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Cover To Stephen King’s Revival Revealed

Today stephenking.com revealed the cover to the author’s upcoming novel Revival. The 520 page book is described as follows:

“A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.”

The hardcover, audiobook and eBook will be released on November 11, 2014.

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Stephen King Reveals Cover To His Next Novel, Mr. Mercedes

Today on Facebook Stephen King revealed the cover to his upcoming novel, Mr. Mercedes.

The book is described as follows:

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

The 496 page hardcover book is due from Scribner on June 3, 2014.

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Synopsis of Stephen King’s Next Novel, Mr. Mercedes

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Today Scribner posted the synopsis of Stephen King’s next novel, Mr. Mercedes:

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

The 496 page hardcover will arrive at bookstores on June 3, 2014.

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HO-HO-HOS4A2: A Holiday Party For Joe Hill At River Run Bookstore On December 12, 2013

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Naughty or nice, you’re invited to RiverRun Bookstore to celebrate Christmasland and Joe Hill

On Thursday December 12, 2013 from 7-9PM there will be readings by special guests Jason Ciaramella, Christopher Golden and James Patrick Kelly, as well as a raffle and refreshments, and more. And of course, the King of Christmasland himself – Joe Hill!

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Tickets are $20 and include a paperback copy of the holiday edition of NOS4A2. (If you already have it, you can trade it in for store credit.) Purchase tickets here. Please note that the event is 18+.

RiverRun Bookstore
142 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-2100

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Stephen King Joins Twitter

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Novelist Stephen King has joined Twitter. The best-selling horror writer from Bangor, Maine joined the social networking site on Friday afternoon. 

The first tweet from @StephenKing was rather innocuous:

“My first tweet. No longer a virgin. Be gentle!” he wrote late Friday afternoon.

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He followed that up an hour or so later with, “On Twitter at last, and can’t think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be.”

In an hour, he had more than 30,000 followers. By midnight, he had nearly 95,000 followers. His first tweet was retweeted more than 2,000 times in a matter of minutes.

On Twitter, King showed family loyalty among those whose tweets he’s following. He signed up to follow his wife, Tabitha King, son Owen King and his other son who writes under the name Joe Hill. He’s also following his daughter, Reverend Naomi King, a Unitarian teacher.

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Enter The StephenKing.com Doctor Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes

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StephenKing.com believes it’s best to give and receive. So enter the Doctor Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes and capture the true essence of the season. 20 people will be chosen at random to receive a hardcover and an audiobook edition of Doctor Sleep—one to keep and one to give away—in addition to two promotional sleep masks.

160 additional runners-up will be chosen to receive a promotional sleep mask. The Doctor Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes runs Tuesday, November 26th at 9am EST through Tuesday, December 3rd at 8:59am EST.

Enter HERE. Happy Holidays and good luck!

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Best Selling Author Stephen King Visits Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, The USO Warrior Center & Leads USO Book Reading at Ramstein Air Base On November 18, 2013

Midway through a European book tour promoting his latest literary masterpiece, Doctor Sleep, Stephen King joined forces with the USO on November 18, 2013 and participated in his first-ever USO visit. 

Passing out free copies of his book, visiting Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and leading insightful Q&A sessions with servicemen and women, King made every moment count with our nation’s troops and military families stationed in Germany on Monday.

King kicked off his morale boosting trip with a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where he extended his thanks to medical staff and walked from room-to-room visiting with troops and their families.

The best selling author then toured the USO Warrior Center and led an eye-opening Q&A, where he shed light into his creative process, novel inspirations and support of America’s Armed Forces.

Capping off the day, King led a USO book reading of “Doctor Sleep” at Ramstein Air Base’s Hercules Theater. In total, King uplifted the spirits of and shared special moments with hundreds of troops and military families. This visit marked the writer’s first USO experience.

“I never realized until earlier this week just how important everyday moments with our nation’s troops and their families really are. Volunteering with the USO and spending time with our men and women in uniform was an eye opening experience that I hope to be able to do again soon. I stand behind the USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign and encourage others to join the USO in supporting our troops.”, King said.

