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Dexter at the movies?

Posted: January 16, 2012, 14:42
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Executive producer Manny Coto just did an interview for EW in which he had this to say:

Finally, while the series has been guaranteed two more seasons, Coto says that doesn't mean the creators are plotting Dexter's exit strategy. In fact, everyone's favorite serial killer may eventually migrate to the big screen. "We're not really looking at an end game right now," says Coto. "In a way, it's almost like every season is a form of an end game. This season could've been an end to Dexter, setting it up for the movies, for example. So every season kind of comes to it's own conclusion and can be a sort of end game."

Coto is quick to add that he's "just speculating" when it comes to movie plans. "I've heard nothing about it. I'm actually just projecting from my own experience on 24, where at the end we weren't going to kill Jack Bauer. We were going to leave him open because down the road there might be a movie. And sure enough, there's a movie coming."

Read the entire interview here.

The Walking Dead season 3...and 2 news

Posted: January 16, 2012, 12:41
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AMC has announced that season 3 of The Walking Dead will have 13 episodes.

And, while we wait for that. Here are the key takeaways from the AMC drama’s Saturday afternoon session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

1 AMC screened for reporters a key scene from the midseason premiere that showed Rick giving an inebriated Hershel a pep talk when suddenly they’re interrupted by [SPOILER]!

2 Young Sophia’s death will strain Carol’s deepening bond with Daryl. “It really affects their relationship,” previews exec producer Glen Mazzara, “and forces Carol to really stand on her own.”

3 Despite chatter that the walkers appear to be moving faster this season, producers insisted that no conscious decision was made to speed them up. ”Some actors playing zombies make that choice,” said Mazzara. “They’re not getting faster on our end.”

4 Robert Kirkman would neither confirm nor deny that the pivotal comic book character of Michonne will turn up this season.

5 The escalating Shane/Rick rivalry “puts everybody else in a difficult position on that farm,” said Mazzara.

6 Mazzara said that, in keeping with the graphic-novel source material, there remain no plans to establish what caused the zombie outbreak: “This story is about our characters.”

7 Regarding the widely-circulated alterna-plan for Season 2 pitched by Frank Darabont before he and the show parted ways — one that, in flashback to the dawn of the outbreak, followed a band of Army rangers through Atlanta and ultimately planted that dead, grenade-clutching solider in the Season 1 tank — Mazzara confirmed that “that story was discussed internally,” but added, “It was under Frank’s stewardship that we moved off of that storyline. Frank moved off of that storyline.”

New editions of The Dark Tower

Posted: January 13, 2012, 22:10
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Hodder & Stoughton in the UK are publishing new editions of all The Dark Tower books and here are the new covers. What do you think? I thing they are really great and it will be interesting to see if the cover for Wind Through the Keyhole matches them.

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The books are released on February 16th and you can order them here:

The Dark Tower 1
The Dark Tower 2
The Dark Tower 3
The Dark Tower 4
The Dark Tower 5
The Dark Tower 6
The Dark Tower 7

Latest news about Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: January 11, 2012, 16:02
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Here are the latest news from Donald M. Grant:

Welcome to issue #76 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

11 January 2012

We hope you all had a good Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. May 2012 be better for all of us.
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THE DARK TOWER: THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
1. WEB ORDER PAGE
2. TRADE EDITION SLIPCASE
3. PRINTED FLYER
4. ORDER CONFIRMATION
5. LITTLE SISTERS - MATCH YOUR NUMBER
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DARK TOWER: THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

1. WEB ORDER PAGE

We have added another of Jae Lee’s color illustrations to the web page.

Since we began accepting advance orders on December 19 we have received over 3,000 orders. We are accepting advance orders for both the Deluxe and Artist Editions of THE DARK TOWER: THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-sk-dt-twttk.html

Please read the rest of this Newsletter before placing your order.

2. TRADE EDITION SLIPCASE

We will be producing a slipcase for the Scribner Trade Edition which will match the three slipcases we produced for the first seven Dark Tower books:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-sk-dt-slipcases.html

This will not be shipped until 6-8 weeks after the Trade Edition is released so that we can be sure it will fit properly. Cost is $30.00 plus a $1.00 shipping charge. We will not be charging the $5.00 order fee on orders where the slipcase is shipping by itself.

3. ORDER CONFIRMATION

If you send a check and the check is cashed we have received your order. If you sent an order via our website you will receive as confirmation an email titled “RE WWW Form Submission”. We have received over 3,000 email orders but are now sending confirmations within 3 or 4 business days. If you call or email us this will only delay getting orders ready but if you sent in your order in December and did not receive an order confirmation please send us an email with the subject NO ORDER CONFIRMATION to karenf@grantbooks.com.

