NEWS - SHINING IN THE DARK

You & Lilja’s Library: Photo Contest

Posted: April 4, 2018, 15:22
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As you know (and if you didn’t you do now) I have been running a contest to celebrate Lilja’s Library’s 20-year anniversary. The winner will get a copy of the US edition of Shining in the Dark signed by me and Vincent Chong (I can add a personal note as well if you’d like me to). The ending of the contest has been delayed a few times due to the fact that the book itself has been delayed but now I have set a date for when I will draw a winner and that is Sunday April 15.

To enter I want you to send in a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library. Lilja’s Library you might ask? Yes, take a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library in some form. It could be you in front of the computer (where you can see Lilja’s Library), it could be a photo of you and my book, it could be a photo of you and your tattoo of Marv (if anyone has one), or any other form of Lilja’s Library. Draw Marv and pose with him, read the site on your phone and take a photo of yourself doing it…your imagination is the limit. The rule is that Lilja’s Library and you need to be in the photo (and not just a toe or a finger, your face at least). That’s it. Not to hard, right?

I will then draw the photo I like the best (what I like is for me to know and you to find out) as the winner. If you have already sent a photo and think: "darn I should have been more creative", then just send another one. As mentioned the prize is a copy of Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library.


So start sending in your photos, either by email to info[a]liljas-library.com or post them on facebook, twitter or Instagram. I will then pull them from there and post them on the site.

Check out your competition here.

I hope to SEE you soon! / Lilja

Support The Swedish Edition Of Shining in the Dark

Posted: April 2, 2018, 11:43
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You all know about Shining in the Dark by now. The anthology created to celebrate the 20 anniversary of Lilja’s Library. Now you have a chance to be part of its Swedish edition; Varsel i Mörkret!

When you make a pledge through the Kickstarter (live through April) you’re not only helping getting the book published in Swedish but you’ll also get your name included in the book. The book will be limited to 666 copies and no matter where you live you can be part of this exciting project.

So head over to the Kickstarter and help getting the book out in Sweden and even if you don’t understand Swedish this will be a great addition to you King Collection.

Update On The US Edition Of Shining in the Dark

Posted: March 12, 2018, 17:52
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Here is an update from Cemetary Dance on the US edition of Shining in the Dark:

The books are finished at the printer, but we discovered a major problem when they sent us the final approval copies: the printer completely missed printing and tipping in the interior artwork drawn by Erin S Wells. It's too late for them to fix this, so instead we¹ve created an exclusive chapbook of the artwork that will ship with your book. We think they'll make this special edition even more special!

Shining in the Dark x 7

Posted: March 1, 2018, 12:39
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Shining in the Dark is now confirmed for seven editions and here is all the info you need.


The Bulgarian edition:
Release date: November 20, 2017
Edition: Paperback
Order: Pleiad Books
Official site

The US edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Hardback (signed by the editor and the cover artist)
Pre-Order: Cemetery Dance and Amazon
Official site

The Italian edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Independent Legions Publishing
Official site

The Czech edition:
Release date: June 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Carcosa
Official site

The German edition:
Release date: July 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor)
Pre-Order: Festa

The UK edition:
Release date: Summer 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor and artist)
Pre-Order: SST Publications
Official site

The Swedish edition:
Kickstarter: April 2018
Release date: September 2018
Edition: Hardcover
Pre-Order: TBA
Official site

Shining in the Dark x 6

Posted: January 26, 2018, 08:00
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Shining in the Dark is now confirmed for six editions and here is all the info you need.


The Bulgarian edition:
Release date: November 20, 2017
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Pleiad Books
Official site

The US edition:
Release date: January 2018
Edition: Hardback (signed by the editor and the cover artist)
Pre-Order: Cemetery Dance and Amazon
Official site

The Italian edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Independent Legions Publishing
Official site

The German edition:
Release date: July 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor)
Pre-Order: Festa

The UK edition:
Release date: Summer 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor and artist)
Pre-Order: SST Publications
Official site

The Swedish edition:
Kickstarter: April 2018
Release date: September 2018
Edition: Hardcover
Pre-Order: TBA
Official site

Shining in the Dark x 5

Posted: January 18, 2018, 19:00
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Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library is now confirmed for five editions and here is all the info you need.


The Bulgarian edition:
Release date: November 20, 2017
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Pleiad Books
Official site

The US edition:
Release date: January 2018
Edition: Hardback (signed by the editor and the cover artist)
Pre-Order: Cemetery Dance and Amazon
Official site

The Italian edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Independent Legions Publishing
Official site

The German edition:
Release date: July 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor)
Pre-Order: Festa

The UK edition:
Release date: Summer 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor and artist)
Pre-Order: SST Publications
Official site

Shining in the Dark; UK Edition

Posted: January 18, 2018, 13:59
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The UK Limited edition of Shining in the Dark will be available in hardback this summer in a limited (350) signed by the editor (me) and the artist (François Vaillancourt) and numbered edition. This edition will have a different cover and new interior illustrations compared to the previous editions. You can order your edition here.

