News From The Dead Zone #117

Breaking News from the Dead Zone

Still haven’t had a chance to read “Ur”? Well, you’ll have to wait a while longer. However, the story will be available as an audiobook on February 16, 2010. The reader has not yet been selected. The suggested retail price is $14.99 in CD format or $11.99 for the download edition which will be available July 2010.

“Morality” is now online at Esquire if you didn’t manage to pick up a copy of the magazine. The classic (and rare) short story Weeds is also online at the Cavalier web site.

Barnes & Noble will be publishing The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by yours truly later on this year.

A limited, black-and-white convention edition of Issue 0 of The Talisman graphic novel will be available for free exclusively at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, taking place July 22-26. The special issue will be distributed by Del Rey at Booth #1129. The non-limited version will be available in comic book stores everywhere on October 21, 2009.

A sidebar about actress Emmanuelle Vaugier says that Dolan’s Cadillac is due out in December. Not quite sure in what form or what venues. It’s already been released on DVD in Sweden.

According to Camelot Books, these are the features of the Collectors Edition of Under the Dome:

  • Belly band
  • Jacket (will be the same jacket as on the trade state)
  • Housed in a stamped case
  • 4 color printed endpapers
  • Ribbon marker
  • Deck of cards (apparently this relates to the book)
  • Shrinkwrapped
  • 25,000 copies

A new message from King from his message board: “I’m delighted to tell you that I won not one but TWO Stoker Awards at this year’s ceremony, one for Duma Key (Best Novel) and one for Just After Sunset (Best Collection). My motto is, You can never be too thin, too rich, or win too many Stoker Awards. (If you’ve never seen one, the awards are most excellently cool.) My thanks to everyone who voted, and my congratulations to all the other nominees. Most of all, though, thanks to everyone who bought those books and enjoyed them. (And if you bought them and didn’t enjoy them, I still thank you.)”

News From The Dead Zone #115

Breaking News from the Dead Zone

Look for the July issue of Esquire , on newsstands shortly, for a new story called Morality. You aren’t likely to miss it–the story is painted on the body of model Bar Refaeli on the front cover. Here is the story description: Chad, an aspiring writer who is teaching school until he lands a publishing contract, and his wife, Nora, who is working as a home nurse for a retired minister, are like most people these days struggling financially.  Nora is approached by her employer with a proposition that could make their dream of a home in Vermont a reality.  But will it be worth the moral consequences? And here is a link to the cover.

King’s summer picks are now up on his official web site. He also has an Entertainment Weekly column touting 7 Great Books for Summer.

Scribner is keeping wraps on the cover art for Under the Dome until September, at which time they will launch it with a special promotion. There will be an excerpt of the novel in a summer issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The production of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD/book package is slated to commence on June 15, when producer T Bone Burnett begins laying down the tracks in Los Angeles for the 18 new songs John Mellencamp has written for his musical theater collaboration with King. King’s dialog will later be assembled in John’s Belmont Studio. The cast for the production is still not finalized. Projected release of the completed project is next January and will be in more than one configuration, with a “deluxe” version to include a book containing the show’s full text and song lyrics, a CD featuring the show’s dialog and songs, and a second CD with only the songs.

According to a recent interview, Eli Roth is no longer attached to direct an adaptation of Cell. “I walked away from it,” he says. “I love Stephen King and I love the book, but I want to write my own stories.”

“The Things They Left Behind” has been optioned by 1492 Pictures in partnership with Reliance Big Entertainment.

News From The Dead Zone #8

Breaking News from the Dead Zone

The Amazon Fishbowl episode where Bill Maher interviews King is now online. One blogster wondered aloud how the folks at Amazon feel about the drug and booze discussion that was part of their 10-minute set. “Now, it’s one thing when you’re hearing this type of thing on late night TV, but on the front page of an e-tailer’s Web site? In broad daylight? While at work? It’s kind of a different brand resonance for Amazon than I expected. Will we be seeing more of this type of disconnect as programming becomes increasingly un-hitched from time-of-day (and expected place of consumption)?”

For all his apparent disdain of cell phones, don’t think for a minute that King is reactionary against all technology. He is quoted in a NY Times article as saying, “It wounds me to be called a technophobe” in a statement sent – as if to prove his point – by e-mail.

Here’s an article about Tom Gordon’s trade to Philly and his awareness of Stephen King.