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Lisey's Story Premiers June 4 On Apple TV+

Posted: April 13, 2021, 20:32
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Vanity Fair released the news today that Lisey's Story will premier on June 4.


"I wanted to say something about marriage, about long marriage, and about celebrity and about the side of lives that are public and the sides of lives that are private—and the door between those two worlds.

In that sense, it’s autobiographical, but only in the sense that you take what you know as a framework and then build something that’s totally fictional on that. For one thing, I haven’t died yet, but I did come back from almost dying when I had pneumonia. And they told Tabby, ‘Prepare for the worst.’
King in Vanity Fair


Apperently the show plunges the viewers into the middle of its narrative and expects them to make their own sense of it, even as the characters do the same.

"I don’t want to put anybody off. It’s not a simple story. It’s not a to b to c. You hope that the audience will understand that there are secrets here—there are really big secrets—and hope they’ll stick with the show, find those things, and unravel them. I think everything becomes clear fairly soon."
King in Vanity Fair






Firestarter Remake Starts Filming In June?

Posted: April 13, 2021, 15:44
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According to Screen Rant the remake of Firestarter might begin filming this June. The information comes from an interview with producer Akiva Goldsman. Here is what he said:

Firestarter is one of the last great, either unmade or un-remade, Stephen King novels that have become classics. There are things I will never forget from the original movie. But it diverged from the book significantly. So Scott Teems — who is a really wonderful writer — wrote this terrific script which is much closer to the novel in both incident and tone. We start shooting, I want to say, in 12 weeks. Firestarter was always some of Stephen's most intimate and affective horror, and I think pyrokinesis is a really fascinating idea when it comes to the expression of hidden feelings.

Stephen King And Big Corgi Butts...

Posted: April 13, 2021, 10:52
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What do Stephen King and big corgi butts have in common? Well, more than you might think. King do have a corgi, The Thing of Evil, and now he has also written a foreword to a book called The Little book of Big Corgi Butts. Get your copy here.


Thanks to Bryant Burnette.

Dollar Baby Festival In April

Posted: April 8, 2021, 16:33
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This April 23-25, a selection of Stephen King movies will be available to watch online for free. Hosted by Canadian film production company Barker Street Cinema, the virtual festival, called Stephen King Rules, will screen 25 submissions by filmmakers from all over the world, many of which have never been seen by a global audience before.


Head over to Barker Street Cinema for more info.

Thanks to The Fire Wire

Hodder To Reissue King's Entire Backlist

Posted: March 18, 2021, 12:41
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Hodder & Stoughton reveales that they will release King's entire backlist with a new look between now and the fall of 2024. Devided in 2 - 3 batches per year all will culminate with the 50th annerversay of Carrie. Hodder will then have released over 70 books with this new look.

The books will be grouped into different categories including Chilling Classics, Epic Thrillers and
Reading Group Suspense, helping readers to navigate their way through the extraordinary range and
depth of King's body of work, and discover which type of novel will most appeal to them. Each group
will be unified by striking new author brand lettering, and distinguished by a distinct colour palette
and title lettering.

The first six titles to be released in May are: Christine, Cujo, Doctor Sleep, Firestarter, `Salem’s Lot and The Shining.

King Translated Into Kazakh

Posted: March 17, 2021, 22:41
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As most of you know I love books in different languages and their covers. I also collect one book in each language King’s book have been published which is 54 languages so far (including Braille). Read more about the languages here.

Now I’m happy to let you know that language 55 is on its way. Foliant in Kazakhstan will release two of King’s books in Kazakh this summer if everything goes as planned.

Celebrate Independent Bookstores In The Tall Grass

Posted: March 15, 2021, 08:24
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In the Tall Grass, originally published by Esquire magazine (and as a film on Netflix), will now be released as a 5×7 bound paperback. The book be will released on April 24th, cost $12.99 and celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the US on the last Saturday in April.

The only way to get this book is to visit a local Independent Bookstore!


Source: Fire Wire

The Talisman Coming To Netflix?

Posted: March 5, 2021, 23:52
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Looks like Spielberg is trying one more time to bring The Talisman to the screen, this time as a series. Here is what The Hollywood Reporter say:

Now, Talisman may finally be ready to reach screens but, as befits the times, as a series.

