NEWS - MR. MERCEDES (THE BILL HODGES TRILOGY #1)
Owen King who co-wrote Slepping Beauties with Stephen writes about Mr Mercedes in this article: Owen King looks back on one of his father’s most unconventional novels, Mr. Mercedes.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Bryant Burnette
The Bill Hodges Concordance
Written by Robin Furth, author of The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, this comprehensive compilation and description of every character, place, and business mentioned in all three books will be an invaluable adjunct for readers of the Bill Hodges Trilogy. Whether a first-time or past reader of the series, you’re sure to find something new and informative.
Get it here
Here are some photos of the beautiful set of all three Bill Hodges books.
Thanks to Jaideep Shergill Posted: December 22, 2015, 08:46:01
On June 7 you will be able to get all three Bill Hodges books in this nice set. It's hardbacks and has a total page count on 1344 pages.
Pre-order your copy here.
Here is the cover for the US paperback edition of Mr Mercedes out in December.Posted: May 15, 2015, 14:34:09
Here are two videos from the Edgar Awards. In the first King accepts his Edgar Award for Mr Mercedes and in the second he present the Ellery Queen Award to Charles Ardai.
If you turn down a good idea you’re a fucking asshole.
- Stephen King accepting his Edgar Awards for Mr Mercedes.
Thanks to Adam Sheets Posted: April 23, 2015, 23:56:23
Here is a teasertrailer for the UK paperback edition of Mr Mercedes.
The UK paperback of Mr Mercedes is out on Thursday and it contains an excerpt from Finders Keepers!
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: December 19, 2014, 13:01:12
Looks like Mr Mercedes has been released in more languages than I thought and thanks to everyone that told me about them. Most of the editions have either the US, UK or a very similar cover but some countries stand out and do their own covers and for that (even if you like the cover or not) I think they need to be recognized. And here are three; Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. Is there more covers out there for Mr Mercedes that have their own look? Let me know!
Its 198 days since Mr Mercedes was released and not it’s starting to pop up in different translations as well. Here is a list of other languages the book has or will be released in. If your language is missing, let me know and I’ll add it. Oh, and don’t forget to send it a photo of yourself and the book when you get it. It would be fun to have some foreign editions as well.
France: February 5, 2015
Sweden: May 22, 2015
Czech Republic: Released
If anyone here should be to lazy (God forbid) to read King’s latest book here is an option for you. This is a summary of the book that is supposed to give you the plot, characters and anything else you need to know. My question though is who would prefer this version except someone too lazy to read the book and also has a school paper due?
What do you think of this book? Good or useless? And while you’re thinking about it, please send in your photo with Mr Mercedes so that I can add it to all the other fan photos.
With your hosts Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and Lou Sytsma.
Welcome to Episode 33 of The Stephen King Podcast!
A ton of Stephen King news covering movies, tv series, stage, and of course books. We also take King's latest book - Mr. Mercedes - for a spin and share our thoughts.
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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:28 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 42:37 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Mr. Mercedes
5) 01:03:46 - Signoff
6) 01:04:40 - Outre
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Have you sent in your photo of you and Mr Mercedes yet? If not you can do so here and help me reach 200 photos (still need 14).Posted: June 14, 2014, 01:06:34
OK, it’s been a week with a lot of news and I thought I summarize it up for you.
- King has announced that Mr Mercedes is the first book in a trilogy about Bill Hodges.
- The second book in the trilogy about Bill Hodges is finished in first draft and will be out in the first half of 2015. The title is Finders Keepers
- The Bill Hodges Trilogy revolves around the City Center Massacre that opens Mr Mercedes and because of that King suggests that it would be a good thing to list all those killed and injured in the massacre. You can find the complete list here.
- The Third book in the trilogy about Bill Hodges will probably be out in 2016.
- King will probably publish a new collection in the fall of 2015. No title or content has been revealed but here you can find what’s not been published yet. It will be stories previously published in magazines, etc. and whether there will be any completely new has not been decided yet.
- The paperback edition of Doctor Sleep is now out and in the US edition there is an 8 page long excerpt from this falls book Revival.
OK, that’s it so far and it’s easy to see that it will be a fun year and a half!
Check out a TV ad for Mr Mercedes here.
King just posted this letter about Mr Mercedes, Finders keepers (out next spring) and a possible collection next fall.
