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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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