Last 24 hours

Posted: February 25, 2012, 00:00
Last 24 hours of The Stand contest. Tell me why and I might give you a copy of the audio book on CD. But make it good, I have gotten a lot of very good motivations already...

Oh, and this edition of the audio won't be available for sale. You will only be able to download it.

More info
Good Luck!

My interview with Glen Mazzara

Posted: February 23, 2012, 15:10
Check out my interview with Glen Mazzara, showrunner for the hit TV series The Walking Dead. In the interview he speaks of his role as showrunner on one of the most popular TV series today as well as the future of characters like The Governor and Michonne and that he wants the series to get closer to Robert Kirkman’s graphical comic.

If you want to keep updated on stuff like this, follow Lilja's Library on facebook and twitter.

New scenes from The Shining

Posted: February 22, 2012, 23:28
Here is a TV spot for The Shining that aired in the UK sometime in September or October 1980 and what's interesting about it is that it features scenes that were never in the final movie.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

King talks Dr. Sleep

Posted: February 22, 2012, 08:12
Here is what King said about Dr. Sleep in Savannah:

King said the sequel, "Dr. Sleep," picks up three years after the end of "The Shining." It follows Danny Torrance, the little boy with the gift (?) of clairvoyance, who's now living in Tampa, Fla., with his mom Wendy. Predictably, since King is King, young Danny (he's now 8) sees something hideous in his new home -- and I'm not talking obnoxious Florida Gator fans. Instead, it appears the fire that supposedly destroyed the Overlook and all it contained didn't do a thorough job.

That's bad news for Danny. But it's great news for those creeped out by "The Shining."

Read more here.

Wind Through the Keyholw shipping!!!

Posted: February 21, 2012, 18:47
Latest news from Grant about the limdition edition of Winf Through the Keyhole. Don't miss this chance to get your copy FREE!!!

Welcome to issue #77 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

21 February 2012




Today we will begin mailing out the Artist Editions of THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE. When we have caught up with those orders we will begin matching up each number of the Deluxe Edition with the proper customer and begin shipping the Deluxe Editions. We have thousands of orders so please be patient.

We have a small staff and have hired extra help but it will take time to process orders, especially for people expecting a specific
numbered copy. We appreciate your patience.

Read the complete text

Small Walking Dead updates...

Posted: February 21, 2012, 03:32
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead and isn’t already following it’s showrunner Glen Mazzara @glenmassara you need to do so ASAP. He is giving us small hints and info about the series all the time. The latest questions he’s answered are these:

- Will we ever see the deleted scenes from earlier this season? Special Ed dvd perhaps?
- Yes

- Will the bicycle girl webisodes be on the season 2 DVD?
- Yes

- Can we expect more webisodes in the future?
- Yes

King reads from Dr. Sleep

Posted: February 20, 2012, 20:41
King reads from Dr. Sleep at the Savannah Book Festival Closing Ceremony.

Thanks to Herbert West

The Story contest

Posted: February 20, 2012, 09:00
The contest in which I asked you all to tell the story of Marv - The Library Policeman and mascot for Lilja’s Library has ended and I have gotten 55 stories to read. So, it will be a few days until I can tell you who won but when you wait nervously I’ll have a lot of fun reading all your stories. Thanks to everyone who sent in a story and good luck to you all!

And, in the meantime, don’t forget about the other two, much easier contest that’s running on Lilja’s Library at the moment.

Contest #1: Tell me why I should and I might give you a copy of the audio edition of The Stand. Enter here.

Contest #2: Like and Share on facebook and retwitter on Twitter and you might be the lucky one who gets to read Wind Through the Keyhole early. Enter here.

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Bram Stoker Awards nominees selected

Posted: February 20, 2012, 05:20
The final ballot for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Awards™ for works published in 2011 has been compiled. The final ballot will be sent out to Active- and Lifetime-member voters* on February 23, 2012. Here are some people we all know:

Hill, Joe — Locke & Key, Volume 4

King, Stephen — “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)

Wood, Rocky — Stephen King: A Literary Companion

Read more here. Good luck to you all.

