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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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The Fire Wire Interviews Paul Suntup About His Limited Edition of Stephen King’s Misery

After meeting Paul Suntup I walked away thinking that I wished I’d met him earlier as I think we would have been great friends as we share so many common interests and he’s just an all around good guy. I was impressed with his passion and knowledge about printing and bookmaking as he showed me samples of paper and discussed publishing methods long since abandoned. 

Receiving a package from Suntup editions is like getting a thoughtful gift from a close friend. Extra care and attention to detail make it a wonderful experience when you unwrap one of his releases. Paul confided in me that he has wanted to publish a limited edition Stephen King book for quite a while and now his dream is becoming a reality with this week’s announcement of the limited edition of Misery. Paul was kind enough to answer a few question about how the book came to be, what it will include and what future plans he is at liberty to discuss.  I began by asking him how he became interested in our favorite author, Stephen King…

Q: I’ve been fortunate to see your impressive Stephen King book collection. What was the first S.K. book that you read?  What attracted you to the author? What is the holy grail of your collection?

A: The first Stephen King book that I read was The Eyes of the Dragon. That book has special meaning to me. It changed my life when I was 19, and now Stephen King is changing my life again more than 30 years later. As to what attracted me to the author, I’m not entirely sure. I was in a bookstore, I walked up to the new releases section, and the book caught my eye. I picked it up, and felt an instant connection and attraction to it. It was very much on a non-physical level. Holy grail, well the lettered edition of Misery of course. But seriously, I don’t really have any of the major ‘grails’ in my collection, so I don’t have the obvious answer for that one. The book that comes to mind is the original copy of The Eyes of the Dragon that I bought that day in 1987 which I still have, and which has the most meaning to me. And I also like my matching Dark Tower set.

Q: Misery was published over 30 years ago and I’m surprised the beloved book has not been published as a limited edition. When you decided to publish your first limited edition S.K. book, was Misery your first choice?  How did you end up getting the rights to publish the book? How long has this been in the works?

A: I know, it’s crazy. I almost feel as if it was waiting for me to get my act together and publish it. What I’m doing with Misery is how I feel a limited book should be done. It was my first choice in my heart because it was the 2nd King book I read. I also did a private poll amongst a small group of collectors, and wouldn’t you know it, Misery was at the top of that list. So it was reaffirmed to me that this was the book I had to do.

As to rights, I called Steve and said hey dude, can I publish a limited of Misery, and will you sign it? No not really. That was just in my dreams. Coming back to reality, I basically did what you might call a “pitch”. But before the pitch could happen, I had to overcome some fears that were with me for years, and limitations I had imposed on myself. I mean, here I am, a relative unknown to the publishing world, and I decide one day that I’m going to publish a limited of Misery. Not only that, I’m going to get Stephen King to sign it. What’s the first thought anyone would have? I’ll tell you the kind of thoughts I had. Are you crazy!? Yeah, like that’s going to happen. King will never go for it. You’re no one. You don’t even know how to publish books. It’s impossible. Yadda Yadda. We can come up with all the reasons why we can’t do something, but we seldom come up with all the reasons why we can do something. Your dreams should be bigger than you think you are, and cost more money to realize, than you have.

So I had to silence those negative voices. I had to overcome some fears. I had to make a trip to Bangor and New York. I had to believe that I am that guy, and once I made the decision, everything changed. I knew what it would take to pull this off, and I did everything that I had to, in order to make it happen. That’s a long answer to: I made a pitch, he said yes. End of story. But it was a massive amount of work, operating mainly on faith, and forging this belief in myself that I could do it. I must express my gratitude though to two people, Chuck Verrill and Marsha Defilippo. They were extremely helpful and supportive to me throughout, and they have my eternal gratitude. Of course, I am forever grateful to Stephen King for allowing me to do it.

