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Something, Something, Something Murder By Damon Lindelof

Screenwriter, comic book writer, and producer Damon Lindelof is writing an exclusive, serialized story entitled Something, Something, Something Murder for NextDraft.

Lindelof was the co-creator and showrunner of the television series Lost. He also co-wrote the science fiction films Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Tomorrowland. His latest project was the well received Watchmen that appeared on HBO.

Chapters will update here periodically. Click HERE to begin reading and enjoy.

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Taschen Books Announces Stanley Kubrick Book & DVD Sets

One of the most esteemed filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) was also one of the most enigmatic. He broke into the film scene at the age of 26 with the ambitious, independently produced Killer’s Kiss and within a few years was working with the likes of Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Peter Sellers on seminal movies such as Lolita and Spartacus.

Taschen has now released three Making of a Masterpiece books celebrating Kubrick’s classic films: 2OO1: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, and A Clockwork Orange.

Each book in the series comes in a deluxe LP-sized folio and includes the remastered DVD, the original poster, and extensive behind-the-scenes material from Kubrick’s archives.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Book & DVD Set ($35)

Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Book & DVD Set ($35)

Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Book & DVD Set ($35)

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Cemetery Dance Announces Stephen King Revisited By Richard Chizmar

Cemetery Dance Publications presents the first volume in a massive new project unlike anything the horror and suspense publisher has undertaken in our thirty years in publishing!

Cemetery Dance founder and publisher Richard Chizmar has been re-reading all of Stephen King’s books in the order of publication, and then writing down his memories from the first time he read the books decades ago and sharing his thoughts upon reading them again, often for the first time in many years.

“Like many longtime readers,” Chizmar explains, “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 a few years back 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, “go for it!”

For readers who are interested in behind the scenes information about Stephen King’s unprecedented career, author Bev Vincent has contributed a historical context essay 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 have provided 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 is an ongoing project, and Volume One covers Carrie through The Eyes of the Dragon.

Trade Hardcover Edition:

– Printed on acid-free paper
– Bound in cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– Retail price $35

Signed Limited Edition Hardcover:

– Personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Bev Vincent, and François Vaillancourt on a special illustrated signature page
– Printed on acid-free archival quality paper
– Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price $65

Signed & Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition:

– Limited to just 52 signed and lettered copies personally signed by Richard Chizmar, Bev Vincent, François Vaillancourt, and Glenn Chadbourne
– Each copy will include an original piece of artwork by Glenn Chadbourne bound into the book to make it unique
– No scene or character will be repeated for the original artwork page, meaning each copy will truly be unique!
– Bound in a fine material with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with deluxe endpapers created exclusively for this edition
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Housed in a custom-made traycase
– Limited one time printing of this special edition
– Retail price: $225

Pre-order HERE.

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Suntup Editions Reveals Fahrenheit 451 Jacket Cover Art By Michael Whelan

Suntup Editions has some exciting news to share with those who have purchased the Artist Gift edition of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and for those who haven’t there are still a few available for purchase HERE.

You may know artist Michael Whelan from the incredible work he has created for book covers over the past 30+ years. Fans of our Covers Collection will undoubtedly know him for his iconic first edition cover art for Stephen King’s The Gunslinger.

For the Suntup edition of Fahrenheit 451, Whelan spent a long time researching the book. He read the novel several times, looked at as many previous jacket covers as he could find, and then subsequently spent many months  creating this painting.

As part of his study, there was a sentence from the novel which he focused on the most. It was a description of Captain Beatty’s slicker.

“…his massive black slicker flapping out behind, so that he seemed a great black bat flying above the engine…”

He took this as representative of what all the firemen wore because elsewhere the author describes all firemen as looking alike.

This description, along with Whelan’s vision of the firefighter’s military greatcoat as a symbol of dark and unforgiving governmental authority, combine to create what we believe is one of the most stunning covers of this book to date.