The Walking Dead season 3

Posted: February 16, 2012, 11:33
Glen Mazzara (showrunner) for The Walking Dead just twitted this:

Just pitched #thewalkingdead 301-308 to @gunnergale and other #TWD producers. They are blown away.

Sounds like we have a great season coming up...

SK: Uncollected, Unpublished - Now updated!

Posted: February 16, 2012, 09:28
I got some very exciting news today from Rocky Wood. Check it out:

So, here's big NEWS!! A new FOURTH edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished. Hardcover, signed (by me), with all profits going to my ALS/MND fund. And here's the real kicker - Stephen King kindly answered dozens of questions for me, clarifying things we never knew about. This is likely to be the DEFINITIVE book about all the things King has written that either have not been published, or not collected in his mainstream books.

Please note Overlook are only printing copies to cover the PRE-ORDER - if you don't pre-order you won't get a copy, unfortunately. And also, don't forget the book has a story by King that ONLY appears in this book - Chapter 71 of Sword in the Darkness; and also a poem - 'Dino' and this is the only book that poem appears in. So don't miss out.

So, don't waste any time, get your copy here.

The Walking Dead sets new record!

Posted: February 15, 2012, 15:29
From the AMC press release:

The Walking Dead mid-season return episode Nebraska became the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history against key demos including 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54. These results shatter the previous record, which was held by the series' October 16th Season Two premiere with increases of +12% and +6%, respectively. The show delivered 8.1 million viewers for its 9:00 pm premiere and 10.1 million viewers for the night (9:00 pm premiere and 11:00 pm and 12:30 am encores).

Head over to Dread Central for more photos from next episode (which BTW is great).

The Walking Dead Toys

Posted: February 15, 2012, 13:23
It's no surprise that The Walking Dead is represented at the 2012 Toy Fair but check out these photos from Dread Central.

The next set of action figures based on the TV series will be Rick (a new version), Shane, the Zombie from the well, the RV Zombie and my favorite Bicycle Girl.

Also, here are some of the cool blu-ray set of season two (I'll order it as soon as it's possible).

Tell me why and get The Stand!

Posted: February 14, 2012, 13:16
Random House Audio is releasing the long-awaited unedited audio book edition of The Stand, narrated by Grover Gardner on February 14, 2012. The recording will be 47 hours and 42 minutes long and released for purchase digitally by and iTunes and available in the library market on CD.

Judging from all your comments, both here on the site and on facebook and twitter many of you would love to have a physical version of this audio book and since it won't be available for sale I think many of you will be happy to hear that I have a copy of it to give to one of you.

So, what do you have to do to get a chance on this, pretty unique edition? Not much. All you have to do is tell me why I should give it to you. The person giving the best motivation will be the one getting the audio book. BUT remember that there will be many motivations so it will take more than just "Because I want it" or "Because I'm King's #1 fan". You will be more creative than that to win.

And to help you be creative I'm leaving it up to each of you to decide how you present your motivation. It can be in text either as a comment here, on facebook, twitter or in a mail. It can be as a photo, a film clip, a song, a poem...anything your imagination can think of.

So, get creative and good luck.

Oh, your motivations (yes you can leave more than one) should be submitted no later than February 25th!

Nathan Granthan figure

Posted: February 13, 2012, 14:24
Here is a photo of the prototype of the Nathan Granthan 1/6th scale figure released from Shrunken Head Studios.

Shrunken Head Studios will be shipping worldwide and "Father's Day" will be a limited edition size of 1500 and out of that 1500 there will be an exclusive size of 400 with a special accessory. Stay tuned for more...

Episode by Episode review of The Walking Dead

Posted: February 13, 2012, 02:00
Please join me in an episode by episode review of The Walking Dead. My goal with this is to keep the review alive during the season and hopefully also get your input on each episode. Each new review will go up around the time of the episodes airing, hopefully a little before the episode airs so you can head right over here and comment on what you have seen. Oh, and I will assume that you have seen the episode when I write about it so there will be SPOILERs.

