King supports Haven

Posted: June 30, 2010, 23:49
US TV reports that King is supporting Haven.

Haven producer Shawn Piller has revealed that Stephen King is supporting the project.

The upcoming Syfy series is based on King's novella The Colorado Kid and Piller explained that the author has been heavily involved in the adaptation.

"Stephen King has been very supportive," he told TV Squad. "Because of our experience with The Dead Zone and how we treated that project, and because of him being a fan of Lost and those type of shows, I think he was excited about this little novella he wrote being turned into a series."

Piller added: "He's approved every step along the way. If you're offending a writer, you're doing something they wouldn't do. And if you're p*ssing off the writer, the fans aren't going to like it."

However, cast member Emily Rose explained that the show does not stick to the book completely.

"We're not taking The Colorado Kid 100% literally," she said. "We're using that world as a greenhouse for all these other stories to take place. King created the stage on which we perform."

Haven will premiere on July 9 at 10/9c on Syfy.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

I just checked out the pilot of Haven

Posted: June 29, 2010, 22:03
Got a chance to check out the pilot of Haven today and so far it looks good. Quite different from The Colorado Kid but that might change in episode #2...

My interview with David Kajganich

Posted: June 29, 2010, 13:05
We have all heard about the remake of Pet Sematary and IT right? Well, I got a chance to talk to the man behind the scripts for both (even though he's script for Pet Sematary won't be the one used in the end), David Kajganich. Here is what he had to say.

The cast of Haven speaks

Posted: June 29, 2010, 07:28
Here is a clip with the cast of Haven talking about what haven is to them and about the show.

King ranked #69

Posted: June 29, 2010, 07:26
King ranked #69 of Forbest annual list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in movies, television, sports and publishing. Just after Sean (Diddy) Combs and before Sarah Jessica Parker.

Read more here.

Lilja's Library: The Comic

Posted: June 28, 2010, 16:29
If you have read my reviews of The Stand comics you already know that I’m a big fan of it. I love Mike Perkins and Laura Martin’s work on it and you can probably understand how excited I got when both Mike and Laura agreed to do a short comic strip about my upcoming book.

Since then I have seen some working versions of it and about a week ago I got the finished version (see below) and I don’t know about you but I’m extremely impressed with it! So, let me present Mike Perkins and Laura Martin’s original Lilja’s Library: The Comic!

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Descriptions of Haven episode

Posted: June 28, 2010, 14:23
Here's descriptions of the first four episodes of Haven:

Episode 1.01 - Welcome to Haven
When FBI Agent Audrey Parker is called to Haven, Maine on a routine case, she finds her assignment has been killed in unexplainable fashion. When strange weather phenomena begin to strike the town – and Audrey – she begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems in Haven. As the weather events grow more destructive, Audrey discovers that someone in town might be more connected to the incidents than she could possibly imagine.

Episode 1.02 - Consumed
Audrey remains in Haven to follow up on a clue to her own orphan past – an old photo from the local newspaper, of the infamous “Colorado Kid” crime scene, reveals a woman who could be her mother. But Audrey stumbles upon another mysterious event in town, when food, fields, and even livestock around Haven all begin to die, and she joins with Nathan to investigate what the source of the epidemic could be – and what’s really happening in this extraordinary place.

Episode 1.03 - Butterfly
While Audrey tries to settle in as a Haven local and as a new police officer in town, she and Nathan investigate the seemingly random destruction of a local bar. When other strange events begin to occur – even targeting Audrey herself – they must race to figure what the connection could be, and what or who might be making them happen.

Episode 1.04 - Ball and Chain
Audrey and Nathan investigate an upheaval at the local psychiatric hospital – where something happened to make the patients normal for a time, but sent their doctor into madness. As they track down the escaped patients, Audrey and Nathan discover that whatever caused the temporary reversal has begun to spill across all of Haven – making normal townspeople go dangerously insane.

King and Mellencamp want Liv Ullman

Posted: June 24, 2010, 19:13
Swedish press reports today that Liv Ullmann may soon be employed by King and Mellencamp. In January the final decision about whether she will be directing Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be taken.

