Glen Mazzara talks Walking Dead

Posted: February 6, 2012, 09:21
Glen Mazzara took over as show runner for The Walking Dead after Frank Darabont and when the show returns on February 12 we'll be seeing the first episodes where Glen is the boss and not Frank. New York Magazin spoke to Glen about this and you can read all about it here. And let me tell you, I have seen episode 8 and I don't think anyone of you will be disappointed.

The writers have already moved on to season three, which AMC recently expanded to sixteen episodes. That’s exactly where Mazzara wants to be. “If you want to know who I am,” he says, “I hate when a show I’m working on is broadcast. I’m dreading when the show comes back on. I’m sure people will like it, but I don’t like the spotlight, and I can’t wait for the last one to run so I can get back to work.”

UK limited ed. of Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: February 6, 2012, 08:36
News about a limited edition of Wind Through the Keyhole by Hodder & Stoughton from Pete over at PS Publishing.

We just found out that those lovely people at Hodder are doing a special 700-copy facsimile-signed and slipcased edition of Stephen King’s new standalone Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through The Keyhole and the good news is we’ve snagged 400 copies for our customers! Whoo hoo!

Read more here.

Thanks to Marco Lammers.

Walking Dead shooting in May

Posted: February 3, 2012, 11:00
The second part of season 2 of The Walking Dead hasn't even started yet but already we're getting info about season 3. Hopefully that mean it'll premier as early as this fall. Here is what I've heard.

- The small town of Senoia in Coweta County is about to become zombie central for the filming of a hit cable show The Walking Dead. The show is scheduled to shoot in the town in May and construction of zombie sets will begin next week, which will involve 60 local carpenters. Scott Tigchelaar of Raleigh Studios Atlanta says people can expect to see the town a little dirtier than normal to fit the look of the show. (If anyone notice anything and get photos; send them to me and I'll post them on Lilja's Library.

- It was earlier rumored that John Hawkes would play Philip Blake, the psychotic zombie-killer who declares himself the Governor of Woodbury. Now, it looks like that won't happen. Hawkes' publicist states quite plainly that "John is NOT appearing on The Walking Dead." So, that is that.

- According to IMDb, Marvin Duerkholz who's probably best known for his role as Cody on MTV's Teen Wolf, is set to appear in The Walking Dead's season 3 premiere episode as Phillip Eagle. As all fans of the comic knows there are no character by that name in the comic. The closes is Philip Blake, known as The Governor, but I don't think Duerkholz will be playing that role.

Read Wind Through the Keyhole early

Posted: February 2, 2012, 00:58
How would you like to read Wind Through the Keyhole in February? As you know both Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton’s editions of the book is set to be released on April 24th. Well, I don’t know about you but I’d love the chance to read the book before that. And one of you will be able to do that. On February 29th I will draw one lucky winner that will get an artist edition from Donald M. Grant. This edition is produced in 5,000 copies and signed by Jae Lee and issued in a stamped slipcase (retail price is $75.00). And, remember that as far as we know today Grant’s edition is the only edition that has both the color and black & white illustrations.

Well, what do you have to do to get the chance to win this beautiful book then? It’s easy, there are two steps you have to complete.

1) You have to follow Lilja’s Library on facebook or / and twitter.

2a) If you follow on facebook you have to follow Lilja’s Library and then either "Like" or "Share" (or both) at least one post from me. Each "Like" and "Share" is a chance to win.

2b) If you follow on twitter you have to follow @LiljasLibrary and retweet this (each retweet is a chance to win):

Retweet this for a chance to win a copy of Grant’s Wind Through the Keyhole. Follow @LiljasLibrary to be eligible

Then on February 25th I will make a random drawing deciding if the winner will be drawn from facebook or twitter (FAITH SELECTED FACEBOOK) and by doing this 4 days before the winner is drawn give those of you that has backed the wrong horse, so to speak, a chance to work on the other one. Then on February 29th I’ll draw one lucky winner that will then get his or her book in the mail and being able to read it about 1½ month ahead of everyone who’s getting the trade edition.