Head over here to speak you mind.

No AeroKing!

Posted: February 10, 2012, 09:28
The moderator on King's message board has commented on King working with Aerosmith and it seems it was just, as I suspected, a fun suggestion from Jack Douglas.

It came as news to Steve when I asked him about it yesterday after hearing about it elsewhere. It's not anything he's actually been asked to do or plans to do.


Posted: February 9, 2012, 21:20
There have been many reports about King working with Aerosmith on their upcoming album. Here is the story:

Aerosmith's record producer has revealed that he wanted horror writer Stephen King to write lyrics for the band's new album.

Jack Douglas, the band's long-time knob-twiddler, told Classic Rock magazine that he tried to convince the rockers that King would have provided inspiration to singer Steven Tyler.

"They looked at me like I was crazy," said Douglas about the unlikely collaboration. "I said, 'No, I'm serious. If there's anyone who's going to inspire him, it'd be Stephen King.'"

He went on to add:

Steven doesn't need melody – he needs someone who's going to inspire him as a wordsmith. I don't want a guy who's just writing hits right now.

There has been no confirmation on whether King will do this though so it might just have been a fun suggestion from Jack Douglas and nothing more…

Thanks to everyone who mailed me about this.

The Talisman 3, probably not too soon

Posted: February 9, 2012, 21:14
The moderator of King’s official message board had the following answer to whether King and Straub has started to work on The Talisman 3.

Stephen and Peter haven't been able to coordinate schedules to begin working on the third book as they've each had other projects that needed their attention. I don't know if they have discussed plot development yet but even if they had, it would probably be too early to release any info.

Limited dust jacket

Posted: February 9, 2012, 15:12
There has been some confusion about the dust jacket for Hodder & Stoughton's limited edition of Wind Through the Keyhole so let me explain. If you buy the limited from anyone other than PS Publishing it won't have the dust jacket that you see on the trade edition but if you get it from PS Publishing it will and that is because they have made dust jackets, same as the trade ed, for the 400 copies of the limited that they have secured.

Oh, and Hodder's limited edition will have the color illustrations.

The Stand audio excerpt

Posted: February 9, 2012, 11:02
On February the 14th Random House will release the long-awaited audio edition of The Stand. It's narrated by Grover Gardner and it will be released for purchase digitally by and iTunes. The only CD edition is the edition released for the library market.

Go here for a 5 minute excerpt from the book.


Posted: February 9, 2012, 08:25
Today Lilja’s Library had its 3,000,000th visitor and I’d like to thank you for all your support during the years. Thanks!

Now we go for 4,000,000!

UK limited Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: February 8, 2012, 15:37
Thinking about getting a copy of the UK limited edition of The Wind Through The Keyhole? Well, if you are, my suggestion is that you get it from PS Publishing and here is why:

* First off, there'll be a dust-jacket included (there will be no dust-jacket with copies of the book bought elsewhere; PS Publishing are having the jackets printed up and wrapped around their copies at their own expense).

In addition, the first 200 orders will:

* be post-free anywhere in the world;

* receive a special numbered 20%-off voucher (please note that the 20% discount does not apply to postage charges) to be used against a future order of pre-2012 PS titles (and please also note that there will be no restriction on the number of books on that order so the 20% reduction will apply to as many books as you want); and

* qualify the customer to be included in a special prize draw wherein the first 10 names pulled out of the hat will receive—completely free of charge—a copy of PS's One For The Road artbook (written by Stephen, of course, and illustrated by James Hannah). The retail price of this super-limited book is £75.

EDITION: Slipcased Hardcover with a facsimile signature and a specially-printed dustjacket
PRICE: £99.99

PRINT RUN: 700 with deluxe binding, photographic endpapers and with author's facsimile signature.

Please note though that PS Publishing only has 400 copies (and the dust-jacket is not included in copies bought elsewhere) so don't wait to long if you want this one! Order here.