NEWS 2004


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Creepshow 3

Posted: December 30, 2004.

It seams that Creepshow 3 is on it's way...again. Read more in this article from Elites TV.
Thanks to Rocky Wood

The Wolves of the Calla trade paperback out some stores. The official date is January 4, 2005. You can pre-order it here.
Thanks to Peter Hunt

Song of Susannah

Posted: December 29, 2004.

Here is a color scan of the cover of the trade paperback of Song of Susannah.

Fun Fact; The Rosewood resorts are offering guests advance copies of works by bestselling writers like Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, Dan Brown and Annie Proulx. The program, called Hot Type, is the result of an arrangement between Rosewood and five major publishers - Random House, Harper, Hyperion, Knopf and Simon & Schuster - to provide bound galleys of the books anywhere from six weeks to six months before they are released to the public.
Thanks to Audrey*


Posted: December 28, 2004.

King's latest column, in which he lists his top 10 movies of 2004, is now online.
Thanks to Peter Hansen.

Here is a color scan of the cover of the new audio of Carrie due out in February 2005.

Fun Fact; There seems to be an animated feature made of King's short story Battleground in USSR back in 1986. More info to come...
Thanks to Denis.

After reviewing a rough cut of Gotham Café, Stephen King has graciously allowed Turtle Bay Entertainment to change the movie's title to Stephen King's Gotham Café.

Are you just hearing about this now? If you subscribe to my newsletters you'll hear about it the same second it goes online.

Review The Road to The Dark Tower

Posted: December 21, 2004.

King has a new column in the December 24 issue of Entertainment Weekly in which he lists his top 10 movies of 2004.

I have added my review of Bev Vincent's book The Road to The Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King’s Magnum Opus so you can see how I like that one.

The Long Walk as a movie

Posted: December 15, 2004.

It finally seams that one of my favourite King (or rather Bachman) books might be turned into a movie. In an answer on King's official message board the moderator gave the following answer to whether King would turn The Long Walk into a movie:

He has agreed to let Frank Darabont option the film rights for The Long Walk.

More Frank Darabont. In an interview with Fangoria he talked about The Mist and said that it might be done as early as next year.

Are you just hearing about this now? If you subscribe to my newsletters you'll hear about it the same second it goes online.

King's latest column

Posted: December 14, 2004.

Now you can read King's latest column, 2004: The Year in Books, online.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

2004: The Year in Books

Posted: December 13, 2004.

The next issue of Entertainment Weekly (out to subscribers now) contains another King column: 2004: The Year in Books.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Fire at the set of Desperation

Posted: December 12, 2004.

A fire started at the set of Desperation on Friday and reports say that 5 people where injured and 2,000 evacuated. Here are some articles about it:

Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star
Khaleej Times
KGUN TV report (with clip)
4 KVOA (with clips)
Thanks to Audrey* and Carla

A copy of the limited 'Salem's Lot sold for $7,675.00 on eBay recently.

2004: The Year in Music

Posted: December 10, 2004.

Faithful is now out in both hardback and on audio. You can order the different editions here:


You can also listen to a clip here.

A funny thing about King's last column. In the magazine it's called 2004: The Year in Music and when it's published online Ear Candy. Don't know why that is though... The magazine is out today.

About the Today Show clip I reported about on Dec. 9. This isn't just an audio clip but you need to get a DivX codec to see it.
Thanks to jthodges.

Audio clip from King

Posted: December 9, 2004.

Here is an interview with King.
Thanks to Audrey* and Bev Vincent.

King's latest column can be found here and for some reason it's listed as Ear Candy

You can find other columns online at this address.
Thanks to Reader1504.

It seams that the UK edition of The Dark Tower concordance by Robin Furth has been pushed to summer 2005. The US edition is still scheduled for March 2005 though.

Here is an audio clip from King's appearance on Today Show (no longer available).
Thanks to Bev Vincent for telling me about it and jthodges for putting it online.

The Dead Zone trading cards from Rittenhouse are on the market now. Here are two links for you to check out: Scifi Hobby and Warp 9.

2004: The Year in Music

Posted: December 8, 2004.

In the 12/10/2004 issue of Entertainment Weekly King has his latest column. It's title is 2004: The Year in Music.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Here are an article about Faithful and an interview with Stewart O'Nan.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Transcript from King's interview

Posted: December 4, 2004.

Here is a transcript from King's interview with Aaron Brown on CNN's Newsnight.

Here is another article about Desperation from Tucson Citizen.


Posted: December 3, 2004.

Here are two interviews with Stewart O'Nan about Faithful. Both are from Major League Baseball's website and one is just audio and one both audio and picture:

Audio and video

Source Stewart O'Nan's official site.

