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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time


The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice.

Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to see.

One caveat: the list is limited to one book per author, so Stephen King fans will have to expand their horizons a little bit. Check out 50 books that will keep you up all night after the jump, and add any other scary favorites to the list in the comments.

See the list HERE.

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Harry Potter Prints By Olly Moss


Olly Moss brings iconic design, vibrant color and classic imagery for these latest Harry Potter cover designs, commissioned by Pottermore and exclusive to the German audio books. The covers are a series of reimagined holiday posters from the golden age of British railways with Hogwarts at center stage.

Each poster is brilliantly complex. A simple design hides layers of detail that offer more than first meets the eye. “I tried to fill them with as many little details as I could within the constraints of keeping the composition and the viewpoint the same every time,” says Moss.

He points out the Dark Mark that hovers in the clouds above Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. “I sent it in and the feedback was, “Do you think we could see a Dark Mark on that poster?” and I said, “Look, it’s already there!”’

You can buy prints of Olly Moss’s original designs from his website, for one week only. Each print will cost $50 or the set of 6 posters for $275. The prints measure 16×24″ and are hand-numbered officially-licensed Harry Potter giclees. art print. In collaboration with Pottermore.

This is a timed edition. It will be on sale until 3pm BST Monday October 25th. Moss will print enough posters to meet all orders.

Because this is a timed edition and production is based on the volume of orders, The posters will ship in about 2-3 months. Earlier orders will begin shipping first. You can order the prints HERE.

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The Dark Tower Boxed Set By Stephen King


For the first time ever, all eight books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series have been gathered together in matching editions, all housed together in a matching slipcase style boxed set!

The books included in this boxset are the new Scribner editions of:

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three
The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands
The Dark Tower: Wizard & Glass
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla
The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower

This huge and heavy set weighs in at 4,720 pages, making Stephen King’s western-horror-fantasy tale truly an epic in every sense of the word! Don’t miss out on this amazing new matching set that will look stunning on your bookcase!

The set will be published on December 6, 2016 and retail for $149.99.


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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2016) By David Sedaris To Be Published On June 6, 2017


For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print.

Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime readers only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation’s greatest comic geniuses.

The 368 page hardcover will be published on June 6, 2017.

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Stephen King To Launch His Newest Book, Hearts in Suspension At The University of On Maine November 7, 2016


Stephen King will launch his newest book, “Hearts in Suspension,” at the University of Maine on Nov. 7 with a reading of the book and discussion of his student days at UMaine during the turbulent Vietnam War era, followed by a conversation with his former classmates and friends who were at UMaine with him during this time and who co-authored the collection.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m., with all ticket holders required to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are free and available according to the following timeline: Members of the University of Maine campus community can register for one ticket each with a MaineCard at the CCA box office, during normal box office hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 12–14. Members of the public can register for two tickets per person online or at the CCA box office beginning Oct. 17.

All tickets are general admission and will be available for pick up, with photo ID, at the Collins Center for the Arts box office beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 7. For further ticket information call 207-581-1755.

The 373-page “Hearts in Suspension,” published by the University of Maine Press, a division of UMaine’s Fogler Library, marks the 50th anniversary of King’s enrollment at UMaine — fall 1966. In the years that followed, the escalating Vietnam War and social unrest nationwide, especially on college and university campuses, had “a profound impact on students of the period and deeply influenced King’s development as a writer and a man,” according to the publisher on the book’s dust jacket.

The volume includes a reprint of “Hearts in Atlantis,” which tracks the “awakenings and heartbreak” of his fictional counterpart, Peter Riley, during his first year at UMaine. The novella is accompanied by King’s new essay, “Five to One, One in Five,” in which he reflects on his undergraduate years, creating “a revealing portrait of the artist as (a) young man and a ground-level tableau of this highly charged time.”

Along with photographs and documents of this era at UMaine are four installments of King’s student newspaper column, “King’s Garbage Truck.” The columns, reprinted for the first time, are described by the publisher as “lively examples of King’s damn-the-torpedoes style.” The entertaining and shrewd youthful perceptions “more than hint at a talent about to take its place in the American literary landscape.”

The book also features essays by 12 of King’s classmates and friends, including Jim Bishop, one of King’s college English teachers and the book’s editor. As a sophomore, King enrolled in a writing workshop taught by Bishop and English professor Burton Hatlen, where the young author’s talent was validated and where he connected with other student writers. The group of dedicated young writers continued to meet in the semesters following the transformational class.

In addition to Bishop’s essay and his introduction to the book, there are other personal narratives reflecting on the UMaine student experience by Michael Alpert, David Bright, Keith Carreiro, Harold Crosby, Sherry Dec, Bruce Holsapple, Frank Kadi, Diane McPherson, Larry Moskowitz, Jim H. Smith and Philip Thompson. Bright was the editor of the student newspaper, Crosby was King’s freshman roommate and Moskowitz was the head of the SDS chapter on campus. All were with King in the anti-war movement and bear witness to “a formative time in their lives and a defining moment in the country’s history,” according to the publisher on the book’s dust jacket.