The contest is open to anyone anywhere as long as you follow the guidelines above. Thanks to Donald M. Grant who donated the book! Good Luck to you all!

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD due on May 22

Posted: January 31, 2012, 14:14
John Mellencamp & Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD Due On May 22, 2012 Featuring: Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson & Sheryl Crow

John Mellencamp and Stephen King’s dramatic musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will debut as a theatrical presentation beginning April 4 in Atlanta; a guest star-packed studio concept album will follow on May 22, via Hear Music, in both a single disc and 3-CD deluxe edition.

Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal and Neko Case are set to sing on the project, with Matthew McConaughey, Meg Ryan, former boxer Joe Frazier and Costello doing readings, as well. Both projects are produced with the input of producer T-Bone Burnett — who described the sound as “dark, foggy … and scary.”

The novelist King authored the narrative, while veteran singer-songwriter Mellencamp added music and lyrics. “It sounds like the Sgt. Pepper of Americana to me,” Mellencamp said in pre-release materials, adding that the goal was to make the recording sound something like “an old radio play” complete with dialogue and sound effects.


King at Savannah Book Festival

Posted: January 31, 2012, 12:32
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a copy of The Stand lately, you’ve heard the news: Stephen King is coming to town as part of the 5th annual Savannah Book Festival.

But you may not have heard about the host of other outstanding authors festival organizers are bringing to the Hostess City starting Feb. 15.

Read more here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Who is The Governor?

Posted: January 30, 2012, 11:57
It's now less than two weeks until the return of The Walking Dead and even though we won't see The Governor until season 3 (at the earliest) there are already speculations on who will be play him. In an interview with Movieweb Tom Savini says he's ready to step in and do the role but that the creators of the series are looking to have John Hawkes play The Governor. And for those of you that doesn't follow the comic version of The Walking Dead I can tell you that The Governor is one of the cruelest characters I have encountered.

And here is an interview with Robert Kirkman (creator of the comic) and Glen Mazzara (showrunner for the TV series) about season 2.

A lookback at Carrie: The Musical

Posted: January 29, 2012, 02:09
As the infamous musical Carrie — based on the Stephen King novel — prepares for its first-ever New York revival at MCC Theater, Playbill look back at the original UK and NYC productions and offer a glance through the pages of the Broadway Playbill.

See more here.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Illustrating Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: January 28, 2012, 23:57
Remember the poll on King’s site about who we wanted to do the illustrations for The Wind Through the Keyhole? Well, I heard today that King wanted Lee from the get go and it was a misunderstanding that the poll was done to decide who the artist was going to be as that decision was already made. Also, Lee's wife did the coloring for the book.


Posted: January 28, 2012, 00:01
Thanks to all you loyal fans of Lilja’s Library. The last month the number of visitors to the site, the facebook group and the twitter feed has increased more than I dared dream of. Soon the site will have its 3,000,000 visit and the facebook group are about to reach 11,700 followers. Twitter is a bit behind with just over 2,300 followers but that is still very satisfying numbers. And this is all because of you who visit the site and spread the word about it. For that I thank you!

Looking ahead I see two contests ending in February (please check them out because the prizes are really good and you don’t want to miss out on this) but that’s not all. During February I have at least one more contest coming up, and it’s a really good one with a prize I think many of you would love to win. And, if Ka is with us there might be as many as two more contests during February as well. Not 100% sure of those yet but keep your fingers crossed and keep an eye out for them.

The easiest way to stay updated is by following Lilja’s Library on facebook or/and twitter. That way I will let you know when something happens. If you don’t want to do that I recommend that you check in here a couple of times a day. And please keep spreading the word about Lilja’s Library.

Again, thank you so much for all the support!

Did you catch Stephen King?

Posted: January 27, 2012, 00:05
Did you catch Stephen King in Pet Sematary? Did you see his wife Tabitha in Knightriders? Did you see the ATM call him an asshole in Maximum Overdrive? You probably did but what you might not know is that King has done a lot of cameos in both his own movies and in others. If you’re up for it I’ll be happy to guide you so that after you’ve read this you’ll know exactly where to find them.