And, as it sometimes takes a village to raise a project, Spielberg has assembled some mighty collaborators to help him make the adaptation a reality.

The Duffer Brothers, whose own Stranger Things owes more than a few debts to King’s work, will executive produce a series adapting the book, that will be produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television Studios.

Curtis Gwinn, who worked as a writer-exec producer on Duffers’ Stranger Things, will act as writer and showrunner of the project, which is in development. With deals still being sewn up and in negotiations, Netflix and the production parties involved had no comment.

Fans Get Later

Posted: March 5, 2021, 12:03
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Stephen King’s Later, is out and you know what that means…

I want to put together a page with photos of you all and your copy of Later. All you need to do is send me a photo (this should open an email but if it doesn’t, send the photo to info[a]liljas-library.com) of yourself and the book (any edition works) and I’ll post them here. If you don’t want to send it by email you can also post it on the facebook page and I’ll grab it there. I would also like to ask you to include your name, town and country so that I can list that with the photo. You can see what it will look like at the Mr Mercedes page, the Revival page, the Finders Keepers page, Bazzar of Bad Dreams page, End of Watch page, Charlie the Choo Choo page, Gwendy’s Button Box page, Sleeping Beauties Book page, Outsider Book page or the If it Bleeds Book page.

Check out all Later photos here.

Let's get those photos collected! Some of you are even on all pages, GOOD WORK!

My thoughts On Later

Posted: March 2, 2021, 09:54
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Today Later is released and here are my thoughts about the book.

Later is a nice little book with quite few characters for a King book but as usual they are what carries the story forward. And the story is an interesting one. It might sound like something you have read or seen before but not quite with this twist that King has put upon it.

Elevation As A Feature Film?

Posted: February 26, 2021, 18:30
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Jack Bender who’s done Under The Dome, Mr. Mercedes, and The Outsider is turning Elevation into a movie. Here is what he says about it:

He is very generous about that when it works. I've recently adapted a book of his called Elevation, which we're going to make into a film. And I invented some stuff and added, and was nervous because he'd never read anything I've written, only directed and produced. And needless to say I was nervous about it, but he loved it. He's very gracious, and he knows that when we make a TV show, there's going to be stuff added stuff taken away; that's just the way it goes.

Time To Slaughter Pet Sematary Once Again?

Posted: February 25, 2021, 01:19
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In 2019 Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer slaughtered Pet Sematary and now it’s time to do it again. It’s Paramount’s streaming service Paramount+ who’s planing a new movie. The new installment in the franchise will be an “origins story”. Jeff Buhler, who wrote the 2019 adaptation, is also writing this new movie [sigh] and even though there are no word yet on plot details, the film will presumably tell a new story set within the world of King‘s Pet Sematary [sigh, sigh].

All I can say is: WHY?

Thanks to Herbert West.

Keith Thomas Talks Firestarter Remake

Posted: February 24, 2021, 23:59
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Keith Thomas talked to ComicBook.com about his upcoming remake of Firestarter and it looks like it will be a bit different than the original.

“It’s something I’ve thought a lot about. And, certainly, when [Firestarter] first came to me, I was very lucky in that the script by Scott Teems, who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills, was just very, very good, and very rich. The material itself isn’t different, right? I mean, it’s the same book that this film is drawing from, the one the earlier film did. But what we’re leaning into from the book is different. That’s the angle where you can do something. So, for me, it was really leaning into more emotional aspects. It was leaning into parenthood and what that looks like, and then, how do you raise a child, especially a child with abilities like this. That was the place the script went and I thought that it was something that’s a little different than the original film.”

“Also, the book’s super-rich. There’s a lot of stuff that’s in the book that isn’t in the original film. There’s stuff in there that we’re using, that we’re going into. At the same time, I feel like, just for me, in terms of the films I’m interested in, I feel like there’s a visceral quality to the story that I didn’t see in the ’80s version, a rawness that I think is there in the book, that I certainly felt, that I’m really interested in diving into. And, luckily, I think everybody else involved feels the same way, that this is going to be … not only will it have the effects and you’re going to get to see all the stuff Charlie can do, which is fun, and cool, and exciting, but if we do it right, it’s not so much as dark as The Vigil, but you should come out of it emotionally. If you do it right, it’s going to really hit that way.”

