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Stephen King Earned 27 Million Dollars in 2018

According to Forbes, Stephen King is the third highest paid author in 2018 earning $27 million. The king of horror sold 2.7 million domestic books, boosted by the success of the movie version of IT, adapted from his 1986 novel. King nearly doubled his earnings by collecting an eight-figure paycheck from the film, which grossed $700 million worldwide on a $35 million budget. The movie became the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie at the domestic box office, and the sequel, planned for next fall, could break that record again.

To formulate the rankings, Forbes looked at “all earnings estimates from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from NPD BookScan and Box Office Mojo, as well as interviews with industry insiders, including some of the authors themselves.” 

This year’s top-earning authors are:

1. James Patterson ($86 million)
2. J.K. Rowling ($54 million)
3. Stephen King ($27 million)
4. John Grisham ($21 million)
5. Jeff Kinney ($18.5 million)
5. Dan Brown ($18.5 million)
7. Michael Wolff ($13 million)
8. Danielle Steel ($12 million)
8. Nora Roberts ($12 million)
10. Rick Riordan ($10.5 million)
10. E.L James ($10.5 million)

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Suntup Editions To Release The Covers Collection – The Dark Tower Print By Michael Whelan

Suntup Editions is very proud to introduce their latest addition to The Covers Collection. The first of two spectacular cover art prints signed by artist Michael Whelan, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger.

This magnificent cover art graced the first US edition cover of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King, published by Donald M. Grant in 1982. This is the second piece of artwork Whelan was commissioned to create for King. According to the author’s web site, King was so impressed with Whelan’s work the first time around that he suggested him for The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, the first book in The Dark Tower series.

Whelan’s cover art depicting Roland and Jake in their escape from the Slow Mutants only appeared on 20,000 copies of the trade hardback — its first and second printings. By the third printing, the cover art was changed. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is widely considered to be one of the most sought after books by Stephen King collectors.

This officially licensed print went through several rounds of color corrections with the artist to make sure that it is as close to the original as possible. Now, you can enjoy Michael Whelan’s dazzling artwork presented here without cover text.

These prints are hand-signed by Michael Whelan and limited to just 50 copies per size, worldwide. 

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– 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 2, 2019
Available for Pre-Order: December 15, 2019

Large Size: 16.25″ x 24″ ($225)
Small Size: 11″ x 17″ ($150)

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HBO Orders Stephen King’s The Outsider Starring Ben Mendelsohn

HBO is currently in the process of developing a new series adaptation based on Stephen King’s recently published horror novel The Outsider. Emmy award-winning actor Ben Mendelsohn has signed on to star in the forthcoming series. Mendelsohn will also served as the show’s producer along with Ozark‘s Jason Bateman who will executive produce.

The Outsider follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case. Richard Price will penned the series with Bateman set to direct the first two episodes through his Aggregate Films banner.

The adaptation will be produce by Media Rights Capital and Temple Hill Entertainment. Jack Bender, Price, Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Aggregate’s Michael Costigan are all set as executive producers.

Mendelsohn is best known for his role as Danny Rayburn in Netflix’s Bloodline which had earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He was recently seen in films such as: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One as Nolan Sorrento; and in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood opposite Taron Egerton. Mendelsohn will next be seen in Marvel Studios’s upcoming Captain Marvel and in Netflix’s The King starring alongside Academy Award-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet, both films are scheduled to debut in 2019.

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Suntup Editions Announces The Covers Collection – Night Shift Paperback Print By Don Brautigam

Suntup Editions has revealed another beautiful bonus print in The Covers Collection from the late Don Brautigam. This month, they have one of the highest anticipated and most requested covers, the art from the first US edition paperback of Night Shift.

The 1979 Signet paperback release of Night Shift features the first of many covers Brautigam would be hired to create for Stephen King. It is also one of his most iconic. The imagery of the eyes peering forth from the bandaged hand was inspired by King’s short story “I Am the Doorway,” which is included in this, his first ever short story collection.

