Category Archives: Joe Hill

Universal Pictures To Adapt Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988

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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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Locke & Key Returns In December With Small World

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Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are returning to their Eisner Award-winning comic book series Locke & Key, the ingenious horror/thriller saga set in an ancient New England house full of enchanted keys that unlock different doors and activate different supernatural powers, for a one-shot comic that is due from IDW in December of 2016.  Locke & Key: Small World tells a new story about one of the many keepers-of-the-keys in the Locke family, Mary Locke, and is set in the early 20th Century.

In stores on December 21, 2016.

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Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection

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New York Times #1 Best Seller Joe Hill is the creative force behind this collection of comic one-shots, short stories, and graphic novels that showcase the world-building and bone-chilling talents of the famed Locke & Key creator.

Joe Hill: The Graphic Novel Collection ($50) includes: Kodiak (2010) with illustrations by Nat Jones, The Cape (2010) and The Cape 1969 (2011) illustrated by Zach Howard, Thumbprint (2013) illustrated by Vic Malhotra, Wraith (2014) with illustrations by Charles Paul Wilson III, plus the short stories Throttle (2009) from the Road Rage collection and By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain (2012) taken from 2016 Bram Stoker Award Winner Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. Fans of comic books, horror, and Hill, take note.

This deluxe hardcover collection from IDW will be available on November 15, 2016.

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Joe Hill’s Locke & Key Returns With One-Shot Small World

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Get ready to unlock your mind for new Locke & Key” comics, because series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are sending us all back to Keyhouse in their new one-shot from IDW Entertainment, “Small World.”

Check out the cover reveal, find out what’s new in the tiny new world Rodriguez and Hill are crafting and learn what’s next for the “Locke & Key” television series.

“Locke & Key,” which ended its monthly run in 2013, is one part supernatural thriller, two parts puzzle box, and topped off with a heaping amount of good old-fashioned horror. The first six books were centered around the Locke kids and their ancestral home, a winding New England manor in which a number of magical keys are hidden, keys that can unlock doors that lead to wherever your heart desires, can turn you into a ghost and even drill into another person’s mind. Naturally, as with all things magic, there are evil forces at work trying to harness the power from the keys. It’s up to the children of the Locke family to solve each little mystery as it’s revealed by Keyhouse.

Back in 2011, Fox conjured a pilot for a TV series with Mark Romanek directing and a script by Josh Friedman. Despite being praised by critics after the pilot was leaked on the Internet, “Locke & Key” wasn’t ordered to series and any hopes of exploring the mysteries of Keyhouse on screen was lost to the ether. Until now:  Recently, IDW Entertainment announced that it wants to give a “Locke & Key” TV show another go, but this time with Hill himself writing the pilot.

But TV takes forever and  in order to quench the fans’ hunger for more “Locke & Key” now, IDW will be releasing “Small World” in December. The one-off comic goes back in time to tell a new story from one of the many keepers-of-the-keys in the Locke family, Mary Locke ( one of Rodriguez’s all-time favorite characters to draw).

The LA Times spoke with Hill (both over the phone and via email) and Rodriguez about returning to their spooky series with “Small World,” and Hill elaborated on his big plans for the new pilot. Read the interview HERE.

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Joe Hill’s Tales From The Darkside # 1

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Not only is Joe Hill currently sitting atop the New York Times best-seller list for his new novel, The Fireman, but the reunion of Joe and Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez is happening here in Tales From the Darkside. Planned as a revival of the cult TV series, Joe’s teleplays are instead appearing only as comic books, the first issue of which is in stores this week!

Featuring three stories of the macabre and malevolent, Tales From The Darkside from IDW is planned as a four issue mini series.

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IDW To Release Joe Hill’s Tales From The Darkside Scriptbook

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World Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe Hill turns his attention to a legend—Tales From The Darkside.

Originally planned as a reboot for the storied series, Hill’s scripts for these never-broadcast television episodes allow the New York Times bestselling author to stretch his creative muscles, his effortless mastery of the twisted subject matter injecting new terrors into this silver screen legend.

