Category Archives: Stephen King

Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Crime Thriller Drama Series Lands At Peacock

Peacock has acquired crime-thriller drama series Mr. Mercedes, from David E. Kelley based on Stephen King’s bestselling Bill Hodges trilogy.

The first two seasons will premiere exclusively on the NBCUniversal streaming service on Thursday, October 15, with a premiere date for Season 3 TBD. The announcement came Monday, on King’s birthday.

The fate of the series, which previously aired on AT&T Audience Network, had been in limbo since Audience announced in the spring that it was ceasing operations and transitioning into a preview channel for the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max, which is also owned by AT&T.

Mr. Mercedes follows a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer (Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes, played by Harry Treadaway) through a series of letters and e-mails, causing him to set out on a dangerous and potentially felonious crusade to protect his loved ones and himself.

In addition to Treadaway, the series stars Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Mary-Louise Parker, Holland Taylor, Justine Lupe, Breeda Wool, Scott Lawrence, Ann Cusack, Jack Huston, Tessa Ferrer, Maximiliano Hernández, and Nancy Travis.

Kelley serves as executive producer and wrote the series alongside Stephen King and Sophie Owens-Bender. Jack Bender serves as director.

Mr. Mercedes is produced by Temple Hill Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment.

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Funko Soda Pennywise – Rhode Island Comic Con Exclusive

This Funko Soda Pennywise – Rhode Island Comic Con Exclusive will be available on www.thetoyvault.com the weekend of November 6-8th, 2020 for $15 each with a limit of 2 per person.

Limited stock will be available at all 5 Toy Vault locations that same weekend.

The tem is limited to 10,000 in the USA with RICC sticker and 5000 international without sticker. The Black and White Chase is a 1/6 ratio.

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Stephen King’s Maine

Stephen King is synonymous with the Pine Tree State. The best-selling author, 73, has lived in the land of lobsters and lighthouses nearly his entire life, using the chilly surroundings as inspiration to build a literary universe. Several small towns in central Maine serve as the real-life backdrops for such famously inhospitable fictional settings as Castle Rock and Derry, which feature in his most famous novels—from It to Pet Sematary—and their onscreen adaptations. So come, take a tour of Uncle Stevie’s famous New England haunts—if you dare.

1. Banngor

King moved with his family to Bangor in 1979—and, giving it the fictional name Derry, he’s used the setting for many of his tales, including It (1986) and the 1994 novel Insomnia. The two locales share many landmarks, such as the giant Paul Bunyan statue possessed by the supernatural clown Pennywise. King still owns a home (pictured) in Bangor—and in 2019 he began converting the neighboring house into a writers’ retreat.

2. Durham

The author spent much of his childhood here, fueling his obsession with small-town America. Durham is located in the same geographical area as Castle Rock, the fictional backdrop of the Hulu show of the same name, as well as the books The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and The Body, later adapted into the movie Stand by Me—which, ironically, was filmed mostly in Oregon.

3. Thomaston

In the Stephen King universe, the Shawshank State Prison is Maine’s largest penitentiary, seen in all its brutal glory in the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The real-life building (pictured) was demolished in 2002, but fans can visit the nearby Maine State Prison Showroom, which sells souvenirs produced by inmates—including Shawshank-themed hoodies.

4. Orrington

Before moving to Bangor, the King family lived next to this town’s pet cemetery—King was inspired to write the terrifying 1983 book Pet Sematary after the death of his daughter’s cat Smucky. “That night, after we buried [Smucky], we heard [my daughter] out in the garage…shouting, ‘God can’t have my cat, that cat is my cat!’” King told EW in 2019. “And I put all that in the book. Everything in the book, up to the point of the supernatural stuff, is true.”

5. Orono

Orono is home to the picturesque University of Maine, where King studied English in the late ’60s and served as writer in residence in 1978. (He also wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper and even met his future wife, Tabitha, in the library.) In Sematary, doctor Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke in the 2019 film) is appointed director of the university’s campus health service, but moves his doomed family from Chicago to a house near Ludlow, a tiny town 100 miles north.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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The Hosts of The Kingcast Name Their Top 10 Favorite Stephen King Films

On each episode of The Kingcast podcast, pop culture writers Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe discuss a different adaptation of Stephen King’s work with help from a guest.

“Scott said, ‘We should have it be not just about the books but about the adaptations,'” explains Vespe. “We hoped that we could get a lot of these people that we’ve met and become friendly with over the years to join up and luckily some of them have.”

Since the podcast premiered this spring, the pair’s guests have included actors Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Jane, and Elijah Wood; directors Karyn Kusama, Mike Flanagan, and Scott Derrickson; and writer Seth Grahame-Smith, among others.