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

Please do not call or email us for further details as we will just refer you to our web site and suggest you remain subscribed to our email newsletter.

4. PRINTED FLYER

Our usual full-color printed flyer will be in the mail next week.

5. LITTLE SISTERS - MATCH YOUR NUMBER

Due to financial considerations at the time many of our customers who bought the Deluxe Edition of LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA chose not to purchase the matching numbered Gift Edition. As we have been shipping copies from the higher number down we still have many of the Gift Editions up to number 690. If you would now like to match your Deluxe Edition with the same numbered Gift edition please email Karen French at karenf@grantbooks.com under the subject title “Little Sisters Gift Number” with your number and Karen will confirm if we still have that number.

We will send out another Newsletter when we know when shipping THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE will begin.


Thank you.

Robert K. Wiener, President
Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc

Tell and win

Posted: January 11, 2012, 12:03
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Talk Stephen King found out that MCC Theatre runs a contest where they ask you to do a video (and upload it to YouTube) in which you tell them why you are excited about the new stage adaptation of Carrie.



Interesting concept for a contest. Would you enter if I did a contest where you had to do a video telling me why you should win the prize? Might be fun...

The episode that never happened...

Posted: January 10, 2012, 13:50
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Hear Being Human‘s Sam Witwer talk about a great idea Frank Darabont had for the first episode of season 2 of The Walking Dead. To bad it never happened.



Read more here.

What book by King am I thinking of?

Posted: January 10, 2012, 00:00
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OK, I don’t know about you but I love contests. And what can be better to do when you love contests than having one? And since the audio edition of Mile 81 happens to be released today, how about if I give five of you the chance to get a copy for free?

This time you will have to work for it though and here is how.

You will have to figure out what book by King I’m thinking of right now. Easy, isn’t it? Well, I will help you on your way. Between January 10 and 13 I will give you clues on Lilja’s Library’s facebook group. You can then decide when you want to submit your answer (you submit it here) and you can do it whenever you want between January 10 and 13 but be careful. You only get one chance and then you’re out of the game. But don’t wait too long either because it’s five that gives me the correct book title first that wins the five copies of Mile 81.

You don’t need to “Like” the Lilja’s Library group but if you do you’ll know faster when I have posted a clue. Because I won’t tell you in advance when or how many clues there will be. OK, I will say that the first clue is on the facebook site now, there will be at least one each day and I will tell you when I post the last one.

OK, good luck to you all!

King to appear in Sarasota

Posted: January 9, 2012, 22:16
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Stephen King to appear at electric car event

Best-selling novelist Stephen King is a big fan of electric cars (although we assume not ones named Christine) and is the owner of a Chevy Volt that he likes to say is great revenge on the oil cartel. As a part-time resident of Sarasota's Casey Key, the often reclusive King is scheduled to join in a panel discussion Thursday after the film Revenge of the Electric Car. From the director of the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, the film delights in how auto companies are now racing to produce electric cars. The showing is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota. After the film, a discussion and audience question-and-answer session will be held with local government leaders and the King of Horror. Tickets can be purchased online at the Sarasota Film Society website, filmsociety.org.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

And the winners are...

Posted: January 9, 2012, 22:02
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All the winners in the Salem's Lot contest has been selected and notified. If someone don't get back to me with an address to send the book I will draw a runner up.

And those of you who didn't win, a new contest is coming. I have a fun idea I want to try but I will wait until Lilja's Library's facebook group get's 11,400 followers. So, stay tuned...

Second part of The Walking Dead season 2

Posted: January 8, 2012, 04:01
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On February 12 the second part of season 2 of The Walking Dead kicks off and here are three teasers. But don’t look at them if you haven’t seen the first seven episodes of season 2.





Season four of Being Human

Posted: January 8, 2012, 03:00
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The UK version of Being Human is about to kick off its fourth season and in Toby's Blog you can read more about the upcoming episode and the new cast. And here are the episode titles:

1 “Eve Of The War”
2 “Being Human 1955”
3 “The Graveyard Shift”
4 “A Spectre Calls”
5 “Hold The Front Page”
6 “Puppy Love”
7 “Making History”
8 “The War Child”

Dark Tower poster ready for ComicCon?

Posted: January 7, 2012, 04:00
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Collider recently sat down to do an in-depth, on camera interview with Justin Ishmael, the creative director of Mondo, the increasingly popular and influential poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse. In the interview, tons of information was released, including that Drew Struzan is working hard on his Stephen King Dark Tower poster and they hope to release it at Comic-Con.


