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Suntup Editions The Covers Collection – The Dark Tower IV: Wizard And Glass Print By Steve Stone

Suntup Editions presents The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass as their latest addition to The Covers Collection. This cover art from Steve Stone is the fourth and final print from the artist’s work on the 2003 Viking re-release of The Dark Tower series.

Wizard and Glass is Stephen King’s fourth novel in The Dark Tower series, originally published by Donald M. Grant in 1997. Viking released a new edition of the book in 2003 featuring this stunning cover art by Steve Stone, depicting Rhea of the Cöos’ mystical malevolent orb in the foreground with the tower beyond it. Now this gorgeous artwork can be enjoyed for the first time without cover text, as a beautifully printed giclée print.

All prints are hand-signed by Steve Stone. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 signed copies per size, worldwide.

The release date is August 1, 2020 and you can pre-order HERE today.

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Stephen King’s Novella Collection  ‘If It Bleeds’ Draws Movie Deals 

Stephen King’s latest bestselling four novella collection If It Bleeds has quickly garnered three option deals, with a fourth in the offing because it involves a preexisting character who just starred in an HBO series adaptation.

Netflix, Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy have teamed to option the book’s first tale, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, which John Lee Hancock will adapt and direct. Jason Blum, Murphy and Carla Hacken will produce the feature.

Rat has been optioned to Ben Stiller, who intends to product, direct and star in the feature.

And Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa has optioned The Life Of Chuck. At this point, Aronofsky is just aboard as producer.

The fourth installment, Let It Bleed, might have found a deal of its own, but it revolves around Holly, the clairvoyant detective played indelibly in the HBO limited series The Outsider by Cynthia Erivo. Don’t be surprised if the If It Bleed bleeds into the future of the series.

Now, you would have to go far back to King’s 1982 novella collection Different Seasons to see this level of film deals coming out of one of his books. That novella featured The Body, which became the Rob Reiner-directed classic Stand By Me; Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which became the Frank Darabont-directed classic The Shawshank Redemption with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman; and Apt Pupil, which became the Bryan Singer-directed thriller that starred Ian McKellan and Brad Renfro. The only title that didn’t make it to the screen from that book was The Breathing Method. That one is in development with Blum producing and Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson.

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is said to be the tale closest in tone to Stand By Me, with a supernatural spark thrown in for good measure. A youngster in Maine befriends and does odd jobs for the retired Mr. Harrigan, starting from when he is nine years old. Harrigan has a penchant for giving the youth scratch off lotto tickets that pay off and the youth reciprocates by buying the older man his first smart phone. When Mr. Harrigan dies, the teen puts the phone in his pal’s pocket before burial and when the lonely youth leaves his dead friend a message, he is shocked to get a return text from beyond the grave.

Blumhouse Television’s Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold are exec producing, and this becomes the fourth Netflix film with King, following Gerald’s Game, 1922, and In the Tall Grass.

The Life Of Chuck concerns title character Charles Krantz, who dies at age 39 of a brain tumor and whose life is segmented into several eerie supernatural chapter breaks.

Rat focuses on a frustrated writer named Drew Larson. With an acclaimed short story to his credit who turns to academia because each time he’s got a good book idea, something terrible happens. He is determined to write an idea for a Western, and heads out to an old family cabin in the woods determined to get it done. Severe storms occur and he makes a Faustian bargain with a rat to alleviate his writer’s block. Larson believes it was done in a dream state of delirium, but finds when he returns home that he made a rat pact to trade success for the life of a loved one…

If It Bleeds focuses on Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency who is trying to find a missing dog when she watches a news report of a school bombing, and becomes convinced that the reporter on that story might not be objective at all. Aside from The Outsider, Gibney also was part of King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, the Brendan Gleeson series that encompassed Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch.

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Stephen King Mid-Century Modern Inspired Prints By Erin Hagerman

Erin Hagerman is a Binghamton, New York based designer who runs the Etsy shop, Prints and GiggIes.

She creates mid-century modern inspired prints based on popular movies including a key identifiable main image and printed dialogue from the film. The results are gorgeous.

Check out her homage to the famous Stephen King films: The Shining, Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, IT, The Green Mile, and Carrie.

Each image measures 12″x18″ and is printed on smooth archival paper.  You can order them HERE for $18.99 each.

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Suntup Editions To Release The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands Covers Collection Print By Steve Stone

Suntup Editions will release The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands as their latest addition to The Covers Collection. This incredible cover art from Steve Stone is the third in a series of four prints from the artist’s work on the 2003 Viking re-release of The Dark Tower series.

Originally published in hardback by Donald M. Grant in 1991, The Waste Lands is Stephen King’s third book in The Dark Tower series. In 2003, Viking released a new edition of the book featuring Steve Stone’s beautiful cover art depicting Blaine, the insane train. Now this gorgeous artwork can be enjoyed for the first time without cover text, as a beautifully printed giclée print.

All prints are hand-signed by Steve Stone. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 signed copies per size, worldwide.

Pre-order HERE.

