A Look At Stephen King’s Maine: A History & Guide

Posted: April 11, 2024, 16:30
I’ve read the book Stephen King’s Maine: A History & Guide

Now it’s somewhere in between. King fans will read it and wonder why there wasn't more King stuff in it and historians might skip it thinking there is only King stuff in it. And that is sad because it is a good book for the right reader. After all, I did learn what the right size for a grave is and I’m sure I’ll get to use that sometime, somewhere…

Deleted Scenes From Stand By Me (With New Actor)

Posted: April 5, 2024, 10:34
Here are some deleted scenes from Stand by me. There is also a different actor playing the writer in the end.

Director Rob Reiner had trouble casting the role of "The Writer," first casting David Dukes, then going to Michael McKean, among others, before finally settling on high school friend Richard Dreyfuss. Here we see David Dukes, who passed away in 2000. His last role was in Rose Red.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson.

Carrie, 50 Years Today!

Posted: April 4, 2024, 09:02
Today we celebrate that it’s 50 years since Carrie was released and King became a published author. Today he has published a total of 88 books during 50 years. That is an average of 1,76 books a year, every year, for 50 years. Very impressive if you ask me.

Personally, I want to take this opportunity to thank Steve for all the stories and hopefully there are many more to come. Thanks Steve and congratulations on 50 great years!

Now something might be thinking "Didn't I read somewhere that Carrie was released on April 5, 1974?". Well, you might. Some online sources list the release date for the book as April 5th, others as April 4th. It’s up to each and every one to decide what date you want to see as the release date (it’s hard to know for sure with such an old book) but what makes me believe that April 4 is the correct date is that King himself says so in the invitation to the book's 25th anniversary party.

The Monkey Wrapps Filming

Posted: March 28, 2024, 19:51
Deadline reports that filming of The Monkey wrapped a week ago and the cast has been revealed.

Theo James (The White Lotus), Tatiana Maslany (She–Hulk: Attorney at Law), Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings), Christian Convery (Sweet Tooth), Colin O’Brien (Wonka), Rohan Campbell (The Hardy Boys) and Sarah Levy (Schitt’s Creek).

In The Monkey twin brothers Hal and Bill discover their father’s old monkey toy in the attic. Theo James plays the twins in later years. Convery plays the younger twins.

Pennywise: The Story of IT Companion Book

Posted: March 26, 2024, 08:34
Remember the great documentary about Pennywise from 2023, Pennywise: The Story of IT? Off course you do. Well now there is a companion book for it being released, Pennywise: The Story of IT Companion Book. The book, limited to 1000 copies will ship in May 2024 and contain:

- Exclusive release to Cult Screenings UK Ltd 160 Full Colour Pages
- Over 40 Interviews with the Cast & Crew of IT (1990) including Tim Curry, Seth Green and Tommy Lee Wallace
- Over 350 Never Before Seen Behind-the-Scenes Photos including the archives of Bart Mixon

All this for only £24.99 plus shipping.

Pre-order your copy here.

Life Of Chuck Made Star Karen Gillian Cry

Posted: March 20, 2024, 08:33

Marvel star Karen Gillan has seen a rough cut of The Life of Chuck and says she "didn't stop crying for days".

"It’s a cathartic experience. It’s someone dealing with the end of their life, and it’s told in a very imaginative way, and it’s just beautiful. It’s a celebration of life, I suppose. I think we could all do with a bit of that."

The Life of Chuck don't have a release date yet but hopefully it'll be out this year.

King Is One Of The Narrators For The Angel of Indian Lake

Posted: March 15, 2024, 15:41
Stephen Graham Jones‘ Indian Lake Trilogy will have something special to look forward to in the final instalment’s audiobook. The Angel of Indian Lake (to be released on March 26 by Simon & Schuster Audio) will have King as a featured voice.

King joins Jones himself alongside Isabella Star LaBlanc (Pet Sematary: Bloodlines), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, Suitable Flesh), Angela Goethals (Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon), and Andrew J. Robinson (Hellraiser).

The Shining Opera Released On April 12

Posted: March 8, 2024, 10:40
Pentatone will release a world premiere recording of The Shining, an opera by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell. The album will be released digitally and as a two-disc physical album April 12.

This recording follows Lyric Opera of Kansas City's 2023 production of the opera, which first premiered at Minnesota Opera in 2016. Conductor Gerard Schwartz returns from the Kansas City run, leading the Kansas City Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Chorus. Baritone Edward Parks also returns from the 2023 production, singing the part of Jack Torrance.

Holly, Back On The Small Screen

Posted: February 8, 2024, 23:06
Twise we have seen Holly on the small screen. First in Mr. Mercedes where she was played by Justine Lupe and then in The Outsider where Cynthia Erivo played the role. Now it’s time again. King’s latest book Holly is heading to the small screen.

Last year during a Q&A at Chicago's 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest Jack Bender, who produced Mr. Mercedes said that a TV adaptation is on the way. 

"I've been fortunate to know and work with Stephen King – talking about writers," Bender said. "His new book 'Holly,' by the way, is great. We're going to make a show out of that. We haven't announced it."

Not sure why this hasn’t been reported earlier…

Who would you like to see as Holly? Lupe, Erivo or someone new?


Posted: February 8, 2024, 13:28
On April 4, the same day (but 50 years later) that Stephen King's debut Carrie was released my new book STEPHEN KING: STORIES FROM FIVE DECADES OF STORYTELLING will be released in Swedish. You can see the brand-new cover below.

Now something might be thinking "Didn't I read somewhere that Carrie was released on April 5, 1974?". Well, you might. Some online sources list the release date for the book as April 5th, others as April 4th. It’s up to each and every one to decide what date you want to see as the release date (it’s hard to know for sure with such an old book) but what makes me believe that April 4 is the correct date is that King himself says so in the invitation to the book's 25th anniversary party.

