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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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Sign Up To Watch John Grisham & Stephen King In Conversation On April 29

Join two of the biggest authors of all time on Wednesday, 4/29 at 7PM EDT as they catch up and discuss their latest books, John Grisham’s Camino Winds and Stephen King’s If It Bleeds. 

You can send in your questions by using #AskKingandGrisham. The event is free. In lieu of charging admission, the authors hope attendees will consider donating to Binc, the Bookseller Industry Charitable Foundation: https://secure.donationpay.org/bincfoundation

This event will be broadcast live on Stephen King’s YouTube channel. Register HERE to receive a direct link to watch.

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Stephen King Reads From His Book, If It Bleeds

Legendary storyteller Stephen King has a new collection of short stories and he’s reading the first chapter from the collection for fans. 

If It Bleeds, offers readers four more works sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. In the title story, reader favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears, and possibly another outsider—this time on her own. In “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. “The Life of Chuck” explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in “Rat,” a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition. 

Order the book HERE.

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Tune In To Stephen King Reading His New Book, If It Bleeds on YouTube April 17

You can tune in to Stephen King reading his new book, If It Bleeds on the Simon and Schuster YouTube channel this Friday April 17th at 2PM (Eastern).

Subscribe to the channel HERE.

About The Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places. 

The book will be published on April 21.

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Stephen King & Richard Chizmar Announce Book Giveaway

Stephen King and Richard Chizmar are each giving away 100 books to readers who can’t afford new book purchases or don’t have access to buying new books due to COVID-19. Entry is free and easy, and they’ll be selecting 200 winners on April 21, 2020!

Stephen King has generously donated 100 free copies of If It Bleeds, his brand new hardcover due out from Simon & Schuster on April 21, and Cemetery Dance Publications is donating 100 copies of Richard Chizmar’s recent books including Gwendy’s Button Box (written with Stephen King), Gwendy’s Magic Feather, Widow’s Point, and The Long Way Home.

Click HERE to enter.

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Stephen King If It Bleeds To Be Released On May 5, 2020

From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places. 

The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.

Read an excerpt from the book HERE.

Pre-order the 576 page hardcover HERE.

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Stephen King To Release New Novel, If It Bleeds In 2020

Stephen King seems to be busier than ever with a new novel The Institute arriving in September and a plethora of television and film adaptations coming in 2019.

Last weekend, the prolific author announced at the Worldplay Festival in Minneapolis that he was working on a new book, If It Bleeds which is scheduled to be published in 2020.

The story will focus on an established character in King’s universe, Holly Gibney. Fans will recognize the name from the Bill Hodges book series along with the character appearing in last year’s The Outsider novel.

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