Category Archives: Joe Hill

Here Is Your First Look At The Creepshow Animated Special

Shudder released today the trailer for A Creepshow Animated Special, premiering exclusively on the horror streaming service beginning Thursday, October 29 shortly after 12:01 am ET/9:01 pm PT.

A Creepshow Animated Special features two stories directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, with animation by Octopie animation studio.

“Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost.

 

“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.

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IDW Presents: The World of Locke & Key 2020 New York Comic Con Virtual Panel

Even though conventions are being held virtually this year, it doesn’t mean that fans have to miss out on engaging panels! This week, IDW welcomes you to enjoy New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con Metaverse from the comfort of your own home with a wildly insightful Locke & Key creator panel.

Unlock what’s next in the world of Locke & Key, now a hit Netflix original series! Join New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Full Throttle, NOS4A2, Dying is Easy) and legendary artist Gabriel Rodríguez in conversation with series editor Chris Ryall, as they welcome you back to Keyhouse. Be the first to hear more about the next wave of comics and graphic novels in the Locke & Key franchise!

Featuring:

Joe Hill (writer, Locke & Key)
Gabriel Rodríguez (artist, Locke & Key)
Chris Ryall (editor, Locke & Key)

The panel Goes Live: Thursday, October 8, at 4:20pm EST (1:20pm PST). Head to YouTube.com/NYCC.

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Kiefer Sutherland And Joey King Star In The Creepshow Halloween Special, Based On Stories By Stephen King And Joe Hill

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, today announced Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) and Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as the voice cast for The Creepshow Halloween Special, premiering October 26. The fully animated special will feature two stories directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, with animation by Octopie animation studio. 

“Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Sutherland as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost. “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars King as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.

“Halloween wouldn’t be complete without Creepshow, so with the help of the father and son team of Stephen & Joe as well as a fantastic animated format, we get to continue the tradition and spirit of Halloween,” said Nicotero.

“Although season 2, now in production, has been delayed due to Covid, Greg and his team were still able to pull off this fantastic special so everyone will be able to enjoy a little bit of Creepshow during Halloween season,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.

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IDW Announces Publishing Roadmap For Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez’s Locke & Key

Following the smashing first season success of the Netflix Original Series Locke & Key produced by IDW Entertainment, new fans are flocking to join the already massive following for Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s beloved horror/fantasy tale. To satisfy demand in the interim before Locke & Key’s second season debut, IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce the next wave of published offerings in the Locke & Key franchise. There’s no better time for fans to experience the full breadth of the comic series that The A.V. Club calls “a modern masterpiece!”

“I always wanted to have my own series character, like Philip Marlowe, Jack Reacher, or Sherlock Holmes. I just somehow never imagined my series character would be… a house. But that house is a home — my creative home,” says Hill. “I’ve spent some of the happiest hours of my life knocking around Keyhouse’s closets, cabinets, and odd corners, hanging there with my artistic compadres, Gabriel Rodríguez, Chris Ryall, and Jay Fotos. We’ve never stopped having fun and I couldn’t be more excited about the stories we’ve got ahead of us. We’re going to do our very best to unlock some good things in 2020.” 

“Locks work both ways, so of course the ending of the first Locke & Key epic would lead to new journeys altogether. It’s natural that Joe, Jay, Chris, and I would be eager to explore Keyhouse’s other thrilling and impossible tales,” says Rodríguez. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see the saga of Chamberlin Locke unfold and reach a bombastic ending in the upcoming arcs …In Pale Battalions Go… and Hell and Gone, the latter of which will give us the chance to pay tribute to one of the mythologies that inspired us all to devote our lives to comics — DC’s The Sandman Universe. And even that is only the beginning… so brace yourselves!”

“It’s impressive how Joe and Gabriel keep finding new ways to expand the scope and breadth of Locke & Key, so for that reason alone, I’m happy to be working with them again,” says Chris Ryall, editor of the series. “But really, what I remain most excited about is just the chance to continue working alongside some of the most talented and special people I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. The great comics to come are just a bonus after that.”

