One of the world’s biggest selling authors, Stephen King, chooses his favorite songs and talks about what they mean to him; from AC/DC to Jan and Dean.
Writer/director Mike Flanagan has proven twice that he should be the go-to filmmaker to adapt a Stephen King novel for the film world and now he is set to return to the horror icon’s bibliography to develop Revival for the big screen.
Originally published in 2014, the novel centered on a relationship between a heroin-addicted musician and a dubious faith healer with a hidden agenda, with the minister obsessed with trying to find a way to communicate with his departed wife and child but accidentally taps into a Lovecraftian horror.
Flanagan is currently attached to pen the script for the adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures and has the option to also step into the director’s chair on the project. A film adaptation was previously in the works at Universal Pictures with Josh Boone set to write and direct the project while also working on his iteration of The Stand, but after lingering in development hell the rights were picked up by Warner Bros., while Boone’s version of the 1978 novel is expected to premiere on CBS All Access later this year.
Flanagan is currently working with producing partner Trevor Macy on the adaptation of Revival, with Macy set to produce via the duo’s Intrepid Pictures, who recently acquired the rights to develop an adaptation of the 1994 horror novel The Midnight Club at Netflix in expanding Flangan’s working relationship with the streaming service.
The 41-year-old writer/director previously dipped his toe into the world of King with the 2017 adaptation of his 1992 novel Gerald’s Game for Netflix, which received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and continued with the big screen adaptation of the 2013 sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, which despite receiving strong reviews was considered a box office disappointment, grossing only $72.3 million on a $45 million budget, squashing follow-up plans.
From Ann and Jeff VanderMeer comes The Big Book of Modern Fantasy: a true horde of tales sure to delight fans, scholars — even the greediest of dragons.
Step through a shimmering portal . . . a worn wardrobe door . . . a schism in sky . . . into a bold new age of fantasy. When worlds beyond worlds became a genre unto itself. From the swinging sixties to the strange, strange seventies, the over-the-top eighties to the gnarly nineties–and beyond, into the twenty-first century–the VanderMeers have found the stories and the writers from around the world that reinvented and revitalized the fantasy genre after World War II. The stories in this collection represent twenty-two different countries, including Russia, Argentina, Nigeria, Columbia, Pakistan, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, China, the Philippines, and the Czech Republic. Five have never before been translated into English.
From Jorge Luis Borges to Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock to Angela Carter, Terry Pratchett to Stephen King, the full range and glory of the fantastic are on display in these ninety-one stories in which dragons soar, giants stomp, and human children should still think twice about venturing alone into the dark forest.
Completing Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s definitive The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, this companion volume to takes the genre into the twenty-first century with ninety-one astonishing, mind-bending stories. The 864 page paperback will retail for $25.00 and can be pre-ordered HERE for July 21 release.
With more than 70 books in his catalog, Stephen King has long been one of the few blockbuster writers who regularly publishes short fiction. “If It Bleeds,” his new collection, is a strong reminder that — for an author who has produced more than a few novels of staggering length — some of his most interesting work has fallen on the shorter side. (If you’re looking for stories to sample, his early books “Night Shift” and “Skeleton Crew” are full of nasty tales with “Twilight Zone”-esque endings.)
Reviewing “If It Bleeds” in The New York Times Book Review, Ruth Franklin says that as “the headlines grow more apocalyptic by the day, I might start working my way through King’s backlist.”
She’d be in for a treat, as would you. HERE is a brief starter guide to the works of Stephen King.
The legendary master of horror, Stephen King covers a lot of ground in this talk with Stephen Colbert, including how he would fare in quarantine with his most feared characters, some things he learned about pandemics when doing research for “The Stand,” and the many reasons he recommends reading “The Lord of the Rings.”
King’s latest book “If It Bleeds” is available everywhere now, and his epic novel “The Stand” is coming soon as a limited series on CBS All Access
Just over 21 years after its original publishing, the rights Stephen King’s psychological horror novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon has been acquired by Village Roadshow Pictures for an adaptation penned by Christy Hall.
Published in 1999, the story centers on 12-year-old Trisha McFarland when she strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. While lost for days, she finds herself wandering farther and farther astray, relying on her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tom Gordon, Trisha listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her, but also discovers that nature isn’t her only adversary as something dangerous is tracking her through the dark woods.
Jon Berg of Stampede Ventures is set to produce the project alongside It: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep‘s Roy Lee of Vertigo, as well as Christine Romero, Night of the Living Dead‘s George A. Romero’s widow, and Origin Story’s Ryan Silbert, while Andrew Childs will serve as executive producer and Village Roadshow’s EVP of Content, Jillian Apfelbaum, overseeing development.
An adaptation of King’s psychological horror novel has been attempted for the past 15 years, beginning in 2005 with Romero being attached to write and direct, which stalled for years leading all the way up to his death in 2017. The project was revived last August with Romero’s production banner still attached along with Chris Romero through Sanibel Films.
Hall is best known for her work as executive producer and co-developer of Netflix’s adaptation of Charles Forsman’s comic book I Am Not Okay With This starring Sophia Lillis (It: Chapter Two, Gretel & Hansel), which scored rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
The event raised over $15,000 for the Bookseller Industry Charitable Foundation. If you would like to contribute to this great organization you can do so HERE.
Some highlights of the conversation:
Stephen King said he would be signing 12 cartons of books that would be sent out to independent bookstores to help them survive during this pandemic. No word on availability but I will update if I find out more information.
King is currently writing a crime novel about a hired assassin plus he also has completed a medium length novel that might be released in 2021, perhaps as a paperback original. The author described the book as a suspense story with a supernatural twist.
Like everyone, Stephen King is trapped. The author is in Florida, with his wife, Tabby, and his corgi, Molly, trying to stay sane while sheltering in place. Meanwhile, his life’s work seems to be coming to life around him.
People keep comparing the eeriness of the COVID-19 pandemic to the far deadlier one that swept the world in his novel The Stand. They draw parallels between Donald Trump and Greg Stillson, the egomaniacal, world-threatening politician from The Dead Zone. Even the recent rush on grocery stores has vague echoes of The Mist, where shoppers turned against each other while surrounded by unseen threats.
King doesn’t feel good about seeing the worst things he can imagine coming true. He’d rather remain in the realm of the impossible. “It’s like, okay, the worst thing that could happen, in terms of my career, is that somehow, in our society, we’ve cross-pollinated our Greg Stillson with The Stand,” the author told Vanity Fair.
Even he can’t help drawing comparisons. “I’m working on a book, so in the mornings I forget everything and I just do that. I wanted time to work on a book, I got plenty of time,” he said. “I feel like Jack Torrance, for God’s sakes.”
Unlike the father in The Shining, King hasn’t gone mad yet, but he knows that boredom can push anyone to the edge. That’s one reason he and Scribner decided to release his new book, the novella collection If It Bleeds, this month, a few weeks ahead of its planned May debut. But fair warning—King devises an entire new way of destroying the world in one of the stories. (Maybe we can look forward to that too.)
Read more HERE from Vanity Fair.
The Creep is back, and he’s… creepier than ever! Based on Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow TV series, this vinyl figure is a must-have for all horror fans. The vinyl figure from Funko stands 3.75 inches tall and comes in window box packaging, making it great for display!
Coming in May 2020. Order HERE.
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Today, Saturday, April 25th, from 4pm – 6pm the SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena, CA presents their first ever live stream art opening of Tales from Derry: A Stephen King Exhibit. Streaming live on Zoom and Instagram. Featuring 50+ artists artwork inspired by Stephen King’s novels. Curated by Lori Herbst and Bonnie Robinson Stewart.
More info HERE.