Straub Says Talisman 3 Is Unlikely

Posted: August 9, 2021, 13:50
Here’s an interesting interview with Peter Straub. Among the things he talks about (starts 29 minutes in) is his collaboration with King on The Talisman and Black House. He also says it’s unlikely that the third book will ever be written…

The Talisman 3 At Least 2 Years Away

Posted: February 27, 2016, 00:44
In an interview with Miami Herald Peter Straub talks about the third book in The Talisman series and it looks like we won't see it in atleas a couple of years...

Q. So is there any truth to the rumors that a third “Talisman” book is forthcoming?

I certainly hope so. It’s totally dependent on the patience of my saintly collaborator, Steve King. We were supposed to start it three or four years ago, but I had medical problems that stopped me in my tracks. Then I had problems with a book I was doing … so we’re no closer to being able to start it. But part of the reason he’s so patient is we have a great idea for the book. I won’t tell you what it is, but there was a famous story that happened in the world when we were young. He kept a scrapbook about it and so did I, him in Maine and me in Milwaukee. It has a lot of juice in it, and he and I both feel that way about it, so we are eager to do this book. I think he’ll cut me a break and let me go a year or two and then we’ll start working on it.

Thanks to Rick Urban

Peter Straub Talk Talisman 3 at a signing in 2014

Posted: March 19, 2015, 09:58
This is an interesting clip from a signing with Peter Straub. It’s from May 2014 and in it he says that he and King plan on starting “The Talisman 3” the upcoming winter. We now know that didn’t happen but it’s nice to hear him talk about the books. Please note though that this is almost a year old and does NOT mean they will start writing the book now.

Thanks to Cody Williams

King & Straub hope to write Talisman 3 next year!

Posted: November 13, 2014, 16:12
King gave us some very interesting news yesterday at the reading in Washington, D.C. about the third book about Jack Sawyer. King confirmed that it was supposed to be a trilogy and that he had already worked out the framework for the third book in his head. He also said he hoped to write it with Peter Straub during next year.

After reading this I emailed Peter who confirmed that the plan is to write the book next year. So, very good news for all fans of The Talisman and Black House!

Photo by Jordan M. Hahn

No third Talisman book in sight...

Posted: July 3, 2012, 14:37
With so many new editions of The Talisman and Black House being released the speculations about if the third book is finally being written has once again started. So, I thought that who better to ask about this than Peter Straub. He should know, right? Well, I sent him an email asking if he and King was any closer to writing the third book about Jack Sawyer and got a reply within the hour. This is what he said:

Sorry, Lilja, plans for the third book have gone no further than before. The new editions of the first two came about because the 10-year licenses on the previous editions came to an end, freeing us to sell the books all over again.

So, there you have it. Despite new editions of the first two books we are far, far away from knowing how the tale of Jack Sawyer ends…

The Talisman 3, probably not too soon

Posted: February 9, 2012, 21:14
The moderator of King’s official message board had the following answer to whether King and Straub has started to work on The Talisman 3.

Stephen and Peter haven't been able to coordinate schedules to begin working on the third book as they've each had other projects that needed their attention. I don't know if they have discussed plot development yet but even if they had, it would probably be too early to release any info.

Straub on Talisman 3

Posted: December 24, 2009, 23:41
Peter Straub wrote this on his Twitter:

And for those who care, no worries. In about a year SK and I will begin planning a new book.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

More Talisman 3

Posted: May 6, 2009, 22:58
In an upcoming interview in Cemetery Dance #61 (shipping this summer) Peter Straub talks about the third Talisman book.

Cemetery Dance: Are you going to do a third book with Stephen King?

Peter Straub: We plan to. We were going to start right about now, but King got sidetracked by a Broadway musical that he was writing with John Mellencamp. So that's been taking shape. And I think they were having out-of-town tryouts this autumn. Then we'll see what happens. But at some point we'll get back to it, because we have to. It's like two-thirds of a long, long story, and the other part really should be done.

Third Talisman boook in a year one or two?

Posted: April 8, 2009, 12:40
Bev Vincent reported this in regards of the Writer's Digest: An Epic Conversation on Writing:

Lanny F. McKay tells me that one of the King's most interesting quotes was about how he has occasionally enjoyed the collaborative process, "enough so that Peter and I will probably write the third and last Talisman boook in one or two years."

Straub on Talisman 3

Posted: October 16, 2008, 15:15
Peter Straub mentioned The Talisman in a recent interview:

Are you ever going to do a third Talisman book with Stephen King?

I believe so. Steve and I agreed years back that we would do a third one, and that would be it, because Black House virtually sets up, and all but promises a follow-up. And then we would have a three-volume fantasy novel. That's perfect. That's probably what it wanted to be from the beginning.

Read the entire interview here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Talisman 3 - sort of a ‘24’ thing

Posted: November 1, 2006, 22:19
A poster at said that King was asked about a third book in the Talisman series. I assume it was at one of the readings he has done in the US.

King replied that yes he has spoken with Straub. At the end of Black House Jack is dying in our world and goes to the territories. King sees a story where Jack has to return to our world, must only do so in brief periods as it accelerates his death. In King’s words: “sort of a ‘24’ thing”.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Talisman 3 in four to five years...

Posted: November 16, 2005, 23:34
I spoke with Peter Straub today and took the opportunity to ask him about the 3rd book about Jack Sawyer. He told me that he and King want to do it and that it might happen in four to five years.

Plans for Talisman 3?

Posted: November 8, 2004, 23:33
Here is more info in the ongoing question if there will be a Talisman 3. This is from the message board on King's official site:

Question I recently read an interview in which Peter Straub said there will be a third book in the Talisman series.

Response from Moderator Stephen would agree that there are plans for one--it’s more a matter of when.

King opening up for a third Talisman?

Posted: October 7, 2004, 23:30
Is King opening up for a third Talisman book? Well, this quote is from the message board on King's official site and is the answer to all the questions about Jack Sawyer they get:

Since there have been so many inquiries, I asked Stephen about this and his response is: "People who are interested in Jack Sawyer, don’t lose hope that you will see him again."

The Talisman 3 around 2006

Posted: November 9, 2001, 23:29
In interviews (you can find one of them in The Interview Section) Peter Straub has said that he and King probably will write a third book about Jack Sawyer and now, according to a post in SKEMERs, he said (at a signing in Mequon, Wisconsin yesterday) that King and he hope to write another book in "around five years".

This means that we could have The Talisman 3 around 2006 or so...