How long has this been in the works, I made the decision to do this on April 14, 2017. Although I had been procrastinating for quite some time before that. But to me, that was the day this book happened, and from the moment I made the decision, I felt in my heart that it would happen. I just had to go through the steps to get there. I’ve just added up each of the numbers in that date, and it totals 19. Crazy.

Q: Your attention to detail from the paper that you use to your care in packaging is a cornerstone of Suntup Publishing. How will the limited edition of Misery stand out from other small press books? What special embellishments are planned?

A: Thanks Larry, I appreciate that. My feeling is that unless I can make a book in the tradition of the fine press, I would rather not make the book. How Misery would stand out, well, listen, I appreciate the kind words, but I am just following in the footsteps of the visionaries and trailblazers who came before me. There are many in the fine press world, starting with William Morris, but in the context of Stephen King and this genre, I was inspired by Michael Alpert, Herb Yellin, Jerad Walters, Joe Stefko, Paul Miller, people like that. But yes, I love finely produced books, so for Misery, I’m doing some cool things. The title on the lettered edition is made using original Royal glass typewriter keys that are inset into the leather. These are actual keys from a Royal typewriter. And of course, the entire book is printed letterpress. You seldom see that in a Stephen King limited. We saw it with the Philtrum press editions. I would not print this book any other way, and it isn’t cheap, but the results are stunning. Other things like marbled papers that are being made exclusively for this edition and a very unique endband design on the lettered.  There’s also a numbered edition which is signed, and that too is printed letterpress. There is a really nice Artist Gift edition, which is the only edition of the three to feature a  jacket sporting wrap-around art by Rick Berry. Of course, there’s the cotton papers I used, I can go on. That should suffice.

Q: I envision that this is just the beginning of a very long and successful venture for you with collector’s shelves proudly showcasing Suntup Edition books…

A: Well, I sure hope so.

Q: What are the other authors/books that you would like to publish?

A: Yes, I have a list of several other books I would like to publish. Not all are in this genre. I basically walked my bookshelves, and wrote down all of my most favorite novels. I’m currently going after some of those, one in particular that I am really excited about, and hoping will happen.

Q: You’ve ventured into repackaging books into highly sought after collector’s items, created beautiful prints of S.K. book covers and now you are publishing your first limited edition book? Is there another facet of publishing that you would like to conquer?  Would an art book of Stephen King covers be out of the question?

A: You lead up to that one didn’t you! I would love to publish the coffee-table book version of The Covers Collection. I have spent a good deal of time pencilling this one out. A challenge with this book is that it would have a somewhat limited market. So print runs would have to be pretty low. With low print runs, it’s hard to come out on top. Anyway, it’s very likely this will happen though, and it is currently in a preliminary planning stage.

Q: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule Paul to talk to me and I want to congratulate you on making one of your dreams come true. I wish you and Suntup Editions continued success!

A: Thanks Larry, it was great chatting with you.

For more information about the limited edition of Misery or Suntup Editions, please click HERE.

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Stephen King Q&A: Pennywise’s Creator On Scaring The Hell Out of 2017

Stephen King Rules.

That’s what’s emblazoned on a T-shirt the young hero of Monster Squad wears in that 1987 kid-classic. It could also be the motto of 2017, and it’s one reason EW has named him one of the Entertainers of the Year.

You could practically fill another book with what a powerhouse year King has had. He’s currently on the best-seller list with Sleeping Beauties, a novel he co-wrote with his son, Owen King, a mystical plague story in which all the women of the world succumb to a cocoon-shrouded slumber, leaving the men to their own unfortunate devices.

King had another hit novella with Gwendy’s Button Box, a return to his fictional, unlucky town of Castle Rock, which he penned with friend and Cemetery Dance publisher Richard Chizmar. But several titles from his back catalog also rose up the charts thanks to some unsettling new adaptations.

It was the resurrection of Pennywise the Clown in It that truly quickened the pulse of fans around the world, minting a lot of new Constant Readers in the process. Add to that a pair of acclaimed TV series based on Mr. Mercedes and The Mist, and the Netflix adaptations of Gerald’s Game and his novella 1922, and even the lackluster reception to The Dark Tower can’t take the shine off this King renaissance.

