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Dark Hearts: The World’s Most Famous Horror Writers

Sometimes the truth can be much scarier than fiction. And this collection is no exception. Uncover what fascinated and frightened some of our favorite horror writers of all time.

Who are the people who make our hearts race and our minds spin? Why are they so good at making us fear what goes bump in the night? What are the stories behind the writers who give us goosebumps? Dark Hearts is a collection of fourteen short biographies of the world’s best-known horror writers, including Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, R. L. Stine, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, and others. Their stories are gathered in this beautiful, gift-able book that is perfect for any horror fan.

The 144 page hardcover will be released on December 28, 2021 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

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For The Love of Books: Designing And Curating A Home Library By Thatcher Wine

Thatcher Wine founded Juniper Books in 2001, curating collections of rare and one-of-a-kind books for his clients and wrapping them in custom book jackets.

For the Love of Books gathers all of Thatcher Wine’s philosophy about books, curating and designing libraries into one volume. This stunning coffee table book, published by Gibbs Smith, features photographs from the 18 year archive of library images, exquisite illustrations by Samantha Hahn, and insights and tips for displaying your love of books and telling your own story on your shelves from Thatcher and Elizabeth Lane.

Explore the significance of the home library, embellished with alluring photography and illustrations, in a keepsake worthy of any bibliophile’s collection. For the Love of Books shares the vision of Juniper Books, and embraces the roles that books fulfill in our lives and their staying power. It recounts the history of books and private libraries, and champions the resilience of books in the digital era. Dive into the nuances that define books for reading, books for decoration, and books for inspiration. Instructive chapters provide useful details for creating and curating one’s own home library, whether it be a single shelf or multiple rooms each with their own collection. You will never look at your bookshelves the same way again.

For the Love of Books is about storytelling beyond the pages of our favorite books. Our books―the ones we choose to keep―tell the story of who we are. They remind us who we once were and who we aspire to be.

All orders will be signed by Juniper Books Founder and author Thatcher Wine. 

Order HERE for $50.

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Suntup Editions To Release The Covers Collection – Gerald’s Game (UK Cover) Print By Paul Bryn Davies

Suntup Editions presents another stunning cover by British artist Paul Bryn Davies. Previously, they have released prints of Davies’ iconic covers for Stephen King’s IT, Misery, The Dark Half, The Dark Half (Alternate Cover), Nightmares & Dreamscapes and Four Past Midnight. 

Suntup Editions is pleased to offer their final print by Paul Bryn Davies, the art that appeared on the 1st U.K. hardcover edition of Gerald’s Game.

Published in 1992, Gerald’s Game is the story of Jessie Burlingame, whose husband dies of a heart attack during a game of seduction while Jessie is handcuffed to a bed. Soon Jessie realizes she is trapped with little hope of rescue, and very much alone save for the voices inside of her head. A pair of handcuffs dangling from the bedpost grace the cover art for nearly every edition of this novel ever published, but what is so unique about Davies depiction is the addition of the window, giving us a glimpse of how Jessie’s freedom is just out of her reach. One of the most iconic covers from Paul Bryn Davies, this artwork can now be enjoyed for the first time without cover text as a beautiful giclée print.

All prints are hand-signed by Davies, who continues his series of beautiful remarques with this print. Usually, remarques are reserved only for the first 20 large print subscribers, but Davies decided to also remarque the first 20 small prints.

Order HERE.

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Gwendy’s Final Task By Stephen King And Richard Chizmar

When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its seven colored buttons promised death and destruction.

Years later, the button box entered Gwendy’s life again. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation that box represented.

Now, evil forces seek to possess the button box and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them. At all costs. But where can you hide something from such powerful entities?

In Gwendy’s Final Task, “horror giants” Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.

Published as a 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

The 408 page book published by Cemetery Dance will be released on February 15, 2022 and you can pre-order it HERE for $28.