Faithful Contest has ended

Posted: December 2, 2004.

Here are even more articles with photos (and clips) about the filming of Desperation.

FANGORIA has learned that Mick Garris’ Riding the Bullet will make its cable television debut on the USA Network Sunday, January 23. Sister station Sci Fi Channel will share broadcast dibs on the film and air Riding the Bullet later in 2005. Lions Gate retains the North American video rights to the movie.
Thanks to Randy Ford

Here is an article about Faithful with a picture of King and O'Nan.

The Faithful Contest has ended and the winners has been picked and notified by email. That means that if you haven't gotten a mail saying that you're a winner at Lilja's Library, you didn't win. Here are the right answers though:

Question 1: Name the author Stewart O'Nan wrote a screenplay with?
Answer 1: A. Manette Ansay.

Question 2: Stephen King was a character in one of Stewart O'Nan's book, what is the title?
Answer 2: The Speed Queen.

Question 3: What is the name of the publisher who has published Stewart O'Nan's The Night Country in paperback?
Answer 3: Picador.

Question 4: Are Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan narrating the audio edition of Faithful?
Answer 4: No, Ron McLarty and Adam Grupper will do that. (If you just answered No that is also OK).

I want to let you know that before I had drawn all the winners I had drawn 12 entries that had either not subscribed to my new list of given the wrong address when they entered the contest. This caused them a price. Something to consider for the next contest.


Posted: December 1, 2004.

Here are some really cool photos from the filming of Desperation.

Release dates

Posted: November 30, 2004.

Here are the US and UK trade paperback covers for The Dark Tower 5 and 6. You can pre-order by clicking on the covers.

The release dates for the last 3 books in trade paperback are:

- Wolves of the Calla -- Jan. 2005
- Song of Susannah --- April 2005
- The Dark Tower --- July 2005

I have listen to John Griffit's music that is inspired from The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. You can read what I thought about it here.

Campbell Scott would narrate the audio edition of The Shining that is being released in August 2005.

Don't forget that today is the last day to enter my Faithful Contest. Just click the banner above. Oh, and don't forget to re-subscribe to my new newsletter.

Faithful Contest

Posted: November 29, 2004.

Here are some interesting articles about the filming of Desperation, both from Tucson Citizen.

- STEPHEN KING MINISERIES: 'Desperation' sets in downtown
- Weekend as extra proves rewarding

In December the third edition of The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King will be released. This one has been Fully Revised. All Indexes and reference Chapters updated as of October 2004 and there are now 297 Chapters in the 'Guide'.

Also, keep an eye out at and, as copies will be available to order from these sites this coming week.

And don't forget to enter my Faithful Contest. You have until tomorrow at midnight to enter. Just click the banner above.

Largest King limited ever

Posted: November 25, 2004.

Here is the signed numbered edition (left), the signed Deluxe edition (right), in comparison to a 1st edition, 1st state Doubleday edition (center). Here are some info about the limited edition of 'Salem's Lot that Centipede Press is releasing.

The limited is by far the largest King limited ever produced. Limiteds such as Doubleday's "coffin" The Stand, and Cemetery Dance's From a Buick 8 are dwarfed in comparison to this publication.

This is the Deluxe Edition Salem's Lot limitation page One of the finest (if not the finest) quality King limited, this one sets the benchmark for craftsmanship. Any King collector that has ordered one of these masterpieces will be very impressed. The leather bound deluxe edition weighs over 13 pounds, is over 4 1/4" thick and is housed in a beautifully constructed traycase.

Jerad Walters of Centipede Press (right) is holding the 1 of 15 Deluxe edition (roman numeral #1 in red ink) of the limited edition Salem's Lot. Robert Drew of Rare*Collectible*Books (left) am on the left holding the 1 of 300 numbered editions (#1 in black ink)

All King collectors will understand why this book had a high price tag and why shipping was so expensive once they receive it.

The unsigned editions will be the exact same size as the numbered edition, however, the book will have only one of the photographic printed pieces and the book will be thinner due to the less expensive paper stock. The unsigned edition does not come with a slipcase. The unsigned editions will start shipping in 5 weeks and there are very few copies left to purchase.
Thanks to Robert Drew at Rare*Collectible*Books.

The WCRB Horn of Plenty Cookbook II has been released in time for holiday giving. Boston radio station Classical 102.5 WCRB has produced a sequel to the very successful 1990 edition of their cookbook, and the proceeds again benefit Project Bread. Recipes were donated by WCRB listeners, by celebrities such as Boston Pops Music Director Keith Lockhart, author Stephen King, and by chefs from many area restaurants. Read more about it on their website.
Thanks to Rocky Wood.

