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ViacomCBS To Sell Simon & Schuster To Penguin Random House for $2.175 Billion

ViacomCBS Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the publishing business Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, for $2.175 billion in cash.

This divesture follows a strategic review of non-core assets ViacomCBS undertook early in 2020. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to invest in ViacomCBS’s strategic growth priorities, including in streaming, as well as to fund the dividend and pay down debt.

This transaction is the outcome of a highly competitive auction that attracted interest from buyers around the world, reflecting Simon & Schuster’s position as one of the world’s best known publishing brands. Simon & Schuster has more than 30 publishing units across adult, children, audio and international. Its portfolio of best-selling authors includes Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jason Reynolds, and it owns a rich backlist of perennial favorite titles such as Catch-22 and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The transaction is expected to close in 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Upon close, Simon & Schuster will continue to be managed as a separate publishing unit under the Penguin Random House umbrella, and Jonathan Karp, President & CEO of Simon & Schuster, and Dennis Eulau, COO and CFO, will continue at the helm of the publishing house.

LionTree Advisors is acting as the exclusive financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling LLP is acting as legal advisor to ViacomCBS in this transaction.

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How To Order The Limited Editions of Later By Stephen King

Titan Books announced the details of the Limited Editions of Later by Stephen King! 

Pre-order links will be live HERE at 8AM (PT) on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. 

Later by Stephen King is a new trade paperback novel published by Hard Case Crime in March 2021. Hard Case Crime is also producing a rare collector’s edition of the book in hardcover, which will be offered in three strictly limited variations.

The hardcover limited editions all feature two exclusive covers painted by acclaimed artist Gregory Manchess, each on its own separate dustjacket. These covers are variants to the standard trade paperback edition.

The bonus jacket is a mock-up cover of The Secret of Roanoke by Regis Thomas, a fictitious novel that features prominently in the plot of Later.

Each hardcover edition also includes eight original exclusive illustrations by artist Rob Gale.

The back cover features an exclusive map created especially for this Limited Edition in the classic “mapback” art style by artist Robert Hack.

A reading ribbon, head and tail bands and quality endpapers are also included.

Read an excerpt of the book HERE.

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Watch The Stand – The Prophet Vs. The Dark Man Promo

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, CBS All Access’s The Stand stars Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail, the figurehead of the Boulder Free Zone, and Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg, the leader of the sinister New Vegas. 

The Stand also stars James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, and many more. The limited event series will feature an all-new coda written by Stephen King. Don’t miss the premiere of The Stand on Thursday, Dec. 17, streaming exclusively on CBS All Access.

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Suntup Editions To Release The Dark Half Paperback Covers Collection Print By Don Brautigam

Previously, Suntup Editions has published prints of Don Brautigam’s iconic cover art from The Running Man, The Stand, Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, and The Bachman Books. 

This month, Suntup presents the final print in their series of Brautigam covers, the art from the first edition paperback of Stephen King’s The Dark Half.

Part of Don Brautigam’s genius as an artist was capturing the essence of a book while also creating imagery so eye-catching it practically leaps off the cover. The Dark Half is no exception as Brautigam uses the two sparrows to not only recall the novel’s famous presentiment, “The sparrows are flying again,” but to define King’s story of two halves creating the whole. Now, this cover art is available for the first time in its original form and without cover text.

Order the prints HERE.

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Sleeping Beauties, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel Hardcover By Stephen King & Owen King

IDW has announced that Sleeping Beauties, Vol. 1 graphic novel hardcover will be released in the Spring of 2021.

Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King the comic series has been adapted by author Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) provides the gorgeous artwork.

A bizarre sleeping sickness, called Aurora, has fallen over the world. Its victims can’t wake up. And all of them are women. As nations fall into chaos, those women still awake take desperate measures to stay that way, and men everywhere begin to give in to their darkest impulses.

Meanwhile, in the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage in her wake. Strangest of all, she’s the only woman who can wake up.

The 128 page hardcover book will be released on March 16, 2021 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Stephen King On How To Properly Adapt His Books & Which Project Went Entirely Off The Rails

From “Carrie” to “IT” — works so nice filmmakers made them twice — many of our favorite movies originated from the pages of Stephen King novels. But not all filmed versions of his prose were created equal, particularly in the author’s eyes. King famously hates Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of his novel “The Shining,” calling it “a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it.”

So what makes a good King adaptation?

Since “Mr. Mercedes,” based on a King trilogy, started streaming on Peacock this month, The Washington Post spoke to the prolific author about how to make a good version of his books, whether he has any say in the content and which show just got it completely wrong.

Read the interview HERE.

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50 States, 50 Scares – A List of Scary Novels Set In Each State

Ah, October — crisp nights, apple-picking, leaf-peeping, Halloween. To celebrate the spookiest season, The New York Times made a list of the scariest novel set in every state. Before you pick up one of these hair-raising, shiver-inducing novels, you’re going to want to close the curtains and check the locks (twice).

Of course, my favorite author, Stephen King earned two picks, one for Colorado and one for Oklahoma but surprisingly not Maine?

Stephen King, “The Shining” – Colorado

When Stanley Kubrick’s famous movie version was released in 1980, our critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt revisited the original King novel. “It isn’t often that a book and a film relate to each other in such an intriguing way,” he wrote. “We miss in the film Mr. King’s careful development of the fact that the hotel is steadily coming ‘alive’ to a degree that the ghosts, which at first only Danny could recognize, gradually gain the power to act physically.”

Stephen King, “The Outsider” – Oklahoma

What begins as a police procedural about the murder and mutilation of a child swiftly morphs into something much more sinister. “I don’t want to spoil anything, but come on, this is Stephen King,” our reviewer, Victor LaValle, wrote in 2018. “Monsters of one kind or another are what the man does best, and ‘The Outsider’ delivers a good one.”

Check out the full list HERE.

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Here Is Your First Look At The Creepshow Animated Special

Shudder released today the trailer for A Creepshow Animated Special, premiering exclusively on the horror streaming service beginning Thursday, October 29 shortly after 12:01 am ET/9:01 pm PT.

A Creepshow Animated Special features two stories directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, with animation by Octopie animation studio.

“Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost.

 

“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.

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New Stephen King Short Story ‘On Slide Inn Road’ Featured In The Oct/Nov Issue of Esquire Magazine

The Oct/Nov issue of Esquire Magazine features a new short story by Stephen King titled, “On Slide Inn Road”.

It was supposed to be a family road trip to visit an aging relative. Then the car got stuck in a muddy rut and, well – these things never turn out well, do they? 

The legendary architect of your worst nightmares delivers another shocking short story you won’t soon forget.

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Mr. Mercedes Behind The Scenes With Stephen King

Peacock has shared a new Mr. Mercedes video with author Stephen King taking viewers behind-the-scenes of the crime-thriller drama series based on his bestselling Bill Hodges novel trilogy. Seasons 1 and 2 of the series are available to stream now on Peacock.

Mr. Mercedes follows a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer (Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes) through a series of letters and e-mails, causing him to set out on a dangerous and potentially felonious crusade to protect his loved ones and himself.

The series stars Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Mary-Louise Parker, Holland Taylor, Justine Lupe, Breeda Wool, Scott Lawrence, Ann Cusack, Jack Huston, Tessa Ferrer, Maximiliano Hernández, and Nancy Travis.

Mr. Mercedes is written by King, David E. Kelley, and Dennis Lehane and directed by Jack Bender. The Temple Hill Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment production is executive produced by King, Kelley, Bender, and Lehane.

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