Category: Stephen King
Calling all King fans!
As an avid (rabid?) Stephen King fan it's been a banner few months with the announcements of film adaptations, TV series, and new novels coming fast and furious. Here's what King's Constant Readers have in store for them so far:
1. Ron Howard's film adaptation of the Dark Tower series as well as an accompanying TV show. Javier Bardem has been officially cast as Roland.
2. The rumours are flying that King will write for at least one episode of the returning Walking Dead series (if you haven't started watching this yet, don't wait a moment longer!) There's been speculation that King and his son - bestselling novelist Joe Hill - may even turn this into a collaborative effort - exciting, right?
3. Last - but not least - TWO new novels:
11/22/63 - Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine on an insane - and insanely possible - mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole - what?! Another Dark Tower?? I'm so excited I can barely contain myself. The Mayan calender might tell us that the world will end December 2012, but at least I'll get two more King books before it does :) :)
For more Dark Tower news check out The Dark Tower Official Website and Lilja's Library
-Trudi (a.k.a The Cryptkeeper)
He is legend
He is Legend
An Anthology Celebrating Richard Mateheson
Richard Matheson, the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, has inspired a generation of storytellers. Now an outstanding cast of top writers pays tribute to his legacy with an all-new collection of original stories set in Matheson's own fictional universes, including sequels, prequels, and companion stories to I Am Legend, Hell House, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time, Duel, and Button, Button. (Product Description)
Featuring new short stories by:
Nancy A. Collins
Joe R. Lansdale
William F. Nolan
F. Paul Wilson
Richard Christian Matheson
...and collaborating together for the first time, Stephen King and his son, best-selling novelist Joe Hill.
Ron Howard obsesses over Dark Tower dreams
It looks like it's finally going to happen!!!! -- Roland and the Dark Tower are coming to a big (and small screen) near you. Director Ron Howard is scheming and dreaming while I write this, and has been for well over a year now, all in the hopes of doing King's magnum opus justice. It's a daunting (not to mention terrifying) task considering the source material spans seven books and nearly 4000 pages (and that doesn't include the concordances, graphic novels, short stories, novellas, and poetry dedicated to Roland's world). In these seven books King creates a sprawling, genre-defying edifice that's a heady mash-up of science fiction, fantasy, western, and horror, unfolding upon a post-apocalyptic landscape in a world that has long since "moved on".
The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
It was enough to discourage Lost creator J.J. Abrams, who walked away from the project some time ago justifiably intimidated. Not so Ron Howard and writing / producing partners Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman. They are on board full passion steam ahead, with King himself enthusiastically along for the ride. The roll out plan seems to be that Howard will direct the first film and then the first season of a tie-in television series, both of which Goldsman will write. Two more films would follow. Read full article here.
Ahhhhhh!!! I can't believe it ... part of me is so excited, but part of me is absolutely petrified they're gonna screw it up. It's not just the world building they've gotta get right - that would be tough enough to pull off credibly (and please avoid overdosing on CGI slickness!), it's the casting that will make or break this project. Who will play Roland? While many will argue he is now way too old, I still long to see Clint Eastwood step into the Gunslinger's scuffed boots. Even in his twilight years, I have full confidence that Dirty Harry can pull off mature, wise, mean Roland, merciless and calculating Roland, courageous and flawed, cool and temperamental. Who better to play a literary icon than a film legend?
Other names being thrown about include Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Craig, and heaven forbid, Kurt Russell. Then there's the casting of Susannah and Eddie Dean to consider ... not to mention uber-villain Flagg, the man in black himself!
If you want to keep up with all the news coming out fast and furious about these projects, refer to Lilja's Library Dark Tower page here -- the best, most comprehensive Stephen King website around.
Find the complete Dark Tower series in the RPL catalogue:
The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I
The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II
The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III
Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV
Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V
Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII
Update: Dark Towers
Supposedly, former actor turned mega director Ron Howard is in talks to adapt Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Supposedly there will feature films as well as a TV series.
Hmmm...I think I might hear shouts of joy coming from a couple of staff members.
In the dark with Stephen King
Full Dark, No Stars
by Stephen King
... in the dark with Stephen King ... there ain't no place I'd rather be!!
If you really want to give the gift of the heebie-jeebies this holiday season, then you really want to make sure your loved one has a copy of Stephen King's four new novellas waiting for them under the Christmas tree.
The title really sets up the collection well -- make no mistake, these are dark tales, in places gruesome and hard to read. All of these stories feature ordinary characters forced to make awful choices. What choices! And this is why I love King -- he'll find the horror -- the real, true, white-knuckling, knee-buckling horror -- in the most ordinary of places amongst the most ordinary of people. His scariest stories are often the ones you know could really happen.
In the Afterword, King writes:
I want to provoke an emotional, even visceral, reaction in my readers. Making them think as they read is not my deal...if the tale is good enough and the characters vivid enough, thinking will supplant emotion [only] when the tale has been told and the book set aside.
If that is his goal, he succeeds brilliantly here because when in the fierce, unrelenting grip of these stories you are not thinking, but feeling -- terror and repulsion mostly. It's a visceral experience all right. In places I was sucked into an almost fugue state where I forgot to breathe, because I was in the story, as if it were happening to me rather than as a third-party voyeur safely removed from the action. These stories will haunt me, as will the choices contained therein.