Dear Constant Reader,
Mr. Mercedes is the first volume of a projected trilogy concerning Bill Hodges, his friends…and his enemies. The second volume, Finders Keepers, is finished (in first draft, at least) and will be published in the first half of 2015, perhaps followed by a book of new stories in the fall (or not). Anyway, these three novels seem to revolve around the City Center Massacre that opens Mr. Mercedes. Because of that, I wanted to post a complete list of those killed and injured in Brady Hartsfield’s attack. Some of these unfortunates have other parts to play. As always, I’m glad you’re along for the ride, but be warned: there are some sharp turns ahead, and I’m a really crazy driver.
Read the full message here.
Before those of you that hasn’t yet read (or finished) Mr. Mercedes think King spoiled the book for you, check out this comment from King.
Also, Finders Keepers is already finished, at least in an early version. Posted: June 11, 2014, 08:17:31
BIG News Today! King announced on Twitter yesterday that Mr. Mercedes is the first novel in a trilogy about Hodges, Jerome and Holly. They will all return in the book Finders Keepers next year. No word on when the third book is scheduled or what its title will be.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Hans von Wirth Posted: June 10, 2014, 11:00:58
Here is the cover for the CD version of Mr Mercedes.
10 new photos for the Mr Mercedes fanphoto today. Thanks to you all. If you are not on it and want to, just send in a photo of yourself and your copy of Mr Mercedes (no matter what edition, eBook, audio book, hardcover...) and I'll put it up there. My goal right now is to get 200 photos...
Check them all out here
From King's site:
Want even more Mr. Mercedes? Check out The Basement Interactive Experience exclusively on stephenking.com and follow Brady’s digital footprints in his basement control room. If you haven’t seen or need to refresh your memory, this would be a great time to watch the live action trailer!
Go here. Posted: June 5, 2014, 14:11:59
Here is an interview with King about Mr Mercedes.
Today Mr Mercedes is released!!! Don't forget to get your copy and when you do, send in your photo to be included here.
Check out the last introduction Mr Mercedes here.
Check out Annie Wilkes introduce Mr Mercedes here.
Check out Andy Dufresnes introduce Mr Mercedes here.
Pennywise from IT inroduces Mr Mercedes. Check it out here.
Here is a new teaser for Mr Mercedes, check it out here.
Thursday 29 May 2014, marks the official countdown to publication for No. 1 bestselling writer Stephen King’s new novel, MR MERCEDES, which publishes on 3 June 2014, and the launch of an innovative digital content campaign. Hodder & Stoughton publishers have worked with the agency The Upside, which has devised a creative strategy highlighting the fabulous breadth of Stephen King's storytelling. The idea is simple: have some of King’s classic characters come to life to introduce his new book.
Five mini animations of 15” have been created, each featuring a different character from one of King’s celebrated books. Each will reveal more about Mr Mercedes, the eponymous character in King’s memorable new novel. The videos will be released via facebook.com/StephenKingBooks, in the five days leading up to the publication.
On publication day, 3 June 2014, the animations will be edited and released as one long introduction to the novel, with a fresh scene revealing Mr Mercedes himself to readers.
Check out Danny from The Shining and Carrie from Carrie here.
Mr. Mercedes is only six days away and while you wait, check out UnderDebbiesBlueUmbrella.com
Check out the complete letter to Detective Hodges here.Posted: May 20, 2014, 00:25:17
Here is the front and back, spine and innercovers for the UK edition of Mr. Mercedes.
Listen and read an excerpt from Mr. Mercedes here.Posted: May 12, 2014, 23:48:37
I have exclusive confirmation that Temple Hill and Media Rights Capital just bought the rights to the upcoming Stephen King novel, MR. MERCEDES. This preemptive deal by Hollywood heavyweights Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey shows that everything written by King can be made into a movie, even before the publication date!
Jack Bender is currently attached to direct, and is best known for his extensive directing credits on TV shows like “Lost,” “Alias,” “Under the Dome” and “The Sopranos.”
If you live in the US you can now be one of the first to to read Mr. Mercedes. Enter here.
Check out an excerpt from Mr. Mercedes here.
Next issue of Entertainment Weekley will have an exclusive excerpt from King. Probably Mr. Mercedes.
Here is a cool promotion video for Mr. Mercedes, in stores in only 32 days.
Thanks to Herbert West Posted: April 29, 2014, 16:52:05
Looks like the Dutch fans will be the first to read Mr. Mercedes
In The Netherlands , publisher Luitingh Sijthoff has the premiere for Mr. Mercedes on the 31th of May. A special day is organised for Stephen King Fans to come to Amsterdam and buy the book. The Dutch Fanclub is involved and be there on the day. Ticketsales start tomorrow at 10:00 for Melkweg Amsterdam.