Check out the clip below (Dark Tower news start at 3:30) for more info. Sounds cool if you ask me.



Thanks to Anders Jakobson
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Road Rage teaser

Posted: January 7, 2012, 03:00
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This is from Chris Ryall’s (IDW Publishing's Publisher/Editor-in-Chief) blog

We approved to print issue #1 of ROAD RAGE today. That’s the miniseries that has me adapting both Throttle, the Stephen King/Joe Hill prose story, as well as Richard Matheson‘s Duel. The first two issues bring Throttle to life with Nelson Daniel handling full art and colors.
DUEL is being adapted by me and artist Rafa Garres. While I showed the above page 1 from “Throttle” on Twitter earlier today, the DUEL cover by Garres seen here hasn’t been shown anywhere else yet.
Issue 1 is in stores on February 15.

New items added to Marv's Museum

Posted: January 7, 2012, 01:47
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Two new items has been added to Marv’s Museum, this time from Dolan’s Cadillac.

My interview with Greg Nicotero

Posted: January 6, 2012, 00:47
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Here is my interview with special effects wizard Greg Nicotero. I have also reviewed a documentary called Nightmare Factory about Greg and his company KNB which you can find here.

Black and white in UK Wind

Posted: January 5, 2012, 21:21
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Hodder & Stoughton confirmed today that their edition of Wind Through the Keyhole will have the black and white illustrations.

Marv’s Museum is now open!

Posted: January 5, 2012, 13:44
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Today it’s time to open Marv’s Museum! This is something I have been planning for a long time but not gotten around to and not really knowing how to present to make it look as good as it does now. But now it’s ready and I really, really hope you will like it as much as I do

Marv’s Museum is a museum where I will show you interesting items that I have collected over the years. Initially there will be props from King movies but as time goes on I hope to add other things, things that I think you will find interesting.

Before I let you check it out I have to take time to thank my friend Anders Jakobson who’s responsible for the design of Marv’s Museum. That is all his wonderful work you see. Thanks!

Now, go check it out (maximize the window for the best result) and please let me know what you think!

Carrie remade...again

Posted: January 4, 2012, 23:48
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reports that Kimberly Peirce has been hired to direct a remake of Carrie.

Kimberly Peirce has been hired to direct a remake Stephen King‘s Carrie. Peirce made her name with the 1999 indie film Boys Don’t Cry which featured an Oscar-winning performance from Hilary Swank.

This summer, MGM and Screen Gems announced that they hired Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright who was recently brought onto the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, to pen the new script based on King’s first published work. Aguirre-Sacasa also writes comics for Marvel including their graphic representation of Stephen King’s The Stand, so he’s certainly familiar with King’s work. He worked on several seasons of HBO’s Big Love, but his will be his first screenplay. Deadline reports that Aguirre-Sacasa’s take is “more faithful to the King book, and more grounded than the Brian De Palma-directed film.” This story definitely seems more within Peirce’s best abilities.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson

Carrie on Broadway

Posted: January 4, 2012, 23:00
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At the end of the month (January 31st) Carrie premiers on Broadway. Read more about it here.

Thanks to Herbert West

Mark Pavia to do King film anthology

Posted: January 4, 2012, 21:00
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Mark Pavia (Night Flier) is doing a Stephen King anthology film.

“It’s a Stephen King anthology film (as yet untitled)”, Pavia explains. “One that consists of only horror stories and one that is incredibly dark and endlessly atmospheric. I want to make a film that represents exactly what you think of when you hear the name “Stephen King” — a celebration of the man and what he does best, which is scaring the living hell out of all of us! But also stories that are rich in character and that have an emotional weight to them, which, of course, is what he’s all about. That’s what sets him apart from everyone else. It will be the first Stephen King anthology film in 25 years.”

Read more here.

Thanks to Herbert West

No illustrations in Scribners edition...

Posted: January 4, 2012, 20:58
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The moderator of King’s message board confirmed today that there won’t be any illustrations in Scribner’s edition of Wind Through the Keyhole. I have no idea why that is though since there have been illustrations in the previous seven Dark Tower books…

A look in the rearview mirror

Posted: January 4, 2012, 15:59
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2011 is over and 2012 is here and as usual when we have a new year it's time for a look in the rearview mirror. Here are some of the headlines that topped the news in early January some years ago.

1 year ago everyone talked about who would be the best Roland Deschain; Javier Bardem or Viggo Mortensen

2 years ago King did some narrating on Shooter Jennings album Black Ribbons

3 years ago we looked forward to Road Rage, King and his son Joe Hill's first published collaboration.