As I said King has done a lot of cameos in both his own movies and in others and every time a new King movie is released the fans hope to see King in it. However, it’s far from all movies that get a visit from the master but still, he is out there. King did his acting debut in George A Romero’s movie Knightriders from 1981. In it he played a spectator who has a pretty sloppy way of eating. And, the lady by his side is none other than his wife Tabitha King.

In 1982 King had a much bigger part in the movie Creepshow where he, in the section called The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, plays the unfortunate Jordy Verrill who after touching a meteor turns into a mix of a plant and a human. What few know about Creepshow is that King’s son, Joe Hill (author of Horns and the comic Locke & Key), is the kid playing Billy. King returned for Creepshow 2 in 1987 but this time he only did a short cameo as a truck driver that stops to help Lois Chiles character after she’s been in an accident.

The Jordy Verrill role is by far the biggest King has done but he’s done quite a few Hitchcock-like cameos. He played a guy that tries to get some cash from an ATM machine in Maximum Overdrive and it’s here he delivers the classic line “This machine just called me an asshole”. After that he played a minister in Pet Sematary, a bus driver in Golden Years and a cemetery caretaker in Sleepwalkers in which he was joined by Clive Barker and Tobe Hopoper as well, a lawyer in a TV commercial in Storm of the Century and a pizza delivery guy in Rose Red.

You could also see him as Teddy Weizak in The Stand, Tom Holby in The Langoliers, a pharmacist named Mr. Bangor in Thinner and a bandleader called Gage Creed in The Shining (the miniseries). But even though these characters actually had names none of them are anything other than cameos.

King has also done quite a few voice cameos. The first was for an episode of Frasier where he’s listed as the voice of Brian. This voice cameo is really short but you can clearly hear that it’s King’s voice. The next time we could hear King was in Kingdom Hospital (King’s US version of the Danish TV series Riget) in which he plays an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) sponsor of the seismologist who is visiting the hospital and he is only heard on the other end of the phone line as the seismologist first arrives in Lewiston. In a later episode of Kingdom Hospital King also appears as Johnny B. Good, the janitor at the hospital. We also get to see King in a longer version of the commercial seen in Storm of the Century. King has also done voice cameos in the Dollar Baby Stephen King’s Gotham Café where he plays Steve’s (not King) attorney Mr. Ring. And he did the voice to an animated version of himself in The Simpsons episode Insane Clown Poppy.

With the exception of Knightriders all of the above has been movies based on King’s work but King has also been featured in works by others. In Fever Pitch he plays himself as he pitches the first ball of the baseball season. In George Romero’s Diary of the Dead he does the voice of a radio priest and in Sons of Anarchy he plays the cleaner Bachman.

As you can see, King has been involved in a lot of movies and now you know where you can find him. If you don’t feel like running to your local video store you can check in on the Classic King section here at Lilja’s Library where many of the clips can be found. Good hunting!

To stay updated on all news about Stephen King follow Lilja’s Library on facebook and twitter.

Did you know...

Posted: January 25, 2012, 14:50
...that back in 1998 King wrote an episode for the TV series The X-Files? It aired (on FOX, February 8:th) as the 10:th episode of the 5:th season of the series and was called Chinga. King wrote this episode with the series creator, Chris Carter who later rewrote most of it...

Since Chinga apparently means "the f-word" in Mexico (apparently it means different things or nothing depending upon which type of Spanish you speak) the title was changed to Bunghoney when it aired outside the US.

It was rumored that King and his son Joe Hill was going to write an episode of The Walking Dead (not happening any more) last year. If you could decide, what TV series would you like King to write an episode for and why?

Latest updates on The Walking Dead

Posted: January 25, 2012, 10:40
18 days until the premier of the second part of season 2 of The Walking Dead and more and more news are being released...

- There maybe have been a major spoiler released unintentionally when Variety announced that Jon Bernthal who plays Shane is in early talks with TNT about him staring in Frank Darabont's new drama L.A. Noir. If Jon gets the part it's not likely that he'll do both shows, especially since the role in L.A. Noir would be a lead.