“The screenplay is by Scott Teems who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills, it’s an amazing script. It has everything you would want; people’s heads catching fire and their faces melting off, and a dad and daughter on the run trying to survive being chased in this heightened tense experience.”

The Jaunt To Be Developed For MRC Television

Posted: February 24, 2021, 22:54
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Dave Erickson (Fear The Walking Dead) has closed an overall deal with MRC Television. Erickson will exclusively work with the studio on the creation and development of television series on which he will serve as writer-showrunner or supervise other writers.

As part of the deal, Erickson is developing The Jaunt, based on King's 1981 Stephen King short story.

Now I Make My Stand

Posted: February 24, 2021, 12:09
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Here are my thoughts on The Stand.

The show is good and well worth seeing but not the masterpiece I was hoping for. Oh, and they should have spent the time and money needed to create the Lincoln tunnel scene. The sewers are very flat in comparing and not scary at all if you ask me.

The Cast Of Lisey's Story

Posted: February 23, 2021, 11:49
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Here is the main cast of Lisey's Story listed by Apple TV+.

Julianne Moore as Lisey Landon
Clive Owen as Scott Landon
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Darla
Joan Allen as Amanda
Dane DeHaan as Jim Dooley
Ron Cephas Jones as Professor Dashmiel
Sung Kang as Officer Dan Beckman.

King On Tiny Horrors

Posted: February 23, 2021, 10:35
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On Friday, during a panel for the upcoming Apple TV+ series Lisey’s Story, King mentioned that he and J.J. Abrams is talking about creating a horror anthology series.

“I talked with JJ Abrams a lot about a possible anthology series of tiny horrors,” King said. “We got really down and dirty about it and talked about things that were really, really scary.”

New Adaptation Of The Running Man

Posted: February 20, 2021, 01:57
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Paramount Pictures is making a deal with Edgar Wright to direct a new adaptation of The Running Man. This won’t be a remake of the 1987 film with Arnold Schwarzenegger though. This time they will be much more faithful to King’s book. Michael Bacall will write the script and Simon Kinberg will produce.

Lisey's Story Coming To Apple TV+ This Summer

Posted: February 19, 2021, 23:57
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Lisey's Story is finally coming to the small screen. In this "Spring 2021 + More" preview there is a short clip from it.




Julianne Moore and Clive Owen are the stars of a small screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s Lisey’s Story that’s coming to Apple TV+, with Moore playing the title character and Owen co-starring as her late husband. Dane Dehaan, Joan Allen, and Sung Kang will also star.



The 8-hour limited series is written by King, who will also executive produce. J.J. Abrams is on board to produce through Bad Robot Productions.

The Ten O’Clock People For TV

Posted: February 18, 2021, 16:31
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Deadline reports that new company Fabel will develop an TV series based on King's story The Ten O’Clock People.

The new company is also soon to go out with a TV take on The Ten O’Clock People, Stephen King’s short story about a group of people in authority who are monsters disguised as people.

Thanks to Bryant Burnette.

Hard Case Crime Box Set

Posted: February 17, 2021, 15:50
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Hard Case Crime is releasing a set of their three King books in September. The set will be in a slipcase and contain all three books by King, The Colorado Kid, Joyland and Later.

The set will also include three exclusive art cards showing a variant cover of each book – the original Glen Orbik cover for The Colorado Kid, the Robert McGinnis limited-edition hardcover cover for Joyland and the Greg Manchess limited-edition hardcover cover for Later.

The set will be released on September 14 but you can pre-order your set over at Amazon.com

My Interview With Angelina Kekich About The Stand

Posted: February 16, 2021, 08:06
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Last week I got a chance to talk to Angelina Kekich who was the costume designer on The Stand. We talked about all the clothes that was created for the show and how they were created. We also talked about how they had to create several versions of Flagg's jacket and how it happened that Tom is wearing a Dolly Parton t-shirt. Here is what she had to say.




Concept illustration: Randall Flagg

Concept illustration: Mother Abagail

Concept illustration: Trachcan Man

Concept illustration: Nadine Cross

Celebrate Our 25-Year Anniversary With Marv

Posted: February 15, 2021, 11:08
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Meet Marv as you have never seen him before. Followers of Lilja’s Library already know him as Marv – The Library Policeman, the site’s mascot and he is here to welcome you to celebrate Lilja’s Library’s 25-year anniversary all through 2021!

