Publishers Weekly has awarded Shivers VI a highly sought-after Starred Review!

Shivers 6We are very pleased to report Publishers Weekly has awarded Shivers VI a highly sought-after Starred Review! Very few books receive one of these, so it’s a huge deal to the booksellers and distributors — it really makes the book standout in the marketplace!

What does this mean for our collectors and general readers?  Well, we were already down to less than 100 copies left of the second printing, and these copies are FLYING out the door as booksellers and librarians grab whatever copies they can of this acclaimed anthology.  We have not yet decided if we’re going to do athird printing, and the turn-around time will be about six weeks if we did decide to print more copies, so we recommend you don’t wait.  Place your order today so you don’t miss out!

Here is that incredible review:

PW StarStephen King tops the list with “The Crate,” a darkly funny monster-on-the rampage tale rarely reprinted since its first publication in 1979. Lisa Tuttle’s “Bits and Pieces” is a deft and disturbing fantasia on the battle of the sexes, and Peter Straub’s novella “A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark Matter” is a grim tale whose stand-alone incarnation was named one of 2010’s best books by PW. The other 18 stories, which include work by Glen Hirshberg, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, and David B. Silva, run the gamut from supernatural terror to psychological suspense, and from subtle dark fantasy to violence and gore. The uniformly high quality of writing makes this volume a must for any horror fan.”

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11/22/63 by Stephen King: Order Your Copy of the British (UK) Edition!

11/22/63 UKMany of our collectors asked if we could get copies of the UK Hardcover Edition of King’s next book since the British editions feature completely different designs than the US editions and are traditionally printed in much smaller print runs, making them more collectible and harder to find. We checked and we will be able to get a few copies, so place your order today so you don’t miss out!

Please Note:
We’ve been asked for many years if we could make custom slipcases for the UK editions of King’s books (like we sometimes do for the US editions) and today we’re pleased to report we’ll be doing just that for 11/22/63! Scroll down for details.

About this Book:
This fall will see the publication of Stephen King’s heart-stopping new novel, a thousand page tour de force about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination, and we’re pleased to report that we’ll be getting copies for our customers!

King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong and he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best!

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Add A Special Exclusive Slipcase To Your Order To Protect Your Book!

11/22/63 UK slipcasesEven though the UK edition of 11/22/63 by Stephen King is being published by another publisher, we’ve heard from so many customers who want one of our special slipcases to protect their investment that we’ve decided to accept preorders for a custom-made slipcase for this title! This slipcase will be specially designed to match the look and feel of the UK edition, and will be sized to be an exact fit. We will only make enough slipcases to fill our preorders, so don’t wait to reserve yours!

The easiest way to add one to your purchase is by selecting the “UK Trade Hardcover with Exclusive Slipcase!” option above — you’ll also save on shipping by ordering this way! (You can order just the slipcase by itself on the 11/22/63 UK Slipcase product page.)

Don’t know what a slipcase is? That’s okay! It’s easily the best way to protect your book for generations to come. You can see some sample images of other slipcases on the product page. We’re using the same high-quality materials we have used for our previous Stephen King cases, with one color hot foil stamping. The company who makes these for us is the best in the business and you won’t find a better way to protect your investment! (If you are new to collecting, you can read more about slipcases on our Book FAQ page.)

We’re selling these special slipcases for just $24.95, making them an extremely affordable way to protect your book.  These cases will be produced after the book is published because we need a real copy of the book to get the sizing just right and your book and slipcase will ship together. We think our collectors will be very pleased with what we have in mind for these very special cases, and we don’t know how long we’ll be selling this as an option, so don’t wait to place your order!

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Shivers VI and The Painted Darkness: Second Printings Are Shipping Now!

Hi Folks!

As you know, we had to rush second printings of Shivers VI, which contains “The Crate” by Stephen King and dozens of other great stories, and The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman, which was just nominated for the Bram Stoker Award… and those second printings have arrived and are shipping now… but they’re already almost SOLD OUT due to huge demand from collectors and retailers!

We don’t know if we’re going to rush yet another printing of these books — we’ve never done a third printing of ANY edition — so if you don’t want to pay inflated prices on the second-hand market, now is the time to order your copy for your collection! Read more about each book on the product pages while supplies last: Shivers VI and The Painted Darkness.

