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New Stephen King Short Story ‘On Slide Inn Road’ Featured In The Oct/Nov Issue of Esquire Magazine

The Oct/Nov issue of Esquire Magazine features a new short story by Stephen King titled, “On Slide Inn Road”.

It was supposed to be a family road trip to visit an aging relative. Then the car got stuck in a muddy rut and, well – these things never turn out well, do they? 

The legendary architect of your worst nightmares delivers another shocking short story you won’t soon forget.

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Mr. Mercedes Behind The Scenes With Stephen King

Peacock has shared a new Mr. Mercedes video with author Stephen King taking viewers behind-the-scenes of the crime-thriller drama series based on his bestselling Bill Hodges novel trilogy. Seasons 1 and 2 of the series are available to stream now on Peacock.

Mr. Mercedes follows a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer (Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes) through a series of letters and e-mails, causing him to set out on a dangerous and potentially felonious crusade to protect his loved ones and himself.

The series stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Mary-Louise Parker, Holland Taylor, Justine Lupe, Breeda Wool, Scott Lawrence, Ann Cusack, Jack Huston, Tessa Ferrer, Maximiliano Hernández, and Nancy Travis.

Mr. Mercedes is written by King, David E. Kelley, and Dennis Lehane and directed by Jack Bender. The Temple Hill Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment production is executive produced by King, Kelley, Bender, and Lehane.

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Easton Press The Golden Age of DC Comics

The ultimate guide to the heyday of DC Comics from 1935 to 1956, in a leather-bound edition…

The greatest heroes in DC Comics history – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and many, many others – in the celebrated appearances that brought them fame. Illustrated in full color with cover art, panel illustrations, photographs and film stills.

Order HERE for $141.

Features include:

– Fully bound in genuine leather
– 22kt gold deeply inlaid on the “hubbed” spine
– Superbly printed on acid-neutral paper that lasts for generations
– Sewn pages – not just glued like ordinary books
– Satin-ribbon page marker
– Stained page ends
– Book size is 5 7/16″ x 7 3/4″
– 672 pages

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Suntup Editions Stephen King Finders Keepers Covers Collection Print By Sam Weber

Last month, Suntup Editions released a print of Sam Weber’s first edition cover art for the novel, Mr. Mercedes. This month, they present a second beautiful print from Sam Weber, the art from the first edition cover of Stephen King’s Finders Keepers.

Published on June 2, 2015, nearly one year after the release of Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers is the second novel in what would later be known as The Bill Hodges Trilogy. According to a 2014 tweet from Stephen King, the author had finished the first draft of Finders Keepers before Mr. Mercedes was even published. Sam Weber’s depiction of raining blood from the Mr. Mercedes cover carries over here, this time with an open book in the foreground, as the story centers around the murder of a reclusive writer.

All prints are hand-signed by Sam Weber. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 40 signed copies per size, worldwide.

Order HERE.

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Stephen King’s TV Reign: The Author Discusses Mr. Mercedes, The Stand, And The Outsider

With America experiencing what’s objectively its most terrifying year of the 21st century, it’s perhaps only appropriate that the master of horror is having one of his best.

Stephen King may be well into his fourth decade as a blockbuster storyteller, yet TV adaptations of his work have never been more popular. There’s HBO’s stealth breakout The Outsider, which launched in January; CBS All Access’ take on King’s suddenly timely pandemic classic The Stand which premieres in December, and Audience Network’s adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges crime novel trilogy Mr. Mercedes, which moves to its new home on Peacock on Thursday, Oct. 15. Not to mention, King released another best-selling book this year (a quartet of novellas under the title If It Bleeds) and has two more planned for 2021.

Entertainment Weekly spoke with King about all his TV projects and, of course, dipped a bit into politics as well. We start with Mr. Mercedes, a series that received strong praise from critics (with a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes) yet reached relatively few viewers on the now-defunct Audience Network. King hopes the drama will have a better shot at finding mainstream success when its first two seasons come to Peacock this week.