EDITIONS:
• Hardcover
• Limited to only 350 Signed & Numbered copies
• Personally signed by the editor and artist on a specially designed full-colour signature page
• Larger 6.14” x 9.21” trim size
• Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper, with your archive and legacy in mind
• Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands
• Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine for the ultimate presentation
• Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers
• Sewn binding for increased durability
• Stunning dust jacket art & twelve never-before-seen interior illustrations by Francois Vaillancourt
• Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication's Special Signed Limited Edition—Only 350 copies will be available worldwide.

Promoting Shining in the Dark In Bulgaria

Posted: January 14, 2018, 19:31
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I’m back home from the trip to Sofia, Bulgaria where I promoted my book Shining in the Dark. I was there for almost three days and let me tell you, I had a blast! I arrived late Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria and was greeted by Vesela and Dimo from the publisher (Pleiad). They drove me to the hotel and being the darker time of the year, it was already dark out and it was hard to see what Sofia looked like. But I would get my chance during the coming days.


Saturday was the big day. A sunny Sofia greeted me and I arrived at Helikon just before 10 and after being introduced to a lot of nice people it was time to do a TV interview with Svetoslav Ivanov for bTV’s 120 minutes. It was done all in English so it was not that different to other interviews I have done. Svetoslav was very nice and easy to talk to so it went smooth.



Then it was time for the main event. The crowd was there, I was there, the moderator Asya Angelova was there and the interpreter Boya Delibaltova was there. I was introduced and that was when I really understood that this was going a lot different from what I’m used to. Not in a bad way but different. I realized that I didn’t understand a word of Asya’s introduction. The Bulgarian language is very different from both Swedish and English and I have to confess that I don’t understand one word. But Boya did a great job and translated for me. I then told the crowd about Lilja’s Library and the book; Shining in the Dark. This was followed by a Q&A session and a book signing and I really enjoyed talking to all everyone who had come there to check out my book.


This was then followed by interviews for Chetat li dvama and AzCheta.com, both in English.





After lunch, it was time for a radio interview with Georgi Mitov-Gemi for the show Knigi Zavinagi (Books Forever). My interview starts about 5 minutes into the show. This interview was also done with an interpreter and you actually hear more of her than me in the interview. This was also the only time during my visit that I tried to speak Bulgarian. Georgi asked me to say, “Hi this is Hans-Ake Lilja and your listening to Knigi Zavinagi”. After three tries Georgi was happy. I’m not sure if or where they used this clip though. Maybe it just ended up in the trash because to be honest I didn’t go a good job...

On Sunday, I meet with a bunch of Bulgarian bloggers for interviews. We drank coffee and had a great time. Talked about Stephen King, Shining in the Dark and the pros and cons of the movie versions of The Shining and the new version of IT. Sunday afternoon was spent sightseeing in Sofia. The nice weather continued and it was a nice afternoon.


On Monday before I left and traveled back to Sweden I was interviewed by Olya Stoyanova for the show Hristo Botev. This interview was on live radio so I was a bit nervous but I think I did a pretty good job. After that, my Bulgarian adventure was over and the only thing left was a 10-hour trip back to Sweden where I arrived late on Monday evening. Tired but extremely happy with my trip to Bulgaria. And for that I want to thank everyone who arranged the trip, the interview and the meeting with the readers of my book. You all know who you are and what you did and I’m not naming anyone and setting myself up to forget someone. And I also want to send a special thanks to Pleiad who started it all. Thanks!

Additional links:
Plosht Adslaveikov
Interview with VIBES
PodMosta Interview
AzCheta Article
Kafene Interview




Shining in the Dark x 4

Posted: January 3, 2018, 21:45
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Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library is now confirmed for four editions and here is all the info you need.

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The Bulgarian edition:
Release date: November 20, 2017
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Pleiad Books
Official site

The US edition:
Release date: January 2018
Edition: Hardback (signed by the editor and the cover artist)
Pre-Order: Cemetery Dance and Amazon
Official site

The Italian edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Independent Legions Publishing
Official site

The German edition:
Release date: July 2018
Edition: Hardcover (numbered and signed by the editor)
Pre-Order: Festa

Shining in the Dark; German Edition

Posted: January 3, 2018, 17:22
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The German edition of Shining in the Dark will be available in hardback in late July in a limited (1,250) signed (by me) and numbered edition. You can order your edition here.

Title: Shining in the Dark
Format: Leather-structure Hardcover with dustjacket, bookmark and stapmping
Edition: Signed (by the editor) and numbered
Price: € 49,99

You & Lilja’s Library: Photo Contest

Posted: December 2, 2017, 21:38
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As you know (and if you didn’t you do now) Lilja’s Library celebrated 20 years last year and I want to celebrate that as much as I can. And you also know that the site wouldn’t be worth anything if no one read it. So, in order to celebrate that I want to involve you.

I want to do something similar to the photos you send in with yourself and one of King’s books but this time I want you to send in a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library. Lilja’s Library you might ask? Yes, take a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library in some form. It could be you in front of the computer (where you can see Lilja’s Library), it could be a photo of you and my book, it could be a photo of you and your tattoo of Marv (if anyone has one), or any other form of Lilja’s Library. Draw Marv and pose with him, read the site on your phone and take a photo of you doing it…your imagination is the limit. The rule is that Lilja’s Library and you need to be in the photo (and not just a toe or a finger, your face at least). That’s it. Not to hard right?