A second sequel to The Mangler is on the way. It's tentatively called The Mangler Reborn and tell the tale of a man and his machine - one he creates, obsesses over and is ultimately possessed by. Matt Cunningham and Erik Gardner are penning the script with the intention of directing the film for Barnholtz Entertainment. If everything runs smoothly we can expect (or fear) to see The Mangler Reborn in late '05. Scott Pearlman is producing with Lions Gate likely to distribute.
Source: Bloody Disgusting.

Here are the two covers for the upcoming The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book by Brian Freeman and Bev Vincent. You can pre-order you copy either at or at Cemetery Dance.

I want to thank everyone that has mailed me back saying that they get the newsletter. Apparently some spam filters are catching the mails so if you don't get them, check your spam filter.

Also, remember that you have to sign up for the new newsletter if you want to continue to receive the update mails. The old list is no more.


Posted: November 24, 2004.

Faithful seams to be out in certain parts and now there are also some articles about it online now as well as one about the filming of Desperation.

Also, there seams to be some problems with my update list. Some of you aren't getting the update mails. If you subscribe to my new list (started on November 18) and didn't get a mail about this update, please mail me.

And if you haven't subscribed to my new list (or are still on the old Yahoo list) you need to get on the right list. You can do that here.


Posted: November 23, 2004.

Here is your chance to win a copy of the audio edition of Faithful as well as some titles from Stewart O'Nan. Enter by clicking on the banner, you have one week to get it done.

A photo from King's signing

Posted: November 22, 2004.

Here is a photo from King's signing at the Briar Patch Bookstore on November 20th. You can see more here.
Thanks to Tyler over at

More info about upcoming publicity events for Faithful has now been revealed.

The Shining will be released on audio in August 2005.

The Things They Left Behind

Posted: November 21, 2004.

King will be on both The Today Show and The Daily Show on December 2nd. That is all the info I have at the moment but when I hear more you'll be the first to know.
Thanks to Miss X.

Now you can pre-order Ed McBain's anthology with a new King novel in it. The anthology is called Transgressions and King's story The Things They Left Behind.

There will also an audio release of some of the stories and King's is among them. You can pre-order the audio edition (with the title Terror's Echo : Novellas from Transgressions) here.

Here is a description of King's story:

"The Things They Left Behind" by Stephen King: In the wake of the worst disaster on American soil, one man is coming to terms with the aftermath of the Twin Towers-when he begins finding the things they left behind.
Thanks to Kevin Etheridge.

Here are the two first reviews of Faithful. One is from and the other from Boston Herald. And here is my review of The Dark Tower VII.

Here is a short (and I mean short) article about King's signing yesterday.

The Dark Tower Concordance vol. 2

Posted: November 20, 2004.

King's official site (in the message board) state that The Dark Tower Concordance vol. 2 by robin Furth won't be out until January or February 2005.

Here is the final CD cover for Faithful.

Stewart O'Nan will be signing the new book Faithful at Borders in Boston on Dec. 1st. The bookstore's address is 10 School Street, Boston, phone is 617-557-7188 and O'Nan will be signing at 12:30 on Dec. 1. Read more here.

King will be doing a small booksigning

Posted: November 19, 2004.

The Bangor Daily News is reporting that King will be doing a small booksigning at the Briar Patch Bookstore on Saturday, November 20th from 12:30-2:30pm.
Thanks to Tyler over at

And here is a tip for you; Anyone who orders The Road to The Dark Tower, The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book or Stephen King: Unpublished, Uncollected directly from CD ( and mentions Lilja's Library will receive a free one year subscription to Cemetery Dance magazine, a $27 value. The offer is only valid during a month from now. How about that?

Interview with Stewart O'Nan

Posted: November 18, 2004.

As you all know the book Faithful by King and Stewart O'Nan will be out on November 21 and I though it would be interesting to hear how the book was written. To find out I contacted Stewart and asked if I could get a minute of his time. He said yes! In the interview he speaks about Faithful, King, Red Sox and more.

Sylvia Kelegian joins the cast for Desperation. She will play Ellie Carver.

The Pop of King: A Dozen Thanks

Posted: November 15, 2004.

King's latest column for Entertainment Weekly; The Pop of King: A Dozen Thanks can now be read online.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Mississippi Ghost Brothers

Posted: November 14, 2004.