- In a recent trailer for episode 8 (airs Feb. 12), at the very end two new characters were revealed. They have now been identified. According to The HD Room, the two mystery men are actors Aaron Munoz and Michael Raymond James. Munoz will play Tony, one of two new survivors that will cross paths with Rick's group. James' character's name is still unknown. Both roles are being labeled as "guest stars" so these characters could potentially only be around a couple of episodes or less.

- Here is a new promo clip from FOXLA:

Thanks to Dread Central.

Haven season 3 update

Posted: January 25, 2012, 08:00
Sam Ernst (one of the writers for Haven posted this on his twitter yesterday:

OK,I know every writer sez this,but SERIOUSLY, S3 of Haven will be our best.Writers room is on FIRE.Creepy, weird,big story answers a-comin!

Misery hits Dubai

Posted: January 24, 2012, 21:23
The stage adaptation of one of Stephen King's most memorable psychological thrillers, Misery, will be brought to the First Group Theatre at Madinat Jumeirah from February 1 to 11 for 16 performances by the London-based theatre company Popular Productions.

Read more here.

Thanks to Herbert West

Please join me in Episode by Episode.

Posted: January 24, 2012, 00:46
I’m going to try something new. It’s really not King related but it’ll fit right in over at my Non-King section. There are some TV series that I really enjoy and follow each week and I was thinking that it would be really fun to get your input on these shows. So, what I’m going to do is review each episode (it will be reviews that are shorter than normal) and hopefully you’ll add your comments about it in the commentary fields and we’ll get a nice discussion about each episode. I’m calling it Episode by Episode. Please join in!

First out is season 2 of the US version of Being Human. Episode 1 aired last week and is now reviewed and I’ll add my thoughts on episode 2 later today. I hope you all follow this series, it’s a good one.

Jonathan Demme speaks 11/22/63

Posted: January 23, 2012, 23:34
Jonathan Demme recently spoke to MTV about his adaptation of King's 11/22/63.

"I'm adapting Stephen King's book," Demme told MTV News in Park City, UT over the weekend, where he was promoting the Slamdance debut of his "Neil Young Journeys" documentary. "I'm on the screenplay for it right now."

"It's a time travel story," he said of the plot. "Somebody from the 20th century gets a window back to the past and they go back with the goal of trying to prevent the assassination of JFK. It's an extraordinary thriller. It's a great love story, also. It's a fabulous book."

Demme doesn't have a time-table on when the movie might start shooting — "First I have to get the script finished," he said, "and it's going really well" — but he did say that he feels more than a little bit privileged to be working with King after working with another American icon in Young.

"Sitting here with Neil Young, and working with Stephen King — these are two great American storytellers who use different mediums," he said.

Read more here

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Trailer for the 4th season of Being Human

Posted: January 20, 2012, 21:48
The second season of the US version of Being Human started this past Monday and today a trailer for the fourth season of the UK version was released. It'll be interesting to see how it does with the loss of two major characters...

And here is a press release for the season:

Being Human, BBC Three's award winning and critically-acclaimed drama, returns for a fourth series. Following the gripping series three finale in which viewers watched Mitchell fall victim to the wolf-shaped bullet, series four sees the aftermath as the housemates return to their home in Barry Island. There are also some new faces in town...

In an old B&B in a sleepy seaside town, we join Annie, her housemate George and their new friend. They’re reeling from the loss of their best friend Mitchell, Tom’s father-figure McNair and the tragic departure of George’s girlfriend, Nina. But with a newborn baby to look after, it’s never been more difficult to live life under-the-radar as a ghost and two werewolves.

There are also the vampires to deal with: lurking in every corner of society, waiting for the Old Ones to arrive and take over the world with brutal force. Can they fight them off? And at what cost? One thing becomes clear – the vampires believe that the child of two werewolves is important in their own mythology. Can this little baby really be the saviour of humanity? And what exactly are Cutler’s ‘alternative’ plans for world domination?

Starring Lenora Crichlow as Annie, Russell Tovey as George, Michael Socha as Tom, Damien Molony as Hal, Andrew Gower as Cutler, Alex Jennings as Griffin, Mark Williams as Regus, Louis Mahoney as Leo, Tamla Kari as Pearl, Darren Evans as Dewi, Anthony Flanagan as Fergus, Sean Francis as Lucas and Mali Harries as Lisa.