“I’m so happy that Peacock is doing this because I felt like with Mr. Mercedes at AT&T we had brought a stadium show to a folk club,” King says. “Now people are going to get a chance to see it.”

Read the interview HERE.

The highlight of the interview was that King will have a second book coming out in 2020…

EW: You have a Hard Case Crime book, titled Later, coming in 2021. But I look at your website pretty regularly and it’s unusual for you not to have at least two upcoming books on your site. And so I’m wondering if there is another new title you’re working on that you can tease?

King: There will be two next year. I don’t want people to get used to that or think that that’s the norm. It’s not. But it’s just the way things happened. So there is another, but I don’t want to say anything about it yet.

No word yet on the book title or subject matter but THE FIRE WIRE will be sure to post about it as soon as the information becomes available!

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The Peanuts Book

From the backyard to outer space, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts has been charming the world for more than 70 years.

In this celebration of Schulz and his beloved work, explore rarely seen sketches, influential comic strips, and collectors’ artifacts. Pore over evolving artworks of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang. Chart the rich history of Peanuts as it grew to become the world’s favorite comic, and travel from 1950 to the present day, from California to Japan. Every page of this visual guide is an exhibition to treasure. Discover the enduring and nostalgic charm of Peanuts in this stunning anniversary book.

With a foreword by Stephen Colbert, you can order the 200 page hardcover book HERE.

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CBS All Access Presents The Stand Trailer Based On The Stephen King Novel

CBS All Access has released the full trailer for their highly-anticipated limited series adaptation of The Stand, based on Stephen King‘s post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel of the same name. The video features the last survivors of the apocalypse as they try to choose which side they’ll stand with Whoopi Goldberg’s Mother Abigail guiding them through the right path while Alexander Skarsgard’s Randall Flagg will do everything he can to persuade them to turn to darkness.

The 9-episode series adaptation of Stephen King’s novel from writers Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, The New Mutants) and Ben Cavell (SEAL Team), reveals that this is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after, a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

The Stand will feature a star-studded cast that includes James Marsden (Westworld) as Stu Redman, Amber Heard (Aquaman) as Nadine Cross, Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) as Randall Flagg, Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets) as Glen Bateman, Whoopi Goldberg (Nobody’s Fool) as Mother Abigail, Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) as Frannie Goldsmith, Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Lloyd Henreid, Henry Zaga (The New Mutants) as Nick Andros, Jovan Adepo (Overlord) as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague (IT) as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke (Orange Is the New Black) as Tom Cullen, Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) as Cobb, a new character, Katherine McNamara (Arrow) as Julie Lawry, Eion Bailey (Band of Brothers) as Teddy Weizak, Hamish Linklater (Legion) as Dr. Ellis and Heather Graham (The Hangover) as Rita Blakemoor.

King wrote the 10th and final episode of the series, which will reportedly include a new “coda” to the story that wasn’t part of the author’s novel. Boone will also direct the series for CBS Television Studios. Boone, Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Richard P. Rubinstein, and Cavell will executive produce. Will Weiske and Miri Yoon will co-executive produce with Owen King serving as producer.

The Stand will premiere on CBS All Access on Thursday, December 17

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Lividian Publications Announces New Limited Edition Book: The Night Country By Stewart O’Nan

Lividian Publications is pleased to announce a deluxe signed and slipcased Limited Edition hardcover of The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan, which is being offered as a “Preorder Only Limited Edition,” meaning the orders received between October 9 and October 31 will set the print run!

This deluxe special edition is being lavishly crafted with collectors and readers alike in mind. Exclusive to the slipcased Limited Edition is a “lost” introduction by the author and a new afterword by Paul Tremblay, plus eleven original black and white illustrations and a beautiful full-color wrap-around dust jacket painting by François Vaillancourt.

The retail price for this signed and slipcased Limited Edition is $85, and the print run will be determined by the preorders received by Lividian Publications and authorized retailers between October 9, 2020 and October 31, 2020. The orders will ship in June 2021.