King's next column for Entertainment Weekly will appear in the November 19th issue and have the title The Pop of King: A Dozen Thanks.
Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

I got the correct title for the collaboration between King and Mellencamp and it was Mississippi Ghost Brothers. The full quote from Mellencamp from Rolling Stone is:

“Right now, he’s preparing for another tour and working on blues and Cajun songs for Mississippi Ghost Brothers.

A stage musical he’s writing with Stephen King. In it, a quarreling Southern Family goes on vacation to the haunted cabin where two uncles killed each other; it’s set in the present day and in the 1940’s.” .
Thanks to John Palisano.


Posted: November 11, 2004.

Kelly Overton has joined the cast of Desperation. She will be playing Cynthia Smith.

In a recent article about Mellencamp or about the collaboration between King and Mellencamp (or something like that) a title for their collaboration was mentioned and it was Ghostbrothers (all one word). It remains to be seen if that will be the final title though.

Michael Whealen has put up the cover art for The Dark Tower VII prints for sale on his website. Thanks to Mike Cahill.

Talisman 3

Posted: November 8, 2004.

King's official site states that Henry Thomas (E.T.) will play Peter Jackson in Desperation.

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.

Popup signed by King

Posted: November 5, 2004.

To the right is a picture of the cover of the limited edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon popup as well as a close-up on King's signature. The difference between the limited and the trade is not as big as you may think. The limited edition has the exact same interior as the regular edition (same number of pages, etc.). The binding is different though -- it has a full cloth cover with an extra pop-up that is not in the trade edition; this extra pop is embedded into the front cover.

The popup is also signed by Stephen King and numbered and there are only 125 copies of it. The biggest difference though is the price. The trade cost just below $20 and the limited will cost you $1,000 to own. You decide if that's reasonable.

You can also read my review of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, one of the coolest King books ever done if you ask me.

And if you haven't already bought the book you can get the trade edition from either or

McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

Posted: November 3, 2004.

Here is the final cover for Faithful and please not that is doesn't say Stewart O'Nan with Stephen King any more, just both authors names. The book will be released on November 21 and you can pre-order here.

The paperback edition of the book will be released on June 1, 2005 and you can pre-order here.

Here is the cover for McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories that contains King's new short story Lisey and the Madman. You can pre-order here. It will be released on November 16.

Stephen King and Gahan Wilson were given Life Achievement Awards at the World Fantasy Awards banquet in Tempe, AZ on Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Music based on The Gunslinger

Posted: November 1, 2004.

To the right is a picture of the limited edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon popup.

Faithful will now be released on November 21, which is a lot earlier then expected. I also got confirmation today that narrator of the audio edition will be Ron McLarty and Adam Grupper.

You can also read my reviews of Building Bridges and music based on The Gunslinger.
Charles Durning as Tom

Clip with King

Posted: October 29, 2004.

I just spoke to Mick Garris and he confirmed what I thought. That Tom Skerritt will play Johnny Marinville in Desperation. He also told me that Since Cliff Robertson recently had back surgery, and is recovering, he has been replaced by Charles Durning.

Here is a clip with King from ESPN radio.


Posted: October 28, 2004.

Shane Haboucha as David The cast for Desperation is starting to take shape. Here are the first names. Ron Perlman (Hellboy) will play Collie Entragian, Tom Skerritt (don't know who he will play) Steven Weber (The Shining) is Steve, Annabeth Gish (The X Files) takes the female lead as Mary, Cliff Robertson (Riding the Bullet) is Tom the veterinarian, Shane Haboucha (THE O.C.) stars as young David and Matt Frewer (Riding the Bullet, The Stand) is Ralph. There are also some articles available online.

Ron Perlman as Collie Entragian Tom Skerritt as Johnny Marinville Annabeth Gish as Mary
Cliff Robertson as Tom Matt Frewer as Ralph Steven Weber as Steve

I get a lot of mails from readers asking if I know why the price of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon got so much more expensive then expected. So, I asked Little Simon about why the price of the popup book was raised and here is their answer:

The original price was tentative and was set before we knew exactly how many limited editions there were going to be--and what exactly the production costs for the small run would be.

An article about Faithful and the Red Sox is online. On the image to the right you can see King and O'Nan at a game.

Pet Peeves of 2004

Posted: October 27, 2004.

King has a new column out. This one is called Pet Peeves of 2004.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Enter a contest for a chance to win two tickets to a screening of "dailies" of the short film adaptation Gotham Cafe. Details at (mid-way down the page, under What's new).
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon contest

Posted: October 22, 2004.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon contest is now over and the winner has been notified by email. Here is the right answers:

Question 1: Who has illustrated the pop-up edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon?
Answer 1: Alan Dingman.

Question 2: Is this the first ever pop-up book done based on a Stephen King book?
Answer 2: Yes.

