The Stand on Audio in February

Posted: December 21, 2011, 15:58
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 and iTunes and available in the library market on CD.

Original ending of 11/22/63

Posted: December 19, 2011, 23:18
Originally King had a different ending to his latest book 11/22/63 but after a suggestion from his son, Joe Hill, he changed it and now it looks like we might actually get to read the original ending as well… Here are what the moderator of King’s official board had to say about it.

I've read both of them and have been meaning to ask him if he would consider putting the first version on the site so people could compare. He told me he'd changed it because Joe had seen some problems with the way the first one was written but I don't know with 100% certainty whether Joe gave him specific ideas for the rewrite.

And then…

I was able to ask Steve about this, so here's his answer. Joe only told him that Jake had to meet Sadie again when she was an old lady but how that happened was completely Steve's idea so what we've read in the book was all Steve's writing based on Joe's suggestion to have Jake see Sadie one more time . He also told me it would be okay to put up the original version of the ending but I need to wait at least a month before doing so to give more people the chance to read it as published.

So, keep checking King’s site for that original ending to pop up.

Thanks to Pablo.

Cover of Grant's Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: December 19, 2011, 15:24
Click for a larger imageHere is what we have been waiting for. The Donald M Grant cover for The Wind Through The Keyhole.

Grant is also starting to take orders for this one today so head over to their site for more info if you’re interested in getting a copy.

Please let me know what you think of the cover in the comment filed.

And the winner is...

Posted: December 19, 2011, 11:19
Last week there was a contest here at Lilja’s Library where you could win a signed (by Mike Perkins) copy of the last issue of The Stand comic. The contest has ended and it’s time to announce the lucky winner. But first, here are the correct answers.

Question 1: Has Lilja’s Library appeared in The Stand and if so, how?
Answer 1: Yes, one of the store signs says Liljas Library.

Question 2: Do King have a cameo in The Stand?
Answer 2: Yes, as a standing in for Whitney

Question 3: How many single issues will there be of The Stand once it’s done (only counting regular issues)?
Answer 3: 31 issues

Question 4: Who is the colorist on The Stand?
Answer 4: Laura Martin

Question 5: What was the name of the first story arc of The Stand?
Answer 5: Captain Trips

And now, the winner is…Hans von Wirth in Germany! Congratulations!

King Cast

Posted: December 17, 2011, 13:42
Here is a link to the latest episode of The King Cast. This time they talk about last minute gifts ideas for King fans. Interesting stuff but what I enjoyed the most was getting a voice to David Squyres, the man behind one of my favorite blogs Talk Stephen King.

And...what would you save from your King collection if you could only pick one item? Comment below.

Rerun of Bag of Bones

Posted: December 16, 2011, 23:05
Did you miss Bag of Bones? Now you can see both episodes on these dates:

Friday 12/17 starting at 7 pm (Central)
Friday 12/17 starting at 11 pm
Sunday 12/18 starting at noon
Sunday 12/25 starting at noon
Monday 12/26 starting at 8 a.m.

Thanks to Herbert West

Watch Bag of Bones online

Posted: December 14, 2011, 16:04
For Part 1, A&E lured 3.4 million total viewers on Sunday evening, making it the top cable telecast for the night. And on the following evening, Bag of Bones retained a strong 88 percent of its premiere audience, delivering 3 million viewers.

Now you can watch Bag of Bones online (if you live in the US). Check it out here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent and Herbert West

My interview with Mick Garris

Posted: December 13, 2011, 09:28
Bag of Bones week ended last week here at Lilja's Library but since my interview with its director Mick Garris had some spoilers I didn't want to publish it before the miniseries had aired. Now it has and you can now read what he had to say about it here.

King on The Killing

Posted: December 11, 2011, 20:34
King on The Killing

From the 12/16/11 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

Like others, I was dismayed by The Killing’s decline from event television to plain old series television. But even if the destination sucked, the journey was still a pleasure. Ms. [Mireille] Enos was stunningly good as the job-obsessed Linden, and the prickly camaraderie that developed between her and Holder was a joy to watch. Better yet, in The Killing we had a series that showed the true consequences of murder for those left behind. I ended up not caring a whole lot about who killed Rosie Larsen, but I cared a great deal about her grieving family.

Thanks to willowlove

Ghost Brothers in town...

Posted: December 10, 2011, 23:59
This heads up was published on Alliance Theatre's facebook wall:

Keep an eye out for amazingly talented "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" cast. They're all here for a workshop and they've been spotted around town at local clubs performing during their down time - Shuler Hensley, Justin Guarini, Kate Ferber, and Dale Watson, just to name a few...

Brosnan talks Bag of Bones

Posted: December 9, 2011, 11:21
Talk Stephen King has a recap of Pierce Brosnan's visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

Pierce Brosnan, who plays Mike Noonan in Bag of Bones, was Ellen's first guest on Thrusday. They discuss Brosnan's family; wife, kids and house. My favorite part was when his phone rang on live TV.