Being Human is also being simulcast on the award-winning BBC HD channel – the BBC’s High Definition channel available through Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.

A new chance...

Posted: January 20, 2012, 18:14
Remember my contest when Bag of Bones aired? The one where you could win the very limited book Dark Score Stories (limited to 250 copies and lately sold for $376 on eBay)?

Well, one of the winners from that contest has apparently moved and after 2 weeks of trying to track him down without success I have given up. So, here is what I will do with that extra copy:

I will draw a new winner on February 1st and since it was one of the facebook winners that couldn’t be reached I have decided that it’s most fair to draw a new one from my facebook followers. So, on February 1st I will draw the winner from everyone that follows Lilja’s Library on faceboook AND has "Shared" something I have posted in the Lilja’s Library facebook group (each "Share" is a chance to win).

Good luck to everyone.

David Kajganich to pen The Stand?

Posted: January 19, 2012, 09:11
This was reported by New York Magazine today:

Meanwhile, just as Damon survived a global influenza pandemic last year in Contagion, his Pearl Street partner Ben Affleck is making progress on his own viral blockbuster: Stephen King’s The Stand, about survivors of a chemically weaponized super-flu. We hear that Affleck has hired screenwriter David Kajganich to pen the script after Kajganich wowed Warner Bros. with another recent King adaptation of the 1986 horror classic It – which, like The Stand, is being produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Let's hope this goes better than the last produced outbreak drama Kadjanich wrote for WB: 2007's underperforming Nicole Kidman vehicle The Invasion.

Dolores Claiborne heading for the Opera

Posted: January 18, 2012, 03:06
Mercury News reports that Dolores Claiborne is being turned into an opera for 2013.

If that last one were not enough to set the jaws dropping, the trippy, ripped-from-the-lit programming will continue into the following season, when a production of Stephen King's "Dolores Claiborne," starring power mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, will have its world premiere.

These rather dramatic choices came to light Tuesday when David Gockley, the opera's general director, announced plans for his seventh season in the post, one that encompasses nine operas and a total of 73 performances from September through early July of 2013.


And projecting further still into the next new season, mezzo-soprano Zajick, Gockley said, is tailor-made for "Dolores Claiborne," the role that earned Kathy Bates an Oscar nomination for the 1995 film made from the Stephen King thriller.

"It's a movie of heavy passions and tragedy and survival, and we thought it had operatic qualities," Gockley said "And doing it for the indomitable Dolora Zajick made sense."

The opera, composed by Tobias Picker and well-known librettist J.D. McClatchy, will open Sept. 15, 2013.

Read more here.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Tell the story of Marv and win IT

Posted: January 17, 2012, 23:10
It’s contest time here again at Lilja’s Library and this time I’m going to try something new. Most of you probably know Marv: The Library Policeman but few probably know who he was before he became Marv. Before Marv, his name was Marvin S and he was a normal human being like you and me…until that fateful night at the library that is… But what happened? Well, that is what I want you to tell me!

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Could You Find Your Face on King's New Book?

Posted: January 16, 2012, 16:56
This just landed in my mailbox...

Could You Find Your Face on Stephen King's New Book?

To celebrate the publication of The Wind through the Keyhole, the hotly anticipated new episode in Stephen King’s fantasy series The Dark Tower, we’re inviting you to help make literary history; lucky entrants will have their faces featured on the back of the jacket artwork.

Using mosaic design technologies, thousands of readers’ images will be incorporated in the illustration on the back cover of The Wind through the Keyhole.

One winner will also be selected at random to receive the entire STEPHEN KING backlist published by Hodder in the UK.

For your chance to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, all you have to do is upload your photo via this facebook app We can’t guarantee that everyone’s photo will make it on – but we’ll contact you when the jacket is ready so you can see if your face is featured, and if you’ve been lucky, you can share your pixels of fame with friends and family! The closing date for entries is 23rd January 2012. Terms and conditions apply, click here for more details.

The Wind through the Keyhole is published in April 2012.