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The Painted Darkness

News from the Dead Zone #140

Which artist would you like to have illustrate The Wind Through the Keyhole? You get to have your say on this subject via a poll being conducted at King’s official web site. Voting closes on April 1st, so don’t delay!

King’s 6500-word short story, “Herman Wouk is Still Alive,” will be published in the May issue of The Atlantic, on newsstands April 19 and available on the web and to subscribers a week earlier. For those unfamiliar with that name, he is the author of The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.

The official page count for the Scribner edition of 11/22/63 is 864. King first talked about this idea in Marvel Spotlight: The Dark Tower, published on January 27, 2007. It remains to be seen whether some of the ideas he discussed in that interview made it into the book.

King tells Entertainment Weekly that he is in talks to write an episode of the AMC zombie series The Walking Dead, which is executive-produced by Frank Darabont. If this comes about, it could be for season 2 or season 3, and King might share the writing with Joe Hill.

The next cycle in the Marvel adaptation of the Dark Tower is The Battle of Tull, which launches a five-issue arc in June. Eisner Award nominee Michael Lark joins the team for this series. “I have nothing but respect and admiration for Stephen King and the chance to work on the Dark Tower is a wonderful privilege,” said Lark. “I only hope that I can come close to conveying his vision – a daunting task, but a challenge that I’m enjoying tremendously. It has allowed me to explore the darker aspects of my art and really start pushing some of the boundaries of my own style. And who doesn’t love drawing cowboys and horses?!”

Bluewater Comics says it will work with King on a bio-comic about his “incomparable” career. Orbit: Stephen King, scheduled for release in May, will trace the King’s career from rejections and anonymity to global fame. “It includes insight on his legacy as a writer, his love of the Boston Red Sox, forays into film, drug and alcohol issues, and the accident [in 1999] that nearly cost him his life,” Bluewater says in a release. All in just 32 pages!

Sometimes authors are asked to blurb books, and sometimes they are just so taken by a book that they send in their comments unsolicited. Such is the case with King’s comments on Robert McCammon’s next book. “The Five isn’t just Robert McCammon’s best novel in years; it’s his best novel ever. Terrifying, suspenseful, unputdownable, and full of rock and roll energy. It’s also uplifting, a book you’ll finish feeling better about your world, your friends, and your music. Here’s one you’ll beg friends to read.”

And sometimes he’s asked for his opinion, as in the case of the new HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, based on the James M. Cain novel. He writes:  Kate Winslet Is Mommie Dearest in Mildred Pierce.

Filming for the second season of Haven begins in Nova Scotia in April and will carry through until late August. Here’s an article about how happy the locals are to have the production back in the area.

Brand New Book Announced! On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir

Featuring Ed Gorman, Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Robert J. Randisi, Jon L. Breen, Dave Zeltserman, Jeremiah Healy, and many others!

On Dangerous GroundCemetery Dance Publications is pleased to announce On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir edited by Ed Gorman, Dave Zeltserman, and Martin H. Greenberg, which we’ll be publishing this spring as an affordable, clothbound TRADE hardcover and also as a deluxe traycased Lettered Edition signed by many of the contributors! (Many of our Lettered Editions lately have been selling out in a matter of hours or days, and we don’t expect this one to be any different. The Lettered Edition is the only signed edition of this book, so don’t wait to order!)

This title has already received tremendous reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, so we expect there to be a lot of demand for the trade hardcover edition. Be sure to preorder to receive FREE US SHIPPING and a guaranteed 1st Edition, 1st Printing!

Free US ShippingAbout the Book:

For generations raised on the Saturday afternoon thrills of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, the appearance of the so-called “psychological westerns” of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties came as a surprise. And, to some who didn’t care for them, a shock.

With such films as Blood On The Moon, Winchester `73, and The Naked Spur, audiences saw characters very much like themselves emotionally. Critics argued the authenticity of some of the history in these films but there was no denying their power. Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch confirmed, once and for all, that the western had changed forever, psychologically and sometimes politically relevant to our own times.

On Dangerous Ground features stories of every kind, all with a western setting, all with darkness at their core. And all with the kind of edge that demonstrates how timeless the form is when used well.

