Category Archives: Stephen King

Shudder Releases First Creepshow Trailer At San Diego Comic Con, Announces September 26 Series Debut

Shudder debuted the first trailer for its new horror anthology series Creepshow ahead of the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con today and announced the series will premiere on September 26.. The panel, moderated by Los Angeles Times’ film reporter Jen Yamato, will feature cast members Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer), Adrienne Barbeau (1982’s Creepshow, The Fog) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural), along with showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and bestselling horror author Joe Hill (NOS4A2). 

Earlier this week Shudder released the official Creepshow poster. Signed copies of the poster are available at the network’s Comic-Con Booth #4020 exclusively for current members and those who sign up for Shudder at the convention..  

In addition, Shudder announced the two Creepshow stories that will be featured in the show’s premiere episode: the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero, which stars Barbeau, Esposito and Tobin Bell (Saw); and “House of the Head,” written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and directed by John Harrison (Book of Blood, Tales from the Crypt). Harrison was also the first assistant director for George Romero on the original Creepshow movie. 

The first season will also feature segments based on stories by award-winning and acclaimed writers including “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “The Companion” by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale and Keith Lansdale, “The Finger” by David J. Schow, “Lydia Layne’s Better Half” by John Harrison and Greg Nicotero, “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito, “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab, “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman, “Times is Tough in Musky Holler” by John Skipp and Dori Miller, and “Skincrawlers” Paul Dini and Stephen Langford.

Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, Creepshow stars David Arquette (Scream franchise), Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell (Saw), Big Boi (Scream: The TV Series), Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion, X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural). 

Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Greg Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment. Creepshow will premiere on Shudder later this year.

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Watch The New IT Chapter Two Trailer

New Line Cinema has released the new IT Chapter Two trailer for the final part in the Stephen King horror saga.

The main cast of IT: Chapter Two includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak, The Martian) as Beverly, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon, Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan and, of course, the return of Bill Skarsgård as the clown Pennywise.

The second part of IT is written by Gary Dauberman from the book by Stephen King and is directed once again by Andy Muschietti. The sequel will hit theaters on September 6 of this year.

IT debuted in September of last year to the tune of $123.1 million on opening weekend, the highest opening weekend ever for a September release, for a fall release, and for a horror movie. It clocked in just $9 million behind Deadpool for the second-highest opening for an R-rated movie. The film earned over $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

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SK Tours of Maine Publishes Full Color, Pocket-Sized Guidebook To Stephen King’s Bangor, Maine

SK Tours of Maine has published a guidebook to the Stephen King’s fictional “Derry, Maine” from his novel “IT”. A full color, pocket sized guidebook retailing for #11.95, the photo illustrated book is 128 pages. It is tilted SK Tours of Maine: Locales Made Famous By Stephen King.

Available exclusively from SK Tours of Maine, the book is drawn from ten years of taking King fans from around the world on a twice-daily tour of Bangor, King’s hometown and geographical inspiration for one of his most popular novels, “IT”.

The book is available by mail order only. It is now shipping worldwide. For more information about the book, contact Stu Tinker via email at: SK-Tours@msn.com.

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Stephen King & Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties Comes To IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the early 2020 launch of Sleeping Beauties, a captivating comic book series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King. Author Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) will adapt the rich narrative of Sleeping Beauties to a ten-issue limited series under the watchful gaze of Stephen and Owen.

“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties,” says Owen King. “We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing.”

To which co-author Stephen King adds, “We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format.”

Sleeping Beauties explores a world where women have sunken into a deep, cocooned slumber, their dreams taking them to an idyllic other place. They can only wake if disturbed, which results in violent, feral behavior. Meanwhile, the men have inherited the Earth, their society devolving into barbarism. Provocative and absorbing, Sleeping Beauties is a gripping dark fantasy of gender dynamics, individuality, and toxic masculinity.

“To work on anything with the King name attached is surreal, dizzying, and somewhat terrifying,” says Youers. “As soon as my feet touch terra firma, I will focus on my goal: to stay true to the novel’s spirit, and to deliver a page-turning, visually impacting experience that will appeal to readers of both Stephen and Owen King’s fiction, and to comics fans the world over.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to work on Sleeping Beauties,” says Sampson. “The story is very suggestive for interesting art, with magical themes interwoven through a very real place setting in Appalachia, and the opportunity to draw some truly diverse people. Places, spaces, gender, bodies, character, relationships, political themes, emotions, a challenging (and almost certainly innovative) design job, and a great story – it’s all here. I cannot wait to share what we are making.”

“There was something magical about the combination of Stephen King’s and Owen King’s specific skills on the pages of the Sleeping Beauties novel, an alchemy that resulted in a story so of the moment and yet so timeless,” says IDW President & Publisher, Chris Ryall. “Rio and Allison are fashioning a graphic retelling that synthesizes that same sense of wonder while very much making the comic its own thing entirely. We’re ecstatic to be doing this with all involved.”

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New Poster For Shudder’s Creepshow Series Revealed

Shudder has revealed a brand new poster for executive producer Greg Nicotero’s upcoming horror anthology series Creepshow, featuring the reboot’s newest version of the Creep, who will be the one to narrate the 12 terrifying stories of the six-episode season.

