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Richard Chizmar Discusses Working With Stephen King

When it was released in 2017, Gwendy’s Button Box was an oddity for Stephen King fans. The fantasy book was short, for one thing, just larger than the size of a novella. And it featured a co-author who is not one of King’s writer sons: Richard Chizmar, owner of Cemetery Dance Publications.

Most notably, it was a story that King didn’t actually finish; he showed the incomplete story to Chizmar, who was able to complete the novel.

If Chizmar was intimidated by working with one of the world’s best known and best selling authors, it didn’t stop him from doing it again. Chizmar is back with King, who took an editor’s role, for a sequel, Gwendy’s Magic Feather (out in paperback from Gallery Books, Jan. 21), and there are plans for an as-yet-unwritten third book to complete the series.

The first book was about Gwendy Peterson, a young girl in 1974 who is given a mysterious box, by a mysterious man in black, which could cause global cataclysms. The sequel, which also takes place mostly in King’s fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, follows Gwendy to 1999, when she’s become an author, filmmaker, and, most surprisingly, a junior member of the U.S. Congress.

Chizmar talked to Kirkus about the collaboration HERE.

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The Outsider Featurette Highlights Stephen King’s Horror Legacy

Ahead of the series’ debut this Sunday, HBO has released a new featurette for their upcoming limited series adaptation of The Outsider, highlighting the influence of acclaimed horror author Stephen King’s works to the cast and crew with King also talks about the main characters of the new series. 

The Outsider follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.

The limited series stars Jason Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) alongside Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale), Bill Camp (The Looming Tower), Mare Winningham (George Wallace), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), Yul Vázquez (I Am the Night), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark) as regulars with Hettienne Park (Hannibal), Michael Esper (Trust), Derek Cecil (House of Cards) and Max Beesley (Jamestown) set to appear in recurring roles.

The Outsider will be making its debut on January 12, 2020.

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All The Books, TV Shows & Movies Stephen King Recommended In 2019

If you count yourself as a hardcore Stephen King fan, chances are you’ve probably read a decent chunk of the horror master’s work. But have you read the stuff he’s been reading? Or watching, for that matter?

Anyone who’s dipped in to King’s On Writing memoir will know that he’s more than happy to talk about the fiction he most enjoys; the end of the book contains a hefty list of titles which King says have “entertained and taught” him, stretching all the way up to 2009.

But what about his more recent fictional recommendations? 

HERE is a list of all the books, TV shows and movies King has recommended via his Twitter feed in 2019.

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FX Developing Carrie Limited Series Based On Stephen King’s Novel

FX is in the very early stage of developing a limited series of Stephen King’s classic Carrie.

The novel, King’s legendary debut, centers on Carrie White, a high school teenager picked on by her classmates but with an extraordinary gift: she can move things with her mind. An act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offers Carrie a chance to be normal… Until unexpected cruelty turns her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that no one will ever forget.

Carrie was previously adapted in 1976 by director Brian De Palma and writer Lawrence D. Cohen. The movie received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for star Sissy Spacek.

Other adapted versions of the story include 1988’s Broadway show Carrie: The Musical, the 2002 TV movie from David Carson and Bryan Fuller, and the 2013 remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, written by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Kimberly Pierce.

Carrie joins a list of King titles being adapted for the small and big screen, including Epix’s Jerusalem’s Lot, MGM’s The Dark Half, CBS All Access’ The Stand, and HBO’s The Outsider.

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Doctor Sleep Director’s Cut Arrives On Digital January 21 & On Blu-ray February 4

Dare to go back when director Mike Flanagan continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining” with “Doctor Sleep,” a screenplay based on the novel by Stephen King.

The Director’s Cut features nearly 30 minutes of new, alternate and extended scenes, selected by director Mike Flanagan, not seen in theaters. The Director’s Cut will be available on the Blu-ray disc and Digital in the 4K UHD Blu-ray Combo Pack and the Blu-ray editions.

The supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep” stars Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III,” “Trainspotting”) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Greatest Showman”) as Rose the Hat and Kyliegh Curran (“I Can I Will I Did”), in her major feature film debut, as Abra. The main ensemble cast includes Carl Lumbly (TV’s “Alias,” “A Cure for Wellness”), Zahn McClarnon (“Strike One,” TV’s “Into the West”), Emily Alyn Lind (TV’s “Revenge,” “Enter the Void”), Bruce Greenwood (“Star Trek,” “I, Robot”), Jocelin Donahue (“The House of the Devil,” “Insidious: Chapter 2”), Alex Essoe (“Starry Eyes,” “House of Lies”) and Cliff Curtis (“Sunshine,” “The Dark Horse”).

Trevor Macy and Jon Berg produced the film, with Roy Lee, Scott Lumpkin, Akiva Goldsman and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers.

Flanagan’s behind-the-scenes creative team was led by director of photography Michael Fimognari (“The Haunting of Hill House”), production designer Maher Ahmad (“Get Hard”) and costume designer Terry Anderson (“Den of Thieves”). The music score was composed by The Newton Brothers (“The Haunting of Hill House”).

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Doctor Sleep” available February 4 will feature Dolby Vision HDR, which dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. It will also feature HDR10+, a new HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Doctor Sleep” will also feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

“Doctor Sleep” will be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own “Doctor Sleep” via purchase from digital retailers beginning January 21.

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Suntup Press Announces The Bachman Books Covers Collection Print By Don Brautigam

Suntup Press has revealed another iconic print in The Covers Collection from the late Don Brautigam. This month, they bring you the cover art from the paperback edition of The Bachman Books.

Published in November 1986, the paperback release of The Bachman Books included four novellas by Stephen King previously published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. In addition to Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and The Running Man, this paperback also featured King’s essay “Why I Was Bachman.” Brautigam’s unforgettable cover imagery of skulls lining the center of the road was inspired by The Long Walk.

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: January 1, 2020
Available for Pre-Order: December 15, 2019

Large Size: 18″ x 24″
Small Size: 12″ x 17″

Order HERE.

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Gauntlet Press To Publish Hope And Miracles: The Shawshank Redemption & The Green Mile – Two Screenplays By Frank Darabont In 2020

Three years in the making, Gauntlet Press announces their highest profile book of 2020.

In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Frank Darabont’s classic film, “The Shawshank Redemption”, as well as the 20th Anniversary of Darabont’s next film, “The Green Mile,” Gauntlet Press is proud to announce the publication of Hope and Miracles: “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” Two Screenplays by Frank Darabont. 

The book is edited by noted Stephen King authority Tyson Blue.

Available in both signed limited and traycased lettered editions, Hope and Miracles will include:

— Frank Darabont’s screenplays for both films
— A new Introduction by Richard Christian Matheson
— Introductions to each film by Darabont and Stephen King
— Behind-the-scenes photographs and storyboards
— Cast and Crew listings for both films
— A profile of the late Michael Clarke Duncan
— Essays on both films by Darabont and Tyson Blue
— Reflective essays and interviews by noted directors Josh Boone, Mick Garris, Gregory Nicotero and James Cole

Added to this, Frank Darabont has gone through his personal archives, allowing the publisher to include photographs never before released.

All editions are signed by Frank Darabont and Tyson Blue. The traycased lettered edition is signed by Frank Darabont, Tyson Blue, Richard Christian Matheson, Josh Boone, Mick Garris, Gregory Nicotero, and James Cole.

Gauntlet Press is shooting for a summer 2020 release.

More info HERE.

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Watch The Outsider Trailer

HBO has released the trailer for The Outsider based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King.

The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable. 

The cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb and Marc Menchaca.

The Outsider premieres January 12 at 9pm on HBO.

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Another Stephen King Funko Pop! Figure Is Coming Soon

We recently posted about 2 new Stephen King Funko Pop! figures celebrating the beloved horror author from Maine. Funko is releasing one more King Pop! based on Stephen King’s performance as the cantankerous shopkeeper in the blockbuster film, IT: Chapter 2.

Look for it to arrive soon.

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Funko Announces Pop! Icons – Stephen King

Bring home the artistic luminary, horror novelist Stephen King in Funko Pop! form. Pre-order HERE,

Barnes & Noble will have an exclusive Pop! Stephen King with an axe and book coming soon.

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