Table of Contents:
“Introduction” by James Sallis
“Hell” by Bentley Little
“All Good Men” by Terry Tanner
“Burl Lockhart’s in Town” by Steve Hockensmith
“Canticle” by Desmond Barry
“Colt” by Ken Bruen
“Piano Man” by Bill Crider
“Desert Reckoning” by Trey R. Barker
“Lucky” by Harry Shannon
“Going Where the Wind Blows” by Jan Christensen
“The Old Ways” by Ed Gorman
“In Some Countries” by Jerry Raine
“The Cartoonist” by Jon L. Breen
“Durston” by Norman Partridge
“Emma Sue” by Dave Zeltserman
“Hell Hath No Fury” by T. L. Wolf
“Vanity” by Jeremiah Healy
“Cowards Die Many Times” by Robert J. Randisi
“Lead Poisoning” by Gary Lovisi
“The Conversion of Carne Muerto” by James Reasoner
“Last Song of Antietam” by Patrick J. Lambe
“Through the Golden Gate Bridge” by Terence Butler

Reviews for the Book:
“A wild posse of outlaws populates this dark, moody collection of 21 character-driven tales derived from the psychological westerns popular in the 1950s. Though set primarily in the old American Southwest, these dusty noirs flare with life, death, animosity, danger, duplicity, and realistic characterization… From Santa Fe and San Francisco to the Oregon Trail, the action and adventure consistently thrill and mystify in this unique anthology of the rugged west.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is classic noir fiction at its very best. This skillfully crafted anthology will have great appeal to fans of noir fiction, pulp fiction, and Westerns. The escapism provided through journeying into the bleak shadow-side of human nature allows readers to be guided into a more hopeful reality.”
Library Journal

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Congratulations to Stephen King, Norman Prentiss, and Brian James Freeman!

Congratulations to Stephen King, Norman Prentiss, and Brian James Freeman!

Congratulations to Stephen King (Full Dark, No Stars), Norman Prentiss (Invisible Fences), and Brian James Freeman (The Painted Darkness), whose Cemetery Dance books have made the Final Ballot for the HWA’s Bram Stoker Awards — they are now officially Bram Stoker nominees!

Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss sold out quickly after publication, and our edition of Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King sold out pre-publication, but we still have some copies of the trade hardcover from Scribner if you haven’t placed your order yet. The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman sold out on the day of publication, but we’re expecting the second printing to arrive in a few weeks, and there are also several eBook formats now available if you don’t want to wait:

Download from Amazon (US) Download from Amazon (UK) Download from the iBookstore Download for the Nook

Last year was a great year for horror, so good luck to everyone who made the final ballot!

11/22/63: A massive new novel by Stephen King!

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. If you had the chance to change history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it?

11/22/63This fall Scribner will be publishing Stephen King’s heart-stopping new novel, a thousand page tour de force about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination, and we’re pleased to report that we’ll be getting copies for our customers!

In this exciting new novel, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong and he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best!

Click here to read more or to place your order!

Add A Special Limited Edition Slipcase To Your Order To Protect Your Book!

Even though 11/22/63 by Stephen King is being published by another publisher, we’ve heard from so many customers who want one of our special Limited Edition slipcases to protect their investment that we’ve decided to accept preorders for a custom-made slipcase! We will only make enough slipcases to fill our preorders, so don’t wait to reserve yours!

The easiest way to add a slipcase to your purchase is by selecting the “Trade Hardcover with Exclusive Limited Edition Slipcase!” option on the 11/22/63 product page — you’ll also save on shipping by ordering this way! (You can order just the slipcase by itself on the 11/22/63 Limited Edition Slipcase product page.)

Don’t know what a slipcase is? That’s okay! It’s easily the best way to protect your book for generations to come. You can see some sample images of other slipcases we’ve made on the 11/22/63 Limited Edition Slipcase product page. We’re using the same high-quality materials we have used for our previous Stephen King cases, with one color hot foil stamping. The company who makes these for us is the best in the business and you won’t find a better way to protect your investment! (If you’re new to collecting, you can read more about slipcases on our Book FAQ page.)

Click here to read more or to place your order!

News from the Dead Zone #139

StephenKing.com is proud to officially announce The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole. The next installment of the epic series is set for release in 2012. For more information, see the announcement letter from Stephen King.

