Release day!

Posted: July 1, 2021, 11:55
Today the Greek edition of Shining in the Dark is released. The Greek title is Λάμψη στο σκοτάδι and you can order it here.

If you want a taste you can get a sneak peek here.

Shining In The Dark Heading To Poland

Posted: April 29, 2021, 13:50
I’m happy and proud to be able to announce that the 14th language that Shining in the Dark will be translated into is Polish. Zysk will release the book in Poland and I can’t wait to let all you Polish readers enjoy all the stories included in the book!

Read more about all the editions here

Shining In The Dark Turns 3 Years!

Posted: November 26, 2020, 15:49
Three years ago, a book was published in Bulgaria. Nothing strange about that you might say, and I agree. But the book we’re talking about is none other than Shining in the Dark, edited by yours truly. This was the true first edition of the book and it was later followed by editions in the US, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, the UK, Serbia, Brazil, Japan and France. During 2021 it will also be released in Greece and at least one more country. 13 translations published in 26 different editions…and counting.

All this during a three-year period. Not bad if you ask me!

It's Alive In France

Posted: October 6, 2020, 13:53
The Frensh edition of Shining in the Dark is back from the printer. I just got these photos from the publisher. The book is released October 16th.

Photos taken by Gaëlle Giroulet.

5 Years, 12 Languages & 23 Editions

Posted: July 17, 2020, 09:30
Five years ago today (July 17, 2015) I got the OK from Stephen King to use The Blue Air Compressor in my anthology Shining in the Dark.

The book was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lilja’s Library back in 2016 but was delayed and first saw the light of day in 2017 in Bulgaria.

Then in 2018 it was released in the US, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and the UK.

In 2019 it was released on audio in both the US and the UK as well as a paperback editions in the US and Serbia.

This year (2020) it’s been released in Brazil, Sweden (paperback) and Bulgaria (audio) and before the year is over it’ll be out in both France and another (to be revealed) language.

In 2021 it will be out in Greece and as we speak negotiations are beign held for two more translations.

12 different langages in 23 different editions in 5 years...not bad. I want to take this opertunity to thank every one of you that has read the book. I couldn’t be more proud of it!

The book also contains stories by Jack Ketchum, P.D. Cacek, Stewart O'Nan, Bev Vincent, Clive Barker, Brian Keene, Richard Chizmar, Kevin Quigley, Ramsey Campbell, Edgar Allan Poe, Brian Freeman & John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Official Site

Shining in Greece

Posted: April 10, 2020, 09:00
Good news for all Greek fans of Shining in the Dark. Today I’m very happy to announce that Klidarithmos will publish a Greek edition of the book in early 2021! More info will be available here and, on their website, soon.

Help Me Find Publishers For Shining In The Dark

Posted: April 6, 2020, 13:54
I’m looking for new publishers for my anthology SHINING IN THE DARK. Big or small doesn’t really matter. I want publishers that are excited about the book and that do everything in their power to create a beautiful edition of the book.

So, if you are a publisher and think you can do an outstanding edition of SHINING IN THE DARK, let me know. If you know of a publisher that you think can do an outstanding edition of SHINING IN THE DARK, let them or me know. In other words, help me spread the word so anyone who wants can read the book in their native language

Here are some info about the book. More can be found here.

SHINING IN THE DARK has been published in 8 languages (Bulgarian, English, Italian, Czech, German, Swedish, Serbian and Portuguese)

SHINING IN THE DARK has been released in 9 countries (Bulgaria, US, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, UK, Serbia and Brazil)

SHINING IN THE DARK has been released in 15 different editions.

SHINING IN THE DARK will be released in 8 new editions (at least) in 2020 and 2021.

SHINING IN THE DARK will be released in France and two more (so far unannounced) countries (at least) during 2020 and 2021.

Thanks! / Lilja

Where to get Shining in the Dark

Posted: April 2, 2020, 10:45
Some of you have asked how you can get a copy of Shining in the Dark so I have listed all available editions here. If there is an edition, you’re missing it’s probably because it’s sold out. You can see a full list of all the editions here.

