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3 Kings On The New York Times Top 10 List

Congratulations to the King family. Stephen and Owen’s new novel Sleeping Beauties just hit # 4 on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller List.

Stephen King’s other son, Joe Hill also made the list. His newest collection, Strange Weather is at # 9.

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How Stephen King & Son Owen Joined Forces In The Nightmare Business For Sleeping Beauties

What Owen King remembers is how much time his father spent alone. Typing. Making up stories. Going to dark places in his head and coming out with books about killer cars, shape-shifting clowns, and burial grounds that bring the dead back to life.

That’s just how it was being Stephen King’s son. His mother did it, too. When Tabitha King was writing novels, both of Owen’s parents would disappear into that other dimension, hunched in front of a screen — the trance of a writer. They always came back, of course, just as pretty much all moms or dads leave every day for work and then come home. But it was their self-imposed solitary confinement daunted him. Haunted him.

“It was something they did every day, and they did it for hours at a time,” says Owen, 40. “It was kind of scary to look at how much time they spent alone, working at this thing. I didn’t really get serious about my own writing until I was convinced it was something that I wanted to do, that I wanted to spend that much time alone.”

It turns out nightmare-making doesn’t have to be a lonely business. Stephen King and Owen King figured out a way to turn storytelling into a shared effort, collaborating on their new novel Sleeping Beauties, which hits shelves Tuesday.

The 700-page tome is part plague thriller and part fable. It’s the story of a sleeping sickness (nicknamed “Aurora” after Disney’s drowsy princess) that overtakes all the women and girls of the world, leaving the men of the planet to sort things out on their own. Guess how that works out.

When the women go under, they are enshrouded in mysterious, protective cocoons. Peel away wrapping to wake them, and the women’s bodies lash out, like savage sleepwalkers. The novel centers on a female prison in the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, where an ethereal woman named Evie is both the genesis of the plague (take that pun as you will) and the key to ending it.

Evie is beautiful, alluring, magical, and able to meld with the minds of moths, and foxes, and rats. She is mother nature, the princess locked away in a castle, and Maleficent, the wicked fairy, all rolled into one.

“She’s all those things,” Owen says, on a conference call with his father in Maine. “I don’t know about you, Dad, but I like her un-know-abilty. She really isn’t quite defined.”

“She has a twinkle of humor there that gives the character some texture, and she seems human as well as otherworldly. So she’s got a foot in each, and I like that about her,” adds Stephen, who just turned 70 last week. “I like the mystery of her.”

But if the men of the town of Dooling end her first, the women of their world will be lost forever, living out their days in a separate dimension, where they are starting society anew. Maybe they don’t really want to come back.

Stephen has collaborated a few times before, most famously with Peter Straub on 1984’s The Talisman and co-writing comic books like IDW’s Road Rage with his other son, Joe Hill (The Fireman, NOS4A2).

But he hadn’t yet teamed up professionally with Owen, who’s the author of the 2014 novel Double Feature, a dramedy about a young filmmaker trying to make a masterpiece, and co-writer (with Mark Jude Poirior and artist Nancy Ahn) of Intro to Alien Invasion, a blackly funny 2015 graphic novel about an extra-terrestrial spore that infects a college campus.

Owen has inspired his father’s work before, however. Many times.

Read more HERE.

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Father Daughter Dance Short Film Co-Written By Owen King & Mark Jude Poirier Playing At The San Pedro International Film Festival

“Father-Daughter Dance,” a short film co-written be Mark Jude Poirier and Owen King, will be playing at the San Pedro International Film Festival at 3PM on October 8th. It stars Robert Anthony Peters (The Pursuit of Happyness), Jennifer Lafleur (Big Little Lies), and Jerry Rocha (The Gentleman Jerry Rocha).

A short description of the film is as follows:

Because of his wife’s newfound religion and his daughter’s recent ascent into teen-dom, Lee feels like an interloper in his own life.

More information about the festival and tickets can be found HERE. If you love film and want to support this local San Pedro event, please make an effort to come. I’ll see you there!

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Read An Exclusive Excerpt From Stephen King & Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties

“You cannot believe how nice it is to have somebody that you raised come to you and say: ‘Let’s work together,’ ” said Stephen King, who has previously collaborated with his older son Joe on two books.

For their first joint effort, he and Owen dreamed up Sleeping Beauties (out Sept. 26), a horror tale set in a remote Appalachian town where women lie down to sleep and never awaken, their bodies shrouded in gossamer webs. And as their sons and husbands and brothers soon learn, disturbing those mysterious cocoons comes with consequences.

Read the excerpt HERE.

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Cemetery Dance Announces Sleeping Beauties Signed Oversized Limited Edition Artwork Portfolio

Cemetery Dance has made arrangements with Jana Heidersdorf to collect all of her artwork for their special edition of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King into one giant artwork portfolio, which she will be personally signing on a unique signature page. The signature page will be hand-numbered and these special artwork portfolios will never be reprinted or reissued.

