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Watch The Witcher Teaser Trailer 

Straight from their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Netflix has released the teaser trailer for The Witcher.

Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

The series stars Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, 17-year-old Allan as Ciri, Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Mimi Ndiweni as fledgling sorceress Fringilla, Sabrina as Therica Wilson-Read, Millie Brady as outcast Princess Renfri, Adam Levy as the druid Mousesack, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Queen Calanthe’s husband, the knight Eist and MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, head of the magical academy.

The Witcher series for Netflix will be based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, of which there are eight, which themselves formulated the popular Witcher games franchise which has since spawned a comic book series and a tabletop game. The book series was previously adapted for television in Poland.

Schmidt Hissrich will serve as executive producer and showrunner for The Witcher. She’s known for her work (writing and co-executive producing) on The Defenders, Daredevil, and Power. Sean Daniel is set to executive produce under the Sean Daniel Company with his partner Jason Brown. Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Image will executive produce as well.

The series will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2020.

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Watch The New IT Chapter Two Trailer

New Line Cinema has released the new IT Chapter Two trailer for the final part in the Stephen King horror saga.

The main cast of IT: Chapter Two includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak, The Martian) as Beverly, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon, Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan and, of course, the return of Bill Skarsgård as the clown Pennywise.

The second part of IT is written by Gary Dauberman from the book by Stephen King and is directed once again by Andy Muschietti. The sequel will hit theaters on September 6 of this year.

IT debuted in September of last year to the tune of $123.1 million on opening weekend, the highest opening weekend ever for a September release, for a fall release, and for a horror movie. It clocked in just $9 million behind Deadpool for the second-highest opening for an R-rated movie. The film earned over $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

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SK Tours of Maine Publishes Full Color, Pocket-Sized Guidebook To Stephen King’s Bangor, Maine

SK Tours of Maine has published a guidebook to the Stephen King’s fictional “Derry, Maine” from his novel “IT”. A full color, pocket sized guidebook retailing for #11.95, the photo illustrated book is 128 pages. It is tilted SK Tours of Maine: Locales Made Famous By Stephen King.

Available exclusively from SK Tours of Maine, the book is drawn from ten years of taking King fans from around the world on a twice-daily tour of Bangor, King’s hometown and geographical inspiration for one of his most popular novels, “IT”.

The book is available by mail order only. It is now shipping worldwide. For more information about the book, contact Stu Tinker via email at: SK-Tours@msn.com.

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Stephen King & Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties Comes To IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the early 2020 launch of Sleeping Beauties, a captivating comic book series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King. Author Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) will adapt the rich narrative of Sleeping Beauties to a ten-issue limited series under the watchful gaze of Stephen and Owen.

“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties,” says Owen King. “We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing.”

To which co-author Stephen King adds, “We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format.”

Sleeping Beauties explores a world where women have sunken into a deep, cocooned slumber, their dreams taking them to an idyllic other place. They can only wake if disturbed, which results in violent, feral behavior. Meanwhile, the men have inherited the Earth, their society devolving into barbarism. Provocative and absorbing, Sleeping Beauties is a gripping dark fantasy of gender dynamics, individuality, and toxic masculinity.

“To work on anything with the King name attached is surreal, dizzying, and somewhat terrifying,” says Youers. “As soon as my feet touch terra firma, I will focus on my goal: to stay true to the novel’s spirit, and to deliver a page-turning, visually impacting experience that will appeal to readers of both Stephen and Owen King’s fiction, and to comics fans the world over.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to work on Sleeping Beauties,” says Sampson. “The story is very suggestive for interesting art, with magical themes interwoven through a very real place setting in Appalachia, and the opportunity to draw some truly diverse people. Places, spaces, gender, bodies, character, relationships, political themes, emotions, a challenging (and almost certainly innovative) design job, and a great story – it’s all here. I cannot wait to share what we are making.”

“There was something magical about the combination of Stephen King’s and Owen King’s specific skills on the pages of the Sleeping Beauties novel, an alchemy that resulted in a story so of the moment and yet so timeless,” says IDW President & Publisher, Chris Ryall. “Rio and Allison are fashioning a graphic retelling that synthesizes that same sense of wonder while very much making the comic its own thing entirely. We’re ecstatic to be doing this with all involved.”

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New Poster For Shudder’s Creepshow Series Revealed

Shudder has revealed a brand new poster for executive producer Greg Nicotero’s upcoming horror anthology series Creepshow, featuring the reboot’s newest version of the Creep, who will be the one to narrate the 12 terrifying stories of the six-episode season.

