a later date. King said: "I loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book."

The title, set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, 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.

Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai bought world rights in the title, with King's novel The Colorado Kid previously released under the imprint. The deal does not affect King's relationship with his usual UK publisher, Hodder.

Ardai said: "Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book. It's a whodunit, it's a carny novel, it's a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don't get to do either because death comes for them before their time.

"Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves moved. When I finished it, I sent a note saying: 'Goddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.'"

Source The Bookseller
Thanks to Neil Cumming

Joyland in June 2013!

Posted: May 30, 2012, 12:43
Hard Case Crime that published King's Colorado Kid will publish Joyland in June 2013!

JOYLAND, a new novel by Stephen King, in June 2013. 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.

Read more here

Thanks to Herbert West


Posted: May 30, 2012, 02:10
10,000 fans have voted and we now have a result. We now know what book King’s fans rank as the #1 book.

But in order to make this a bit more exciting I’m not going to give you the result of the poll today. I’m going to let you know what books ended up on the positions between #16 and #66 today and then I’ll do a countdown from #15 - #1 during a few days. That way you’ll get a chance to see if you can guess who #1 is before I reveal it to you. Please leave your comments to the list below, on facebook or twitter.

16. Insomnia (189 votes)
17. The Long Walk (183 votes)
18. The Dark Tower 7: The Dark Tower (171 votes)
19. Eyes of the Dragon (143 votes)
20. The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three (135 votes)

21. Rose Madder (129 votes)
22. Lisey's Story (122 votes)
23. Christine (115 votes)
24. The Dark Tower 3: The Waste Lands (106 votes)
25. Desperation (105 votes)

26. The Dead Zone (99 votes)
27. Cell (82 votes)
28. Hearts in Atlantis (76 votes)
29. Different Seasons (74 votes)
30. Gerald's Game (71 votes)

31. The Tommyknockers (69 votes)
32. Dreamcatcher (67 votes)
33. The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla (66 votes)
34. Dolores Claiborne (64 votes)
35. Carrie (64 votes)

36. The Dark Half (53 votes)
37. Cujo (46 votes)
38. The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon (46 votes)
39. Firestarter (43 votes)
40. From A Buick 8 (31 votes)

41. Storm of the Century (30 votes)
42. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (30 votes)
43. Thinner (29 votes)
44. On Writing (29 votes)
45. The Running Man (23 votes)

46. Full Dark, No Stars (23 votes)
47. Black House (22 votes)
48. Four Past Midnight (22 votes)
49. Skeleton Crew (21 votes)
50. Night Shift (20 votes)

51. Rage (19 votes)
52. The Regulators (19 votes)
53. Everything's Eventual (15 votes)
54. The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah (14 votes)
55. The Wind Through The Keyhole (9 votes)

56. The Colorado Kid (8 votes)
57. Cycle of the Werewolf (7 votes)
58. Danse Macabre (6 votes)
59. Roadwork (5 votes)
60. Blaze (5 votes)

61. Just After Sunset (4 votes)
62. Mile 81 (3 votes)
63. Blockade Billy (2 votes)
64. The Plant (0 votes)
65. Ur (0 votes)

66. Faithful (0 votes)

More Carrie casting

Posted: May 28, 2012, 12:56
The cast of the upcoming Carrie remake continues to fill out and now we hear that Judy Greer (The Village) is up for the role of the gym teacher and Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth) is in talks to play a “sexy bad girl” named Chris.

That gives us (not confirmed roles included):

- Chloe Moretz as Carrie White
- Julianne Moore as Margaret White
- Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell
- Ansel Elgort as Sue’s boyfriend
- Alex Russell as the school bully
- Judy Greer as the gym teacher
- Ivana Baquero as Chris

Thanks to Daily Dead

In the Tall Grass

Posted: May 22, 2012, 21:52
From King's official site:

New Short Story Collaboration

Esquire has announced it is to publish a new story collaboration by Joe Hill and Stephen as part of its launch of an e-book series called "Fiction for Men." "In the Tall Grass" will be published in two parts, the first to appear in the June/July issue and the conclusion in the August issue. The works will be available only in the print and iPad editions of the magazine.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Hill confirms story with dad

Posted: May 22, 2012, 08:36
The new short story being published in Esquire is by both King and his son Joe Hill and Joe posted this on twitter:

Did a story for the June/July Esquire with my dad. Beyond that, I can't say nuttin until @Esquiremag sez so.