A unique characteristic of the Night Shift first edition paperback is its stepback, or keyhole cover. Subsequent printings would reuse Brautigam’s artwork, but the first edition is identified by the outermost front cover’s “keyholes,” which open up to a full page color stepback graphic underneath. Now, this magnificent piece of artwork can be enjoyed for the first time without cover text as a beautiful giclée print — and you don’t even need to line up the eyes!

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: December 15, 2018
Available for Pre-Order: December 1, 2018

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

Order HERE.

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Mr. Mercedes Renewed For Season 3 By Audience Network

Mr. Mercedes, inspired by the book trilogy by Stephen King, has been renewed for a third season at AT&T’s Audience Network.

Executive producer Jack Bender is returning to direct with David E. Kelley coming back to oversee the writer’s room. Production on Season 3 is scheduled to begin in Charleston, South Carolina in early 2019. The 10-episode season will premiere later next year.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the first season followed a retired detective, Bill Hodges, haunted by the case of a killer, Brady Hartsfield, who murdered 16 people in a stolen Mercedes and who remains undiscovered two years later, only for the killer to reemerge and begin taunting the detective, leading the two to engage in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Mr. Mercedes Season 2 takes place a year after Hartsfield’s thwarted attempt to perpetrate a second mass murder in the community of Bridgton, Ohio. Since the incident, Hartsfield has been hospitalized in a vegetative state. Hodges has done his best to move on from his Brady obsession, teaming up with Holly Gibney to open Finders Keepers, a private investigative agency. But when unexplainable occurrences begin to affect hospital staff members attending to Brady, Hodges is haunted by the feeling that Brady is somehow responsible.

The original cast, including Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) as Hodges, Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Hartsfield, returned for the 10-episode second season along with newcomers Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Sicario).

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Suntup Editions Announces The Latest Addition To The Covers Collection: Different Seasons By Kinuko Craft

Suntup Editions are delighted to announce Different Seasons as their latest addition to The Covers Collection.

Different Seasons was a departure from the norm for Stephen King. Featuring four novellas — Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body, and The Breathing Method — each with a more dramatic bent than his previous horror fiction, the book became an international bestseller with three out of its four stories adapted into major motion pictures. This stunning artwork by Kinuko Craft graced the first US edition of the novel in 1982, and was subsequently used for paperback release in the years that followed. Now, fans can enjoy this iconic artwork as a beautiful limited edition giclée prints, signed by the artist and presented for the first time without cover text.

Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 50 copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– 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: December 1, 2018
– Available for Pre-Order: November 15, 2018

Large Size: 18″ x 24″
Small Size: 11″ x 17″

Order the print HERE.

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Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid Gets Gorgeous New Illustrated Edition

Prepare to see The Colorado Kid in a whole new way.

Stephen King’s best-selling mystery novel — and inspiration for the TV series Haven — is headed back to bookstores for the first time in 10 years, in a brand-new illustrated edition. The novel has been out of print for a decade; the re-release will feature 20 new interior illustrations by a stellar range of artists.

In The Colorado Kid, a rookie newspaperwoman learns the true meaning of mystery when she investigates a 25-year-old unsolved and very strange case involving a dead man found on an island off the coast of Maine. 

The novel was originally published in 2005, and served as a loose basis for Haven, the Syfy series which aired from 2010 to 2015.

King and Hard Case Crime, the imprint behind the new edition, have exclusively shared with Entertainment Weekly the new cover for The Colorado Kid, painted by Paul Mann, as well as a pair of eye-catching interiors. One note: The first of the illustrations below is by actress Kate Kelton, who starred in the third and fourth seasons of Haven. (The other by is by Mark Edward Geyer.)

The Colorado Kid’s new edition will publish June 4, and is available for pre-order.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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Suntup Editions Announces The Stand Paperback Covers Print By Don Brautigam

Suntup Editions is excited to announce the first of several iconic, and highly anticipated covers by the late Don Brautigam. Don illustrated some of the most recognizable covers of Stephen King novels. For November and December Suntup will release their regularly scheduled print, as well as a bonus Don Brautigam print in the middle of each month.