Bulgarian edition (Сияние в мрака):
Pleiad Books

Italian edition (Shining in the Dark):
Independent Legions

Czech edition (OSVÍCENÍ V TEMNOTĚ):

UK limited edition (Shining in the Dark):
SST Publications
UK eBook edition (Shining in the Dark):
UK audio edition (Shining in the Dark):

US paperback edition (Shining in the Dark):
US eBook edition (Shining in the Dark):
US audio edition (Shining in the Dark):

Serbian edition (Isijavanje u Tami):

Brazilian edition (Antologia Macabra): .br

Shining In France

Posted: March 26, 2020, 15:40
Good news for all French fans of Shining in the Dark. I’m very happy to announce today that Actusf will publish a French edition of the book in October 2020! More info will be available here and, on their website, soon.

Clip From Audies Gala Now Online

Posted: March 23, 2020, 08:47
The video from Audies Gala has finally been available online. You can check it out here and King part is between 39 and 50 mins.

It's also honoring to hear Robert Petkoff mention that he read The Blue Air Compressor (quoting King's text) that has only been published in Shining in the Dark so far. You can hear that segment here


More Shining in the Dark Coming

Posted: March 19, 2020, 10:27
Good news for all you fans of Shining in the Dark. As it looks there will be not one, not two but three new translations of the book published during 2020. These three new editions will be in three previously unpublished languages and even though I can’t reveal what languages, publishers or any other details yet I’m very excited and wanted to share this news with all of you out there. I know there are a lot of you that want to book translated into your language and now some of you will.

Stay tuned for more info. You can find more info about each edition here

Release Day!

Posted: February 28, 2020, 12:07
Today is the release day of the Brazilian edition of Shining in the Dark. The Brazilian title is Antologia Macabra and you can order it here. If you want to check it out in your local (if you live in Brazil that is) bookstore you can do that next week.


Posted: February 25, 2020, 08:36
In April Ekström & Garay will release VARSEL I MÖRKRET (Swedish edition of SHINING IN THE DARK and now you can get a free (signed by the editor Hans-Åke Lilja) copy. All you have to do is show your biggest fear. And you need to show it with a photo. No text is allowed. Three lucky winners will be drawn from the entries.

- There is no limit for how many photos you can send. One person can only win once though.
- It’s allowed to include numerous persons in the photo but there can only be one contender/photo.
- The same photo can’t be sent in by more than one person.
- No text is allowed, only the photo.
- The photo must be sent to no later than midnight between April 13 and 14.
- The winners will be presented on April 20.


Posted: February 24, 2020, 08:00
I april kommer VARSEL I MÖRKRET i pocket från Ekström & Garay och nu har du chansen att få ett gratisex av boken signerat av redaktören Hans-Åke Lilja. Det enda du behöver göra är att med ett foto visa vad du är mest rädd för. Vad du är rädd för eller hur du visar det på bilden är helt upp till dig men du får inte använda dig av text när du beskriver din rädsla.

Om boken:
Ekström & Garay ger ut en samling noveller i temat skräck – VARSEL I MÖRKRET. Boken ges ut i storpocketformat och kommer den 20 april. I den finner vi prominenta berättare: Stephen King, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Edgar Allan Poe, Clive Barker och andra ledande författare inom skräckgenre. Ansvarig för urvalet är ingen mindre än Hans-Åke Lilja som driver världens ledande fan-site för Stephen King; Lilja’s Library – The World of Stephen King.

Av alla inskickade bidrag kommer vi sen välja ut de tre (3) mest kreativa, unika och roliga bilderna som blir vinnarna.

- Det finns ingen gräns för hur många bilder man får skicka in per person men varje deltagare kan bara vinna max en gång.
- Även om det får vara fler personer med på varje bild måste det framgå vem på bilden som deltar i tävlingen (kan bara vara en per bild)
- En eller flera personer får inte skicka in samma bild. I så fall kommer den sista att diskas.
- Ingen text får förekomma som förklarar din rädsla, detta måste beskrivas via bilden.
- Bilderna måste vara inskickade till senast den 13 april 23:59 2020.
- Vinnarna kommer att presenteras på Ekström & Garay och Lilja’s Librarys Instagramkonton den 20 april.