And to make it even more fun, one of you that send in a photo will get a prize. I will draw the photo I like the best (what I like is for me to know and you to find out) as the winner. If you have already sent a photo and think: "darn I should have been more creative", then just send another one. The prize is a copy of my upcoming anthology Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library that's released later this year.


OK, so start sending in your photos, either by email to info[a]liljas-library.com or post them on facebook or twitter. I will then pull them from there and post them on the site.

Check out the entries here.

I hope to SEE you soon! / Lilja

Lilja Goes To Bulgaria

Posted: December 1, 2017, 14:28
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In early January I'll be in Bulgaria to promote Shining in the Dark. I hope to see you there!


Here is a translation of the text on the poster.

Come into Lilla's Library, the world's most popular collection dedicated to Stephen King.

20 years after The Library was created, the Chief Librarian Hans-Ake Lilja arrives in Sofia at the invitation of Pleiada Publishing House for the presentation of the anthology Shining In The Dark, edited by himself.

Come to Helikon-Vitosha on January 6, 2018 at 11:00 for the biggest rally of Stephen King's fans in Bulgaria.

Shining In The Dark x 3

Posted: November 9, 2017, 00:24
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Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library is now confirmed for three edition and here is all the info you need.


The Bulgarian edition:
Release date: November 20, 2017
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Pleiad Books
Official site

The US edition:
Release date: Early 2018
Edition: Hardback (signed by the editor and the cover artist)
Pre-Order: Cemetery Dance and Amazon
Official site

The Italian edition:
Release date: March 2018
Edition: Paperback
Pre-Order: Independent Legions Publishing

You & Lilja's Library: Photo Contest

Posted: April 2, 2017, 01:23
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As you know (and if you didn’t you do now) Lilja’s Library celebrated 20 years last year and I want to celebrate that as much as I can. And you also know that the site wouldn’t be worth anything if no one read it. So, in order to celebrate that I want to involve you.

I want to do something similar to the photos you send in with yourself and one of King’s books but this time I want you to send in a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library. Lilja’s Library you might ask? Yes, take a photo of yourself and Lilja’s Library in some form. It could be you in front of the computer (where you can see Lilja’s Library), it could be a photo of you and my book, it could be a photo of you and your tattoo of Marv (if anyone has one), or any other form of Lilja’s Library. Draw Marv and pose with him, read the site on your phone and take a photo of you doing it…your imagination is the limit. The rule is that Lilja’s Library and you need to be in the photo (and not just a toe or a finger, your face at least). That’s it. Not to hard right?

And to make it even more fun, one of you that send in a photo will get a prize. I will draw the photo I like the best (what I like is for me to know and you to find out) as the winner. If you have already sent a photo and think: "darn I should have been more creative", then just send another one. The prize is a copy of my upcoming anthology Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library that's released later this year.


OK, so start sending in your photos, either by email to info[a]liljas-library.com or post them on facebook or twitter. I will then pull them from there and post them on the site.

Check out the entries here.

I hope to SEE you soon! / Lilja

Lilja At Goodreads

Posted: January 25, 2017, 14:27
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I have just updated my page over at Goodreads, Head over there to check it out. You can give me tips on what to read, check out my books and what others think about them (or rate them yourself). You can even ask me a question if you so wish…

My Books on Amazon

Posted: January 11, 2017, 10:13
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Shining in the Dark is now listed on my author page over at Amazon along with my other two books. They haven’t added the cover yet though but it’s there if you want to pre-order.

You can also follow me on Amazon (not sure what you get for doing that but please try it out).

The History Of A Cover

Posted: November 1, 2016, 22:38
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Vincent Chong who’s done the beautiful cover for the book Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library has posted the backstory to the cover as well as some sketches he did for it. A very interesting look at how a cover was created. Check it out over at his site.

You can pre-order the book here.

Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years

Posted: October 31, 2016, 21:25
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Finally, I can reveal what I have been teasing about for quite some time now. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lilja’s Library Cemetery Dance will publish the anthology Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library.

The anthology will contain 12 stories by 13 great authors that I have selected. Six of the twelve stories have not been published anywhere (some are actually written with this book in mind) before this publication and of the six that have, most have only been published in magazines. So, chances are that you’ll read them here for the first time.

Table of Contents:
"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Introduction)” by Hans-Åke Lilja
"The Blue Air Compressor" by Stephen King
"The Net" by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek
"The Novel of the Holocaust" by Stewart O'Nan
"Aeliana" by Bev Vincent
"Pidgin and Theresa" by Clive Barker
"An End To All Things " by Brian Keene
"Cemetery Dance" by Richard Chizmar
"Drawn to the Flame" by Kevin Quigley
"The Companion" by Ramsey Campbell
"The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
"A Mother's Love" by Brian James Freeman
"The Keeper's Companion" by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Afterword)" by Hans-Åke Lilja

For pre-orders and more info about all the authors and stories in Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja’s Library head over to www.ShiningInTheDarkAnthology.com