More than three decades after his wildly successful novel, “The Shining,” King released his first-ever sequel novel, “Doctor Sleep,” in January 2013. Returning to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, King’s latest literary work follows the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

Known as the monarch of fictional horror, King has written more than 50 books and sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. Whether writing stories about teenagers with uncanny powers (Carrie), vampires colonizing dead-end towns (Salem’s Lot), monstrous canines (Cujo) or tribal (Pet Sematary), King has mastered the art of terror.

Read a Q&A HERE.

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Maine Magazine Interviews Author Joe Hill

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As soon as the writer Joe Hill began appearing in public, it quickly became clear that he looks an awful lot like that other Maine horror writer, his dad – Stephen King. 

In order to blaze his own trail, Joe decided to drop the “King” from his name. In the years following this bold move, Hill has published a book of short stories, multiple novels, an award winning comic book series and we will soon be seeing a big screen adaptation of his book Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the demon in suburbia.

Joe took a few minutes to chat with Maine Magazine and you can read the interview HERE.

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“Every Little Thing Turned Out All Right” By Stephen King

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New York Times best-selling author and fervent Red Sox fan Stephen King had the following to say about his favorite team winning the 2013 World Series and what it means to Boston:

“It’s not much, just a little reggae tune sung by the late Bob Marley, but during the three home games of the 2013 World Series, Boston fans belted it out with a fervent conviction “Sweet Caroline” will never match. It may well outlast the tenure of Shane Victorino, batting hero of the Series-clinching Game 6. Hearing the Faithful roar the chorus before the Flyin’ Hawaiian banged his third-inning double off the greenie brought gooseflesh to my arms and a lump to my throat. It wasn’t just about the game. All those Boston voices were actually singing to each other: “Every little thing gonna be all right.”

I have puzzled long and hard about my devotion to the Red Sox — in good times and in bad — and how it relates to the jewel city of the New England where I have spent almost my entire life. All I can figure is that there’s a powerful kind of transference going on. We bear the frustrations (as in the miserable 2012 season) and celebrate the victories (no more sweetly unexpected than this year, when the baseball swamis almost unanimously picked the Blue Jays to finish first and the Sox to end the season in the cellar) because they are us and we are them. No player has grasped this better than David Ortiz, who said — before famously proclaiming Boston our [expletive] city — “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston.”

Under normal circumstances, sports are just a welcome diversion from our ordinary lives, and when the local teams win, we take a little bit of that victory to ourselves, bask in it for a day or two, then move on. This World Series was different, and not just because the final out was recorded on home turf for the first time in 95 years. It restored balance to a city that was hurt and frightened (but not cowed, never that) by the vicious crime that occurred on April 15. Half a year later, at another sporting event, there were no explosions, no deaths, no innocent bystanders maimed by flying shrapnel. Instead, almost 40,000 voices rose to repudiate anger, violence, and the darkness that always threatens: “Every little thing gonna be all right.”

On the night of October 30, 2013, it absolutely was. How [expletive] great is that?”

LINK: The Boston Globe

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Stephen King’s Discusses Doctor Sleep On Good Morning America

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Stephen King brings back the famed “Shining” character Danny Torrance in his new book, Doctor Sleep on Good Morning America.

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Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback Is In Stores Now

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

This mass market paperback edition of The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin is now available in stores and has a bonus chapter from Book III, The City of Mirrors.

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Journalstone Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of The Demon’s Wife by Rick Hautala, Hardcover Due On August 16, 2013 & Trade Paper, eBook Due On September 13, 2013

Journalstone Publishing announces the upcoming release of The Demon’s Wife by Rick Hautala. The Demon’s Wife will be available in a hardcover edition (ISBN: 978-1-936564-97-2, Category: Urban Fantasy/ Romance/Horror, 316 pages, $31.95) on August 16, 2013.  Trade paper ($18.95) and eBook ($9.95) editions of The Demon’s Wife will be available on September 13, 2013.