It won’t tell you much that’s new about Roland and his friends, but there’s a lot none of us knew about Mid-World, both past and present. The novel is shorter than DT 2-7, but quite a bit longer than the first volume—call this one DT-4.5. It’s not going to change anybody’s life, but God, I had fun.

News from the Dead Zone #138

Scribner announced Stephen King’s next novel this morning. The title is 11/22/63 and it will be in stores on November 8, 2011. A palindromic date (11/8/11) in the US.  Here is the book’s description:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. If you had the chance to change history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

See King’s website, Scribner’s website and Hodder & Stoughton’s website for more.

At the Academy Awards last weekend, MTV asked Brian Grazer for news about casting for the Dark Tower film adaptation. Grazer said, “[Javier Bardem] is locked in psychologically,” Grazer said. “He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it.” Until they cast Roland, they aren’t pursuing actors for any other roles, Grazer said.

King has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Mason Award from the Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He will be presented the award at a ceremony on September 23, 2011 and will be speaking and/or reading for approximately 30-45 minutes. Details regarding the speech and a possible signing to follow are still being negotiated. More information, including how to secure tickets for the event, will be posted here.

Full Dark, No Stars was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Collection. Winning titles will be announced at the Stoker Weekend in Long Island NY, June 16-19, 2011.

 

The Woman by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee Announced!

Hi Folks!

The WomanToday we’re pleased to show off the beautiful Harry O. Morris cover artwork for our special hardcover edition of the controversial novel The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. You can see a thumbnail to the right, but click on the image to see the bigger version on our website.

Free US ShippingAbout the Book:

The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now.

Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea.

Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral — and unstable — country lawyer who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave.

Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he’ll add another. He will capture her, lock in his fruit cellar, and tame her, civilize her.

To this end he’ll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin’, to aid him.

So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?

About the Bonus Novella:

This new novella by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee takes place a year after the novel ends, but to say anything else could spoil some of the surprises!

Click here to read more or to place your order!


Lucifer’s Lottery by Edward Lee Announced!

Hi Folks!

Lucifer's LotteryToday we’re very pleased to announce Lucifer’s Lottery by Edward Lee, a brand new (and very affordable) SIGNED Limited Edition!

Edward Lee has been with Cemetery Dance for a long time, and he always sells very well for us, but we expect this title to sell even faster than previous books due to the increased interest in our entire hardcover line-up this past year. Many of our Limited Editions have been selling out in less than a week lately, some as fast as a day or two, so please don’t wait. We’ve been hearing from dozens and sometimes hundreds of Free US Shippingcollectors who waited and missed out on our recent titles, and we don’t expect this one to be any different!

About the Book:
Theology student Hudson has just won the lottery, but not just any lottery—Satan’s lottery.

Only eleven people in all of human history have been so honored since Lucifer’s fall from Heaven in 5318 B.C.  All Hudson need do is say “yes,” and he will receive an all-expenses-paid tour of Hell, and his tour-guide is the damned soul of H.P. Lovecraft, the greatest horror writer of all time…

And into the Abyss Hudson ventures to witness carnal pleasures that boggle the mind and horrors piled upon horrors within the smoking, screaming metropolis that is now Lucifer’s domain.  But will Hudson make the ultimate choice and disavow his salvation to become a prince in Hell?

Lucifer’s Lottery takes the reader on a macabre and harrowing trek of unspeakable evil, devilish intrigue, demented eroticism, and ends in the very mansion of Satan himself…

Click here to read more or to place your order before our supplies run out!

News from the Dead Zone #137

Happy New Year, everyone! Can’t believe this is my first post of 2011. And what news we have! Though several actors have been named as possible candidates to play the part of Roland in the Dark Tower movie/TV adaptation, the word today (confirmed by King’s office) is that Javier Bardem has been offered the role. No word yet on whether he has accepted, but this announcement has stirred some passioned responses. The main complaints seem to be that 1) he doesn’t look the way people envision Roland (especially the eyes) and 2) he has an accent. Neither of those issues matters to me. Give him blue contacts and a few months with a dialect coach and those matters will vanish. I think this he’s a good choice. We’ve seen him do stone cold killer before. If we can’t have Timothy Olyphant (from Justified), Bardem will do just fine.

