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Majority of Stephen King’s Body of Work Acquired By Scribner/Simon & Schuster


In a landmark publishing agreement, Stephen King’s publisher of twenty years Scribner has acquired North American and Open Market print, e-book, and audio rights to almost the entirety of the bestselling author’s body of work. The 27 titles in the agreement include classic Stephen King novels such as: IT, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Christine, Cujo, The Dead Zone, and Firestarter; the novella collections Different Seasons and  Four Past Midnight; and the first four volumes of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. E-book and e-audio editions of the acquired titles will be available from Scribner and Simon & Schuster Audio beginning on January 1, 2016. Print editions in trade and mass market paperback from the Scribner, Pocket Books, and Gallery imprints will follow. News of the agreement was announced today by Nan Graham, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Scribner and Stephen King’s editor.

“It’s a no-brainer, really,” said Stephen King. “Good publishing and good relationships equals happy writers and long shelf life. I know from experience that this group of people—at Scribner, at Pocket, at Simon & Schuster Audio, and throughout the company—values the work I do, and wants to find as many readers as possible for the books I write, both now and in the future. Trusting them with this large body of work is my pleasure. We are excellent allies and good friends.”

“Since we first began publishing Stephen King with Bag of Bones, he has continually challenged and inspired us, bringing to us new and exciting books of astonishing range and variety, that are each and every one an event for reader and publisher alike,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  “So after nearly twenty years in which he has energized and touched nearly every part of our company, we well know and understand the strength and power of his backlist, and are simply overjoyed to have this rare opportunity to bring to Simon & Schuster this vibrant and vital catalog of Stephen’s earlier works.”

“As we are daily grateful to Scribner’s Max Perkins for F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, our successors will be grateful to us for Stephen King, whose books will get under the skin of readers long after we are gone,” said Nan Graham. “Scribner is honored and thrilled to have published Steve for two decades, to look forward to a future of publishing him, and to take on this magnificent backlist. In addition to being one of the greatest storytellers of all time, Stephen King is a stellar citizen of the book world. We love his writing. We love him.”

“For almost the entire course of my long career in publishing, Stephen King has been a towering feature of the international book publishing landscape,” said Susan Moldow, President of the Scribner Publishing Group. “Empires have risen and fallen, but Stephen King has continued to both dominate bestseller and year-end best-of lists. It is a joy beyond imagining to welcome these core titles to Scribner’s venerable backlist.”

“Pocket Books enthusiastically embraces adding these wonderful books to our existing King backlist program which continues to provide robust sales for all of our booksellers in paperback,” said Louise Burke, President of the Gallery Books Publishing Group.

“Stephen King’s support for the audiobook medium is unmatched by any author,” said Chris Lynch, President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio.  “From his willingness to publish original audiobooks to his advocacy of the joys of listening to his occasional stints behind the microphone, Steve has been the perfect publishing partner from day one.  We are thrilled to expand that partnership.”

In the two decades since Scribner became Stephen King’s publisher, he has written many of his most critically-acclaimed books, from Lisey’s Story to On Writing, from the culmination of the Dark Tower series to Under the Dome and 11/22/63. In this time, he has also won numerous literary honors, from the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the National Medal of Arts, recently presented by President Obama. King’s audiobooks have won multiple Audie Awards, including Best Fiction wins for Doctor Sleep, Duma Key, and The Talisman and Audible Audiobook of the Year wins for 11/22/63 and Doctor Sleep.  Stephen King’s short story collection  The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be published by Scribner on November 3, 2015.

Nan Graham negotiated the agreement on behalf of Scribner, Gallery/Pocket Books, and Simon & Schuster Audio with literary agent Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff & Verrill.

Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats.  Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.

Books By Stephen King Acquired In Scribner/Simon & Schuster Agreement

1. Christine
3.Cycle of the Werewolf
4.The Dark Half
5.The Dead Zone
7.Different Seasons
8.Dolores Claiborne
9.The Eyes of the Dragon
11.Four Past Midnight
12.Gerald’s Game
15.Needful Things
16.Rose Madder
17.Skeleton Crew
18.The Tommyknockers
19.The Long Walk (writing as Richard Bachman)
20.Roadwork (writing as Richard Bachman)
21.The Running Man (writing as Richard Bachman)
22.Thinner (writing as Richard Bachman)
23.The Regulators (writing as Richard Bachman)
24.The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower series)
25.The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower series)
26.The Wastelands (The Dark Tower series)
27.Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower series)

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Cover Reveal For Stephen King’s End of Watch

End of Watch is an upcoming Stephen King novel, set to be the third volume of a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. Here is the cover and the 496 page book will be released on June 7, 2016.


Here is a synopsis of the book:

In room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil.

Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney, who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. Brady also remembers that. When Bill and Holly are called to a murder-suicide with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put not only their lives at risk, but those of Hodges’s friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Because Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Bill Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the supernatural suspense that has been his trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and up-all-night entertainment.