The 12 segments will be based on stories written by acclaimed horror writers and directors consists of:

– “All Hallows Eve,” written by Bruce Jones and directed by John Harrison
– “Bad Wolf Down,” written and directed by Rob Schrab
– “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” adapted by Jason Ciaramella from a story by Joe Hill and directed by Tom Savini
– “The Companion,” adapted by Matt Venne from a story by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, and directed by Dave Bruckner
– “The Finger,” written by David J. Schow and directed by Greg Nicotero
– “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi from a story by Stephen King and directed by Greg Nicotero
– “The House of the Head,” written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and directed by John Harrison
– “Lydia Layne’s Better Half,” adapted by John Harrison from a story written by John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
– “The Man in the Suitcase,” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
– “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito and directed by John Harrison
– “Skincrawlers,” written by Paul Dini & Stephen Langford, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin
– “Times is Tough in Musky Holler,” directed by John Harrison which was based on the shorty story by writers John Skipp and Dori Miller

The series will feature Original Creepshow star Adrianne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) Tobin Bell (Saw), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer), David Arquette (Scream franchise), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion) and DJ Qualls (Supernatural).

The original 1982 Creepshow was directed by George A. Romero from a screenplay by Stephen King that paid tribute to the EC horror comics (ala “Tales From the Crypt”) of the 1950’s. The film featured stars such as Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and Ed Harris, and grossed $21 million at the box office. It was followed by a sequel in 1987, directed by the first film’s cinematographer Michael Gornick from a screenplay by Romero, once again based on short stories by King, grossing $14 million.

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Suntup Editions To Publish Covers Collection Print of The UK Cover of Christine By Gerry Grace

Suntup Editions announces their fourth print by artist Gerry Grace in The Covers Collection. In the past year, Suntup has published prints of Gerry’s art from the U.K. covers of IT, The Long Walk, and Pet Sematary. This month, they will bring you his cover art from the U.K. edition of Christine. 

Published in 1983, Christine is Stephen King’s iconic tale of a 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural forces. Gerry Grace’s artwork was used not only for the 1st U.K. edition cover, but the paperback as well. The paperback boasted a red background instead of the black background previously published in hardcover.

These prints are hand-signed by Gerry Grace. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 signed copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 50 copies of each size worldwide, plus 3 Artist Proofs and – 3 Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free, Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.
– Release Date: August 1, 2019

Available for Pre-Order: July 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″ $175
Small Size: 11″ x 17″ $100

Order HERE.

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Six Foot Press To Publish Bill Sienkiewicz: Revolution, Vol. 1 This October

For forty years, the name Bill Sienkiewicz has been synonymous with groundbreaking, genre-pushing artwork. Since exploding on the scene in the pages of Moon Knight, and continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible in comic book art in titles like The New Mutants, Daredevil, and Elektra: Assassin, Sienkiewicz has built a reputation as of the most respected, original, and, unpredictable artists to ever work in comic books. To honor the career of a true artistic original, Six Foot Press will publish Bill Sienkiewicz: Revolution, Vol. I in October 2019, in both standard Trade Edition and Limited Edition formats, with two more volumes planned to follow. 

“Revolution features a ton of artwork,” said Sienkiewicz. “A lot that people have seen, and plenty from my private notebooks that they have never seen. And that’s just Volume I!” 

Bill Sienkiewicz: Revolution, Vol. I (Trade Edition) features a fabric-wrapped, foil-stamped cover and contains over 200 pages of art, as well as an introduction by best-selling writer Neil Gaiman, an interview with Sienkiewicz, and an essay by Ben Davis, award-winning Senior Writer for Artnet News, who examines Sienkiewicz’s process and places him within the context of art and popular culture.

“Bill Sienkiewicz is a great comic book artist and a great artist, period,” Davis said. “He’s both mastered the visual storytelling of costumed heroics and hatched works of the most singularly weird, personal, and tough-to-categorize kind. Sometimes Sienkiewicz has actually done both at once—which in my opinion is what makes him really great. Just exactly how he’s pulled off this trick is what we try to show in this book, so I hope the result has something new to offer art snobs and super fans alike.”

The Limited Edition is a fabric-covered clamshell box containing a collection of 40 individual deluxe reproductions of previously unpublished paintings, drawings, sketches, and mixed media works from four decades of Sienkiewicz’s notebooks and personal collection as well as other private collections. A booklet signed by the artist will include an introduction by Neil Gaiman and an interview in which Sienkiewicz explains his influences and techniques and offers his view on the future of comic book art.