King, who received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2015, even got some more White House recognition this year when Donald Trump blocked the author on Twitter after he bombarded the president with barbs.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Uncle Steve to talk about how it all went down – and what’s coming next.

Read more HERE.

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IDW:PDX Launches Full Bleed: The Comics & Culture Quarterly Featuring An In Depth Interview With Stephen King

Full Bleed is a brand-new quarterly, hand-crafted print-only 200-page hardcover “magazine,” curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood and Ted Adams. By merging the best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, deep dive interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces and more, Full Bleed will be a reading experience like no other, and a beautiful artisan addition to any bookshelf. Looking through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland Oregon, Full Bleed will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, tv, fine art, photography, design, politics and more. Full Bleed seeks total diversity: diversity in content, diversity in creator and contributor, diversity in genre. Every page turned will reveal a surprise.

The first volume’s centerpiece is a new in-depth interview with legendary author Stephen King, by IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall. An interview like no other he has given, it begins with his childhood love of comics, and spins out from there…

You can back this project on Kickstarter HERE.

Also featured in this first issue:

– The Lost Alan Moore Interview: An unpublished and extensive interview with Alan Moore, originally conducted for Rolling Stone magazine by Gavin Edwards in 2006, with a new introduction.

-A tribute to the late, great Bernie Wrightson by close friend and former editor Shawna Gore

-A brand-new short story from award-winning novelist Joe Lansdale with spot illustrations from Tim Truman

-An interview with punk rock legend Carla Bozulich by Whitney Phaneuf

-New comic strips from the creator of Too Much Coffee Man and Sh*t My President Says, Shannon Wheeler

-A personal remembrance of Douglas Adams by Arvind Ethan David

-“The Histories of Herodotus” – Historical musings, along with spot illustrations by acclaimed writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones/God is Disappointed in You)

-A feature on the history of comics on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, by Calvin Reid, Publisher’s Weekly Senior Editor, and comics advocate

-An autobiographical comic from the creator of Gumballs, Erin Nations

-A Cuban travelogue from IDW’s CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams

-A political rant of epic proportions along with spot illustrations; By Minimum Wage creator, Bob Fingerman

-A new comic story from the creator of Surfside Girls, Kim Dwinell

-A rumination on the 5 most important artists of the Underground Comix movement by Bob Levin

-A personal tale of health food stores and swinger parties in 1970s California, told through the lens of his Grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, by award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Jon Raymond

-A short story by Bram Stoker Award-winner, bestselling author Paul Tremblay

-A personal tale of whiskey, vinyl records, and Japan by Jarrett Melendez , with spot illustrations from Sara Richard

-A roundtable discussion on Alternative Comics, conducted by Josh Bayer: Featuring Tara Booth, Derf, Noah Van Sciver, Box Brown, Johnny Ryan and Haleigh Buck

-A new autobiographical comic from Jen Vaughn

-A new autobiographical comic from Gideon Kendall

-A long form feature on comics’ conquest of museums and galleries by Rob Salkowitz

-A career-spanning interview with noted war photographer Don McCullin by Joel Meadows

-A mission statement and opening salvo editorial column, from Creative Director Dirk Wood

…and believe it or not, much more!

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California Typewriter Documentary Trailer

California Typewriter launches us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved technology, the typewriter, faces extinction. Delivering a thought-provoking view on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, director and three-time Grammy Award winner and nominee Doug Nichol explores the mythology attached to the classic typewriter, as cultural historians, collectors and various celebrity obsessives (including Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, and Sam Shepard) celebrate the typewriter both as object and means of summoning the creative spirit.

The film culminates in the movingly documented struggle of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.

California Typewriter comes to select theaters August 18, 2017.

