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The Christmas Star By Christopher Fahy

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Here is the perfect suggestion for a holiday gift, The Christmas Star by Christopher Fahy. This heartwarming holiday story of life changing events, finds one man in a unique situation to discover what life is truly about.

When a man is rescued from his snow bank car accident, he meets a family that doesn’t have much, but indeed has everything. His self discovery with this family brings us the wonderful and enlightening tale of The Christmas Star. Real estate mogul Russell Dodge has coveted Maine’s pristine Sheffield Peak for years, so when its owner finally decides to sell, Dodge hurries to Maine to close the deal right before Christmas. On his drive to the plane that will take him back to Manhattan, he daydreams about his plans to turn the Peak into an opulent ski resort with a three hundred room hotel, two restaurants, a health club, condos and much more. Euphoric, he takes narrow Sheffield road to the airport instead of the highway in order to catch one more look at his prize—a fateful decision that sparks a traumatic turn of events that sends him into a very different world from the one he has always known, a world where people don’t have much—just everything that matters—and makes him question the way he has always lived.

A tale of hope, love and humanity.

The 102 page book can be ordered HERE in paperback or on Kindle.

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Stephen King & Peter Straub To Write Talisman 3 In 2015

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Yesterday at a reading in Washington, DC, Stephen King provided some news  regarding the long awaited third Talisman book.

King confirmed that the series was intended to be a trilogy and that he had already worked out the framework for the third book. King and Straub plan on writing Talisman 3 in 2015.

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The Talisman is a 1984 fantasy novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer embarks on an epic quest–a walk from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the California coast–to find the talisman that will save his dying mother’s life. Jack’s journey takes him into the Territories, a parallel medieval universe, where most people from his own universe have analogs called “twinners.” The queen of the Territories, Jack’s mother’s twinner, is also dying.

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King and Straub followed up in 2001 with a sequel, Black House. In this sequel to The Talisman, Jack Sawyer is now in his late thirties and has taken early retirement from the LAPD, retreating to a small town in Wisconsin. He has no memory of his adventures as a twelve-year-old boy, when he traveled into a parallel universe in search of the talisman that would save his mother’s life. A series of murders involving young children force him out of retirement. There is more to these cases than murder, though, and Jack must retrieve his childhood memories to rescue the latest victim, who is coveted by the killer’s evil overlord, a powerful force from End-World, in Roland the gunslinger’s universe.

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Scary Monsters & Superfreaks: The World of Stephen King, A to Z

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In honor of the Master of Horror’s latest novel ‘Revival’ hitting shelves today, Rolling Stone breaks down Stephen King’s work from Annie Wilkes to Zihuatanejo. Check it out HERE.

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YA Dystopian Book to Film Trends

Anyone who loves movies would be hard pressed to miss out on the current trend of turning young adult (YA) novels into films. Though this has been done for years, the success of the Harry Potter films kicked off a new trend in making the transition from the page to the silver screen. Here are a few recent and Upcoming YA Books that have been translated to Film:

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1) The Hunger Games: Yes, this is a series but they all belong in a category together. No YA book to film list would be complete without putting this one at the top. It deserves this prestigious position because of the overwhelming success of the films. The first film was released in 2012 and became a hit overnight, breaking through the box office with expected success but overwhelming reception. The success of the film was eclipsed by the release of the sequel, Catching Fire, in 2013.

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Part 1 of Mockingjay is due out soon, and fans are chomping at the bit to fall in line. After watching the new Hunger Games trailer, who wouldn’t be excited? It promises to be even more exciting than the previous two films, even if we have to swallow it in small doses.

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2) Divergent: The success of this YA dystopian fantasy is not expected to touch that of the Hunger Games, but it is much anticipated either way. Some critics are skeptical about how well the series will translate to the screen because the series felt terribly flat on the page. Producers are hopeful that the series will be visually stunning and that the plot will drive the audience back for more. The outlook is hopeful overall for this series, and the trailer makes it look promising as well.

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3) The Uglies: Another YA dystopian fantasy where one person fights against the system for the sake of everyone (and herself). The film rights were purchased in 2011, but the production was continually pushed back. This could be in part due to the overwhelming failure of producer John Davis’ adaptation of the YA novel Eragon years before that. Regardless of what the reason for delay was, the success of YA dystopian films has put this adaptation back on the table. No news yet on a release date.

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4) The Giver: The novel was published in 1993, and only in the last few years has the film adaptation been proposed, developed, and eventually filmed. Unlike some of the others, The Giver starts as more of a Utopian society, and it isn’t until the film dives into the deeper plot that the truth is revealed. The film was released in August, and while it wasn’t a smash like the Hunger Games, it grossed $45 million in the box office.

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5) The Queen of Tearling: Not much information is officially released about this book to film adaptation; however, actress Emma Watson is signed on to star in and executive produce the film. The Queen of Tearling is a YA dystopian novel actually set in a fantasy background. Critics say that it is akin to a female version of Game of Thrones. Regardless of what they call it, the film will be anticipated much like the Hunger Games, thanks to the star of the film.

This trend of YA dystopian books to film is in full steam, and the end is not clearly visible yet. More books are purchased but not yet slated for production. They may never be, but the trend will stand as long as the films continue to succeed.

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Stephen King Announces A New Short Story Collection, “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” To Be Released In 2015

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Stephen King has been doing press to promote his upcoming novel, Revival which is due in stores on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

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The prolific author announced 2 future books, a follow up to Mr. Mercedes and a new short story collection. The follow up to Mr. Mercedes is titled Finders Keepers and is due on June 2, 2015.

King also announced, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of 20 short stories also due in 2015.