The Life Of Chuck; So Unique & So Different

Posted: January 26, 2024, 18:54
Jacob Tremblay who star in The Life of Chuck had this to say about the movie:

"It's just I had an amazing time on that set. One of the things I love about Mike is that he keeps things very, very fun and very kind of casual, but it's serious when it needs to be serious on set. So, it's really fun. I'm super excited for people to watch this film. I haven't seen or read anything like it before. It's so, so unique and so different."

The Extra Hour: NEW Stephen King Short Story!

Posted: January 23, 2024, 20:25
From Cemetery Dance:

Stephen King has delivered a brand new short story for Cemetery Dance #79, and it's a classic tale of terror from the master of horror. This story will NOT appear in his new collection coming out later this year!!

"Soames thought Jim Danton had looked bad two months ago; he looked worse now. Twenty pounds had fallen off him, maybe more. The dark bags under his eyes were darker than ever. The eyes themselves were bloodshot. His graying hair had thinned appreciably..."

John Candy As Billy Halleck

Posted: January 20, 2024, 20:40
John Candy as Billy Halleck in Thinner? That could have been the case if King had gotten his way. Producer Mitchell Galin commented on it on Shout! Factory’s Collector’s Edition of the movie.

Thanks for 2023 and happy 2024!

Posted: December 29, 2023, 16:13
2023 is almost over and it was a somewhat slow King year. King released his 88th book (Holly) and we got three movies, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (watchable), The Boogeyman (really bad) and Children of the Corn (really, really bad).

As for Lilja’s Library it was a great year. A huge makeover was done on the site. Shining in the Dark was released as an audiobook in Poland and my new book Stephen King: Not Just Horror was released in Sweden, Italy, and the US.

Now 2024 is around the corner and what can we expect from the new year? Well, in May King will release the collection You Like It Darker and he will probably (keeping my fingers crossed) release another book in the fall as well. We will get several movies, The Life of Chuck, The Monkey (maybe) and Salem’s Lot (hopefully).

Shining in the Dark will be released in Turkish and at least one more language (making it totally 17 languages…I’m aiming for 19). Stephen King: Not Just Horror will be released in Czech (spring), German and Greek (fall). I have another book, Stephen King: Stories From Five Decades of Storytelling that will be released in Swedish and a few of other languages during the year and as the title says, 2024 is the year that King celebrates 50 years as a published author, something that will be celebrate during the year!

And remember, the earth is 4.5 billion years and we managed to be here at the same time as Stephen King. How cool is that?

Order Stephen King: Not Just Horror On Amazon

Posted: December 1, 2023, 10:00
Now you can order Stephen King: Not Just Horror from Amazon.

At the moment you can get the book in hardcover. The paperback will be available for order soon at this link.

You can also check out an excerpt from the book. So head over to Amazon for that and why not get a copy as a Christmas present for someone you like while there?

Poster For Salem's Lot?

Posted: November 9, 2023, 16:22
Here is what's said to be the poster for the remake of 'Salem's Lot. The poster also shows that it's set for a HBO Max release.

This hasn't been confirmed by the studio yet so condider it a rumor until we know more.

List Of Stories In You Like It Darker

Posted: November 6, 2023, 20:16
Here is the complete list of titles in You Like It Darker.

"Two Talented Bastids"
"The Fifth Step"
"Willie the Weirdo"
"Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream"
"On Slide Inn Road"
"Red Screen"
"The Turbulence Expert"
"The Dreamers"
"The Answer Man"

You Like It Darker, Next King Book

Posted: November 6, 2023, 11:57
King’s next book, You Like It Darker will be out in the US on May 21 2024. Simon & Scchuster is listing it to be 512 pages. You can pre-order your copy here:

'You like it darker? Fine, so do I', writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life - both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel 'the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind', and in You Like it Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again.

'Two Talented Bastids' explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In 'Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream', a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny's most catastrophically. In 'Rattlesnakes', a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance - with major strings attached. In 'The Dreamers', a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. 'The Answer Man' asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful.

King's ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.

Update On Running Man Remake

Posted: November 4, 2023, 19:10
Simon Kinberg provided an update on the upcoming Running Man remake.

“[Wright is] one of my favorite directors of all time and one of my favorite people, just a super great guy,” Kinberg said. “Obviously a cinephile. We are working on it actively. He’s actively working on the script with Michael Bacall. And our hope would be that it is a movie that, again, all fingers crossed and luck and everything else go our way, that Edgar could maybe direct next year.”

“Well, what’s cool is that Edgar, completely separately, before myself and Paramount started down the journey of figuring out how to get the remake rights, which was complicated, he had tweeted, just on his own — and I follow him obviously on every possible platform — he had tweeted that if there was one movie he would remake ever, it was Running Man.”

Welcome To Derry In 2025

Posted: November 4, 2023, 18:10
Welcome To Derry has been pushed to 2025.

We had had [Welcome To Derry] scheduled for Halloween ’24 but it will likely [be] pushing into ’25,” HBO CEO Casey Bloys officially announced.

King On Salem’s Lot Remake

Posted: November 2, 2023, 15:40
Yesterday we learned (again) that the remake of Salem’s Lot will end up on MAX and now King has commented on it on X. Could it mean something is about to happen? I have no idea but it would be nice if they could just release it.

You Like It Darker Out June 12?

Posted: November 1, 2023, 20:20
Did King’s German publisher Heyne jump the gun on announcing King’s next book? Well, they did announce it. The release date is June 12 next year and the title is You Like It Darker. They even have a cover already…

Hopefully the US and UK announcements will follow and maybe then we’ll know what stories will be included.