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Stephen King On “The Outsider” & Where He Gets His Story Ideas

Stephen King, the “King of Horror,” has published more than 50 best-selling titles over the past 44 years. His latest, “The Outsider,” explores the idea of being in two places at the same time. 

King joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss what sparked the idea for his new novel and the themes he explores in it.

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Read Stephen King’s New Short Story, Laurie

Stephen King has written a new short story, “Laurie,” which is available now as a free download exclusively on stephenking.com. 

Read the story HERE.

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Star Wars Yoda Metal Bookend

Display a collection of sacred Jedi texts—or your favorite page-turners—with a little help from Master Yoda. The bookend’s slanted design gives the effect of the revered Jedi Master using the Force to do the heavy lifting.

Order HERE from Hallmark for $19.95.

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Suntup Editions Announces New Covers Collection Print, Cujo By Steven Stroud

In November 2017, Suntup Editions released the cover art print for Firestarter. Now they are pleased to release another glorious piece of art from Steven Stroud: Cujo, cover art from the 1981 first edition novel by Stephen King.

King once described Cujo as being “like a brick heaved through a window,” and one could easily say the same of Stroud’s snarling depiction here of the titular character. Collectors of Stephen King books will tell you that the mark of a well-preserved first edition of Cujo is how clearly you can see old Cuje as he emerges from the fog. Now, you can see the art as it was originally created, presented here for the first time without text, as a fine art giclée print.

These prints are hand-signed by Steven Stroud, and the first 20 include an original Remarque, two of which are available for purchase at the time of release, so act fast on those.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 signed copies per size, worldwide. For details and order info, click HERE.

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Watch The Passage Trailer

Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, The Passage is an epic, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). 

Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. 

When a young girl, Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is the man who is tasked with bringing her to Project Noah. Ultimately, however, Wolgast becomes her surrogate father, as he tries to protect her at any cost. Brad and Amy’s journey will force them to confront Project Noah’s lead scientist, Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie, “The Shannara Chronicles”), and the hardened ex-CIA operative in charge of operations, Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me”), whom Brad trained. It likewise brings them face-to-face with a dangerous new race of beings confined within the walls of Project Noah, including former scientist Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane, “Bosch,” “Bloodline,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and death-row inmate Shauna Babcock (Brianne Howey, “The Exorcist”). In seeking out any allies he can find, Brad also turns to his former wife, Dr. Lila Kyle (Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Entourage,” “Murder in the First”), for help. But as Project Noah’s scientists hone in on a cure that could save humanity, these new beings begin to test their own powers, inching one step closer to an escape that could lead to an unimaginable apocalypse.

The Passage will debut midseason on FOX in 2019.

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Funko IT Pop! Movies Pennywise In Gutter Vinyl Figure Hot Topic Exclusive

Georgie and Pennywise are floating, and you’ll float, too. This creepy scene from Stephen King’s IT comes to life in Pop! form with a super stylized and ultra collectible makeover from Funko in a special Movie Moments series. 

Only available at Hot Topic!

Order HERE for $32.50.

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Vampire Drama Series The Passage Ordered At FOX

FOX has given a series order to the Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Nobodies) vampire drama The Passage, based on the bestselling book trilogy by Justin Cronin. FOX bought the film rights to the original novel before the work was published, but now they’re planning a small screen project.

The Passage, an “epic, character-driven thriller,” stars Gosselaar (Pitch, Franklin & Bash) as federal agent Brad Wolgast, who is charged with protecting a young girl named Amy (Saniyya Sidney) who’s the test subject for a new government virus. According to the official description, the virus “could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race.” In Cronin’s trilogy, the virus triggers an outbreak of vampire-like beings that overrun the planet.

The Passage is written by Elizabeth Heldens (Friday Night Lights, Mercy) who will also serve as executive producer alongside film directors Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant, The Martian) and Matt Reeves (Let Me In, The Batman).

The supporting cast includes Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), Brianne Howey (The Exorcist), Jamie McShane (Bloodline), Caroline Chikezie (The Shannara Chronicles), and Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage).

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Suntup Editions To Publish A Fine Press Edition of The Haunting of Hill House By Shirley Jackson

Suntup Editions, publisher of fine limited edition books and art prints, is delighted to announce the upcoming publication of The Haunting of Hill House.

Since its original publication in 1959, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson has become the quintessential benchmark in American gothic horror. The classic novel has not only engrossed and enthralled millions of readers but continues to serve as a source of inspiration for countless authors who hope to live up to even a fraction of its prose. “I think there are few, if any descriptive passages in the English language anyfiner than this,” Stephen King once wrote, referring to the opening paragraph of The Haunting of Hill House. “It is the sort of quiet epiphany every writer hopes for: Words that somehow transcend the sum of the parts. Shirley Jackson’s Hill House is as nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read. [One of] the only great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years.”

Hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror, The Haunting of Hill House chronicles the story of four strangers who agree to stay at the notoriously unfriendly Hill House: Dr. Montague, a scholar of the supernatural and the occult; Theodora, a flamboyant artist; Eleanor, a fragile recluse who claims past experience with poltergeists; and Luke, the young heir to the 80-year old mansion. Inexplicable events occur as the guests struggle to disguise their mounting fears that Hill House too is more than the sum of its parts; more than mere brick, wood, and stone. As the hours turn to days, Hill House seems to its latest inhabitants to be a kind of live, breathing organism. Having disturbed the house’s long hibernation of isolation, the guests begin to dread the inevitable – that Hill House will take one of them as its own. “My goal is to create an edition of The Haunting of Hill House that will not only be a pleasure to read, but also an art object unto itself,” says Paul Suntup, owner and founder of Suntup Editions. “By working with some of the most talented artisans in the field of bookmaking, utilizing some of the finest materials, I will create an edition of this classic novel that respects and honors Shirley Jackson’s literary masterpiece, and be admired and cherished for generations.”

About The Edition:

Authorized by Laurence Hyman, Shirley Jackson’s son, the Limited Edition of The Haunting of Hill House is presented in two states: a Numbered edition and a Lettered edition. Both editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six new black & white pencil illustrations by Stephen Gervais as well as one full-color fold-out illustration. Stephen’s critically acclaimed work includes the Donald M. Grant edition of Christine by Stephen King. The editions include a new introduction by Ruth Franklin, author of A Rather Haunted Life, the award-winning biography of Shirley Jackson. Both editions feature reproductions of sketches by Shirley Jackson, entertaining and enlightening readers as to how she saw Hill House as she was writing it. The editions are signed by both Stephen Gervais and Ruth Franklin.

Numbered Edition:

The Numbered edition ($350) is limited to 195 copies, the first 185 of which are for sale and numbered in black. The remaining 10 copies are numbered in red and reserved for private distribution. It is a full Japanese cloth, smyth-sewn binding featuring a unique die-cut front cover, revealing the patterned endpapers below, and a leather foil-stamped spine label. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper, and is housed in a custom clamshell box covered with a wood grain paper. A cast iron key escutcheon is inset into the front cover of the box.

Lettered Edition:

The lettered edition ($2,500) is limited to 26 copies for sale, lettered A-Z. It is printed letterpress on Cranes Lettra Pearl White cotton paper and is a handbound Bradel binding. The front and back boards are covered with black Canson papers that are hand stamped with ferns in multiple iridescent colors, then marbled using a traditional small stone pattern, and are made exclusively for this edition. The spine is bound in leather. The book is housed in a custom handmade clamshell box, featuring wood grain paper and a brass key escutcheon.

Publication is scheduled for December 2018 and will be available for pre-order at https://shop.suntup.press from 9am Pacific time on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.

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The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington By Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch 

In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself.

This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington―and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War.

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.

Co-written with Josh Mensch, the book marks Brad Meltzer’s nonfiction debut.

Brad Meltzer spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the book and you can read the interview HERE.

The 320 page book will be released on January 8, 2019 and can be ordered HERE.

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HBO Begins Production On I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Documentary Series

HBO Documentary Films has announced they have begun production on a documentary series based on the bestselling true crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara. Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Liz Garbus (HBO’s Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper; HBO’s There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane; What Happened, Miss Simone?) is directing.

Journalist Michelle McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath she dubbed “The Golden State Killer,” who terrorized California in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, committing 50 home-invasion sexual assaults and ten murders. He then disappeared for more than three decades, eluding multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in a nearby suburb, identifying him through DNA evidence as the notorious serial killer and charging him with a number of the crimes.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a comprehensive exploration of the case of an elusive, violent predator by McNamara, who died suddenly while investigating the unsolved crimes. It is also a haunting personal memoir and self-examination of McNamara’s obsessive quest for justice on behalf of the victims and survivors of the crimes. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and afterword by McNamara’s husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara’s lead researcher, Paul Haynes, and a close colleague, Billy Jenkins.

Published earlier this year, the book debuted at #1 on the New York Times combined print and e-book bestseller list. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer was hailed by the New York Times as “a vivid and meticulous investigation” and “a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject.”

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