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Stephen King Talks The Dark Tower In A World Exclusive From Empire Magazine

“You don’t sit down one day and say, ‘Well, I think I’ll write a magnus opus.’ But I said to myself, ‘This could be really long and really exciting and I wanna take a crack at it.’ Look what happened.” What happened, is that Stephen King (speaking exclusively in the brand new issue of Empire) wrote something so audaciously ambitious, so creatively complex, that it seemed unfilmable. The work in question? The Dark Tower, of course.

“It never seemed likely to me that someone would come along and want to make a film out of it,” King continues. “There were things from time to time, when people would talk about the possibility, but I never took it seriously.” The Dark Tower’s journey from page to screen has certainly been a colorful one, with J.J. Abrams attempting to adapt it alongside Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse as far back as 2007. Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman came on board in 2010, casting Javier Bardem as gunslinger Roland Deschain and planning to deliver three films with two television series sandwiched between. “I liked that idea,” King tells Empire. “Everybody did.”

Though Ron Howard eventually moved on, his replacement – first-time director Nikolaj Arcel (screenwriter for the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) – set about tackling Goldsman’s draft. “I like Akiva Goldsman as a writer very much,” says King. “(Akiva) said, ‘Why don’t we start in media res, in the middle of the story?’ Akiva’s idea and Nic’s idea, was to say, ‘Maybe this is the second time around for Roland Deschain…’”

After 10 years of in-production limbo, it was only “two years ago” when King started to actually believe this film would hit the big screen.

Remarkably, The Dark Tower pops the author’s producing cherry, also gifted casting approval over an ensemble headed by Idris Elba (“in the books, it’s never said that Roland Deschain is a Caucasian person”) and Matthew McConaughey (“to me, he was always Walter, pretty much the way I’d imagined him. When people fall back from him in fear, you understand why”).

According to King, The Dark Tower “is something completely new that melds the Western with fantasy. This is a risky project. It’s not backed up by a bunch of comic books. (It’s) scary. But I’m happy with what we’ve got.”

For more on The Dark Tower, including interviews with McConaughey and Elba, be sure to pick up the brand new issue of Empire.

Reprinted from Empire Magazine.

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Bev Vincent Interviews Stephen King & Richard Chizmar About Their New Project

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Constant Readers the world over are rejoicing over the news that Stephen King is returning to Castle Rock, the small town he created, nurtured and nearly destroyed in works such as The Dead Zone, The Dark Half and Needful Things.

Joining him as co-writer of the new novella “Gwendy’s Button Box” is Cemetery Dance founder and publisher Richard Chizmar, fresh off his successful short story collection A Long December. The two authors answered a few questions from Bev Vincent about their highly anticipated collaboration. Read the interview HERE.

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The Last Word: Stephen King

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Stephen King’s newest novel End of Watch (which arrived in bookstores earlier this month) is the concluding chapter in his Mr. Mercedes trilogy, centered around a demented killer and the retired police officer obsessed with tracking him down.

The author spoke to Rolling Stone about his new book, his views on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the inspiration behind his next work and his favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Read the interview HERE.

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Stephen King Discusses The Dark Tower Movie With Rolling Stone

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“I think that it’s more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it,” says the author about long-awaited adaptation

Rumors of a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower saga have circulated for years, with everyone from Javier Bardem to Russell Crowe attached to the ambitious project. Most recently, Idris Elba has been said to be in the running for the lead role of Gunslinger Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the mysterious Man In Black. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, King says there there might actually be real progress on the project. “It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point,” he says. “Let’s put it that way.”

Even better: The latest casting rumors appear to be correct. “I think that it’s more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it,” King says. “But I can’t say with any certainty. I know that they’re trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony, and that’s the extent of my knowledge.” In the past, plans for The Dark Tower have included a series of movies connected by a televised mini series, though its unclear if they’re still going with that approach.

Read more HERE.

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Stephen King On Good Morning America

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Stephen King appeared on Good Morning America this morning to promote his new book, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Check out the interview below.

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