August through October will see the release of the three-part miniseries, Locke & Key: …In Pale Battalions Go…, serving as a lead-in to Hell & Gone, Locke & Key’s hotly anticipated crossover with DC’s The Sandman Universe slated for late fall. Set in the spring of 1915, the story follows John Locke, a patriot too young to enlist in the greatest war of all. He intends to use the impossible, reality-bending keys to turn the tide on the grimmest battlefield of the 20th century… a hellscape whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of shadows.

In October, the Locke & Key – The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone #0 comic book officially kicks off the crossover fans have been waiting for with a special reintroduction of storylines and characters who populate the fall’s landmark event series. In the reprinted tale “Open the Moon” (originally presented in 2011’s Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys), Chamberlin Locke, patriarch of the Locke family, wields the Moon Key to reveal new secrets lurking in Keyhouse… and unlocks a strange new world leading directly into the events of the Hell & Gone series. Also, the #0 issue peels back the curtain on Dream of The Endless with a classic tale reprinted from The Sandman.

Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium, scheduled for release in October, collects the original, sprawling tale of magic and family, in one massive 900-page hardcover edition complete with a dust jacket featuring all-new front- and back-cover artwork by series co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez. Marking the first time that the core Locke & Key six-volume series has all been collected into a single tome, the Keyhouse Compendium — much like the doors of Keyhouse itself — transforms all who open its pages. Witness the triumphs and tragedies of Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke from their very first steps on the ancestral grounds of Massachusetts to the climactic final battle with the supernatural entity Dodge.

In November and January, the most talked-about crossover of 2020 will hit stores: Locke & Key – The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone, a monumental two-part story that sees the destiny of the Locke family intertwine with the mythos of DC’s The Sandman Universe. In November, IDW will publish Locke & Key – The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone #1, followed by DC’s The Sandman Universe – Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #1 in January. “If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be dreaming,” the tagline promises, for a tale crafted by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, and overseen by Sandman writer and co-creator Neil Gaiman. 

Finally, IDW welcomes the Locke & Key series into the company’s comprehensive in-house Spanish Language publishing initiative with the release of Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Bienvenidos a Lovecraft in February 2021. Collecting the six-issue “Welcome to Lovecraft” storyline that introduced the Locke kids and their nemesis Dodge, Bienvenidos a Lovecraft expands the accessibility of Hill and Rodríguez’s storytelling to Spanish-speaking communities throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

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Here Is Your First Look At The Sandman/Locke & Key Crossover

Comic books are built on crossovers. Seeing characters from different fictional worlds or even different publishers come face-to-face on the page is one of the most unique and exhilarating experiences the medium can offer. Usually, such crossovers involve superheroes (different Marvel heroes coming together to form the Avengers, say, or their even bigger encounters with DC Comics rivals), but this fall, it’s time for two popular dark fantasy comics to get acquainted when Locke & Key meets The Sandman in a new crossover comic from IDW and DC Comics.

Originally created by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodríguez and recently adapted into a Netflix series, Locke & Key is the story of the Locke family, whose ancestral Massachusetts home of Keyhouse contains a wide variety of magical keys: One that opens up people’s minds, one that turns you into a ghost, and many more. The Sandman was originally created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, and has its own Netflix adaptation on the way (in the meantime, the first few volumes of the comic were recently adapted into audiobook format by Audible). The Sandman is mostly the story of Morpheus, King of The Dreaming, as his life intersects with various mortals, monsters, and myths. But it does feature at least one very important key: The Key to Hell, which the devil Lucifer gives to Morpheus after abandoning his post as ruler of demons and the damned. This key will apparently form the connection between The Dreaming and Keyhouse.

The crossover comic will be titled Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone, and will kick off in October with a #0 issue that reprints key stories from both universes (in case you’re only familiar with one, or just need a refresher). The series proper will kick off with issue #1 in November, beginning an all-new story that connects the Locke Family of Keyhouse to the realm of The Dreaming by way of Lucifer’s Key to Hell. The series will be written by Hill and illustrated by Rodríguez.