Thanks to Chrissy van der Haven and Herbert West Posted: March 18, 2014, 22:58:03
Here is the full dust jacket for Mr. Mercedes.
With only 83 Days left until the release of Mr. Mercedes ARCs are starting to show up. This also confirmes that the book is 448 pages long.
King posted this on facebook.
Will Patton is back as the narrator for the MR. MERCEDES audiobook. Will narrated the audiobook edition of DOCTOR SLEEP to great acclaim: he’s nominated for an Audie Award for Best Male Solo Narration and the DOCTOR SLEEP audiobook was chosen as the 2013 Audiobook of the Year by Audible.com.
Here is the UK cover for Mercedes.
Here is the Polish cover for Mr. Mercedes. Can't say I like it very much though, what do you Think?
Hodder & Stoughton has announced that they will release Mr. Mercedes.
Hodder will publish a new novel by STEPHEN KING on 3 June, 2014.
Following the phenomenal success of DOCTOR SLEEP, a No. 1 international hardback bestseller, Stephen King has written a riveting cat-and-mouse suspense thriller about a retired cop and a couple of unlikely allies who race against time to stop a lone killer intent on blowing up thousands.
Retired homicide detective Bill Hodges is haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular: in the pre-dawn hours, hundreds of desperate unemployed people were lined up for a spot at a job fair in a distressed Midwestern city. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. Eight people were killed, fifteen wounded. The killer escaped.
Months later, on the other side of the city, Bill Hodges gets a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he is indeed preparing to kill again.
Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, must apprehend the killer in this high-stakes race against time because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands.
Mr Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
Editor Philippa Pride says: ‘Once again King shows the range and versatility of his writing as well as the sheer power of his storytelling. We are excited to be publishing a thriller by Stephen King in which he paints a brilliantly insightful portrait of a serial mass-murderer. The result? It is as scary as any supernatural horror story.’
Posted: December 13, 2013, 11:45:01
Here is the cover for Mr. Mercedes.
Here is a longer description of Mr. Mercedes:
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
Thanks to Herbert West Posted: December 10, 2013, 10:32:50
Here is a short description of Mr. Mercedes from Simon & Schusters site.
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
Posted: December 7, 2013, 01:25:11
Could it be Mr. Mercedes King is describing in this clip (from the 7:55 mark to the 15:31 mark)?
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
On the official Stephen King message board the moderator has confirmed that two new books will be released next year.
There will be two fiction books out next year but Hall Monitor has it right, we're not quite there yet in releasing official info on those other than the titles, which Stephen has mentioned when he was on his book tour for Doctor Sleep. The titles are Mr. Mercedes and Revival.
The moderator also confirmed that King will NOT do any book tours during 2014.
He's taking 2014 off--no book tours. There will be two books out next year--he's already written them--but he won't be doing book tours for them.
On a question over at Stephen King’s message board about if King has finished editing Mr. Mercedes or completed the first draft of Revival the moderator gave the following answer:
He's waiting for the editors to do their thing. Release dates have been set but I don't think I'm at liberty to give that information out yet
So, both books seems to have a release date set. Do we dare to hope for 2014? Posted: September 19, 2013, 23:05:32
Mister Mercedes is mentioned in an article about King and Doctor Sleep in USAToday.
Next for King is a non-supernatural suspense novel, Mister Mercedes, about a deranged terrorist with a bomb. He says he began it before the Boston Marathon bombing, but it's "too creepily close for comfort."
New info about Mr. Mercedes from the moderator of King's board.
It's typical length of a crime genre novel, but would be more of a smaller length novel for Stephen. This is only the first draft, though, so it's too early to post anything about exact page numbers.
Looks like King has finished a first draft of Mr. Mercedes. The moderator posted the following about the book on the official message board:
Finished it last night--was a real page-turner for me. Am hoping not much gets changed in the edits.
She also posted that…
Then I won't mention that I'm thinking about starting Revival next.
Looks like both Mr. Mercedes and Revival are finished. In first drafts at least… Posted: May 27, 2013, 14:40:32
Here is the full interview from Parade. One thing that cought my eye is this:
He continues to write accessible stories at a remarkable rate: A sequel to The Shining, titled Doctor Sleep, will be published in September, and he has “more or less” completed his first hard-boiled detective tale, Mister Mercedes. A series based on his 2009 novel Under the Dome will air on CBS later this summer, and his musical-theater collaboration with John Mellencamp, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, will begin what King terms a “road show tour” of American cities in the fall.