NEWS -

No more EW columns

Posted: January 1, 2011, 01:44
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After seven years King has written his last column for Entertainment Weekly. This has been confirmed by the moderator of his message board.

Sorry, it's true. He's done it for quite a few years now and had wanted to stop a year or so ago but they talked him into staying a little longer.

Thanks to Ari

LA Times article about The Dark Tower movie

Posted: December 19, 2010, 00:38
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Here is an very interesting article about the upcoming Dark Tower adaptation. It mentiones some possible names and also confirms that the plan is movies #1, a TV season, movie #2, a second TV season and then the third movie.

Thanks to Louis Sytsma

King on Ustream

Posted: December 19, 2010, 00:34
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Here is the clip of King answering questions from the Ustream.


Thanks to Al and Katherine.

Dark Tower update

Posted: December 14, 2010, 23:18
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Here is an update on the upcoming Dark Tower movies from Bloody Disgusting.

Deadline caught up with Rob Howard, who is set to direct the first of three Steven King The Dark Tower adaptations, which will arrive in theaters May 17, 2013 from Universal Pictures. They write that they plan to turn King's masterwork into a film trilogy with a network TV series programmed between films. Howard will direct the first film and the limited run series that will create a bridge to the second feature. "It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," Howard said. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign." The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world.

Thanks to Al Mattice

Time to light the fires again

Posted: December 14, 2010, 13:21
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More remakes...

Universal is looking to reignite the "Firestarter" flame.

The studio and Dino De Laurentiis Co. have teamed to reboot the 1984 horror pic, with Mark L. Smith onboard to pen the script.

Although there were no sequels to the original feature, based on the Stephen King tome, the studio aims to turn the reboot into a franchise property.

The 1984 pic starred Drew Barrymore as a girl able to start fires at will. It grossed $17 million at the domestic B.O. and was also produced through U and De Laurentiis' Co.

Plot details for the reboot are being kept under wraps. It's expected to be loosely based on the original King book, but the main character is to be reinvented with a little more edge.

De Laurentiis Co. chairman Martha De Laurentiis and prexy of production Lorenzo De Maio will produce through the De Laurentiis Co. along with Steven Schneider through his Room 101 banner.

"We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, based on a timeless concept and enhanced by recent visual effects advances," Martha De Laurentiis said.

Deal for "Firestarter" extends the longstanding relationship between U and De Laurentiis Co. The reboot was among the last projects the prolific Dino De Laurentiis worked on before his death in November at age 91.

"'Firestarter' has a great mythology and with Martha and Lorenzo's vision we believe the franchise can be extended in a new and exciting direction," said Debbie Liebling, U's prexy of production.

De Laurentiis Co. has a slew of projects in various stages of development, including a reboot of the cult classic "Barbarella," a remake of another King adaptation, "Maximum Overdrive" and a new spin on 1980s TV actioner "MacGyver."

Smith is now working on the "Firestarter" script. U hopes to get the pic into production next year, but has yet to take the project out to directors.

Besides the 1984 pic, cabler Syfy fielded a telepic in 2002 dubbed "Firestarter 2: Rekindled."

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Maximum Overdrive...again?

Posted: December 14, 2010, 10:15
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It looks like we'll get a remake of King's Maximum Overdrive in the not to distance future. Dread Central had this report today:

Maximum Overdrive Remake Wheels Starting to Spin
Dino De Laurentiis Co. Maximum Overdrive Remakes Stephen King


The year was 1986 and the directorial debut of horror icon Stephen King roared off of the big screen like a big bloody fun behemoth. The AC/DC soundtrack kicked ass, the Green Goblin's head has never been the same, and to this very day we refuse to look at any appliance the same way ever again.

Can a remake of this cult classic capture the same kind of magic? Who knows, but according to Variety Dino De Laurentiis Co. has one waiting in the wings.

The original film focused on what happened when the earth passed through the tail of a mysterious comet and the machines on Earth suddenly came to life and terrorize their human creators.
The original film focused on what happened when the earth passed through the tail of a mysterious comet and the machines on Earth suddenly came to life and terrorize their human creators.

In terms of news regarding this upcoming remake, that's really all there is at the moment. Don't worry though, we'll keep our ears to the ground and if those big-ass semi's start rolling you'll be the first to know about it.

King said...

Posted: December 9, 2010, 15:13
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While we can't get to the chat from yesterday, here are some of the things King said:

- He said that he applied to the Bangor Police but they wouldn't take him because he had a couple of minor busts.

- He said he's written a screenplay for A Good Marriage and hopes it's made into a film.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

King on Ustream

Posted: December 9, 2010, 09:34
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For those of you who missed King’s live chat yesterday, here is a recording of it. For now though it looks like it’s been made private…don’t know why that is but hopefully it will change soon.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Two covers part 2

Posted: December 8, 2010, 13:39
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Here are the covers for issue #2 and 3 of Little Sisters of Eluria.

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Thanks to Marco Lammers

Two covers part 1

Posted: December 8, 2010, 13:36
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Here are the covers for issue # 1 and 2 of the new arc of The Stand called No Man's Land. The issues are released January 5th and February 2nd.