Joining Hill in resurrecting this classic is Charles Paul Wilson III, known to many Joe Hill fans as the artist responsible for the nightmare vision made real in their most recent collaboration, Wraith, a graphic novel prequel to the Hill’s bestselling book N0S4A2. In Tales From The Darkside, Wilson’s tack-sharp interpretation of Hill’s vision is on display in a series of illustrations accompanying the scripts.

“When I was offered a chance to reinvent Tales from the Darkside, I leapt,” said Hill. “This was a landmark show for my generation: our Twilight Zone, our Outer Limits. Right away, I wanted to do something that honored the spirit of the original Darkside… and at the same time I wanted to go bigger, to do something fresh, something with scope. In the end I wrote three scripts and sketched a vision for a whole Darkside universe. I envisioned a series of individual horror stories that would, ultimately, turn out to be connected by a single mythology. I really wanted to do something with the scale of Locke & Key. TV is tough and in the end we didn’t quite make it to the little screen. But it’s a delight and a thrill to share the scripts alongside Charles Paul Wilson’s beautifully sick illustrations. Here’s the show that could’ve been, now playing in your imagination.”

“Working with Joe and Charles is always a pleasure. I mean, what we create is terrifying—why else would you pair the two together—but the results are never short of exemplary,” said project editor Justin Eisinger. “And this exploration of an alternate TFTD television universe that could have been… well, if you’re a fan of horror anthologies this is one you do not want to miss.”

First created by George A. Romero, Tales From The Darkside offered a grim but compelling anthology-style series. Hill’s scripts for the unaired reboot of the series will debut in the eponymous comic series beginning this June, but fans looking for more raw Hill, this new scriptbook provides a unique glimpse into the creative process, and a look at what could have been.

Look for Tales From The Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill wherever books are sold this October.

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Joe Hill’s Book Tour For The Fireman

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Joe Hill is heading out on a US tour to promote his new novel, The Fireman (on sale May 17, 2016 in the US).

Monday, May 16th @ 7:00 PM
Writers on a New England Stage – The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
For tickets, visit http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/joe_hill

Tuesday, May 17th @ 7:00 PM
Harvard Bookstore event @ The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
For tickets, visit http://boston.eventful.com/events/joe-hill-brattle-theatre-/E0-001-092595179-0

Wednesday, May 18th @ 7:00 PM
The Strand
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
For more info call 212-473-1452

Thursday, May 19th @ 6:30 PM
Busboys and Poets
235 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC 20012
For more info call 202-726-0856

Friday, May 20th @ 8:00 PM
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
For more info call 305-444-9044

Saturday, May 21st @ 7:00 PM
Magers & Quinn offsite @ Uptown Church
1219 W 31st St., Minneapolis, MN 55408
For tickets, visit https://allevents.in/minneapolis/joe-hill-presents-his-new-book-the-fireman/553897094788767

Sunday, May 22nd @ 5:00 PM
Prairie Lights Bookstore offsite @ Coralville Library
1401 5th St., Coralville, IA 52241
For more info, please call 319-337-2681

Monday, May 23rd @ 6:00 PM
In Conversation with George R. R. Martin @ The Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87
For tickets, visit http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/event/author-event-and-contest-with-joe-hill/?instance_id=36508

Tuesday, May 24th @ 7:00 PM
Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013
For more info call 480-730-0205

Wednesday, May 25th @ 7:00 PM
Vromans Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
For more info call # 626-449-5320

Thursday, May 26th @ 7:30 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave #100, San Diego, CA 92111
For tickets, please call 858-268-4747

Friday, May 27th @ 7:00 PM
Copperfield’s Books
140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA 94952
For more info call 707-823-8991

Saturday, May 28th @ 2:00 PM
Powell’s
1005 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
For more info call 503-228-4651

Wednesday, June 1st @ 7:00 PM
B&N
1741 South Willow St., Manchester, NH 03103
For more info call 603-668-5557

Thursday, June 16th @ 7:00 PM
B&N
235 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060
For more info call 603-888-0533

Tuesday, June 21st @ 6:00 PM
Books-A-Million
430 Gorham Rd., South Portland, ME 04106
For more info call 205-909-3549

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Cemetery Dance Announces The Joe Hill Special Issue # 74/75

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Cemetery Dance is very excited to make what might be the biggest announcement in the history of the magazine: Cemetery Dance #74/75: The Joe Hill Special Issue!