The 12 segments will be based on stories written by acclaimed horror writers and directors consists of:

– “All Hallows Eve,” written by Bruce Jones and directed by John Harrison
– “Bad Wolf Down,” written and directed by Rob Schrab
– “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” adapted by Jason Ciaramella from a story by Joe Hill and directed by Tom Savini
– “The Companion,” adapted by Matt Venne from a story by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, and directed by Dave Bruckner
– “The Finger,” written by David J. Schow and directed by Greg Nicotero
– “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi from a story by Stephen King and directed by Greg Nicotero
– “The House of the Head,” written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and directed by John Harrison
– “Lydia Layne’s Better Half,” adapted by John Harrison from a story written by John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
– “The Man in the Suitcase,” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
– “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito and directed by John Harrison
– “Skincrawlers,” written by Paul Dini & Stephen Langford, and directed by Roxanne Benjamin
– “Times is Tough in Musky Holler,” directed by John Harrison which was based on the shorty story by writers John Skipp and Dori Miller

The series will feature Original Creepshow star Adrianne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) Tobin Bell (Saw), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer), David Arquette (Scream franchise), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion) and DJ Qualls (Supernatural).

The original 1982 Creepshow was directed by George A. Romero from a screenplay by Stephen King that paid tribute to the EC horror comics (ala “Tales From the Crypt”) of the 1950’s. The film featured stars such as Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and Ed Harris, and grossed $21 million at the box office. It was followed by a sequel in 1987, directed by the first film’s cinematographer Michael Gornick from a screenplay by Romero, once again based on short stories by King, grossing $14 million.

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Suntup Editions To Publish Covers Collection Print of The UK Cover of Christine By Gerry Grace

Suntup Editions announces their fourth print by artist Gerry Grace in The Covers Collection. In the past year, Suntup has published prints of Gerry’s art from the U.K. covers of IT, The Long Walk, and Pet Sematary. This month, they will bring you his cover art from the U.K. edition of Christine. 

Published in 1983, Christine is Stephen King’s iconic tale of a 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural forces. Gerry Grace’s artwork was used not only for the 1st U.K. edition cover, but the paperback as well. The paperback boasted a red background instead of the black background previously published in hardcover.

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

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 50 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: August 1, 2019

Available for Pre-Order: July 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″ $175
Small Size: 11″ x 17″ $100

Order HERE.

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Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con Bonus Issue Cover Story Features IT Chapter Two

Get an exclusive look at IT: Chapter Two in Entertainment Weekly’s special Comic-Con International bonus issue, distributed throughout the weekend in San Diego.

IT: Chapter Two (out September 6), the sequel to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 film IT was adapted from Stephen King’s classic novel. The movie starred a group of misfit kids — who dubbed themselves the Losers’ Club — battling a child-slaying supernatural entity who reveals himself to his prey as a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Despite initial doubts from horror fans that Skarsgård could match Tim Curry’s iconic performance as the fanged entertainer in the much-loved 1990 It miniseries, the Swedish actor and the Losers’ Club turned out to be winners, with the $35 million-budget film praised by critics and going on to gross $700 million at the global box office.

It: Chapter Two is set 27 years after the events of its predecessor, as Pennywise returns to the streets — and sewer drains — of the fictional New England town of Derry to slay more children…unless the Losers’ Club can stop him. The young cast of the first IT was, unsurprisingly, in large part made up of unknowns, with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, who played the wiseacre Richie, the best known of the bunch. Chapter Two, in contrast, boasts several high-profile actors, including Jessica Chastain, who plays Beverly, the lone woman in the Losers’ Club; Bill Hader as Richie; Sinister franchise actor James Ransone as the grown-up version of the supposedly sickly Eddie; and James Mc­Avoy as Bill, who lost his younger brother, Georgie, to Pennywise in the first film.

The Muschiettis cast Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake) as Ben, Andy Bean (Swamp Thing) as Stanley, and Isaiah Mustafa (Shadowhunters, the Old Spice commercials) as Mike, the one member of the Losers’ Club to remain in Derry, who now works as a librarian. 

Read more HERE.

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Alamo Drafthouse Celebrates Stephen King With ‘King-Size Summer’ Screenings

The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain will celebrate Stephen King with a curated selection of adaptations and King-written movies, beginning in July and continuing through the release of It: Chapter Two (out September 6). 

The “King-Size Summer” kicks off with a month of Terror Tuesday programming in Austin and culminates in August with nationwide screenings of four films — Creepshow, The Runnning Man, Stand By Me, and the King-directed Maximum Overdrive —  in all cities with Alamo Drafthouse cinemas. There will also be select screenings of other King films, including Carrie, filmmaker Mary Lambert’s original Pet Sematary, and The Mist.

“We’re crazy with anticipation for It: Chapter Two, so to ease the wait, we’re revisiting some of our favorite Stephen King adaptations,” said Sarah Pitre, senior director of programming and promotions, in a statement. “These screenings will provide a chilling countdown to the final chapter of one of his most beloved works of fiction. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to build up our fear tolerance before we’re scared out of our minds by It: Chapter Two.”

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Suntup Editions Announces Skeleton Crew Covers Collection Print By Don Brautigam

Suntup Editions has revealed another iconic print in The Covers Collection from the late Don Brautigam. This month, they bring you the cover art from the first edition of Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

Published in 1985, Skeleton Crew is Stephen King’s second collection of short fiction, featuring twenty-two stories ranging from novellas to short stories and poems. Brautigam’s unforgettable cover imagery depicting a monkey with cymbals was inspired by King’s short story “The Monkey,” collected therein and originally published in the November 1980 issue of Gallery magazine.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Authorized by Dan and Jim Brautigan.
– Limited to only 50 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: July 1, 2019
Available for Pre-Order: June 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″ $125
Small Size: 12″ x 17″ $65

Order HERE.

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Watch The New Doctor Sleep Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros. has released the teaser trailer for Doctor Sleep which continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.  Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace.  But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.”  Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose.  Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III,” “T2 Trainspotting”) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Greatest Showman”) as Rose the Hat, and Kyliegh Curran, in her major feature film debut, as Abra.  The main ensemble cast also includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.

Doctor Sleep will be released on November 8, 2019.

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