1922: Beware the Conniving Man!!! This story has lots of gooshy parts and if you have a rat phobia, it may just land you in a straight jacket. What is it with King and abandoned wells? ::shiver:: So how far would you go to get your way? To maintain your life as you know it? When is someone worth more to you dead than alive? What I love most about this story is that it shows getting what you want often comes with too heavy a price tag -- it's the Monkey's Paw conundrum.
Big Driver: This was my least favourite of the four, if only because of the subject matter -- rape and vigilantism. It's a simple story, with a fairly predictable ending. Where the story's strength lies is in King's exploration of rape victim psychology. How Tess feels and reacts to what happens to her is how I imagine a lot of women think and feel in that situation. I hope I never have to find out. This one is a real nail-biter though, total edge of your seat stuff.
Fair Extension: The shortest of the four, but wicked and horrible. It's the classic Deal with the Devil scenario, but unlike you've ever seen it. What if all the things you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, suddenly befell them at your behest? I think the most shocking part of this story for me isn't that Dave Streeter makes the deal, but that he becomes so gleefully accepting of the fallout. Not once is there a twinge of guilt. What does Streeter do? Pull up a front row seat and watch it all unfold up close and personal.
A Good Marriage: While Lisey's Story will remain King's final, beautiful, haunting word on marriage, this novella shares some worthy insights too, both soft and jagged. You can know someone, but you can never really know them. Is it possible to keep a secret from the one person who knows you and loves you best? You bet. This is my favourite of the four novellas, and I think the perfect choice to end the book. It's archetypal horror - Pandora's Box and Bluebeard are mentioned in its pages and with good reason. Is it better to know, or not to know? When presented with a secret, do we snoop or let sleeping dogs lie? When we snoop, and what we find is so horrific, what is our moral duty? Legal responsibility? To our children? To our society? I don't know what I would do in Darcy Anderson's position. Even when she went poking into that box, my heart was pounding. I was truly terrified by what she was going to find, and since I was feeling and not thinking, I was totally shocked by what she did find. In the moments leading up to the revelation, I was in no position to guess. I had to keep remembering to breathe!!!
-Trudi "The Cryptkeeper"
New!!! Stephen King's N Graphic Novel is Here!
Stephen King's N by Stephen King and Marc Guggenheim
Summary: There is something unearthly and mysterious deep in Acherman's Field in rural Maine. There is a Stonehenge-like arrangement of seven stones with a horrifying EYE in the center. And whatever dwells there in that strange, windswept setting may have brought about the suicide of one man...and harbor death for the OCD afflicted "N.," whose visits to the field have passed beyond compulsion into the realm of obsession.
The King of Horror gets back to the basics
Full Dark, No Stars
by Stephen King
The master of the macabre returns with four spine-tingling novellas, meant to thrill and chill!!
Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: When a master of horror and heebie-jeebies like Stephen King calls his book Full Dark, No Stars, you know you’re in for a treat--that is, if your idea of a good time is spent curled up in a ball wondering why-oh-why you started reading after dark. King fans (and those who have always wanted to give him a shot) will devour this collection of campfire tales where marriages sway under the weight of pitch-black secrets, greed and guilt poison and fester, and the only thing you can count on is that "there are always worse things waiting." Full Dark, No Stars features four one-sitting yarns showcasing King at his gritty, gruesome, giddy best, so be sure to check under the bed before getting started. --Daphne Durham
1922: "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger . . ." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
Big Driver: In "Big Driver," a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
Fair Extension: "Fair Extension," the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
A Good Marriage: When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
Stephen King graphic novels
Here's a new post from the graphic novel blog that might interest horror fans:
Every time a new Stephen King graphic novel comes out, I am blown away by the artwork. The covers are so vivid, and the quality stays true through the entire book, which unfortunately isn't always the case in graphic novels. If you haven't tried any Stephen King graphic novels, I suggest you start with either The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born or The Stand: Captain Trips. Each of these books is the first in a separate series. But, if you've been reading them all along, check out Fall of Gilead, the latest in the Dark Tower series.
Dark Tower News
There is some news about a Dark Tower movie adaptation involving Ron Howard. Click here for the full story.
Stephen King picks his favourite book of 2009
The Little Stranger (2009)
by Sarah Waters
Plot Summary: When Dr. Faraday, a Warwickshire physician, pays a visit to the Ayres family at their Hundreds Hall estate, he unknowingly enters a wickedly haunted house. His life soon becomes entwined with a family plagued by a terrifying past.
As part of his semi-regular Entertainment Weekly column (Pop of King), the master of the macabre himself - Stephen King - picks his top read for this past year.
About The Little Stranger, King writes:"This is a terrifying, engrossing ghost story set in the English countryside not long after World War II, but it's so much more. The ghost haunting Hundreds Hall may or may not be real, but the malevolence Waters evokes is unquestionable, and the first evil manifestation — involving an unpleasant little girl and a normally good-natured dog — is an authentic shocker. Although told in straightforward prose, this is a deeply textured and thoughtful piece of work. Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."
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