But let me warn you. As the Library Policeman he is he demands attention and silence and if you don’t give him what he wants he might use his trusty pliers to expand his necklace with your tongue…
Marv is done by the very talented Vincent Chong

My Interview With Aaron Haye About The Stand

Posted: February 15, 2021, 08:02
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Last week I got a chance to talk to Aaron Haye who was the production designer on The Stand. We talked about how the set was built, what it means to be a production designer and what hurdles they had to face each day to make the set look just as it should. Here is what he had to say.




Concept photo of Flagg’s room in Las Vegas.

Concept photo of Stu’s room at the underground facility.

The set where Stu fell and broke his leg.

Rainbird Cast In New Firestarter Movie

Posted: February 11, 2021, 10:35
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The remake of Firestarter if moving along.

Michael Greyeyes has been cast as Rainbird and the project is currently in the works from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Weed Road Pictures.


What do you say? Do you want a new Firestarter movie?

A Winter Evening With Stephen King

Posted: January 29, 2021, 02:04
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The A Winter Evening with Stephen King online event has just ended and some of the interesting things that were touched upon was this...


- For the last two months King have been working on a new book and this one will probably be long.

- Even though The Dark Tower is always present King has no plans to write a new Dark Tower book. He’s not saying never but he don’t see it happening.

I wish there would have been more questions about King’s work (Later and Billy Summers in particular) but all in all it was a good event. It was also one question though (that we would all have wanted to heard the answer to) that King missed. That question was “Will there be a third Talisman book soon”. I guess we’ll have to wait and see...

Billy Summers Arrives August 3rd

Posted: January 28, 2021, 21:36
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King’s fall 2021 book has been announced. It’s titled Billy summers and will be released on August 3rd.

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.


Here is a very short excerpt from the book.

"Two million. Five hundred thousand up front, the rest after."

Billy's whistle isn't part of the act, which he doesn't think of as an act but his dumb self, the one he shows to guys like Nick and Frank and Paulie. It's like a seatbelt. You don't use it because you expect to be in a crash, but you never know who you might meet coming over a hill on your side of the road. This is also true on the road of life, where people veer all over the place and drive the wrong way on the turnpike.

"Why so much?" The most he's ever gotten on a contract was seventy K. "It's not a politician, is it? Because I don't do that."

"Not even close."

"Is it a bad person?"

Nick laughs, shakes his head, and looks at Billy with real affection. "Always the same question with you."

Billy nods.

The dumb self might be a shuck, but this is true: he only does bad people. It's how he sleeps at night. It goes without saying that he has made a living working for bad people, yes, but Billy doesn't see this as a moral conundrum. He has no problem with bad people paying to have other bad people killed. He basically sees himself as a garbageman with a gun.

"This is a very bad person."

Source: EW

Script For Black House Released

Posted: January 20, 2021, 14:44
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Borderlands Press are publishing the script for a movie version of Black House. The script is written by Richard Chizmar and Jonathan Schaech.

For our 14th title in Series III, we give you a fantastic offering from publishing Living Legend, feature film producer, and bestselling writer, Richard Chizmar and Hollywood actor Jonathan Schaech.

BLACK HOUSE: A Screenplay written by Richard Chizmar & Jonathan Schaech

Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King & Peter Straub

Commissioned by Akiva Goldsman, Academy Award winning writer and producer of A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and The Dark Tower.

Never produced because of complications with The Talisman rights.

The book will be released on March 6, 2021, limited to 750 copies numbered and signed by the screenwriters.

The Art And The Making of The Stand Out In May

Posted: January 5, 2021, 16:16
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Titan Books has announced the upcoming publication of the definitive companion title to the new CBS All Access series, The Stand.

The Art And The Making of The Stand takes readers behind the scenes of this much-anticipated series to discover how a remarkable group of producers and actors brought Stephen King’s genre-defining opus to screen. The book is full to the brim with on-set photography, concept art and more, accompanied by interviews with the crew and all-star cast alongside the shooting script for the never-before-published coda written for the new series by King himself.

Written by Andy Burns, The Art And The Making of The Stand is set to publish in hardback on May 4, 2021, priced at $45.