This 200+ page special issue not only features an original, never-before-published 30,000 word novella by Joe Hill, but the issue grew so large that CD had to publish it as their first ever oversized trade paperback version of the magazine!

In addition to the brand new Joe Hill novella, there is also “How We Got Out of the Furnace” — a modified excerpt from The Fireman — a new interview with Joe, essays about his work from those who know him best, and much much more!

Plus, of course, a great mix of our usual suspects and other incredible horror fiction and non-fiction!

For the collectors out there, there is also an extremely affordable Limited Edition hardcover of the issue, which will feature a full-color reproduction of the magazine’s front cover right on the binding, beautiful special endpapers, and each copy will be signed by the editor on a unique Limitation Sheet featuring gorgeous color artwork created just for this special edition!

You can choose the trade edition for $14.95 or the signed limited hardcover edition for $60. More info HERE.

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Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez Journey To The ‘Darkside’ This June

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Locke & Key fans will have reason to celebrate this summer when Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Wraith) and Gabriel Rodríguez (Onyx) unleash their latest horror series on the world. Tales from the Darkside sees the Eisner Award-winning team reunite on a comic-book revival of the horror anthology TV series of the same name.

The four-issue series will feature Hill’s re-imagining of Tales for a contemporary take on the cult classic. Structured to have the scope of Locke & Key while exploring a vast, underlying mythology, Tales aims to unfold a cohesive universe made up of each individual issue. According to the creative team, these stories will draw inspiration from the TV series that it has spawned from while also taking a meta approach to the material.

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Hill elaborated further on what his vision for the series is and what fans can expect from the too-good-for-TV story structure:

“This is the show that could’ve been,” says Hill. “The original Tales from the Darkside was a fun, bleak little spin on the Twilight Zone style anthology. My idea is to give readers a little more. Every story is meant to stand alone, but gradually, you will come to see how they all connect, to tell a single larger story.”

While Rodríguez will provide cover art for the series, joining the team will be Charles P. Wilson III (The Wraith) who will contribute variant covers.

“The universe that Joe is building here is wholly unique while still doing justice to the original show,” said Tales from the Darkside editor Michael Benedetto. “And having Gabriel collaborating with him again is the best we could have possibly hoped for. These guys have a proven track record, and this series will only serve to build on their reputations as excellent storytellers and masters of horror and suspense.”

Prepare to enter the ‘Darkside’ this June at your local comic shop!

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Read An Exclusive Excerpt And See The Cover of Joe Hill’s Blazing Thriller The Fireman

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Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, guest editor of the first Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology, and offspring of a little-known writer named Stephen King, will release his new thriller, The Fireman, next May.

The Fireman sees the world suffering a global pandemic — but this isn’t your typical Contagion flu or World War Z zombie disease. When you’re affected with “Dragonscale,” as it’s colloquially known, lovely black and gold marks appear on your body — but eventually, you’ll burst into flames. The only afflicted person who hasn’t spontaneously combusted is a mysterious, iron-bar wielding figure called The Fireman, who has somehow taught himself to control the fire threatening to escape his body, and wanders the streets trying to save afflicted people from “Cremation Squads” who have taken it upon themselves to burn any black and gold-flecked people they see.

While The Fireman doesn’t hit shelves until May 17, 2016, Entertainment Weekly is thrilled to present the book’s cover reveal and a sneak peek at the prologue. To pre-order a signed first edition, click HERE, and to pre-order The Fireman in hardcover or e-book, head to HarperCollins. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

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