Question 3: What is the name of the little girl who loved Tom Gordon?
Answer 3: Trisha McFarland.

Most of you got all three questions right.

Remake of 'Salem's Lot

Posted: October 20, 2004.

Now you can see what I think of season 3 of The Dead Zone. I have put my review of the third season online.

Some of the pictures from the popup edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is now online.

There are some really cool images from Gotham Cafe online now.

Here is the official site for Warner's remake of 'Salem's Lot.

Kingdom Come

Posted: October 15, 2004.

Here is what seams to be the new cover for Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season. On Stewart O'Nan's site there is also an article about the collaboration with King.

The Region 1 DVD set of Kingdom Hospital also contains a booklet that has a two-page essay by King entitled Kingdom Come. You can buy it here.
Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

There is virtual game based on Riding the Bullet online now.

Riding the Bullet

Posted: October 14, 2004.

Now you have the chance to get a free copy of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. All you have to do is enter this contest. As usual the contest open to anyone.

There are also info and pictures about/from The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon at Little Simon's site.

There are now two interviews with Mick Garris online. They are about Riding the Bullet among other things.

I have also added the cover for the latest Entertainment Weekly who contain King's column The Pop of King: Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar.

1st Annual Dollar Baby film fest

Posted: October 12, 2004.

Here is the cover for the audio edition of Carrie that will be released in 2005 and read by Sissy Spacek.

Joel Sadilek has left Gotham Café and Jack Sawyers is now directing.

Shawn Lealos has left an update on the progress of his movie version of I know what you need.

Good news for King fans down under. The short movies that played at the 1st Annual Dollar Baby film fest will be screened in Freemantle, Australia for a festival put on by the Australian Film Commission and Screenwest. It is scheduled for November.

Lighthouse Magazine

Posted: October 11, 2004.

Here are the front and back of Grant's deluxe edition of The Dark Tower VII. It's divided into 2 parts.

The Cedar Lee theater will host the Cleveland Premiere of All That You Love Will Be Carried Away on Thursday, October 28th. Screenings will be at 7PM and 8:30PM. There will be a Q&A with the director, producers, and ACTORS following the 7PM show.

Tickets are $7, which includes a ticket into our after party at Parnell's next door. Seats are limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to

Lighthouse Magazine are working on issue 4 which will be a Stephen King issue (due out early next year) and are looking for interesting contributions – essays, articles, or anything of interest relating to King. All published contributors will receive a contributor’s copy of the magazine. Incidentally, issue 4 will be in a paperback format (with ISBN number). Interested? Please contact Light House on

A review of Riding the Bullet is now online.

Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar

Posted: October 7, 2004.

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 title for King's latest column is Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

USA Today will have an article about the Red Sox featuring Stephen King in tomorrow's issue. It supposed to be on the front cover.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Another interview about Riding the Bullet and Desperation with Mick Garris is now online.
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting.

Some photos from day one of filming Gotham Café (including Mick Garris' cameo) can now be seen online.


Posted: October 6, 2004.

King has a new column in the next issue of Entertainment Weekly. This time it has to do with Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and others who are using their music to raise political awareness about the upcoming election.
Thanks to Bev Vincent.

An article about Desperation as well as an interview with Mick Garris is now online. In the interview he talks about Riding the Bullet and Desperation. There are also a Riding the Bullet featurette online.

To the right is the poster for All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.

King comments on (not) retiring

Posted: October 2, 2004.

King comments on (not) retiring in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly:

From Our Contributors

EW contributor Stephen King publishes new novel -- The horror author discusses completing the final book in his ''Dark Tower'' series

by Gilbert Cruz

Thirty-four years ago, Stephen King sat down and typed the following line: ''The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.'' As the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY columnist recalls, ''That's probably the best single line that I ever wrote and maybe it deserved a book. I'm not sure it deserved seven of them.'' Nonetheless, here we are, greeting the publication of Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, ''a whopper'' that King also insists is the end of gunslinger Roland Deschain's saga. At least for now. After all, this is a man who told this magazine two years ago that he would retire after finishing Dark Tower. Now he admits there's a brand-new novel sitting on his shelf: ''I'm looking at it right now and that's where it's going to stay for the time being.'' So, is he retired or not? ''I was deeply sad to finish with these books, and I had a period of real creative depression, to the point where I told people I was going to quit...[but] I can't be held responsible for anything I said in the course of the last two years.'' That, Constant Readers, is a no.
Thanks to Paul Poroshin.


Posted: October 1, 2004.

Here is a color version of the upcoming Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season. It will be released in December and you can pre-order it at or

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