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Meet Richard Chizmar At Barnes & Noble In Bel Air, MD On June 19, 2017

Richard Chizmar’s only confirmed book signing and public event for Gwendy’s Button Box will be held at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble in Bel Air, Maryland.

Here is the store’s address:

Barnes & Noble
620 Marketplace Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014

Richard will be reading from Gwendy’s Button Box and answering your questions about the book, working with Stephen King, and anything else you’ve always wanted to ask the founder of Cemetery Dance Publications!

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Suntup Editions Announces The Covers Collection: IT

Show your love for Stephen King’s classic novel, IT, with this never-before-seen artwork.

Bob Giusti, the artist who created this iconic cover was asked by the publisher to make certain changes to the artwork he had originally turned in. The altered version is what was published on the cover of the 1st edition, and the general public never saw the original painting, until now!

Suntup Editions has uncovered the original design and is offering it to collectors for the very first time. Enhance your Stephen King collection with the power to showcase the original, previously unpublished version of the cover art, signed by the original cover artist.

The original version is the artist’s personal favorite, and has never before been released to the public. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 100 signed copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 100 copies of each size worldwide, plus 10 Artist Proofs and 5 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, 2017

Order HERE.

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Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man Book To Be Released June 16, 2017

Despite his tremendous success, Billy Joel’s gifts as a composer and commentator on American life are long overdue for a thorough investigation. In Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man, music historian Joshua S. Duchan looks at the career and music of this remarkable singer-songwriter, exploring the unique ways Joel channels and transforms the cultural life of a changing America over four decades into bestselling song after song and album after album.

Billy Joel has not always enjoyed the acclaim of music critics, who have characterized his music as inauthentic and lacking a uniqueness of style. Duchan corrects this misunderstanding by exploring the depth and degree to which Joel’s songs engage with social, cultural, political, and economic issues. Organized by major themes and including original interviews with Joel himself, Duchan’s book delves into Joel’s endeavors as a musician, lyricist, and commentator on questions of geography and regionalism, politics, working- and middle-class culture, human relationships, and the history of music itself. Duchan draws on key songs from Joel’s career to explore each theme, from his folk-like lament for Long Island’s changing industry and lifestyle in “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” to his emotional ode to Vietnam veterans in “Goodnight Saigon.”

Original interviews with Billy Joel blend with Duchan’s engaging analysis to provide readers of all backgrounds and ages a new look at these unforgettable songs. Music lovers and historians of both the academic and armchair variety will find this exploration of Joel’s work a rewarding adventure into America’s social, cultural, political, economic, and—above all—musical history.

Pre-order the 216 page hardcover book HERE, it will be released on June 16, 2017.

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Watch Three New Dark Tower Previews 

Sony Pictures has unleashed three new The Dark Tower previews.

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now the story comes to the big screen starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim (AKA Randall Flagg, The Man in Black, in the novels). The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Elba and McConaughey are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The Dark Tower is coming to theaters on August 4, 2017.

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Purchase These Cool Stephen King Themed Buttons From Gerald Winters And Son

Gerald Winters And Son in Bangor, Maine has an eclectic wide selection of Stephen King books and ephemera.

Show your support of the beloved author by wearing one of these cool 1″ buttons. I am partial to the Dark Tower Ka symbol and the Shining carpet! Themes include: IT (1990 and 2017), The Stand, Creepshow, The Dark Tower, The Shining, and many more.

Purchase them HERE and say hi to Gerald, he’s a hell of a nice guy! Tell him THE FIRE WIRE sent you.

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Splendid Life: The Art of Scott C.

Enter the whimsical world of internationally acclaimed pop artist Scott C. in this charming book featuring all-new paintings, drawings, and illustrations.