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Thanks to Marco Lammers

More children needed in the corn

Posted: December 6, 2010, 08:50
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Uncle Creepy reports that more children is needed in the corn.

The Hollywood Insider reported on a rumor (later confirmed by our bros at Moviehole) that Children of the Corn: The Dweller needed more ‘Children of the Corn’ so there’s a prologue being filmed, set in Nebraska, with more of them creepy kids we've grown to want to just punch in the face.

Synopsis
TIM and ALLIE are heading out of LA and into the very warm California desert environs to see TIM's father. The car overheats and they are forced to stay overnight at the home of a questionable couple and their young child...

Head over to Dread Central to read the entire article.

King's top 10

Posted: December 6, 2010, 08:43
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Here you can check out King's top 10 movies for 2010 and in the December 10 issue of Entertainment Weekly he lists his top 10 TV shows.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

King doing a live chat

Posted: November 29, 2010, 23:08
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It was just posted on King's official site that he will be participating in a live UStream chat on December 8th at 7:00pm Est.

A Conversation with Stephen King
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Join bestselling author Stephen King in a live chat about his new book, FULL DARK, NO STARS. Tune in Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - 7pm EST/4pm PST. RSVP to the event and join it live here: http://www.ustream.tv/simonandschuster.

If you have a question you would like Stephen King to answer during the chat, please send it to: scribner.books@simonandschuster.com

Interview with Jim Thiesen

Posted: November 29, 2010, 00:00
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Here is an interview with Jim Thiesen who did the covers for King's four Doubleday hardcover reissues.

Thanks to John Scoleri

Contest time at Lilja's Library

Posted: November 28, 2010, 23:58
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Its contest time again here at Lilja’s Library. This time it’s 5 copies of the US edition of Full Dark, No Stars that’s up for grabs. However, the contest will be a bit different this time…

For the next 5 days (Monday Nov. 28 – December 3rd) I will post a link here at the top of the site. The link will be named Contest Monday (the name of the day will change for each day) and when you see this link, all you need to do is click on it and send me that email that opens. You can add a comment if you like but that is not a must. Sounds too easy? Well, it is. There are two more things:

1) The link may appear any time between midnight and midnight the day after and will only be on the site for a short time, somewhere between 2 and 4 hours.

2) You will have to be the 10th person that sends me an email that day. I will count them in the order I receive them. The 10th mailer each day will be the winner.

Sounds like fun? Well, I hope so. And keep an eye here; the first link will appear within 24 hours and remember that you can keep an eye on the site with you phone as well…

Contest Monday (contest for Monday is over. Winner is Will Efson).
Contest Tuseday (contest for Tuseday is over. Winner is Fran Anderson).
Contest Wednesday (contest for Wednesday is over. Winner is Wendy Lang).
Contest Thursday (contest for Thursday is over. Winner is Vicky Sing).
Contest Friday (contest for Friday is over. Winner is Laurence Willson).

That ends this contest. Thanks to everyone that juined in.

Riding the Bullet

Posted: November 25, 2010, 21:03
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Got a copy of Riding the Bullet today and it looks great.


You can check out my review of it here.

Under the Simpsons

Posted: November 24, 2010, 00:50
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In the last Simpsons episode Mr. Burns did a Under the Dome reference.


Thanks to Ari Bosi

Lilja's Library: The Mobile Way

Posted: November 16, 2010, 01:11
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Today a lot of people access the Internet through mobile phones, right? So, hopefully a lot of you are accessing Lilja’s Library through your phones and as you probably know not all sites work perfectly on a phone. So, because of that there is now a mobile phone version of Lilja’s Library. Most of it looks like when you enter the regular site but it’s been optimized for phones and that means that it’s been a bit trimmed down. Hopefully you’ll all find what you need though and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as the regular site.

Oh, and if you use a smart phone there is also an icon for you if you want an easy way to access the site from your phone. Please check it out and let me know what you think about it through mail, on facebook or on twitter.

And the best thing is that you don’t have to remember a new address, just surf in to www.Liljas-Library.com with our phone and you’ll be directed to the mobile version of the site.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson for all his help with this.

Mellencamp about Ghost Brothers

Posted: November 14, 2010, 20:40
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In a new interview John Mellecamp had this to say about his collaboration with King:

Q: What's the status of this multimedia collaboration between you and author Stephen King, "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County?"

A: We've made a recording of all the songs, including ones sung by Kris Kristofferson, who plays the father; Elvis Costello, who plays the Devil; Rosanne Cash, who's the mother, and Sheryl Crow, who plays a ghost. They sang all the songs and T Bone produced the music.

It's the "Sgt. Pepper's" of Americana music. We did the dialogue and that includes Meg Ryan and Matthew McConaughey. We're putting it all together and are trying to get this staged in Atlanta during the spring or fall of next year. Liv Ullman, who was Ingmar Bergman's muse, will be directing. ...

This is a hell of an undertaking; just getting everybody together to read and sing is like putting kitties in a bag. Steve and I started working on it 10 years ago.

Did you get all the King references?