Each piece of artwork will be printed on 11 inch by 14 inch sheets archival quality, acid free paper stock. The portfolio that holds and protects the artwork will be one of CD’s finest productions to date and will feature hot foil color stamping on the cover.

Cemetery Dance will only accept preorders for this item for the next two weeks and then the print run will be set in stone!

Order HERE for $95.

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Dates And Cities For Stephen & Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties Book Tour Announced

Dates and cities for Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties book tour were announced today.

The novel which will be released on September 26, 2017 is described as follows:

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

Tour Dates:

More info coming, so please bookmark THIS PAGE.

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Cemetery Dance Publications Announces Sleeping Beauties (Special Edition) By Stephen King & Owen King

Cemetery Dance Publications is very pleased to announce their Deluxe Special Limited Edition of Stephen King and Owen King’s collaborative novel, Sleeping Beauties.

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, the authors tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

The exclusive Cemetery Dance Special Limited Edition will be published in three states, all of them printed in two colors and bound in fine materials, and there will be no second printings.

The manuscript for this epic novel was more than 800 pages, so this will be one of the largest books CD has ever published. This will be a HUGE book in more ways than one considering it is also the first novel ever co-written by Stephen King and Owen King! We recommend you do not wait to place your order because we suspect most of the copies will be reserved in record time.

Gift Edition Cover

Limited Edition Cover

Special Features Exclusive to the Collector’s Edition:

– Deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing
– Printed on a heavy interior specialty acid-free paper stock that is much thicker than the paper in a normal trade edition
– Featuring two colors of hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Deluxe bindings for all editions with colored head and tail bands
– Custom-made slipcase for the Gift Edition, custom-made traycase for the Signed Limited Edition, and hand-made traycase for the Deluxe Lettered Edition
– Epic wrap-around full color dust jacket artwork by Jana Heidersdorf
– A different full-color dust jacket for Signed Limited Edition
– Six to Eight full-color interior paintings by Jana Heidersdorf printed on a high-quality glossy stock and tipped into the book
– High-quality endpapers for all editions
– Full-color signature sheets in the signed editions
– Extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the print run of the trade hardcover edition from Scribner — and you will NOT find this edition in chain bookstores!

Published in three states:

Slipcased Oversized Hardcover Gift Edition of only 1,750 illustrated copies printed in two colors with two-color hot foil stamping, a fine binding, and housed in a custom-made slipcase exclusive to this edition ($125)

Traycased Oversized Hardcover Signed Limited Edition of only 850 illustrated copies printed in two colors with two-color hot foil stamping, a satin ribbon page marker and embossed endpapers, signed by Stephen King, Owen King, and Jana Heidersdorf, and housed in a custom-made traycase exclusive to this edition ($475)

Oversized Signed Hardcover Lettered Edition of only 52 illustrated copies printed in two colors and bound in two different fine materials with gilded page edges, imported endpapers, a satin ribbon page marker, signed by Stephen King, Owen King, and Jana Heidersdorf, and protected in a hand-made deluxe box ($2,500)

Pre-order the book HERE!

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Exciting News From Cemetery Dance

Cemetery Dance is excited to report that they will be publishing a special edition of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. The book will be published in three different deluxe editions. Details to come later this year.

CD will also be publishing a signed Limited Edition of Strange Weather by Joe Hill. This brand new novella collection from one of the finest young authors working in horror today will feature full-color artwork from four different artists handpicked by Joe and will be published in a unique format that will make Strange Weather one of Joe’s most collectible special editions ever.

The special edition of We’re All In This Together by Owen King is headed to the printer in the next month or so, and Cemetery Dance is already working on another special edition with Owen that will feature so much bonus material that the edition will be double the length of the trade edition.

More to come soon!

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Read An Excerpt From Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King & Owen King

Stephen King didn’t look too far to find his co-author for the forthcoming novel, Sleeping Beauties: The horror master wrote it with his son, Owen King.

The book, set in a small Appalachian town in the near future, centers on an intriguing phenomenon happening to women when they sleep. According to the official summary, as they slumber, women “become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep, they go to another place.” And the men, left behind, become “increasingly primal.” But when one woman, Evie, appears to be unaffected by this sleep-cocoon, it remains to be seen whether she’s an evil being, a medical anomaly, or perhaps something else entirely.

Click HERE to read an excerpt from the book. Sleeping Beauties hits shelves September 26.

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Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King & Owen King To Be Released On September 26, 2017

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Stephen King is publishing a supernatural suspense novel with his son Owen – the first time the pair have collaborated.

Sleeping Beauties asks the question: “What would happen if all the women abandoned the world?”

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison.

The widely anticipated 720 page novel will be published on September 26, 2017.

Owen King’s first novel, Double Feature was published with Scribner in March 2013. He is Stephen King’s youngest son and the brother of Joe Hill, who most recently authored the literary thriller The Fireman.

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