A posthumous release by legendary novelist Rick Hautala, The Demon’s Wife has garnered high praise, including:

“This Demon has style, sensuality and soul.” — Robert McCammon, author of The Hunter from the Woods

“Wonderfully entertaining and entirely compelling, a horrifying and heartfelt urban fantasy sure to appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris and Kelley Armstrong” — Christopher Golden, New York Times best-selling author of The Graves of Saints

“A completely compelling journey into a most-unusual marriage of the supernatural and earthly.” — Matthew Costello, author of Home

“A fast-paced, mordant examination of contemporary relationships, full of clever twists and irreverent reversals. A fitting capstone to a magical career.” — Thomas F. Monteleone,  4-time Bram Stoker Award winner

“A brilliant, chilling, mind-blowing and heart-stopping novel of horror and magic. A superb novel, first page to last.” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Extinction Machine

About The Demon’s Wife: Claire McMullen, A thirty-something single woman in Portland, Maine, is perfectly normal and ordinary—except for her long, curly, flaming red hair. On the prowl for her Mr. Right—or at least Mr. Right Now—Claire’s life changes on the fateful evening she meets Samael.  Romance blooms with the tall, handsome and wealthy Samael …until he admits to Claire that he is actually a demon. But to Samael’s surprise, he’s fallen as head-over-heels in love as Claire has.  Now, he must stand up to the forces of evil and reclaim his angelic nature. But can Claire trust the love of a demon?

Rick Hautala (1949-2013) was the recipient of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2011. Rick, who served terms as Vice President and Trustee for the HWA, had more than ninety published novels and short stories to his credit, including the million‐copy, international best‐seller Nightstone, as well as Twilight Time, Little Brothers, Cold Whisper, Impulse, and The Wildman. He also published four novels—The White Room, Looking Glass, Unbroken, and Follow—using the pseudonym A. J. Matthews. More than sixty of Rick’s published short stories appeared in national and international anthologies and magazines. His short story collection Bedbugs was selected as one of the best horror books of the year in 2003.

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J.K. Rowling Revealed As Secret Author of Crime Novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling

In top secret fashion, Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling published “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the name Robert Galbraith. Her publisher, Mulholland Books — an imprint of Little, Brown and Company — described the author as a former member of the Special Investigative Branch of the Royal Military Police.

“He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry,” the publisher’s website said. “The idea for (protagonist) Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.”

The Sunday Times, curious about who this mystery novelist really was, connected the dots — noting that “he” used an agent, editor, and publisher who had worked with Rowling.

“I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience!” Rowling said in a statement. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.

“The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realizing that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.

“And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

While the novel received praise before the secret was out, the disclosure that Rowling was the author — to little surprise — skyrocketed the book’s sales.

On Amazon.com, sales soared more than 507,000% after Rowling acknowledged being the author.

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Richard Matheson, Author, Screenplay Writer & Science Fiction Legend, Dies At Age 87

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Author Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87 at his home in Calabasas, California his family announced in a private Facebook post Monday.

Matheson’s novels include iconic works like I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come, Hell House and A Stir of Echoes while his short story output has been adapted as everything from episodes of “The Twilight Zone” to the recent big screen sci-fi tale Real Steel. Among his countless contributions to genre storytelling, Matheson penned the original “Star Trek” episode “The Enemy Within” and supplied the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s early telefilm Duel.

Matheson, who was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010, inspired many of the major names in science fiction, fantasy and horror writing. The 1995 reprint of “I Am Legend” featured praise from Ray Bradbury, “Psycho” author Robert Bloch, and Stephen King, who called Matheson “the author who influenced me the most as a writer.” King’s 2006 novel, “Cell,” is dedicated to Matheson.

King paid tribute to Matheson his site today:

“We’ve lost one of the giants of the fantasy and horror genres. From The Beardless Warriors, his brilliant (and largely unread) World War II novel, to The Incredible Shrinking Man and all the wonderful Twilight Zone scripts and stories, Matheson fired the imaginations of three generations of writers. Without his I Am Legend, there would have been no Night of The Living Dead; without Night of The Living Dead, there would have been no Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, or World War Z. 

Matheson wrote the script for Steven Spielberg’s extraordinary film, Duel, and created one of the most brain-freezingly frightening haunted
house novels of the 20th century in Hell House. He fired my imagination by placing his horrors not in European castles and Lovecraftian universes, but in American scenes I knew and could relate to. “I want to do that,” I thought. “I must do that.” Matheson showed the way. In addition to that, he was a gentleman who was always willing to give a young writer
a hand up. I will miss his kindness and erudition. He lived a full life, raised a fine family, and gave us unforgettable stories, novels, TV shows, and movies. That’s good. Nevertheless,

I mourn his loss. A uniquely American voice has been silenced.”