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Here Is Your First Look At Julianne Moore In Stephen King’s New Series, Lisey’s Story

The world has countless stories about falling in love, but Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story is one about staying in love, even after one member of a couple is gone forever.

In the Apple TV+ series debuting June 4, King starts at the end of a romance, exploring where devotion took Lisey and Scott Landon—what it cost them and what it gave them. King being King, he weaves a stalker thriller and an otherworldly supernatural mystery into his heartfelt love story.

The show, based on his 2006 novel, stars Julianne Moore as the widow of a world-famous author (Clive Owen), who over the course of his turbulent life discovered a passageway into a parallel dimension that helped him tap uncanny creative energies. His secret was only shared with her, although she struggled to understand it when he was alive. Now that Scott has passed away, there are outsiders willing to do anything to gain access to the unpublished materials he left behind, even if it means destroying the woman who meant everything to him.

King usually takes a hands-off approach to adaptations of his work, but he wanted to keep this one close. The author wrote the script for each of the show’s eight episodes himself, then went in search of a home for them. J.J. Abrams agreed to produce through Bad Robot Productions, assembling an A-list cast led by Children of Men costars Owen and Moore, with Moore also signing on as an executive producer. Abrams recruited filmmaker Pablo Larraín, best known for 2016’s Jackie, to bring a story set largely within the title character’s head onto the screen. “He directs in a kind of hypnotic, inside-out way,” Abrams said. “His approach lent itself well to a story that, at the core of it, is a very, dark and twisted adult fairy tale.”

    

Lisey’s Story is special to King in part because it’s inspired by his own 50-year marriage to novelist Tabitha King, a few actual brushes with death, and some terrifying, almost unbelievable, close encounters with real-life stalkers. It hardly gets more personal than that, even if his experiences aren’t the norm. He doesn’t call this story a valentine to his wife, but writing it was a way of saying he sees what she goes through. The series even includes a new sequence that’s drawn from an insult Tabitha weathered not long ago after making a donation to charity.

Read more of the Vanity Fair article HERE.

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The Secrets of LEGO House Book

This guide takes you on a tour of the “home of the brick,” the official LEGO House, so you can experience it for yourself at home! 

With photos, interviews, essays, and art from the LEGO archives, The Secrets of LEGO House explores the visual wonders and the themed “zones”—yellow for emotions, blue for problem solving, green for social interaction, and red for creativity—within the iconic LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. 

The Secrets of LEGO House offers an insider’s look at the creative philosophy behind the iconic brand. On each page, discover the true “secret” hidden among the 25 million LEGO bricks—that everything in the house is purposefully designed around nine core principles of learning through play.

A joy for those who aren’t able to visit in person, and just as exciting for those who have, The Secrets of LEGO House is a bright, colorful celebration of the endless experiences possible with LEGO bricks.

The 160 page hardcover book will retail for $40 and you can pre-order it HERE. It will be released on July 27, 2021.

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Suntup Editions To Release Limited Editions of The Island of Doctor Moreau By H.G. Wells

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the first publication of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells; a classic work of early science fiction that remains one of the author’s most disturbing and unforgettable novels. When Edward Prendick is rescued from a shipwreck, he is left on a nearby island and soon discovers the home of the depraved Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist conducting unspeakable animal experiments with hideous, human-like results.

While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, Wells’s haunting vision raised ethical questions more than a century before our time. Originally published in 1896, Wells’s story reflects the scientific controversies disrupting the societal norm in the late 1800s, including increased opposition to animal vivisection and growing discussion of Darwinism and the degeneration of the human race.

With The Island of Doctor Moreau published just one year after his first novel, The Time Machine, H.G. Wells was creating new worlds for which he would become known as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. Moreau is the earliest example of what would become a popular science fiction motif called “uplift,” in which a more advanced race interferes with the evolution of the animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence.

With its themes of cruelty, moral responsibility, and man’s interference with nature, The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of Wells’s most important and thought-provoking explorations on what makes us human.