“The key is, we’re allowing the guest to decide what adaptation they want to talk about,” says Wampler. “It’s revealed all these personal connections that people have with the material. Elijah Wood came on and did Misery, and he hadn’t actually read Misery, but he’d seen the movie. He was able to talk about his experience with fandom through the prism of Misery. That was a fascinating thing to hear. We have a guest [this week] who is a person who had a very personal connection with ‘Salem’s Lot. They grew up in a small town where it turned out their cub scout leader was a serial killer. I was like, ‘Well, f— yeah, we want to hear about that!'”

A new episode of Kingcast is released on Wednesday. Wampler and Vespe lead us through their own ten favorite Stephen King adaptations, HERE.

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Suntup Editions To Release Mr. Mercedes Covers Collection Print By Sam Weber

Suntup Editions is delighted to present the first of two prints by artist Sam Weber, the art from the first edition cover of Mr. Mercedes.

Published on June 3, 2014, Stephen King described Mr. Mercedes as his “first hard-boiled detective book.” Just days after its publication, King revealed it to be the first volume of a projected trilogy. The novel would be followed by Finders Keepers in 2015 and End of Watch in 2016. Mr. Mercedes won the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award in the “Mystery and Thriller” category, as well as the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. In 2017, it was adapted into a crime drama televsion series for the Audience Network starring Brendan Gleeson. Sam Weber’s eye-catching imagery of raining blood can now be enjoyed for the first time without cover text as a beautiful giclée print.

All prints are hand-signed by Sam Weber. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 40 signed copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 40 copies of each size worldwide, plus 3 Artist Proofs and 3 – Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free, Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.

Release Date: October 1, 2020
Available for Pre-Order: September 15, 2020

Large Size: 15.75″ x 24″
Small Size: 10.5″ x 17″

Order HERE.

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Watch The Teaser Trailer From Season Two of Eli Roth’s History of Horror 

AMC has released the teaser from season two of Eli Roth’s History of Horror premiering Saturday, October 10 at 10:00pm ET/9c. 

Season Two of Eli Roth’s History of Horror digs even deeper into the catacombs of creepiness, exhuming landmark films and cult classics while chewing on the entrails of recent horror cinema. The series explores the dark power and wicked fun of scary movies, the craft that went into making them, and the ways that horror films reflect the anxieties of their times. The story is told by Eli Roth and a celebrated cast of writers, directors, actors, cinematographers, composers, and special effects artists who bring our nightmares to life. 

Interviewees include Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Ari Aster, Bill Hader, Nancy Allen, Megan Fox, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, James Brolin, Edgar Wright, Piper Laurie, Leonard Maltin, Katharine Isabelle, Jack Black, Slash, Rachel True, Ashley Laurence, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, Mary Harron, John Landis, Tom Savini, Karyn Kusama, and many others. 

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Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemption By Stephen King Available For The First Time As A Standalone Book

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s beloved novella, Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption—the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award–nominee The Shawshank Redemption—about an unjustly imprisoned convict who seeks a strangely satisfying revenge, is now available for the first time as a standalone book.

A mesmerizing tale of unjust imprisonment and offbeat escape, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is one of Stephen King’s most beloved and iconic stories, and it helped make Castle Rock a place readers would return to over and over again. Suspenseful, mysterious, and heart-wrenching, this iconic King novella, populated by a cast of unforgettable characters, is about a fiercely compelling convict named Andy Dufresne who is seeking his ultimate revenge. Originally published in 1982 in the collection Different Seasons (alongside “The Body,” “Art Pupil,” and “The Breathing Method”), it was made into the film The Shawshank Redemption in 1994. Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, this modern classic was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is among the most beloved films of all time.

The 128 page trade paperback will be released on September 29, 2020 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

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First A Look At The Stand, A CBS All Access Limited Event Series Based On The Novel By Stephen King

The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name, CBS All Access’ The Stand will close with a new coda written by the famed author himself. The Stand stars Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, and many more. 

Don’t miss the premiere of The Stand on Thursday, December 17, streaming exclusively on CBS All Access.

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YouTube Live With James Lee Burke & Stephen King

Authors James Lee Burke and Stephen King did a live talk on YouTube today and you can watch it below.

This discussion was hosted by Murder By The Books.

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-eight novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.  

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James Lee Burke & Stephen King Live Talk Scheduled For August 29

Authors James Lee Burke and Stephen King will be doing a live talk on YouTube on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 4:30PM (Pacific).

This discussion hosted by Murder By The Books can be watched HERE.

If you would like to ask James Lee Burke or Stephen King a question  during this event, click HERE to submit it.

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-eight novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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