The Artist Gift edition of Fahrenheit 451 is $95, and is housed in a printed paper covered slipcase. The edition includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman, six full color illustrations by Julia Griffin, Ray Bradbury’s short story The Pedestrian and his novella The Fireman, which later evolved into Fahrenheit 451, and a 77-page bonus section on the history, context and criticism of the novel edited by Jonathan R. Eller. All copies are signed by Michael Whelan and Julia Griffin.

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Read An Excerpt From Brian De Palma’s Are Snakes Necessary?

The iconic Hollywood director Brian De Palma will publish his debut novel, co-written by Susan Lehman titled Are Snakes Necessary?  DePalma directed films such as: Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables, Dressed To Kill, Carlito’s Way and Mission Impossible.

Here is a synopsis of the novel:

When the beautiful young videographer offered to join his campaign, Senator Lee Rogers should’ve known better. But saying no would have taken a stronger man than Rogers, with his ailing wife and his robust libido. Enter Barton Brock, the senator’s fixer. He’s already gotten rid of one troublesome young woman—how hard could this new one turn out to be?

Pursued from Washington D.C. to the streets of Paris, 18-year-old Fanny Cours knows her reputation and budding career are on the line. But what she doesn’t realize is that her life might be as well…

The paperback will be published tomorrow by Hard Case Crime and you can read a sample chapter HERE.

Order the book HERE

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Suntup Editions To Release The Dark Half (U.K.) Covers Collection Print By Paul Bryn Davies 

Suntup Editions will release the third of seven stunning covers by British artist Paul Bryn Davies. The first two releases were IT and Misery, and now Suntup Editions will offer the art that appeared on the 1st U.K. hardcover edition of The Dark Half.

Stephen King wrote several books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in the 1970s and 1980s. When it was revealed that King and Bachman were one and the same, he wrote The Dark Half, a novel about an author with a sinister parasitic twin, in part as a response to the outing. Hailed as “wondrously frightening” (Publisher’s Weekly) upon its release in October 1989, The Dark Half became a #1 bestseller. Unlike the 1st U.S. edition which featured a photograph on its cover, Constant Readers in the U.K. were treated to Paul Bryn Davies fantastic artwork depicting the mock gravestone of Thad Beaumont’s nom de plume, George Stark. Now his art can be enjoyed for the first time without cover text as a beautiful giclée print.

All prints are hand-signed by Davies, who has also created one of the best remarques in the series. Usually, remarques are reserved only for the first 20 large print subscribers, but Davies decided to also remarque the first 20 small prints.

Get more info and order HERE.

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Suntup Editions To Release Limited Edition of Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

This year marks the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, and to celebrate the life and work of this beloved and visionary author, Suntup Editions is delighted to announce a fine press limited edition of Fahrenheit 451.

Ray Bradbury

Highly regarded as Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece, Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian society in which all books are outlawed and burned. The novel follows the personal evolution and journey of Guy Montag, from a fireman for whom it is a pleasure to burn books, to a man disillusioned with the censoring of knowledge and dedicated to the preservation of literature.

In a 1956 interview, Bradbury said, “I wrote this book at a time when I was worried about the way things were going in this country four years ago. Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. Many of the books were being taken off the shelves at that time.”

Bradbury has also described the book as a commentary on resistance to conformity, and how mass media can create a lack of interest in reading literature.

Though considered one of the greatest science-fiction novels of all time, much of Fahrenheit 451 has become science-fact. The novel predicted earbud headphones, flatscreen televisions, and 24-hour banking machines.

In 1954, Fahrenheit 451 won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal. It later won the Prometheus “Hall of Fame” Award in 1984, and a “Retro” Hugo Award in 2004, one of only seven Best Novel “Retro” Hugo Awards ever given.

Suntup Editions will release limiteds edition of Fahrenheit 451 in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Julia Griffin, as well as an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, which originally appeared in the 50th Anniversary edition. The Artist Gift edition features an illustrated dust jacket by Michael Whelan.

Neil Gaiman

Also included is a 77-page bonus section on the history, context and criticism of the novel edited by Jonathan R. Eller; as well as Bradbury’s short story The Pedestrian and his novella The Fireman, which later evolved into Fahrenheit 451. The Lettered and Numbered editions are signed by Neil Gaiman, Julia Griffin and Jonathan R. Eller. The Artist Gift edition is signed by Julia Griffin and Michael Whelan.

