Monday, November 5, 2012

A Smattering of Stephen King News

This might not all be "Fresh News", but around here my motto is "You didn't hear it here first...but you heard it here most recently."

A few Stephen King tidbits of interest:

It was announced recently that John Cusack has been attached to star in the film adaptation of King's 2006 novel Cell.  I'm a fan of (almost) all of King's work--yes, even his newer work which pretty consistently earns the ire of haters--and received this hardcover as a gift the day it was released.  I haven't read it since, but I remember enjoying it and thinking to myself that the writing style was slightly different, almost as if King had written it specifically to be adapted to film.  The film has been shopped around for a while with Eli Roth even attached at one point, but has had a little difficulty getting off the ground.  Hopefully the fact that Cusack is attached, and that King himself is co-writing the script with Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left), will help see this finally get made.  I can't believe it's taken this long.

The synopsis of the book, taken from Stephen King's website:
Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone. In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.

Also, in case you haven't heard, the release date of King's upcoming sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep, has been announced as September 24, 2013.  I love the original novel (never been a fan of the Kubrick film...go ahead and crucify me now), so I'm looking forward to seeing Little Danny Torrance all grown up.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

And finally, King has a new Hard Case Crime novel coming out on June 4, 2013 called Joyland.  The cover image can been seen below, and the press release can be read by clicking HERE.


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