The clip they showed from Bag Of Bones was great! Brosnan takes a moment to explain the movie theme, saying, "There's something for everyone." Ellen adds, "It's not a feel good movie." !

Asked if he likes scary movies, Brosnan said he does, and then said, "I love Stephen King. He is a dude! He such an amazing story teller."

My review of Bag of Bones

Posted: December 9, 2011, 00:12
Today, the fifth day of Lilja’s Library’s Bag of Bones Week, you can prepare yourself for the premier of Bag of Bones this upcoming Sunday by finding out what I thought about it. Read my review here.

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a copy of Dark Score Stories. Read more here

Description of Wind Through the Keyhole

Posted: December 7, 2011, 11:33
It's only 4½ month to the release of Wind Through the Keyhole (about 2½ if you count down to the release of Grant's limited edition) and to whet your appétit, here is a description of the book...

The Wind Through the Keyhole

For readers new to Stephen King's epic 7-volume fantasy masterpiece The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is an enchanting Russian doll of a novel, a story within a story within a story, which features both the younger and older Roland Deschain – Mid-World's last gunslinger – on his quest to find the Dark Tower.

For the legions of fans, it is a gift of deeper insight and a chance to discover what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

We join Roland and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. As they shelter from the screaming wind and snapping trees, Roland tells them not just one strange tale, but two – and in doing so sheds fascinating light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to a ranch to investigate a recent slaughter. Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks, terrible carnage – evidence that the 'skin-man', a shape shifter, is at work. There is only one surviving witness: a brave but terrified boy called Bill Streeter.

Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, 'The Wind through the Keyhole.' 'A person's never too old for stories,' he says to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.'

And stories like these, they live for us.

Lilja's Library's Bag of Bones Week: Day 3

Posted: December 7, 2011, 01:10
The Bag of Bones Week at Lilja’s Library continues. Today I give you an interview with Annabeth Gish who plays Jo in Bag of Bones.

Please beware though that there are some small spoilers in it and if you haven’t read the book you should definitely wait until you’ve seen the miniseries.

Also, don’t miss you chance to own a copy of the rare book Dark Score Stories of which only 250 copies exists. Here is how you can enter.

King signing at Walmart

Posted: December 5, 2011, 23:59
This was just sent to me in an email from Veryfinebooks:

Book Signing Tour 11/22/63 Update

Date: December 14
Time: 7:00 PM

"Walmart will be distributing 400 guaranteed and 200 non-guaranteed wristbands beginning at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, December 14th. If there is time after the 400 guaranteed wristbands have gone through the line, the 200 non-guaranteed line will begin. Limit 1 signed book per person. "

Please contact Walmart to verify the event and their special instructions. It's going to be a very popular event and so most likely you will need to show up many hours in advance.

We have provided the information below:
5455 Atlanta Hwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Tel -(770) 475 - 4101

Win a copy of Dark Score Stories

Posted: December 5, 2011, 00:23

Are you disappointed that you didn’t win the copy of Dark Score Stories? I can sure understand that since it’s a really beautiful book. But guess what, I actually have two more copies of it and since you all have been so supportive over the years I’m going to give you the chance to win these copies as well. But you are going to have to work for them… Nah, I’m just kidding. I’m going to make it really easy for you. Here is how you can get one of these two copies.

Way 1 to win a copy of Dark Score Stories (twitter):
1) Follow @liljaslibrary on twitter.
2) Cut and paste this on twitter:
Retweet this for a chance to win a copy of Dark Score Stories (only 250 done). Follow @LiljasLibrary to be eligible

Way 2 to win a copy of Dark Score Stories (facebook):
“Like” Lilja’s Library on facebook and then “Like” at least one of my post there.

Easy, right? Then on Monday December 12 I will draw one winner from facebook and one from twitter. And for each retweet you have and “Like” you do you’ll have one chance to win.

Lilja’s Library’s Bag of Bones Week: Day 1

Posted: December 5, 2011, 00:04
Today I kick off Lilja’s Library’s Bag of Bones Week. All week long there will be interviews with the cast and crew of Bag of Bones, a review of the miniseries and also a contest you don’t want to miss. So, make sure you check in each day or follow Lilja’s Library on facebook or twitter.

This first day I have an interview for you. It’s with the company that created the wonderful website Check it out here.

And the winner is...

Posted: December 5, 2011, 00:00
The comments contest is over and the lucky winner is my fellow Swede Anders Jakobson. One of the 250 copies done of Dark Score Stories is now heading for his bookcase. Congratulations! BUT if you’re not Anders and don’t already have a copy of Dark Score Stories, check back in here tomorrow when Lilja’s Library’s Bag of Bones Week kicks of…