About the Book:

Stewart O’Nan’s classic tale of small town life and Halloween hauntings is back in print as a beautiful signed and slipcased Limited Edition hardcover from Lividian Publications.

At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of the passengers. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.

A strange and unsettling ghost story, The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle’s mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.

Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town’s bad high school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy. As in his highly-prized Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, once again Stewart O’Nan gives us an intimate look at people trying to hold on to hope, and the consequences when they fail.

Special Features:

– Eleven black and white interior illustrations by François Vaillancourt
– A beautiful full-color wrap-around dust jacket painting by François Vaillancourt
– “The World That Matters,” an introduction by Stewart O’Nan that has never appeared in any other edition
– An original afterword by Paul Tremblay written exclusively for our edition
– Offset printed on an acid-free archival quality paper stock
– A fine leatherette binding
– Hot foil stamping on the front cover and spine
– Smyth-sewn to create a more durable binding
– Twine head and tail bands
– High-quality endpapers
– Sewn-in satin ribbon page marker
– Signed by Stewart O’Nan, François Vaillancourt, and Paul Tremblay
– Custom-made slipcase stamped with hot foil and featuring a unique die-cut window
– Limited to the number of copies preordered in October 2020, never to be reprinted!

Pre-order the book HERE.

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Author Ernest Cline Reveals Ready Player Two Plot Details

During New York Comic Con, author Ernest Cline revealed plot details for his upcoming sequel Ready Player One, which comes out in hardcover, ebook, and on audiobook on November 24 from Penguin Random House.

Cline, who also produced and co-wrote the adapted screenplay for 2018’s Ready Player One based on his first book in the series, sent the details to Wil Wheaton who was moderating the panel for NYCC. Wheaton, who will also be narrating the sequel’s audiobook, shared the following from Cline:

“Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous–and addictive–then even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest–a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance. Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.”

The original novel made its debut back in 2011 and was an instant hit, reaching No. 1 and spending more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. The 2018 film adaptation grossed $582 million worldwide, which made it Steven Spielberg’s highest-grossing film since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. who left his immense fortune and total control of the OASIS to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends—known as the High Five—are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.

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A Scanner Darkly Artist Gift Edition Book By Philip K. Dick Now Available For Pre-Order From Suntup Editions

Razor sharp in its depiction of drug-induced paranoia and madness, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is as unnerving as it is riveting.

Set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the then-future of June 1994, Substance D is the most toxic drug to ever find its way onto the streets. The drug destroys the links between the brain’s two hemispheres, causing, first, disorientation, and then irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor is an undercover narcotics agent desperate to discover the ultimate source of supply, but to find any kind of lead he has to pose as a user, and inevitably, become one as addicted as those he works among.

First published in 1977, A Scanner Darkly received the 1978 BSFA Award for Best Novel, and the Graouilly d’Or Award upon the novel’s 1979 publication in France. In 2006,  writer/director Richard Linklater shot a live-action film, starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder, and then animated over the underlying images creating an eerily lifelike and richly detailed animated film adaptation.

A Scanner Darkly is steeped in an insider’s knowledge of 1960s drug culture. Philip K. Dick once stated of the novel, “Everything in A Scanner Darkly, I actually saw.” Based largely on his own experiences and the many friends he met and lost along the way, A Scanner Darkly is Philip K. Dick’s deeply personal exploration on the fragility of identity, how we choose to define ourselves, and how easily that definition can be altered and obliterated.

Features:

– 6” x 9” trim size
– 320 Pages
– Limited to 750 copies
– New exclusive introduction by Carrie Vaughn
– Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding
– Two hits foil stamping
– Six full color illustrations by Vanessa Lemen
– Dust jacket with stunning wrap-around artwork by Vanessa Lemen (the only edition featuring the dust jacket.)
– Signed by Vanessa Lemen.
– Housed in a paper covered slipcase
– Bookmark with all pre-orders

Order the book HERE for $125.

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