Celebrated pop artist Scott C. continues to captivate audiences around the world with his deceptively simple watercolor paintings and illustrations. Now fans can once again submerge themselves in his fanciful world of dancing skeletons, smiling dinosaurs, playful superheroes, and adorable pop culture icons with an enchanting new collection of the best of his recent work. Handpicked by the artist himself, the images include over one hundred new paintings and illustrations, all created in Scott’s trademark cartoon style with his reflections and anecdotes sprinkled throughout. Filled with warmth, sly humor, and surprising insight, this book is a delightful tribute to an artist guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of both the young and the young at heart.

Splendid Life: The Art of Scott C. will be released on November 7, 2017.

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Kirby: King of The Comics Anniversary Edition

This year we celebrate what would have been Jack Kirby’s 100th-birthday but he is the one continuing to give us gifts. Without Jack and his co-creators the comics world would be bleak, missing Captain America, Challengers of the Unknown, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Silver Surfer, The Inhumans, Black Panther, the New Gods, Darkseid, even Fing Fang Foom and Groot.

It was the visual storytelling of Jack Kirby that brought these and many other iconic characters to life on the four-color pages of comic books. Would there have been a Marvel Age of comics, would there be any true Believers, a MMMS, would anyone face front if Jack wasn’t giving visual life to these and many other characters from the 40s to the 80s?

Kirby: King of the Comics Anniversary Edition is a softcover revised and updated edition of the Winner of the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book. Jack created much of the visual language for fantasy and adventure comics from the moment he entered the industry. Almost everything that was different about comic books began in the 1940s on the drawing table of Jack Kirby. This is his story by one who knew him well, Mark Evanier. The first edition of Kirby: King of Comics was the first overview of the legendary comic book creator’s career. It is now available in a smaller, more affordable package, revised and expanded for Kirby’s centennial.

This is one of the must have books honoring the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. Even if you have the previous hardcover edition you need this edition as well. It’s Never Nuff Said when it comes to the king and his importance in our industry.

The book will be released on August 2, 2017 and retail for $24.99.

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Dan Brown’s New Novel, Origin, To Be Published On September 26, 2017

Dan Brown, author of the #1 international blockbusters Inferno and The Da Vinci Code, has written his latest Robert Langdon thriller titled Origin. Doubleday will release the novel on September 26, 2017 and it will also be available as an ebook and an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio.

In keeping with his trademark style, Brown interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

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Dark Tower Character Posters

The Dark Tower film has revealed two more character posters for the upcoming adaptation.

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now the story comes to the big screen starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim (AKA Randall Flagg, The Man in Black, in the novels). The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Elba and McConaughey are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The Dark Tower is coming to theaters on August 4, 2017.

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The Dark Tower: The Art of The Film By Daniel Wallace

This deluxe, illustrated official companion to the Dark Tower movie—based on Stephen King’s bestselling seven volume series—explores the art and creation of this extraordinary film, starring Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, The Man in Black.

A gorgeous celebration of the art and creation of the Dark Tower movie, The Making of the Dark Tower by Daniel Wallace includes interviews with actors and the director, the costume designer, and the set designer. From revealing how casting found the stars and the photography team scouted key locations, thoughts on where the Dark Tower can go from here, the book is organized into five parts.

Part I: The Path to the Tower discusses the origins of the saga and its thematic and cultural influences. 

Part II: The Gunslinger and the Man in Black profiles the two characters as two opposing forces. 

Part III: Mid-World is a journey through the bizarre wasteland of interdimensional detritus that is Mid-World. 

Part IV: Keystone World might be our Earth, but the Keystone World of the Dark Tower universe is also rocked by quakes and stretched thin by interdimensional stress. 

Part V: The Dark Tower is the wrap-up section collecting insights from the film’s major players, sharing their favorite memories and looking back on the journey that led them to this point.

Over three decades ago Stephen King introduced readers to Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger. In 2003 King wrote the last of seven novels in the Dark Tower series. Now fans of the book and of the movie will welcome this big, beautiful, full-color book that they’ll need for their collections.

The 208 page hardcover will be published on July 25, 2017 and can be ordered HERE.

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