Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stephen King Goes To HOLLYWOOD

This article was originally published 8/6/2012 at Talk Stephen King.

I love books about Stephen King!  Of course, not all books about King are equal.  There are some stinkers in the mix, but most are a joy.  My favorite book about King's movie's is Jones' "Creepshows."

Some of my favorites are old stuff.  Among those, Stephen King goes to HOLLYWOOD is great!  With a copyright date of 1987, it covers King movies from Carrie to Stand by Me.  The book has a lot of photo’s, both color and black and white.  It is written with attention to detail a journalist would be proud of, while maintaining the energy of a fan.

Written by Jeff Conner, this is the kind of book that is just fun to thumb through.  There are articles on each movie (up to 1987), and sprinkled throughout are boxes with little facts and quotes.  For a small book, it’s actually pretty meaty.

Highlights From The Interview

image credit: HERE

Stephen King goes to Hollywood begins with an interview with Stephen King. The focus of their talk is primarily Maximum Overdrive, which King directed.  King, always humble and fun at the same time, begins by discussing his weaknesses as a director.

What’s neat about this is that it is not King reflecting on the film years later – he is discussing it right on the heels of its completion.  In the interview, King is still in love with his movie.  Kinda refreshing!  You can sense his hope and energy and passion for this film, even though he would later be good humored about it’s failings.

Asked what effect he was aiming for in Maximum Overdrive, King says, “I wanted it to move fast.  It’s a wonderful moron picture, in that sense.  It’s a really illiterate picture in a lot of ways.  There isn’t a lot of dialogue in it.  It’s fast.  A lot of things explode.”

When he was asked If he paid attention to character relations in the story, King said,
I’m interested in my people.  One of the few really sensible things that anybody said at the story conference that we had at MGM in L.A. – those people, what an alien mentality! – But somebody did say that if the characters don’t stand out and this is just a movie about machines, it’ll be a bad picture.  Their solution was to suggest that a lot of dialogue and scenes between the major characters be added fr character and texture.  I was always calling them the jumbo “John!  Oh Martha!” scenes, because they’re like soap operas.  We shot ‘em.  We just cut ‘em all out in the editing room, every single one.”
King indicates that he prefer’s Hitchcock, because the characters that are most interesting in his pictures are the ones in the supporting roles.

King also reveals what he thinks is the scariest moment in one of his films. . . he says it is when the hand comes from the grave in Carrie.  Asked if he had any idea it was going to happen, he says yes, but it still scared him.  He says his first screening of Carrie was in Boston, and that the theater was entirely full of black people.  King began to wonder how the audience was going to react to little Carrie withher “menstrual problems”!

And that’s the way it started, and then, little by little, they got on her side, you know, and when she started doing her shtick, I mean, they’re going, “Tear it up!”  “Go for it!” and all this other stuff.  These two guys were talking behind us, and we were listening to them, and at the end they’re putting on their coats and getting ready to leave.  Suddenly this hand comes up, and these two big guys screamed along with everyone else, and one of them goes, “That’s it!  That’s it!  She ain’t never gonna be right!”  And I new it was going to be a hit.


I don’t think I’ve ever noted picture captions. . . but the book is full of not only great pictures, but all out funny captions.

Here’s a few favorites:
  • Picture: Knife wielding Piper Laurie: “Shades of Norman Bates and Lizzie Borden: piper Laurie cuts a fine figure as Carrie’s mommie dearest.”
  • Picture of destruction at the prom: “Curfew time is no problem at the prom as Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to wish everyone a safe drive home.”
  • Picture: Barlow choking Mark, “Free dental floss or the kid gets it!  Reggie Naldr does his Nosferatu imitation as Barlow in Salem’s Lot.”
  • Picture: Cujo licking the bloody window of the car: “Cujo washes Wallace’s windows with his tongue, but she’s not appreciative in the least.”
  • Picture of Nielsen holding a pistol: “The time for marriage counseling has passed as Nielsen plots revenge on his unfaithful wife.”
  • Picture of corpses: “The corpses come home to roost when Dansen and Gaylen Ross return from a quick dip in the ocean.”
  • Picture of Neilsen talking to Ted Danson, who is buried in sand:  “Leslie Nielsen discusses his favorite band, The Talking Heads, with sandman Ted Danson.”
  • Picture of an axe cutting through the door as Wendy screams he brains out:  “Axe and ye shall receive: Wendy should have remembered to put out the ‘No Peddlers’ sign.”
  • Picture of fire raging in a bedroom: “Johnny accurately predicts that he should have worn flame-retardant pajamas to bed.”
  • Picture of teens destroying Christine: “Hell hath no Fury like Christine scorned.  Arnie’s pals will soon receive a nasty lesson in body work.”
  • Picture of corn stalks coming from car: “Not event he auto club can lend a hand when the Children of the Corn stalk their victims cars.”
  • Picture of Charlie setting fire to good: “Young Charlie shows her budget-minded parents how to avoid the expense of a new microwave.”
  • Picture of Drew Barrymore listening to George C. Scott: “Drew Barrymore listens attentively but still has trouble figuring out how Scott ever managed to win an Oscar.”

Boxes Of  Quotes!