Check out two different covers for issue #1. The first, by Rodríguez, features The Sandman characters Cain, Abel, Death, Fiddler’s Green, and the Corinthian in what looks like ’20s period costumes, while a mysterious blonde woman in the front wears Morpheus’ helm and holds one of the Keyhouse keys (the Anywhere Key, by the looks of it). The second, by The Sandman: Overture artist J.H. Williams III, again features that helm (given the ruby necklace and cloak, it appears to be actually Morpheus wearing it this time, but that’s just a guess) and one of the Locke keys. |

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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Locke & Key Sandman Hell & Gone Issue 0 Announced For October

If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming! The Sandman Universe crossover begins here, with this specially priced re-introduction of the storylines and characters who populate next month’s landmark event series.

First, in the Eisner-winning Locke & Key tale, “Open the Moon,” meet Chamberlin Locke, patriarch of the Locke family, whose Moon Key began to unlock the events of this event series. Next, journey with the Lord of Dreams to Lucifer’s domain in the chapter of Sandman’s epic “Season of Mists” storyline that sees the Key to Hell change hands in a most momentous way.

And join IDW and DC Comics in November for Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #1 by L&K co-creators Hill and Rodriguez! Locke & Key Sandman Hell & Gone Issue 0 will be in stores October 28th.

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On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft Twentieth Anniversary Edition By Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Stephen King is now available and it includes contributions from his sons Joe Hill and Owen King.

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

Order HERE.

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AMC Releases Trailer For NOS4A2 Season 2

AMC released the official trailer for season two of supernatural horror series NOS4A2, which premieres on Sunday, June 21 at 10:00pm ET/9c on AMC. 

The series’ second season stars Emmy-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto and rising star Ashleigh Cummings, along with Jahkara Smith, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull, Jonathan Langdon, Ashley Romans, Jason David and Mattea Conforti.

NOS4A2’s second season picks up eight years after the events of season one. Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) remains more determined than ever to destroy Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto). Charlie, having faced his own mortality, emerges desperate for revenge against Vic. This time, he sets his sights on the person who means most to Vic – her eight-year-old son Wayne. The race for Wayne’s soul sends Vic and Charlie on a high-speed collision course, forcing both to confront the mistakes of their pasts in order to secure a hold on Wayne’s future.

Based on Joe Hill’s best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 is executive produced by showrunner Jami O’Brien (Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels) and Hill.

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Locke & Key: …In Pale Battalions Go… #1 To Be Released On August 26

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s acclaimed Locke & Key continues! The impossible, reality-bending keys of Keyhouse have always been weapons of war. In the spring of 1915, Chamberlin Locke’s oldest son, John, is desperate to be a part of the greatest war of all… and use the keys to turn the tide! Prepare to open a door onto one of the grimmest battlefields of the 20th century, whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of supernatural shadows.

Locke & Key: …In Pale Battalions Go… #1 will be released on August 26.

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HBO Max To Adapt Stephen King & Joe Hill’s ‘Throttle’ Into A Feature Film

WarnerMedia has enjoyed large success adapting the extensive literary library of Stephen King and now its upcoming streaming service HBO Max has acquired the rights to King and son Joe Hill’s novella Throttle for a feature adaptation.

Originally published in 2009, the story centers on a father and son who lead a biker gang that are terrorized by a big rig truck driver on an isolated stretch of the American desert. The novella was published in a limited edition anthology He Is Legend honoring Richard Matheson, whose short story “Duel” served as inspiration for Throttle, with a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing debuting i 2012.

The adaptation is set to be penned by Leigh Dana Jackson, a writer and executive producer on Netflix’s Raising Dion, with David S. Goyer (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terminator: Dark Fate) set to produce alongside Keith Levine through their Phantom Four banner.

WarnerMedia and their various distribution labels have been one of the primary sources for King adaptations for the past 40 years, going all the way back to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and immediately following it with Creepshow and Carrie and bringing to life everything from The Green Mile and It to The Mangler and Dreamcatcher, with the most recent coming in the form of last year’s well-received Doctor Sleep from Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House).

Hill has seen a number of his own projects find their way to the TV and feature-length worlds, including AMC’s hit vampire psychological thriller NOS4A2, which is set to premiere its second season on June 21, and Netflix’s Locke & Key and In The Tall Grass, which he co-wrote with King.

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