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Authors John Grisham & Stephen King To Appear At Book-Ends: An Evening With Two Literary Giants On January 19, 2016 At Florida’s Neal Performing Arts Center


2016 will get off to a great start for fans of best-selling authors John Grisham and Stephen King. The two authors will participate in the Manatee Library Foundation’s fundraiser in January at State College of Florida’s Neal Performing Arts Center.

Legal thriller novelist John Grisham will headline the event. Stephen King will interview Grisham on stage.

The event, “Book-Ends: An Evening with Two Literary Giants” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.  Organizers are hoping to sell out the 832-seat venue and to raise $175,000 for the Library System.

“This is a huge literary event and we continue to be awestruck it’s happening here,” said Manatee County Library Services Manager Ava Ehde. “We are grateful to these impressive and prolific authors as well as Rep. Boyd, the growing list of sponsors and the Library Foundation for their support of our Manatee Libraries.”

If tickets are still available on Oct. 15, the public may purchase tickets for $150 apiece.

The Foundation will also give away a ticket to the King event to the winner of a Flash Fiction contest challenging amateur writers to submit a 250-word piece of fiction or poetry inspired by a photo posted on the new site. One winner will be announced in January. (If a minor wins the contest, he or she will be awarded two tickets for guardian accompaniment.)

Grisham’s books have sold more than 275 million copies worldwide. His most popular titles include The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Client and The Pelican Brief. A new title, The Rogue Lawyer, will be released in October.


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The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear From The Master of Horror By George Beahm


In 1989, George Beahm’s Stephen King Companion appeared on the scene and became an instant hit with King fans. It was the go to bible of King information, packed with interviews, essays, inside information, rare photographs, and tantalizing trivia.

The Companion leaped onto the bestseller lists, was snapped up by the book clubs, and became known as an esential resource on King and his work.

The new, revised 320 page edition of The Stephen King Companion maintains the spirit of the original volume while updating it for this decade. It includes new material – articles, profiles, and interviews from such contributors as Clive Barker, leading King critic Michael R. Collings, and Stephen King Encyclopedia author Stephen J. Spignesi.

The first general interest book, resource guide, and reference work about the most popular novelist of our time.

From St. Martin’s Press, to be released on October 6, 2015, the third edition of The Stephen King Companion. Profusely illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne and with numerous photographs, this will be George Beahm’s final word on all things Stephen King.


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PS Publishing Announces The Limited Edition of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot


PS Publishing Announces The Limited Edition of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot

The latest in PS Publishing’s roster of Stephen King limited editions is Salem’s Lot, published with a unique twist. The novel will be comprised of three separate books, one for each novella-length section of the novel, housed together in an illustrated slipcase.


The 450 page book will be limited to 974 numbered copies signed by the artist, but not the author and cost $115. You can pre-order Salem’s Lot HERE and it will be published in late 2015/early 2016.


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Has Stephen King Won Writing?


National Medal of Arts winner Stephen King had a lot of critics early on. But they’re dead now. Check out a snippet of the author’s appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Author Stephen King To Receive The National Medal of Arts

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The White House has announced that President Obama will award Maine author Stephen King the National Medal of Arts in ceremonies next week. King is being given the award for his contributions as an author.

President Obama will present the 2014 National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. ET in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at

The citation that accompanies the medal states that King is “One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, Mr. King combines his remarkable storytelling with his sharp analysis of human nature. For decades, his works of horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy have terrified and delighted audiences around the world. “

Ten others will also receive the medal.


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Win A Signed Copy of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes & Finders Keepers

summer_sweeps_prizes has teamed up with Scribner to give you a chance to receive a signed copy of Mr. Mercedes, a signed copy of Finders Keepers, and a Finders Keepers broadside! In addition to that Grand Prize, 40 First Prize winners will receive one hardcover edition of Mr. Mercedes and one hardcover edition of Finders Keepers; 100 Second Prize winners will receive one Finders Keepers broadside. Use the HERE to enter now.

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Stephen King’s Gunslinger Print Commission By Lyndon Willougby

Dallas based Graphic Designer Lyndon Willougby created this fantastic poster paying homage to Stephen King’s epic novel, The Gunslinger. The limited edition print measures 12 x 36 with 3 colors and will be printed by Lady Lazarus in Houston, TX. Sadly this was a private commission and not available to the general public but I still wanted to promote this exceptional piece.

Lyndon shared that he has read the entire series twice and was disappointed that The Dark Tower does not get the print love it deserves so he wanted to take a stab at it. Job well done!


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Locke & Key Audible Adaptation Coming In October

Locke & Key, the award-winning comic book series created by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez will be released as an audio adaptation this Fall.

Audible Studios will be publishing the first graphic novel, adapted as an audio book with an all-star cast featuring 50 voice actors, and an original score.

It will be narrated by Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), with special appearances by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Kate Mulgrew (“Orange is the New Black”) and Hill’s father, Stephen King.

The audiobook will be free from October 5 to November 4, after which it’ll become a paid product in the Audible store.


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