“Hearts in Suspension” is dedicated in memory of Hatlen and two of King’s other inspirational professors at UMaine: Edward “Ted” Holmes and Edward “Sandy” Ives.

Copies of “Hearts in Suspension” will be for sale at the Collins Center following the event, and available at bookstores nationwide after Nov. 7. Copies may also be pre-ordered now from the University of Maine Press website:

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Stephen King’s Charlie The Choo Choo To Be Released In November


Fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will definitely want this picture book about a train engine and his devoted engineer. Charlie The Choo Choo was written by Stephen King (with the pen name Beryl Evans) featuring illustrations by Ned Dameron (artist of The Waste Lands).

Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

Originally released at San Diego Comic Con as a very limited edition of 150 copies, this new edition features a slightly different cover adding Stephen King’s name.

The 24 page hardcover children’s book will retail for $14.99 and be available on November 22, 2016.

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The Art of The Iron Giant


This beautifully illustrated book, The Art of The Iron Giant revisits the classic Warner Bros. film with unprecedented access to rarely seen development art and storyboards from the Warner Bros. archives.

When the film arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an instant classic.  The Iron Giant is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth and a giant robot.

Featuring the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney, Eli Marienthal, and M. Emmet Walsh, The Iron Giant is considered one of the classic animated gems of the era, offering a beautiful mix of hand-drawn and CG animation.

The Art of The Iron Giant takes an in-depth look at the making of this modern classic, featuring interviews with the director and talented members of the creative team who worked tirelessly to bring their vision to the big screen. Including never-before-seen images, concept art, backgrounds, and storyboards, this deluxe volume provides fascinating insight into the creative process in addition to offering a sneak peek at some of the alternative images and plotlines the filmmakers considered throughout the process. The book also highlights the development of the two new scenes that were remastered and finished for inclusion into the Signature Edition released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 6, 2016.

The book showcases the brilliant work of Brad Bird and his expert team of masterful artists, The Art of The Iron Giant is a must-have companion to the movie and a wonderful testament to the enduring magic of this animated classic.

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Universal Pictures To Adapt Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988


A new Joe Hill adaptation is headed to the big screen. Universal Pictures is developing a feature film based on the author’s new novella, Snapshot 1988. Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (who have previously teamed to script Oculus, Before I Wake and the upcoming Ouija: Origin of Evil) are in talks to provide the screenplay.

Set in the titular year, Snapshot 1988 follows a 13-year-old boy who begins taking care of an elderly woman that he thinks is suffering from dementia. In reality, the woman’s memories are actually being stolen by a supernatural foe called The Phoenician.

Snapshot 1988 is set to be published in next month’s issue of Cemetery Dance. The adaptation will be produced by Akiva Goldsman through his Weed Road banner with Jason Blum producing through Blumhouse. Greg Lessans is attached to executive produce.

Joe Hill, who has made a name for himself as an author of short stories, novels and comic books, is also the son of Stephen King. Hill’s work previously made it to the big screen with Alexandre Aja’s loose adaptation of Hill’s novel Horns. Hill’s comic book series Locke and Key nearly made it to television a few years back. A pilot was filmed for a FOX series with Mark Romanek directing. The pilot even had an official screening at Comic-Con International in 2011, but the show did not end up moving forward.

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Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis Coming To The Big Screen


A new take on Stephen King‘s Hearts in Atlantis is in the works. The Other Side of the Door‘s Johannes Roberts will direct an adaptation simply titled Hearts. Although Hearts in Atlantis was brought to the screen in 2001, that adaptation was focused primarily on two of the book’s stories, “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.” Hearts will adapt the book’s title story, officially described as follows:

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war–and the protests against it–had flooded America’s living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King’s newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest…and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

Hearts joins a number of Stephen King adaptations on the way to the big screen. The Dark Tower arrives from Sony Pictures on February 17, 2017 with a tie-in television series planned that will adapt King’s Wizard and Glass. IT is also now in production at Warner Bros. and planned for a September 8, 2017 release.

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The Dark Tower TV Series Will Adapt Stephen King’s Wizard And Glass


In honor of Stephen King’s birthday, the makers of The Dark Tower film are unwrapping their plans for the saga’s companion TV series.

The movie — starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the menacing Man in Black — opens on Feb. 17 and explores the hero and villain’s opposing quests to reach an otherworldly tower that connects their apocalyptic realm with ours.

Ever since the film project was first proposed, it came packaged with an unusual idea: a spin-off TV show that would fill in the fantasy epic’s prodigious backstory.

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Now, sources at production company MRC and the film’s executive producer and co-screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have revealed to Entertainment Weekly details about what they have planned for that series.

MRC has committed not just to making a pilot, but producing a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes, depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018, ideally around the time the film becomes available on cable or streaming services.

The bulk of the show will focus on the fourth book in the saga, Wizard and Glass, which told another tale of young Roland and his early tribulations. MRC created this map, overlayed with a quote from the book.


Read more HERE.


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