About The Editions:

The limited edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Benz and Chang as well as a new exclusive foreword by Megan Shepherd and an afterword by Adam Roberts.

Bonus Content:

Included in all editions is the following bonus content:

– Appendix A: Wells Explains: Two Essays Relating to Moreau’s Argument.

– H.G. Wells, The Province of Pain (1894)

– H.G. Wells, The Limits of Individual Plasticity (1895)

– Appendix B: ‘The Terrible Medusa Case’: An Historical Source for Prendick’s Shipwreck.

– A narrative account of the infamous shipwreck Méduse (1818).

– Reproduction of Théodore Géricault’s masterpiece painting The Raft of the Medusa (c.1819).

– Appendix C: Wells’s First Draft of Moreau.

– A study and excerpt from H.G. Wells’s original draft of Moreau.

Artist Edition ($130):

The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies with a dust jacket illustrated by Benz and Chang. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket, and is signed by the artist. The edition is printed offset and is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.

Numbered Edition ($365):

The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a quarter cloth binding with Japanese cloth boards. The cover is foil stamped in gold and endsheets are custom designed for this edition. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via, and is housed in a cloth covered slipcase. It is signed by Megan Shepherd, Adam Roberts & Benz and Chang.

Lettered Edition ($1,850):

The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full goatskin binding with a letterrpress printed spine label. The cover features a letterpress printed, die cut map of Noble’s Isle. Endsheets are hand marbled and the edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via. The clamshell enclosure is covered in Japanese cloth with marbled paper floors, and the edition is signed by Megan Shepherd, Adam Roberts & Benz and Chang.

The Artist Edition is available to order today HERE. There is a chance that the Numbered edition may only be available for purchase through a lottery when it opens up for public pre-order on Saturday, April 10th at 9 A.M. Pacific. If any copies of the Lettered edition are available, those will be sold through a lottery only.

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Dollar Baby Film Festival To Screen Unreleased Stephen King Films Online For Free

This April 23-25, a selection of Stephen King movies will be available to watch online for free. Hosted by Canadian film production company Barker Street Cinema, the virtual festival, called Stephen King Rules, will screen 25 submissions by filmmakers from all over the world, many of which have never been seen by a global audience before.

Since 1977, the Master of Horror – Stephen King – has allowed emerging filmmakers to adapt his previously unproduced short stories into films that may help launch their careers through what is called the Dollar Baby Deal. Barker Street’s Stephen King Rules Dollar Baby Film Festival will showcase an exciting line-up of these independent movies, including interviews and panel discussions with the filmmakers themselves.

Barker Street Cinema partners James Douglas and Norm Coyne will lead the festival three years after making their own Dollar Baby adaptation of King’s Sherlock Holmes mystery The Doctor’s Case, which will also screen at the festival. Douglas points to the film as the launch pad for his film career and the remarkable effect the program has had for so many.

“I can personally attest to the impact the Dollar Baby initiative has had on my career as a filmmaker,” Douglas said. “Being able to share these stories with the world in this manner is unbelievably profound.”

The Doctor’s Case has won 15 awards to date at more than 40 international festivals. The film stars Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Pet Sematary), Michael Coleman (ABC’s Once Upon a Time) and William B. Davis (The X-Files’ Cigarette Smoking Man). During COVID isolation, Douglas and Coyne came up with the idea to offer some of their previously unreleased content for free online, a sentiment that they soon found was echoed by many other filmmakers. The Dollar Baby arrangement with Stephen King restricts releasing the films outside of film festivals and the films are rarely permitted to screen online. The two decided to “Hail Mary” the Master of Horror and, as luck would have it, King gave the festival his blessing.

“As storytellers, we were looking for ways to do our part to help provide an escape for people that wouldn’t cost them anything,” said Coyne. “The fact that James got the approval for an entire festival of stories from Stephen King himself is a total mind bender.”