4 years ago everyone was waiting for Duma Key to be released later on in January.

5 years ago The Mist was about to start shooting.

6 years ago we could read excerpts from Lisey's Story.

7 years ago we got this update about King's doings from the moderator of the official board.

Response from Moderator: Most recently he’s been working again on the project with John Mellencamp that had been put on the back burner while he was doing The Dark Tower, Kingdom Hospital and Faithful. He’s also written a couple of short stories and a novel.

8 years ago Kingdom Hospital and TNT's remake of Salem's Lot was hot topics. Everyone guessed who wrote the tie-in (to Kingdom Hospital) book The Journals of Eleanor Druse.

9 years agowe got casting news for King's Rose Red miniseries.

10 years ago we could read reports about Frank Muller (narrator of many King books) horrible accident.

11 years ago Dreamcatcher was being promoted for its March release.

12 years ago It was reported that King signed a 3 book deal with Scribner. This was big news by the time since we didn't know if King would write any more books after his accident.

13 years ago no one know that King 6 month later would come very close to die in a car accident. Thank God he didn't.

Bag of Bones out on DVD in March

Posted: January 3, 2012, 10:16
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Acording to Talk Stephen King Bag of Bones will be out on DVD on march 13. It will cost around $26.99 and you can preorder your copy here.

The special features you’ll get are:
- Voicemail from Sid featurette
- I Miss You Jo featurette

Cover for Stephen King's Battleground

Posted: January 3, 2012, 00:13
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Remember I told you a few days ago about a upcoming book called Stephen King's Battleground? Well, today the cover for it has been released. For more info and to order, head over to Gauntlet Press.

What King gave his grandsons for Christmas

Posted: January 2, 2012, 23:01
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From this New York Times article apparently posted 12/16/11 but not published in print until 12/25:

But the coolest gift book this year may be the one Stephen King (at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction list with “11/22/63”) found for his grandsons. “I got them an omnibus edition of DC Comics’s ‘New 52,’ ” he said in an e-mail, “which contains each renumbered ‘first issue’ of the entire reimagined DC ‘universe.’ That would be Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman et al. There are also minority and gay superheroes in the mix. . . . When I saw it, I kind of wanted it for myself. The thing doesn’t weigh 52 pounds, but almost!”

Thanks to willowlove

YouTube review of my book

Posted: January 2, 2012, 17:33
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Here is a review of my book from YouTube that I just found. It’s done by Josiah Morgan who gives it a 3 out of 5 even though he thinks I’m probably an annoying person and not at all right to do interviews with people associated to King. What do you think, is he right?

King enters 2012 as #1

Posted: January 1, 2012, 03:00
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It looks as if Stephen King will be riding into the new year at #1.

Not only has 11/22/63 proven a critical success, it also seems to be King's most popular novel since 1998's Bag of Bones.

Whether it's due to variance in King's popularity or the shifting attitudes of the book-buying public in general, in recent years, King's hardcovers have been hitting the New York Times Bestseller List high and then falling down (and off) rapidly. Not so with 11/22/63. It debuted at #1 - never an oddity for King - then dropped to #2 for three successive weeks as new books by James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, and Michael Connelly each smashed in at #1 ... and fell. In its fifth week, King's time travel novel shot back up to #1, making the first King hardcover to drop from the top spot and then reclaim it since 1990's The Stand. For the last three weeks, it has held fast to #1, making it King's longest stay at #1 since Dolores Claiborne's seven-week run in 1992/93.

The critics have been very kind to this book, and with good reason, but it's really gratifying that in his fifth decade of publishing books, King is just as popular as ever, if not more so. The reading audience is changing, but they still love Stephen King. That's pretty amazing.

Thanks to Kevin Quigley

6 Goals for 2012

Posted: January 1, 2012, 01:15
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Happy New Year to you all!!! 2012 is here (or will be soon) and I’m sure it will be a great King year. I have some goals for Lilja’s Library in 2012 that I’m now going to share with you.

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…

Goal 2) I hope to have at least 7 new cool contests for you 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?

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

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

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…

OK, those are my 6 goals for 2012. Goal 3 and 4 might seem to be more for me than for you but I have experienced that the more followers you have, the easier it is to get people’s attention and if you get that it’s easier to get contest, interviews and news which you then can enjoy on the site. So, what do you say? Are my goals realistic? Is there a goal you’re missing? I will do my best to fulfill them and I hope you will be around to share them with me.

Best
Lilja

Time to order IT!