Lettered Edition

Covers

The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies for sale and is a full goatskin binding. The edition provides a retrospective look at the publishing history of the novel. Each of the 26 copies feature a different original book cover, burned and encased behind an acrylic panel which is affixed to the front cover with stainless steel screws. Covers are allocated to orders randomly. The spine is hot stamped and endsheets are hand marbled. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine, and is housed in a quarter leather clamshell enclosure with Italian cloth boards.

Numbered Edition

The Numbered edition is limited to 250 copies for sale and is quarter bound in Italian cloth with decorative French marbled paper covers. The spine is hot foil stamped, and the edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine. The top edge is gilded in copper and the edition is housed in a dual cloth covered slipcase with hot foil stamping on the spine. Publication price: $2,950. Publication price: $595.

Artist Gift Edition

The Artist Gift edition is limited to 1000 copies with a dust jacket illustrated by multiple award-winning artist Michael Whelan. It is a full cloth smyth-sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping, and is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket. The edition is printed offset, and is housed in a printed paper-covered slipcase. The edition is signed by Julia Griffin and Michael Whelan. Publication price: $95.

Illustrations By Julia Griffin

Scheduled for publication in the Summer of 2020, you can get more information or pre-order the books HERE.

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A Miniature Harry Potter Manuscript Handwritten By JK Rowling Is Going To Auction And Could Sell For £150,000

A one-of-a-kind miniature handwritten manuscript from Harry Potter author JK Rowling is going to auction and is estimated to bring in  £100,000 – £150,000.

The diminutive green and gold hardback consists of 31 pages of Rowling’s handwritten text and drawings and includes the author’s signature.

The tome features text and illustrations connected with the Harry Potter books and it lists the items a Hogwarts student will need for their first year at the school, including uniform, books and accessories.

Rowling first created the book for a charity auction in 2004, where it sold for £10,000, when the Potter market was in its infancy.

More info HERE.

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Mondo: The Art of Soundtracks Book

Following the success of The Art of Mondo comes another visually stunning and deliciously “pop” collection of art inspired by the soundtracks of films, video games, and more.

Mondo: The Art of Soundtracks highlights the all original art created exclusively for Mondo’s vinyl releases by world renowned artists for soundtracks to films, tv, and video games. Featuring stunning new takes on classic and modern material, this collection reinvigorates the bygone era of unique and collectible vinyl record artwork.

From vintage re-creations to new interpretations, from digital and painterly to photographic and abstract, the record art compiled in this volume captures the spirit of the record label that reinvigorated the soundtrack industry, in a beautiful mash-up fit for a book—or record—shelf.

Pre-order the book HERE for $50 and it will be released on August 18, 2020.

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LetterPress Publications To Release Revival Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio

LetterPress Publications has arranged with François Vaillancourt to collect all of his artwork from the LetterPress Publications special edition of Revival by Stephen King into an oversized Deluxe Artwork Portfolio.

The Revival Deluxe Artwork Portfolio will feature twenty pieces of artwork, including the alternative version of the car accident, which only appeared in the Lettered Edition, and the frontispieces for both editions. The art will be printed on 11 inch by 14 inch sheets of a fine 100# Linen cover stock, which is archival quality and acid free.

Each set of prints will be housed in a deluxe hand-made portfolio that is covered with the same material as the Limited Edition’s slipcase, making this the perfect companion to your book. There will be two colors of hot foil color stamping on the cover. The interior of the portfolio will be lined with an elegant material that combines the luxury of suede and the richness of velvet.

Personally signed by the artist and hand-numbered, these portfolios will only be produced once, after which all applicable production materials will be destroyed. There will never be a second run.

The retail price is $125, and the print run will be determined by the preorders received by LetterPress Publications and authorized retailers between March 9, 2020 and March 30, 2020. The orders will ship in August 2020.

Click HERE to place your order.

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