“Bill’s work has served to revolutionize the comic book industry. But he is a fine artist whose experimental techniques and unusual mixing of mediums deserve serious consideration by the larger art world,” explains Charles Kim, Publisher of Six Foot Press and former Associate Publisher of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. “This three-volume series will give us the chance to explore his output from a new perspective.”

Bill Sienkiewicz: Revolution, Vol. I will be released in October 2019. The Trade and Limited Editions are available now for pre-order at sienkiewiczrevolution.com.

Attendees of Comic-Con International 2019 can stop by the Bill Sienkiewicz Art booth (#2614) to receive a code for free shipping on pre-orders of Bill Sienkiewicz Revolution, Vol. I. 

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Watch The First Teaser Trailer For Widow’s Point

Here is the first teaser trailer for Widow’s Point the supernatural thriller starring Craig Sheffer, based on the book by RIchard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar, written for the screen and directed by Gregory Lamberson.

Here is a synopsis of the novella that was published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Longtime residents of Harper’s Cove believe that something is wrong with the Widow’s Point Lighthouse. Some say it’s cursed. Others claim it’s haunted.

Originally built in 1838, three workers were killed during the lighthouse’s construction, including one who mysteriously plunged to his death from the catwalk. That tragic accident was never explained, and it was just the beginning of the terror. In the decades that followed, nearly two dozen additional deaths occurred in or around the lighthouse including cold-blooded murder, suicide, unexplained accidents and disappearances, the slaughter of an entire family, and the inexplicable death of a Hollywood starlet who was filming a movie on the grounds.

The lighthouse was finally shuttered tight in 1988 and a security fence was erected around the property. No one has been inside since.

Until tonight.

Thomas Livingston is the acclaimed author of thirteen books about the supernatural and this evening he will enter the Widow’s Point Lighthouse, searching for material for his next bestseller. He will be locked inside for the weekend with no way of contacting the outside world. And although no human has stepped foot inside the structure in nearly three decades, Livingston will not be alone.

In this remarkable collaboration, father and son writing team, Richard and Billy Chizmar, combine forces to tell a chilling ghost story that will make you think twice about what is waiting for you in the dark. 

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Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con Bonus Issue Cover Story Features IT Chapter Two

Get an exclusive look at IT: Chapter Two in Entertainment Weekly’s special Comic-Con International bonus issue, distributed throughout the weekend in San Diego.

IT: Chapter Two (out September 6), the sequel to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 film IT was adapted from Stephen King’s classic novel. The movie starred a group of misfit kids — who dubbed themselves the Losers’ Club — battling a child-slaying supernatural entity who reveals himself to his prey as a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Despite initial doubts from horror fans that Skarsgård could match Tim Curry’s iconic performance as the fanged entertainer in the much-loved 1990 It miniseries, the Swedish actor and the Losers’ Club turned out to be winners, with the $35 million-budget film praised by critics and going on to gross $700 million at the global box office.

It: Chapter Two is set 27 years after the events of its predecessor, as Pennywise returns to the streets — and sewer drains — of the fictional New England town of Derry to slay more children…unless the Losers’ Club can stop him. The young cast of the first IT was, unsurprisingly, in large part made up of unknowns, with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, who played the wiseacre Richie, the best known of the bunch. Chapter Two, in contrast, boasts several high-profile actors, including Jessica Chastain, who plays Beverly, the lone woman in the Losers’ Club; Bill Hader as Richie; Sinister franchise actor James Ransone as the grown-up version of the supposedly sickly Eddie; and James Mc­Avoy as Bill, who lost his younger brother, Georgie, to Pennywise in the first film.

The Muschiettis cast Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake) as Ben, Andy Bean (Swamp Thing) as Stanley, and Isaiah Mustafa (Shadowhunters, the Old Spice commercials) as Mike, the one member of the Losers’ Club to remain in Derry, who now works as a librarian. 

Read more HERE.

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It’s Christmas In July When NOS4A2 Makes Comic-Con Debut

Christmas comes early this year as AMC’s new supernatural horror series makes its debut at Comic-Con with a panel on Saturday, July 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm in Room 6A.

Stars Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings will appear on the panel, plus showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien, and author and executive producer Joe Hill. The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Clark Collis.

NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen (Cummings), a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx (Quinto). Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

Based on Joe Hill’s 2013 best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 stars Emmy-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jahkara Smith.

Watch the latest episodes now. The Full Season 1 is available now for AMC Premiere subscribers on amc.com and the AMC App for mobile and devices

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