News From The Dead Zone #77

Breaking News from the Dead Zone

There’s an eBay auction running through the 26th for a complete set of hand-signed copies of the Dark Tower series. The books are all hardcovers and consist of first trade editions from 2003-2004; The Viking editions of the first four books (including the revised and expanded edition of The Gunslinger) and the Scribner/Grant editions of the last three books. The opening bid was $100 and within an hour or so it was up to $1500. It’s for a good cause! Check it out.

According to Publisher’s Lunch. The Haven Foundation, created by Stephen King to provide financial assistance to  writers and artists “experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe,” has announced that they are now able to start making grants of up to $25,000 a year to those in need. Seed money for the foundation was raised in part by last year’s Harry, Carrie and Garp readings at Radio City Music hall.

Here’s an article about King’s recent visit to Australia and his own EW column on the topic: Uncle Stevie: Back from Down Under.

News From The Dead Zone #48

Breaking News from the Dead Zone

If you subscribe to the newsletter from Stephen King’s official web site, you received a notice late last week concerning a chance to buy a signed copy of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon or John Irving’s Until I Found You from a special store set up at The Haven Foundation website. Though the King books aren’t first editions, $40 for a signed hardcover with unequivocal provenance is a great deal in today’s market. The approximately 200 copies sold out very fast, but subscribe to the newsletter or check the Haven web site for future offers throughout the winter. Haven is the replacement for the Wavedancer Foundation, an organization designed to support people in the book and publishing industry who have little or no financial cushion in the event of a sudden catastrophic accident. All proceeds from the sale of these books goes to Haven.

Both Stephen King and Robin Furth will be attending New York Comic Con at the end of February. King will be a Guest of Honor and will appear with Furth on a special panel hosted by Joe Quesada, Editor In Chief of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. on Saturday, February 24. Marvel is beginning a full-court press to support the Dark Tower comic series. One of the series associate editors has established a Dark Tower Blog at the Marvel web site. There’s also an article in today’s USA Today (Dark Tower looms in graphic form) and the newspaper’s website has the e-mail Q&A that gave rise to the article. Both links have sample artwork from the first issue.

CaféFX Plus (Pan’s Labyrinth, Eragon, Ghost Rider) will be doing special effects for Frank Darabont’s The Mist, starring Thomas Jane, who describes the script as “12 Angry Men with monsters.” The movie will be shooting in Shreveport, LA at the end of February for a couple of months.See the interview with Jane here. (Windows Media).

Here are King’s three top-ten lists for 2006: Books, Music, Movies.