Ron Howard has talked a little bit about his plans for the series in recent interviews. He will be directing at least the first movie and perhaps all three. He will also direct the intervening TV series, which are now better described as limited-run miniseries (six to eight hours), which will probably air on an NBC affiliate like SyFy or USA. The same actors will appear on the big screen and on the TV miniseries. Akiva Goldsman is scripting the first movie, and will write the TV component as well. One report says that the second TV series will be the flashback to Roland’s youth.

In related news, the second issue of the Marvel adaptation of Little Sisters of Eluria is out this week and the hardcover collection of The Journey Begins is out today as well. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with the standalone issue Sheemie’s Tale, which was originally slated for last fall. Some reports have it coming out this week as well.

If you missed King’s U-stream chat last fall, it can now be seen on the Full Dark, No Stars web site. In that interview he reveals that he’s written a screenplay for “A Good Marriage” and hopes it’s made into a film. He was supposed to provide details about his next book, but due to technical difficulties toward the end that question didn’t get asked, so now we’ll have to wait for a while to find out more.

In early January, King said that he would no longer be writing regular columns for Entertainment Weekly. After his three Top 10 columns in December (Top 10 Books, Top 10 TV shows, Top 10 Movies), he published one final column, So Long, My Friends. “After seven years of waxing philosophical about all things pop culture, Uncle Stevie says goodbye.” (not yet online).

For an interesting glimpse behind the scenes, check out this podcast: A peek inside the office with Marsha DeFilippo.

In the January issue of Down East magazine, a columnist asks King about his concept of “the real Maine.” He replied, “My idea of the real Maine is lunch at Rosie’s Diner in Lovell. Especially in the fall, after the summer folks go home. Grab a copy of the local paper (the Bridgton News), sit at the counter, and order the blueberry pancakes (with real maple syrup). Bacon on the side’s optional. The cook wears a Red Sox hat, there’s a picture of Elvis over the specials board,and the locals talk politics and football while the leaves fall outside. If you like, when you finish your lunch, you can stroll across to the public library. Not bad.”

News from the Dead Zone #136

Stephen King will be participating in a live chat about Full Dark, No Stars on Wednesday, December 8th, from 7-8 p.m. Eastern. If you have a question you would like King to answer during the chat, send it to Scribner . RSVP to the event and join it live here.

King signed copies of Full Dark, No Stars in Portsmouth, NH last week. Here’s an article about the event. There’s a tag-team review of the book at Amazon: Justin Cronin reviews 1922, Suzanne Collins reviews Big Driver, Margaret Atwood reviews A Good Marriage and T.C. Boyle reviews Fair Extension.

Recent Entertainment Weekly columns:

News from the Dead Zone #135

A week from today Full Dark, No Stars will be released. Scribner has a dedicated website for the book, with excerpts, King’s “liner notes” and more. Don’t neglect to click around on the graphics for each story. You will be richly rewarded! The signed versions of Cemetery Dance’s limited edition are sold out, but there are still some copies of the trade edition available. A few—this beautiful version moved fast! The wraparound cover by Tomislav Tikulin is gorgeous. Each story has a different illustrator: Glenn Chadbourne, Jill Bauman, Alan M. Clark and Vincent Chong. Check out the link to see samples of the art.

Hodder & Stoughton has been producing mini movies for each story. So far I’ve seen ones for 1922 and Big Driver. Mainstream reviews are starting to come in, too. Washington Post review by Bill Sheehan, Fort Worth Star Telegram review, The Scotsman.

Mark this date in your calendar: Friday, May 17, 2013. That’s the day Universal will launch the first movie in the Dark Tower adaptation. Director Ron Howard acknowledges Peter Jackson’s influence in their approach to the adaptation. “What Peter did was a feat, cinematic history. The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”

If you’ve been waiting for the hardcover collection of the Marvel “N” adaptation, it’s now available. If you’ve been waiting for a second arc to the Del Rey adaptation of The Talisman, that series appears to be on hold at present.

Check out King’s final selections in his Empire.

The U.S. cable network Syfy says Haven will return next summer. The 13-episode second season will begin shooting on location in Nova Scotia, Canada, in the spring.

New Entertainment Weekly column: Stephen King on Pop Music (original title “Higher and Higher”)