Posted: December 31, 2011, 01:00
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I just got this info in a mail from Cemetery Dance.

It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King
All of the preorders for the Gift Edition and Limited Edition of It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Stephen King have been shipped, with the exception of a few that are still waiting on payments.

Please note: another 250 orders for the Gift Edition have come in since we started shipping, so you may not want to wait around to place your order if you were on the fence. We'll have a better idea of how many copies we have left after we finish our year-end inventory, but the book is now being featured on Stephen King's website, so don't wait to place your order!

So, if you want a copy, order now! And if you still aren't sure, here is an essay about how IT happened by King himself.

Stephen King’s Battleground: The Book

Posted: December 31, 2011, 00:30
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When Nightmares & Dreamscapes aired on TNT back in 2006 my favorite episode was Battleground. Because of that I was very happy to find out that Gauntlet Press will release a book called Stephen King’s Battleground this upcoming summer.

This is how the book is described on Gauntlet’s website:

A definitive collection of Stephen King’s classic short story with which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. We start with King’s short story and then move to R.C. Matheson’s script for the opening episode of “Nightmares and Dreamscapes”, which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson. Henson will provide storyboards used for the episode which won two Emmy awards.

Those contributing include:
- Director Brian Henson
- Executive Producer Bill Haber
- Jeff Beal, who won an Emmy for his score for Battleground
- Actor William Hurt
- Michael Wright, Executive Vice President and Director of programming for TNT
- Visual Effects director Sam Nicholson
- Producer Jeff Hayes
- Lee Romaire, Special Makeup and Effects Designer

Editing the book is Richard Christian Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay for the episode.

You can check out some pretty cool photos of the make-up effects here and I’m extremely happy to say that one of those green helmets in included in my personal collection.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Posted: December 30, 2011, 23:44
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Check out this interesting article about King called You Can't Always Get What You Want: On Stephen King.

Thanks to Paul Taylor

King books during 2012

Posted: December 30, 2011, 18:37
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2012 is soon here and here is what you can look forward to (that we know today, I bet there will be more):

Mile 81 (January 10)
The Stand (audio) (February 14)
The Wind Through the Keyhole (April 24)
Stationary Bike (June 5)

Win a copy of 'Salem's Lot

Posted: December 29, 2011, 00:00
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On December 29, Random House re-issues ’Salem’s Lot in paperback and they have been very kind and given me 15 copies to give to you. In other words, here is your chance to get a classic King book for free. The contest runs between December 29th and when I draw the winners on January 9th and here is what you have to do for a chance of getting a copy:

Read the complete text

A great documentary

Posted: December 28, 2011, 23:44
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I was lucky to get a copy of this documentary about KNB EFX Group called Nightmare Factory the other day (review coming along with my interview with Greg Nicotero who is one of the founders of KNB). I watched it today and what can I say? It’s a great 90 minutes documentary that everyone interested in special effects should watch. So far it’s only been aired on the movie network in Canada but I truly hope that all of you will get the chance to see it. Yes, it is that great.

King's Mile 81 on audio

Posted: December 28, 2011, 12:11
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This one arrived in the mail today. It's released on January 10th and includes both Mile 81 and The Dune. Pre-order your copy here.

Interview with Mick Garris

Posted: December 28, 2011, 00:43
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Here is an interview StephenKing.pl did with Mick Garris about Bag of Bones.

Fox reports about Ghost Brothers

Posted: December 27, 2011, 00:34
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Here is a clip from Fox about King and Mellencamps Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.

Rage Against the Night

Posted: December 26, 2011, 22:35
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Check out this new charity anthology to benefit King expert Rocky Wood's health care (he suffers from ALS). It has stories from authors like Stephen King, Peter Straub, Bev Vincent Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell, Scott Nicholson and many more.

At only $3.99 for Kindle, check it out. Hard copies available in January. Other e-readers shortly

Order and check out the first pages here.

Scribners cover for Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: December 23, 2011, 00:37
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Click for a larger imageToday, just a few days after Grant released their cover for The Wind Through the Keyhole, Scribner has released their cover. You can see a bigger version of it and the full artwork over at King's official site.

And if you want to pre-order, you can do so here:

Hardcover
eBook
Audio book

The Stand on Audio in February

Posted: December 21, 2011, 15:58
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King's official site just reported this great news!

Random House Audio will be releasing the long-awaited unedited audiobook edition of The Stand which will be read by Grover Gardner. The exact date of publication has not yet been determined, but is tentatively scheduled to be on February 14, 2012. The recording will be released for purchase digitally by Audible.com and iTunes and available in the library market on CD.