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€19 Euro Stephen King Bookmark

Following up on the success of the $19 Dollar Bookmark, 19th Edition is proud to make available for pre-order the €19 Euro Bookmark! As with previous offerings, this bookmark is full of references to King’s many works and will look great displayed on your shelves or tucked away, holding your space while reading his next great novel!

Pre-order HERE for $3 each, it will ship on June 30th.

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The Stand (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) By Stephen King

Barnes and Noble will release Stephen King’s The Stand as a Collectible Edition on September 8, 2020.

Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published in 1978.

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

The 1,200 page book will feature a bonded leather cover and retail for $25.

You can pre-order the book HERE.

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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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Glen Mazzara Discusses His Plans For Scrapped Dark Tower Series

This past January saw the disheartening news that Amazon had elected not to move forward with the planned series adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary Dark Tower novel series and now showrunner Glen Mazzara has opened up about his plans for the canceled series.

In an interview with Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler for their podcast, The Kingcast, Mazzara revealed that the plan for the series was to expand on the backstory of the characters and events of the 2017 film adaptation, specifically taking and focusing on elements that the film didn’t bring from the novels, but after its tanking with critics and at the box office, they needed to change things up.

“When we realized that the franchise was not viable, or not going to continue, we decided we could now lay out the entire epic,” Mazzara said in the interview. “Now we had a choice: do we go back and start with The Gunslinger? Do you start and tell the story in a linear way and then interrupt that narrative and have this large cutaway in your season 4 or season 5 to Wizard and Glass? That’s a viable option.”

Mazzara said he and the writer’s room chose to go back to their original idea and start the series with the fourth book in the series, Wizard and Glass, which was primarily told in flashbacks and offered readers a deeper look at the sad backstory of lead protagonist Roland Deschain. This plan would’ve helped the series cast a younger star in the role and eventually work its way to his older years of searching for the titular structure and fighting against the Man in Black, known by various aliases across King’s books both in and out of the Dark Tower franchise, as well as encountering Susan Delgado, the woman he falls in love with.

“If season 1 ended with the death of Susan…in Wizard and Glass very quickly you go from the death of Susan to the death of Gabrielle, [Roland’s] mother,” Mazzara explained. “I felt that I needed a season to give me real estate so that Gabrielle’s death didn’t step on Susan’s and that it felt like an escalation. Roland fails to save Susan, but he actually shoots and kills his mother. In the book, Gabrielle is not really a detailed character in a way that, say, Susan is…Gabrielle is really not fleshed out. She just doesn’t have as many pages attributed to her. I love that character. The actress we had for her was Elaine Cassidy, a fantastic Irish actress, and she did a really great job. So for season 2…[we were] maybe going to use the shapeshifter story [from Wind Through the Keyhole] as part of season 2 and get to the death of Gabrielle and either the fall of Gilead there or the fall of Gilead would be the season three premiere.”

The intended showrunner revealed that it would be at this point in the series in which the actors would switch from the younger, twentysomething Roland to the more weathered and middle-aged iteration of the character and would begin to dive into the events of the first novel in the series, The Gunslinger. But with the film failing to connect with audiences and Amazon already investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a series adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga, the adaptation is currently on hold unless production company Media Rights Capital can successfully shop the pilot scripts to a different network.

LINKS ComingSoon and Slashfilm

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Frankenstein, The Illustrated Edition

Frankenstein’s Monster lives on—and so does legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s legacy—in this landmark illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, featuring an introduction by Stephen King.

Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel, and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson—created over a period of seven years—that continue to stun the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness.

The 192 page book will be released on August 11, 2020 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Stephen King Shares His Essential Horror Films 

Earlier this month, Stephen King tweeted:

“God, how I wish I could go to a movie tonight. Popcorn, Junior Mints, big old soda, sitting in the third row and watching some action flick or goofball comedy. I’d love that.”

We couldn’t agree more. Until then, the author shared with us his top five horror movies to watch at home. Cancel the plans you don’t have for this weekend and get your popcorn ready. Lock the doors if you must. But remember, they’re just movies…

The Exorcist (1973)

“Scary from the start, when—in the prologue—the clock suddenly stops. It’s very claustrophobic for a studio movie, and every time we go back to that bedroom with Regan, we dread even more what we’re going to see. But for me, it’s the grisly grace notes that make the film. Who can forget, ‘Couldja help an old altar boy, fadder?’”

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

“Kudos to Tom Savini, who dreamed up the special effects, with no CGI. And again, there’s the constant claustrophobia of the diminishing band of survivors being trapped in a shopping mall.”

Alien (1979)

“I loved the working-class ethic of the guys on the ship (Ripley included), and all the swinging chains. But of course, with that one, it’s all about the ‘chest-bursting’ scene. At that time, no one had ever seen anything like that.”

The Brood (1979)

“David Cronenberg’s first great film, with Samantha Eggar (‘BAD mummies! FUCKED-UP mummies!’) and Oliver Reed (who looks on the verge of exploding) playing parents from hell…only hell turns out to be the children.”

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

“Blair Witch” scared the living daylights out of me, I think because it was so unpolished. And nothing tops the final shot.

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