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Watch The Stephen King, John Mellencamp & T Bone Burnett: Meet the Creators Event From The Apple Store In SoHo

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Click HERE to download and watch the conversation that took place on June 3rd at the Apple Store SoHo with Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett, co-creators of the southern gothic supernatural musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.”

This extraordinary collaboration—13 years in the making—is a haunting tale of fraternal love, jealousy, and revenge.

The moderator, Anthony DeCurtis from Rolling Stone talks to the special guests about the inspiration behind the project and the all-star recording, with music and lyrics by Mellencamp, libretto by King, and musical direction by Burnett.

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THE FIRE WIRE Exclusive: Interview With NOS4A2 Author, Joe Hill

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On Tuesday Joe Hill read from his new novel, answered questions and signed books for 150 fans at Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego. This was one of his many stops on a tour to promote NOS4A2, his latest epic.

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Joe was kind enough to allow me to sit down with him at a local Starbucks before the event and ask him a few questions about future projects, summer blockbuster movies and family. I was thrilled to spend a few minutes with one of my favorite authors and found him to be funny, affable, intelligent and just an all around good guy.

THE FIRE WIRE: Joe was purchasing a lemonade with a Starbucks app so I asked if he considered himself a “techie”?

Joe Hill: No not really, although I am a big fan of my iPad and obviously I use twitter quite a bit.

FW: First let me thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. I really appreciate it and want to congratulate you on the new book and tour!

JH: Thanks, happy to do it.

FW: You’re busy wrapping up Locke & Key. Do you have time to read any comics.

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JH: Although I wasn’t a fan of Hawkeye in the Avengers film, his armpit hair seemed way to coifed, I love the comic by Matt Fraction. He writes in a very technical almost schematic way. I am also going back and rereading All Star Superman by Grant Morrison. When I was younger I loved Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Frank Miller before he went crazy.

FW: Let me just say that Locke and Key is what I call an “appointment comic”; the minute I get my hands on a new issue, I have to put everything aside and devour it. I am a little sad that it’s coming to an end and I don’t think things are going to end nicely for the Locke family.

JH: Well the whole family dies in the next issue (evil laugh), oh maybe I shouldn’t have shared that with you.

FW: I read comics on my iPad now, what about you?

JH: Naw, every two weeks or so I hit up the local New Hampshire shop, Jetpack Comics and pick up my books there.

FW: What about eBooks versus traditional books.

JH: I’m not against eBooks but there is something to be said about opening up a real book, it’s tangible. We really made an effort with NOS4A2 to add flourishes that would make the book stand out such as illustrated endpapers, beautiful artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez throughout the novel and a naughty and nice list that people can fill in. I’m touring and visiting independent bookstores and I thought of a great idea that the shop should implement. No one has done this before…a drive up window. The customer would ask for a large order of Horror with a side of Fantasy and they would be handed a bag filled with books that they could read when they got home. Someone should do this!

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FW: Gabe and I have talked on numerous occasions and in my opinion he is one of the best comic illustrators working today. He can pack in so much detail in a tiny panel giving the pages a cinematic feel. (Joe agreed and I could sense that the pair have an excellent working relationship and mutually respect each other.)

Speaking of cinema, are there any summer movie blockbusters that you are excited to check out? Iron Man 3 or Star Trek for instance?

JH: I am a little tired of all the superhero stuff however I am really looking forward to Joss Whedon’s TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. How do you think they are going to bring agent Coulson back. Wouldn’t it be cool if he were the Vision. I loved that character and have a fondness for the Scarlet Witch too.

FW: Although I heard rumors about the Vision, I think Nick Fury had some S.H.I.E.L.D. Neosporin and was able to attend to Coulson’s wound and then created a ruse to force the Avengers to assemble.

FW: How do you feel about these book tours? Do you enjoy them or do they grow tiresome?

JH: I love them. The people and the response to the book has been great! I am so appreciative of anyone that’s willing to sit for an hour and hear me talk about books. I mean Iron Man 3 is playing up the street and there are thousands of great cat videos on the internet.

FW: Between writing comics or fiction, do you have a favorite. If you had to choose one over the other and pick?

JH: I don’t need to do that.

FW: What if you were in a boat and comics and novels were drowning and you could only save one.

JH: C’mon please don’t give me the Sophie’s Choice question. I would pull a Kobayashi Maru, jump in the water save both punch the shark and call it a day.