This month’s release is Brautigam’s illustration for the first US edition paperback of The Stand. Although The Stand was published in late 1978, it would not be released in paperback until 1980. Brautigam is widely considered the pioneer of using black paint on book illustrations, which revolutionized the illustration industry. His mesmerizing color work which redefined paperback and hardcover jacket art is on glorious display here, available for the first time in its original form and without cover text. Brautigam’s cover of The Stand was awarded Cover of the Year by Marketing Bestsellers in 1980.

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.
– The Covers Collection subscribers will be billed and shipped this print automatically unless you opt-out.

Release Date: November 15, 2018
Available for Pre-Order: November 1, 2018

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

For more info or to order, please click HERE.

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Freeform To Develop Series Adaptation of Stephen King’s Joyland

Freeform is in the process of developing Joyland, a new series adaptation based on acclaimed author Stephen King’s mystery novel of the same name. Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.) are set to co-write the show’s pilot script.

“We are honored to be working with Stephen King – a master storyteller who understands the importance of culturally embedded tales that resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level,” Freeform’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Development Karey Burke said. “We can’t wait for Joyland to become part of Freeform’s offerings and haunt our viewers as only Stephen can.”

Joyland is set in 1973 which follows the story of a college student named Devin Jones who takes on a summer job at Joyland, an amusement park in North Carolina. As Devin continues to work at the park, he must confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and the way both will change his life forever.

The series will be executive produced by Bill Haber (CW’s Beauty and the Beast) through his Ostar Productions banner along with Peña and Nowrasteh also serving as producers.

Many of Stephen King’s books are currently being adapted into features films and TV series such as: Castle Rock which renewed for a second season at Hulu; Pet Sematary which will premiere next year in April 2019; the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson; James Wan’s The Tommyknockers; and The Boogeyman.

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IT Chapter Two Will Feature The Ritual of Chüd From The Stephen King Novel

Stephen King fans were thrilled last year when they were given an adaptation of one of King’s novels that exceeded expectations. It was a faithful adaptation of the novel but left out some of the more curious elements of the first half of the landmark text. However, word has now come that some weird elements of the novel will be included in the upcoming follow up.

Screenwriter Gary Dauberman has confirmed that the Ritual of Chüd will be included in the 2019 follow-up. In the novel, the ritual is way the Losers Club eventually defeated the title monster which involves a lot of really bizarre moments that are easier to do in a novel than on screen.

“The Ritual of Chüd is challenging, but it’s such an important component to the book that we had to address it. That stuff is difficult to balance, but because (director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and I) worked with each other before, when I’m writing pages and all that stuff it becomes more of a conversation and less like, ‘Hey, here’s what I did.’ It’s sort of organic; it’s really kind of just chipping away at the stone and trying to find the most focused, accessible way into some of more metaphysical aspects of that book.”

Dauberman went on to explain that the Ritual of Chüd will try to be fully realized on screen. The ritual is described as “a battle of wills between the Losers Club and Pennywise, going as far as Pennywise and a member of the Club in a joke contest.”

The main cast of IT: Chapter 2 also includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanley Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon, Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan and, of course, the return of Bill Skarsgård (Atomic Blonde) as the clown Pennywise.

The rest of the young cast of IT, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as young Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as young Ben, Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!) as young Eddie, Chosen Jacobs (Castle Rock) as young Mike and Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as young Stan will all be returning for IT: Chapter 2.

IT debuted in September of last year to the tune of $123.1 million on opening weekend, the highest opening weekend ever for a September release, for a fall release, and for a horror movie. It clocked in just $9 million behind Deadpool for the second-highest opening for an R-rated movie. The film earned over $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time.

The second part of IT is written by Gary Dauberman from the book by Stephen King, and will be directed once again by Andy Muschietti. 

The sequel will hit theaters on September 6, 2019.

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