The Stephen King Rules Dollar Baby film festival is scheduled to take place April 23-35, 2021 and will be hosted on Barker Street Cinema’s private Vimeo channel. The three-day event will be co-hosted by author and Stephen King aficionado Anthony Northrup, who penned Stephen King Dollar Baby: The Book, media and design personality Leah Coghlan, and will feature special appearances by the likes of longtime Stephen King collaborator Bev Vincent (Flight or Fright, The Dark Tower Companion) and others.

Viewers can interact with the festival all weekend during their tweet along party, by following on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/StephenKingRlz with the hashtag #stephenkingrules

HERE is the full schedule.

The festival will be streamed live on Vimeo and YouTube.

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The Amazing World of Superman Tabloid Edition Hardcover

In early 1973, DC Comics published a special oversized comic titled “The Amazing World of Superman – Official Metropolis Edition”, and that spring, a gallery named “The Amazing World of Superman” opened, intended to be a cornerstone for a proposed theme park of the same name. However, the attraction closed in 1974 due in part to the economic recession, and reduction in sightseeing road travel caused by the oil crisis of the time, and the theme park never happened.

Now, in early 2021, DC is set to reprint the brilliant retelling of Superman’s origin story in its original, tabloid-size format for the first time!

This tabloid-size masterpiece includes the story of Superman Land with Lex Luthor, Superboy stories, “How to Draw Superman”, “Superman Family Portrait”. Special bonus! A giant poster “Map of Krypton”!

Look for the “The Amazing World of Superman (Tabloid Edition)” to be released on April 13, 2021.

Order HERE.

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Star Wars Essential Legends Collection Coming From Del Rey

The Star Wars novels that are now under the label “Legends” are, for many fans, the ultimate Star Wars books. Back in the 90s, before George Lucas announced the prequel trilogy, there were the dark times. There hadn’t been any movies since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and the cultural phenomenon that happened in the late 70s, early 80s around the galaxy far, far away, had dissipated. The Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire trilogy kept the Star Wars flame alive for a few years before 19990s The Phantom Menace.

Even after the release of Revenge of the Sith, great books like Drew Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane trilogy served as food for many hungry Star Wars fans. In 2014, after Disney bought Lucasfilm, they decided to hit the reset button on all Star Wars media besides live-action movies and The Clone Wars, both the movie and the Dave Filoni show. This meant that all of those stories are no longer part of the continuity, but despite that, many fans are still revisiting them and even discovering them for the first time. Del Rey has now decided to celebrate those stories with the fans and will create the Essential Legends Collection, with some of the best Star Wars novels from the “Legends” section. To make it even more special, they have created new book covers for them.

The first three books added to the Collection are Heir to the Empire, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, and Shatterpoint. From Del Rey:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, Del Rey is curating a collection of essential and beloved ‘Star Wars’ novels from the past.

Novels set in a galaxy far, far away have enriched the ‘Star Wars’ experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond the screen. When he created ‘Star Wars,’ George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became known as the Expanded Universe, or EU, of novels, comics, videogames, and more.

To this day, the EU remains an inspiration for ‘Star Wars’ creators and is published under the label Legends. Ideas, characters, story elements, and more from new ‘Star Wars’ entertainment trace their origins back to material from the Expanded Universe. This Essential Legends Collection curates some of the most treasured stories from that expansive legacy.

The collection will launch on June 15, 2021, with new trade paperback editions of ‘Heir to the Empire’ by Timothy Zahn, ‘Darth Bane: Path of Destruction’ by Drew Karpyshyn, and ‘Shatterpoint’ by Matthew Stover. 

Each edition will have a new book cover with original artwork. Tracie Ching is the cover artist of ‘Heir to the Empire,’ Simon Goinard is the cover artist of ‘Path of Destruction,’ and Jeff Manning is the cover artist of ‘Shatterpoint.’

Del Rey will be continuing to add classic titles to the Essential Legends Collection, with the next additions publishing in Fall 2021.

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