FW: Let’s talk about the future. Over the next few years you have quite a few projects coming out and I thought we could talk about them. Tell me about WRAITH.

JH: I’ll do my best to tell you what I can. A lot of stuff is under wraps. IDW Publishing will be releasing a 5-issue comic book this summer, titled WRAITH, which explores a place called Christmasland that figures prominently in the novel, NOS4A2. It will be illustrated by Charles Wilson III.

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I’ll be writing a caped superhero character from either DC or Marvel but I can’t say who it is.

FW: Can you tell me if the character is DC or Marvel based?

JH: I can tell you it will be either DC or Marvel.

Once Locke & Key wraps up with two issues of Alpha there will still be future stories about Keyhouse as it was designed to be episodic. You can expect to see Locke & Key Golden Age and Battleground which is a WWII story.

The novel that I am currently working on is The Fireman and that’s all I can share right now.

FW: Is it about me?

JH: Yes, it’s about what makes Larry Fire tick and the dark psychology behind this troubled person.

FW: So, it’s going to be a pamphlet.

JH: Next will be my second short story collection. (Joe’s first short story collection is 20th Century Ghosts)

Gunpowder will have it’s next self contained story titled, “Slave Girls of Gunpowder”. Gunpowder will eventually be 4 books that all tie together to make one large story. Eventually the books will be combined in a single volume.

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Lastly in August, I will release an eBook called, “Twittering From The Circus of The Dead”. It’s a short story that first appeared in The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology.

FW: I recently saw a video of you from the tour. You were in Portland, Maine and you dryly mentioned that your dad was also a writer and if he keeps at it, he might have a future. I got a kick out of that and noticed that your father (Stephen King) was in the audience, just there to support you. Do you talk shop with him or the rest of your family? (Joe’s mother, Tabitha and his brother Owen are also writers)

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JH: Yes sometimes, but not all the time. My family is great and very supportive. We had a normal childhood, after dinner we would all gather in the living room and read and pass around books, so the act of reading was engrained in me at an early age.

FW: I should mention that Joe has collaborated with Stephen King on a few projects such as the IDW graphic novel Road Rage and the short story, “In The Tall Grass” that was published in Esquire.

2013 will be a tremendous year for your family. You’ve just released NOS4A2 and I’ve only read good press about the book. Owen just released his first novel, Double Feature and your Dad has Joyland and the Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep coming out later this year. The King family could dominate the New York Times Best Seller list.

JH: And don’t forget my sister-in-law, Kelly Braffet, she has a wonderful novel called Save Yourself that is due in August. It’s a great book!

FW: Well, again thanks for taking the time to speak with me. I wish you all good things and safe travels on your tour. You made this fan’s day!

JH: I’m glad we could do this!

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Joe’s reading at Mysterious Galaxy Books

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A Beginner’s Guide to: Neil Gaiman

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For fans of the author Neil Gaiman, the idea of needing a beginner’s guide may sound ridiculous: he’s been a cult hero for decades. His novels, short stories, and comic books have won all kinds of awards and prizes. But, in the manner of other genre icons who amassed a specific group of fans prior to mainstream success, his omnipresence might seem sudden to many others.

He has several books coming out over the next few weeks —  Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman (which came out earlier this week, on April 23), Make Good Art (May 14), How to Talk to Girls at Parties (May 18) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (June 18). A BBC radio-play adaptation of his novel Neverwhere premiered in March. And there’s more coming.

So, to clear up any confusion about this prolific author, TIME provided this starter guide for Neil Gaiman.

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An Evening with Neil Gaiman In Glendale, California On June 27, 2013

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Live Talks Los Angeles Presents An Evening with Neil Gaiman in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher discussing his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The event will be on June 27, 2013 at:

The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Tickets prices are as follows:

$42 General Admission includes Gaiman’s new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

$55 Includes Reserved Seating and Gaiman’s new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

$105 includes Premier reserved seating, Pre-event reception and two Gaiman books (The Ocean at the End of the Lane & Make Good Art)

You can order tickets HERE.

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From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers––#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman––comes his first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date.

Neil Gaiman is an English author who now lives in the US. He is the author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008).

In May 2012, Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he urged them to make good art.

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The book Make Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.