Posted: November 11, 2010, 13:36
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If you have followed Haven you can now check if you caught all the King references they mixed in the first season. Here SyFy has listed them all.

Thanks to Mike Cahill

The Talisman is on hold

Posted: November 8, 2010, 23:20
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Sad news for all fans of The Talisman comic. Aparently the second instalment is on hold for now. No reason has been given though...
Thanks to Ari.

Trailer and review for Full Dark, No Stars

Posted: November 8, 2010, 23:09
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Tomorrow is the release day for Full Dark, No Stars but already people are reporting finding it in book stores. The last trailer, the one for my personal favorite in the collection A Good Marriage has been released (the male lead is actually played by the Swedish actor Tomas Norström) and here you can read my review of the book.

Looking for a signed book?

Posted: November 8, 2010, 15:09
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I just wanted to let you know that I have signed a bunch of books that are now on sale over at VeryFineBooks.com. I signed these exclusively for this bookshop and as far as signed books these are the only ones that you can buy at the moment.

Veryfinebooks has also agreed to includes free shipping (within the US) and a 30 day money back guarantee (don’t know why you would want to return it though :-) ).

You can order it here.

The first Dark Tower movie only 2½ years away

Posted: October 29, 2010, 21:34
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2 days ago I told you about NBC's plans for The Dark Tower TV series and today it looks like the first movie is just about 2½ years away. From this article I got this:

And Ron Howard's first movie based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower has been scheduled for May 17, 2013.

Thanks to Herbert West

UK edition of Full Dark, No Stars

Posted: October 27, 2010, 23:47
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The UK edition of Full Dark, No Stars is ready for it's release on November 9th. This is what it'll look like.

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The Dark Tower on TV next season?

Posted: October 27, 2010, 15:46
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Today I found an article called NBC - Full drama development slate for next season - almost all Fantasy/Sci-Fi and in it I found this interesting section:

DARK TOWER, THE: Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond...the Dark Tower.

Halloween Message from King

Posted: October 25, 2010, 23:45
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Here is a Halloween Message from King posted on the official site:

"Science Fiction & Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman put a great idea up on Twitter a few days ago: 'This year make Halloween All Hallow's Read.' Neil suggests giving someone you love a scary book on the 31st. I think it's a great idea. It can be one of mine but it doesn't have to be. Have a great Halloween!"

--Steve

2nd trailer for Full Dark, No Stars

Posted: October 25, 2010, 10:22
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Here is the second trailer from Hodder & Stoughton for King's new book Full Dark, No Stars. This one is for the story big Driver.

My review of The Walking Dead

Posted: October 22, 2010, 21:18
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I have seen the first two episodes of The Walking Dead and here is my review of this upcoming classicer.

Don't miss The Walking Dead

Posted: October 22, 2010, 08:52
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This is only semi-King but I just have to tell you. On October 31st the TV station AMC premiers the new TV series The Walking Dead by Frank Darabont (hence the King connection) and I have had the fortune to see the first two episodes and please listen to me when I tell you that you don't want to miss this show. This will be a classic!

More about limited Full Dark, No Stars

Posted: October 22, 2010, 08:46
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More info about the limited Full Dark, No Stars from Cemetert Dance:

"Full Dark, No Stars has sixteen pieces: 12 B&W printed in the book and 4 color glossy pieces that are hand-tipped."

Thanks to Ari

Limited Full Dark, No Stars from CD

Posted: October 19, 2010, 17:00
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Cemetery Dance just announced a limited version of Full Dark, No Stars that they are releasing later this year.

Cemetery Dance Publications is very pleased to announce our Deluxe Special Edition of Stephen King's chilling new collection of novellas. The tales in Full Dark, No Stars are bleak, featuring some of the darkest moments of any King work in recent memory, and we've brought together a team of five acclaimed artists to create nearly twenty exclusive illustrations including B&W pieces and glossy color tip-ins.

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This fine collectible volume will be available in three editions printed in two colors on a high-quality paper, and the oversized Collector's Gift Edition will be issued with the smallest print run of any Stephen King Gift Edition since we published From a Buick 8 in 2002. As many collectors know, that was one of the rare Gift Editions to sell out before publication and to go up in value significantly over the years.

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Secretly rolling at the printer since September and on schedule to ship at the end of the year, the Cemetery Dance Deluxe Special Edition of Full Dark, No Stars will be the perfect addition to any Stephen King collection. We don't expect any of our editions to last very long given the low print runs, so don't wait to place your order or you might miss out!

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Full-color front and back cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin Color and B&W artwork for "1922" by Glenn Chadbourne Color and B&W artwork for "Big Driver" by Jill Bauman Color and B&W artwork for "Fair Extension" by Alan M. Clark Color and B&W artwork for "A Good Marriage" by Vincent Chong

Ask Robin

Posted: October 19, 2010, 09:27
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I got a mail from Shawn over at and he told me that he is seeing Robin Furth next week for a video interview.

And because of this he wants to give you, King and Dark Tower fans the chance to get your questions answered. And to do that, just send an email with your question to shawn@signedpage.com.