Should be interesting!

Help us get the Podcast even better!

Posted: May 21, 2012, 16:01
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New short story by King

Posted: May 21, 2012, 15:24
Esquire will be publishing a new short story by King in the June/July issue.

It coincides with the publication of three works in the June/July issue of Esquire — by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill; the thriller writer Lee Child; and Colum McCann. The works will be available only in the print and iPad editions of the magazine.

Read more here

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Lilja & Lou Podcast episode 2 - part 2

Posted: May 20, 2012, 20:21

The second part of episode 2 of Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out. It’s called Episode 2 - Part 2: Keyholes & Companions.

In it we talk to Bev Vincent about his wonderful book The Stephen King Illustrated Companion. Bev also joins us in a group review for King’s latest book Wind Through the Keyhole.

Also we give you the latest news in the word of Stephen King.

Finally, we present the winner in our last episode’s contest for the Battleground book. Don’t miss out on this!

We hope you will all enjoy this episode and as usual we want to hear from you, good or bad, we want it all! Oh and here is a link to the info on how you can order tickets from King's apperance at Tsongas Central UMass Lowell.

In this podcast

Click for a larger image1) Lilja and Lou Intro.

2) In The Death Room:
Stephen King News

3) Reviews From The Night Shift:
We take a closer look at King’s latest book Wind Through the Keyhole.

4) The King Crate Recommendations:
We examine the book The Stephen King Illustrated Companion with its author Bev Vincent.

5) Marv's Mailbag:
We answer listener email

6) Winner of the Battleground contest in the last episode is announced.

7) Close Out

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In the next episode we’re taking a closer look at the blu-ray edition of Cujo so if you haven’t seen it, please do and then send in your comments, questions or anything else that pops into your mind while watching it and we’ll address it during our dissection of it in the next installment of The King Crate.

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A Good Marriage hits the screen

Posted: May 20, 2012, 00:19
From Screen Daily:

EXCLUSIVE: Atlas International has added Stephen King adaptation A Good Marriage to its Cannes slate.

Atlas International has added Stephen King adaptation A Good Marriage to its Cannes slate.

Peter Askin will direct the psychological thriller based on a short story from King’s book Full Dark - No Stars, winner of the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection. Will Battersby produces.

A Good Marriage follows a woman who discovers her husband’s dark secret hiding in their garage. The New York shoot is set to get underway in late summer for a summer 2013 release.

“Everyone at Atlas is very excited to be part of this project and honored by its new association with Stephen King, a true master if there ever was.“ says Philipp Menz, CEO of Atlas International.”

The project is out to cast.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Lawnmover Man as a TV series?

Posted: May 18, 2012, 23:18
Blood Disbusting reports that a TV series based on The Lawnmover Man (the movie not King's story) is in the making. Please don't do this!

The original film being one of the worst movies ever made isn’t deterring the powers that be from making a “Lawnmower Man” TV series. Let’s hope they stick to the new “it’s closer to the book” axiom. Whoops? They’re basing them on the movie and its sequel? With “state of the art CG”? I’m moving to an island STAT. The series is being put together by Park Entertainment and David Tichter (Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home) is writing the pilot.

Per Moviehole, “Park Entertainment are packaging 26 one-hour episodes of a show that, like the two “Lawnmower Man” features that preceded it, will combine live-action and some rather state-of-the-art special and visual effects.
While the original King short story concerned a man who conjures up an unholy, autonomous lawnmower to cut a clients lawn, before munching down on the grass himself (yes, totally odd), the film version told of a mentally-retarded lawnmower man named Jobe who is coaxed into being a guinea pig for a scientist’s virtual reality experiments, ultimately becoming more intelligent in the process but also evil.”