Geoff Boucher is a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to EW he was at the Los Angeles Times where he had more than 2,800 stories published and where he most recently covered entertainment. While at the Los Angeles Times, he also created the award-winning website, Hero Complex

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Click HERE to see where else Neil is touring to promote The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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R.I.P. Maine Author Rick Hautala

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It is with heavy heart that I post the news that Rick Hautala died earlier this afternoon at age 64 from an apparent heart attack. I’m stunned, as I know all of his fans, friends and family are.

Rick Hautala had more than thirty published books to his credit, including the million copy, international best-seller Nightstone, as well as Twilight Time, Little Brothers, Cold Whisper, Impulse, and The Wildman. He has also published four novels—The White Room, Looking Glass, Unbroken, and Follow—using the pseudonym A. J. Matthews. His more than sixty published short stories have appeared in national and international anthologies and magazines. His short story collection Bedbugs was selected as one of the best horror books of the year in 2003.

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A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a Master of Art in English Literature (Renaissance and Medieval Literature), Hautala lived in southern Maine with author Holly Newstein. Combined, they have five sons.

I first met Rick when he was the Manager of Bookland at the Maine Mall and we became immediate friends. We attended NECON in its early days and he even made me a character in one of his books. He allowed me to read his manuscripts and provide him with feedback and when I was studying English at USM, he would do the same for me. We would talk about the weeks events and grab General Tso’s chicken at a local Chinese restaurant. I have since moved away from Maine and our contact became less frequent over the past few years but we would still catch up on the phone or chat via email.

Rick was kind, funny and generous and I am truly sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts go out to Rick’s family during this very sad time.

How To Help Rick Hautala’s Loved Ones:

Rick’s sudden death could not have been more untimely. The life of a freelance writer is often one lived on the fringes of financial ruin, and Rick struggled mightily to stay afloat in recent years. Just within the last couple of months, that struggle became difficult enough that he could not afford to continue paying his life insurance bill, and allowed it to lapse.

To make matters worse, Rick’s social security benefits are not available to his wife, author Holly Newstein Hautala, until three years from now. If you were a fan of Rick’s work, or perhaps an author who he inspired, and you’d like to help the family with his final costs, you can donate directly via PayPal to holly_newstein@hotmail.com.

A celebration of Rick Hautala’s life will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the American Legion Hall on Dunn Street in Westbrook, Maine, from 3 to 7 PM. All who can make it are cordially invited to come and share their memories and laughter with Rick’s friends and family.

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USA Today Talks To Author Owen King

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When you’re the youngest son of Stephen King, the master of literary horror, and your first novel is about a famous father and a rebellious, resentful son, you know the questions you’ll be asked.

Owen King, 36, is almost apologetic when he says that the father and son in his novel, Double Feature (Scribner), to be released Tuesday, are in no way based on himself and his dad or their relationship.

USA Today Talks To Author Owen King and you can read the article and watch the video HERE.

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How To Order A Signed Copy of Owen King’s Debut Novel, “Double Feature”

Owen King’s novel Double Feature will be released on May 19th and you can order a signed copy from Oblong Books & Music. To pre-order a signed book for $26, please click HERE.

Double Feature is an epic debut novel about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film.

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Neil Gaiman Announces Final Book Tour

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Neil Gaiman has announced that his next book-signing tour will be his last. He’ll be heading out in 2013 to sign copies of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” which hits shelves June 18, traveling around the U.S. and the U.K..

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This will be his final book-signing tour because, for Gaiman, recent book-signings have turned into overly long affairs. In 2009, a reading and book-signing he did in Georgia had some fans waiting almost seven hours.

“Once the Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is over, I do not think I will do any more book signing tours,” Gaiman wrote on his blog Tuesday. “I’m going to try and make this tour the glorious last US book signing tour, and then stop doing book signing tours for good.”

Gaiman is the author of many award-winning books for children, teens and young adults; he has written fiction, graphic novels and comics, children’s books and films. He’s recently been working on adapting his novel “American Gods” for HBO, and has two books coming out in 2013.

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Justin Cronin’s Paperback Release of The Passage Book Tour

Author Justin Cronin will be embarking on another book tour soon. This time it’s to commemorate the release of the paperback edition of The Passage.  Dates, times and locations can be found HERE.

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