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Jack Torrance By Nick Comparone

I befriended artist Nick Comparone at a Hero Complex Gallery art show and mentioned to him that I was a huge Stephen King fan and would love him to paint a piece for me reflecting the prolific author’s work.

This Jack Torrance painting arrived in the mail today. Nick paints on actual book pages and cleverly chose the “REDRUM” page. Thank you so much Nick for the gorgeous piece which I will cherish forever; it will be placed amongst my Stephen King collection of books.

For more information about Nick and his work, please click HERE.

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Cemetery Dance Publications Invites You To Visit Stephen King Revisited

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Cemetery Dance Publications invites readers everywhere to the launch of StephenKingRevisited.com, a massive new project unlike anything the horror and suspense publisher has undertaken in their twenty-five years in publishing.

Starting this Halloween, Cemetery Dance founder and publisher Richard Chizmar will begin re-reading ALL of Stephen King’s books in the order of publication, starting with Carrie, and posting his thoughts about the experience.

“Like many longtime readers,” Chizmar explains in his first post on the site, “I can chart the course of my life by when and where I read most of Stephen King’s books. Re-reading Christine recently (when writing an afterword for an anniversary edition) inspired the project was like traveling back to my youth in a time machine.  I turned the pages, and I was a teenager again, carrying around a tattered, old paperback.  Experiencing the novel for the first time. It felt like a kind of magic.  And I wanted to do it again.”

When Chizmar asked Stephen King what he thought of the idea of him re-reading all of the books in order, King replied, “You should blog about it” and “go for it!”

After each re-read, Chizmar will post his thoughts on StephenKingRevisited.com.  Readers are encouraged to read along and share their own thoughts, including their memories of where they were when they first read each book.

For readers who are interested in behind the scenes information about King’s unprecedented career, author Bev Vincent will be writing a historical context post for each title, including insightful anecdotes about the writing and publication history of the book.

In addition, special guest contributors who are well known to Stephen King readers will be providing their own take on the books.  Some of the first guest contributors include Michael Koryta (author of So Cold the River and Those Who Wish to Kill Me), Josh Boone (director and writer of the films The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love, and two forthcoming Stephen King projects, Lisey’s Story and The Stand), and Jack Ketchum (author of The Lost, The Woman, and I’m Not Sam).

Stephen King Revisited can be found at StephenKingRevisited.com and Cemetery Dance Publications can be followed on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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Criterion Designs Art Book To Be Released On November 25, 2014

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The most exciting names in design and illustration today apply their talents to some of the most important and influential films of all time. This 306 page hardcover volume gathers highlights from designs commissioned by the Criterion Collection, featuring covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art plus a gallery of every Criterion cover since the collection’s first laserdisc in 1984. From avant-garde experiments to big-budget blockbusters, cult favorites to the towering classics of world cinema, the depth and breadth of what film can be is on display in these striking images. Whether painstakingly faithful re-creations or bold re-imaginings, the stunningly diverse designs collected here offer new ways for cinephiles and design aficionados alike to engage with the world’s greatest filmmakers.

The complete list of featured artists are:

Aesthetic Apparatus, Michael Allred, Eric Chase Anderson, Marian Bantjes, Michael Boland, Vera Brosgol, Evan Bryce, Art Chantry, Daniel Clowes, Tavis Coburn, Josh Cochran, Jorge Coelho, Darwyn Cooke, Béatrice Coron, Rodrigo Corral, Jordan Crane, Akiko Crowther, Fred Davis, Jack Davis, Paul Davis, Ian Dingman, David Downton, Ming Doyle, Laurent Durieux, Marcel Dzama, Marc English, Malika Favre, Gary Fernandez, Sean Freeman, John Gall, Robert Goodin, Geoff Grandfield, Turlo Griffin, Polly Guo, Sarah Habibi, Jason Hardy, Jaime Hernandez, Jessica Hische, Samuel Hiti, Human After All, Robert Hunt, Paul Jackson, Meredith Jenks, Rob Jones, Neil Kellerhouse, Victor Kerlow, Matt Kindt, Frank Kozik, Caitlin Kuhwald, Yann Legendre, Patrick Leger, Ron Lesser, Luba Lukova, Ha C. Ly, Andrew MacLean, Gregory Manchess, Benjamin Marra, David Merveille, F. Ron Miller, Scott Morse, Bill Nelson, Yuri Ono, Sean Phillips, David Plunkert, Paul Pope, Jesse Marinoff Reyes, Jim Rugg, Greg Ruth, Seth, Leanne Shapton, Jay Shaw, Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Eric Skillman, Sam Smith, Edward Sorel, Jhomar Soriano, Tyler Stout, Jillian Tamaki, Adrian Tomine, Riccardo Vecchio, Maurice Vellekoop, Ricardo Venâncio, Angie Wang, Barnaby Ward, Sam Weber, Kent Williams, Connor Willumsen, Ron Wimberly, George Wu, Lucien S. Y. Yang, Kate Zambrano, Danijel Zezelj, Vania Zouravlio

More information about Criterion Designs can be found HERE.

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Read An Excerpt From Stephen King’s New Book Revival

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Stephen King’s new book Revival, in stores on November 11, 2014 is a modern-day Frankenstein story about a electricity-obsessed minister that turns on God after his family dies and his five-decade relationship with a drug-added rock guitarist.

“I’ve had the idea for this book since I was a kid,” says King. “I drew a lot of inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I wanted to make the story as warm as possible, because the best way to scare people is to really make the reader care about these characters.”

Read the excerpt HERE.

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Star Wars Reads Day Strikes Back On October 11, 2014

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Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force.

Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.

“With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time,” says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, William Shakespeare’s Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).

For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook.

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