- Author: Frank Darabont
- Artist: Bernie Wrightson
- Page Count: 108
- Pub. Date: 2005
- ISBN: 1-58767-059-3
- Status: Out of Print
by Frank Darabont
Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson
About the Book:
The first-ever book (fiction) project from Frank Darabont, the Academy Award-nominated director of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption! This wonderful novella features full-color dust jacket artwork and b&w interiors by the legendary Bernie Wrightson (Cycle of the Werewolf and The Stand limited edition). Plus an Introduction by the author.
Howard Walpuski is a struggling writer trying to make his way on the tough streets of Hollywood. And like so many others, he dreams of the big-time. But times are tough and when he walks into the run-down repair shop with his old typewriter under his arm and five bucks in his wallet, he figures it's about to get a lot tougher.
But he's wrong.
Because not only is his typewriter fixed that afternoon at the old shop... so is his life.
Suddenly he is writing like never before... and suddenly his work is selling like never before. In fact, before long, he's a star on the fast track to certain fame and wealth.
But there's a price to pay for his overnight success.
And Howard Walpuski must pay it... in blood.
Walpuski's Typewriter is packed with dark chills and terrifying suspense and laced with a brilliant streak of black humor. It's one of the most compelling reads of the year and should not be missed!
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School.
His first job in movies was as a production assistant on the 1981 low-budget film, Hell Night, starring Linda Blair. He spent the next six years working in the art department as a set dresser and in set construction while struggling to establish himself as a writer. His first produced writing credit (shared) was on the 1987 film, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, directed by Chuck Russell.
Darabont is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films receive nominations for the Best Picture Academy Award: 1994's The Shawshank Redemption (with a total of seven nominations) and 1999's The Green Mile (four nominations).
Darabont himself collected Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for each film (both based on works by Stephen King), as well as nominations for both films from the Director's Guild of America, and a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for "The Shawshank Redemption." He won the Humanitas Prize, the PEN Center USA West Award, and the Scriptor Award for his screenplay of "The Shawshank Redemption."
Published in three states:
• Trade Edition bound in full cloth ($25)
• Slipcased Limited edition of 400 copies signed by Frank Darabont ($50)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather, with a satin ribbon page marker; signed by Darabont and Wrightson ($200)