Ullman said it’s not really her world but that King and Mellencamp said she was supposed to be directing it.

They wanted us to work on it during the summer, but I can’t, so I said maybe they should get another director. And they said "absolutely not", and suggested that we should meet in January to make the final decision instead, "said Liv Ullmann, who seems flattered by the request:

- I feel very honored that they chose me. It's incredibly fun.

Blockade Billy poster

Posted: June 24, 2010, 19:11
Click for a larger imageHere is one of the posters that you could win in Scribner's Blockade Billy contest.

The Boogeyman, a new Dollar Baby

Posted: June 18, 2010, 22:04
I got an interesting press release just now. It's about a new Dollar Baby based on King's story The Boogeyman made by Irish film-maker Gerard Lough and starring Simon Fogarty and Michael Parle. And if you ask me, this photo looks very promising...

Here is the entire press release:

Read the complete text

Special offer for Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King

Posted: June 18, 2010, 15:56
Glenn Chadbourne (who's illustrated Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King) has created an exclusive card for The Overlook Connection that is signed by me and Glenn. Overlook offers this card FREE if you buy the book from them but they only have a limited number to offer so head over to them now if you want one.

UK paperback of Under the Dome

Posted: June 15, 2010, 07:21
As you might remember I have earlier written about the four different covers for the UK paperback edition of Under the Dome. Well, today I got one of them in the mail and let me tell you, it's one thick book.

New column

Posted: June 14, 2010, 07:25
On page 34 of the latest issue there is a new column called Get Me Bruce Willis where it's suggested that Bruce Willis should be the one to fix the BP Oil Spill.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Blockade Billy sweepstake

Posted: June 11, 2010, 21:44
Here is a new sweepstake in which Simon & Schuster offers a limited Blockade Billy poster and copies of the book.

Haven pilot approved

Posted: June 11, 2010, 07:57
Jim Dunn (who wrote the pilot) wrote the following about Haven on his Twitter this morning:

Got Stephen King's formal approval of the pilot today! He liked it!

In a month we'll know if we'll like it.

A new photo from Haven

Posted: June 5, 2010, 00:23
Another photo from the filming of Haven appeared on Eric Balfour's twitter page today.

The Stand hits Facebook

Posted: June 1, 2010, 21:01
Mike Perkins has started a page on Facebook dedicated to Marvel's adaptation of The Stand - appropriately titled Marvel's The Stand. He'll be posting artwork and release info up there - and if any one has any questions about the series that'd be the place to ask them.

Stephen King movieposters from Hell?

Posted: May 31, 2010, 11:57
Today in the fun department

In the 1980s a group of entrepreneurs in Ghana created small-scale, mobile film-distribution empires, hitting the road with videocassettes, television monitors, portable gas-powered generators and rolled-up, hand-painted, artist-signed canvas posters. This new medium created the first opportunity for some of the best young painters in Ghana to express themselves on a public scale. In the frequent absence of an original image upon which to base the work they had been commissioned to produce, the artists inevitably created cinematic paintings that were largely interpretive and imagination-driven. Here are posters for three King movies…

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All these posters are from a book called Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana and if someone should happen to have a copy that they want to part with, please let me know.

Haven location

Posted: May 28, 2010, 00:28
Emily Rose posted this photo from where she was filming Haven yesterday.

Haven to premier on SDCC?

Posted: May 27, 2010, 10:37
Jose Molina wrote the following on his Twitter yesterday...

I heard a rumor that #Haven would be premiering a new episode at SDCC on Friday.

So, those of you that attend. Keep you eyes open and please let me know how it was.

Thanks to j.guerineau

New contest live.

Posted: May 24, 2010, 00:54
New contest now live on the site. Enter by link to right.

New interview with Stephen King

Posted: May 20, 2010, 22:10
FearNet did a short interview with King yesterday when he received the literary award from the Los Angeles Library Foundation. Check it out here. In the interview King is asked about about Haven, the sequel to The Shining and a new Dark Tower book.

Here is a report about the event by Larry Fire.