The book is filled with little boxes that make it fun to dig through.  Here are some of my favorite box notes:

– Speaking of The Shining with Christopher Evans
“Somebody said, ‘What do you think Kubrick wants from THE SHINING?’  And I said, ‘I think he wants to hurt people.’”
–Speaking of The Shing with Bhob Stewart
“The idea for the hedge maze is Kubrick’sand not mine.  I had considered it, but then I realized it hadbeen done inthe movie THEMAZE (1953, directed in 3D by William Cameron Menzie the same year he did INVADERS FROM MARS] with Richard Carlson, and I rejected the maze idea for that reason.  I have no knowledge as to whether or not Kubrick has ever seen that movie or if it happens to be coincidence.”
 –Speaking of The Shining at Bellerica Library.
“When Stanley Kubrick was gonna do THE SHINING, we were living in a little town in western Maine, and I was up one morning shaving my face and my wife came in.  The phone had rung and she said, ‘It’s for ou.’  And I said, ‘Well, who is it?’ She said, ‘Stanley Kubrick from London.’  I had shaving cream over half my face and I just sort of picked up the phone and said, ‘Stanley, how are you!’  He wanted to talk about ghosts, and wasn’t the horror story or the story of ghosts always fundamentally optimistic because it suggested that we went on afterward?  And I said, ‘Well it is, Stanley, but what if a person died insande and came back?’  There was a long silence.  And I also said, ‘What about hell?  What if there really is hell?’ And Stanley said, ‘I don’t believe in that.’  So I said, ‘Well good, cool, do what you want.’”
– speaking of Stand By Me at Bellerica Library.
“One day at their summer camp, or whatever it was, a story circulated that a dog had been hit by a train and the dead body was on the tracks.  These guys are saying, ‘And you should see it man, it’s all swelled up and its guts are fallingo ut and it’s real dead.  I mean it’s just as dead as you ever dreamed o anyting being dead.’  Andyou could see it yourself, just walk down these tracks and take a look at it, which they did.   George said, ‘Someday I’d like to write a story about that,’ but he never did.  He’s running a restaurant now, a great restaurant.”
 –Speaking of Children of the Corn with Tim Hewitt
“And then, the second, very moral question is: do you have any right, just because you’re a big shot, to steal screen credit from somebody who’s an unknown.  What if it’s a great film?  So, I thought about that one very very hard for about three days, then Id ecided that essentially I couldn’t trust new World Pictures.  I sent a telegram to the screenwriters guild and said that I didn’t want to respond to Clayton’s petition to have sole screen credit on the picture, so he was granted sole screen credit.  I’m delight that he was on both counts.  Number one, the picture was a dog: it was a shuck-and-jive situation.  What they had sent me and represented as the final screenplay had nothing in common at all with what finally mad it to the screen.  It was basically, I think, and effort into accepting a screen credit that didn’t belong to me.”
–Speaking of Creepshow with Edwin Pouncey
“The comic, that was my idea.  They wanted a novelization, they wanted to farm it out, and I told them I’ve never allowed anything to be novelized and I said that if we’re going to do this then let’s do it in the spirit of the movie itself, which is of the EC comics, the horror pups, let’s go ahead and do a comic book. 
So we hired a guy called Berni Wrightson to do the panels and I just did the continuity.  It was kinda fun.”
About The Shining's Alternate Ending, discussed in Stephen king Goes To Hollywood, see my article HERE.

Listed under Coming Attractions:
The Running Man, Creepshow II, Pet Sematary, The Stand, The Talisman, Graveyard Shift, Return to Salem’s Lot, Apt Pupil, The Cat From Hell, IT, The Mist, Sorry, Right number.

You can buy Stephen King Goes To HOLLYWOOD at amazon.com

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shaun Lawton's Review Of "Stephen King, A Face Among The Masters."

This is a review by Shaun Lawton of my book, "Stephen King, A Face Among The Masters."  It is also posted at amazon.com

If you've read the book, tell me what you think.

Here's  Shaun's review:

The Face Behind The Mask Revealed

Stephen King: A Face Among The Masters, by Brighton David Gardner, published earlier this year (2014) is a quite useful analysis of King's writing which I highly recommend to any one who loves to read fiction, regardless of whether they are a Stephen King fan or not.

To the "constant readers" of King, this overview of the author's history is indispensable. Gardner breaks his book down into eight chapters which trace King's development as a horror writer from his sensational first novel Carrie right up through his latest books.

One of the things that makes A Face Among The Masters such a great read is the fact the author himself is a "constant reader," and therefore very familiar with King's raison d'ĂȘtre. I myself who have been reading King since Salem's Lot was published gained a tremendous amount of insight into King's writing methodologies, thanks to Gardner's detailed analysis.

Gardner begins the book by describing King's extensive list of influences, among them past masters such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, and others. Gardner's keen insights really bring the reader into the shady realm that marks King's still evolving literary world. He also goes so far as to make a connection between King's novels and the films of Alfred Hitchcock by asking the reader to think about which Stephen King books would Hitchcock have loved to adapt. In this chapter, Gardner lists nine King books which would have made excellent Hitchcock movies; it's a compelling list and provides the reader with a lot of interesting insights.

Gardner goes on to associate King's writing style with the old television show The Twilight Zone, in Chapter 5. Once again the reader is guided by Gardner's deep knowledge of King towards understanding the integral connections the world's most famous horror author has with Rod Serling's classic TV series.

Chapter 6 guides the reader through the nearly forgotten world of radio plays, exemplified through the spooky narratives of Arch Oboler and Orson Welles. The various connections which Gardner makes between King's techniques and these old radio plays which held a nation in the grip of fear are wonderful and once again quite insightful.

Chapter 7: Dark Theologian is my favorite part of this book. In it, Gardner brings his extensive knowledge of theology to the table for what I consider to be the most enlightening chapter. He takes readers on a profound excursion focusing on the King novels The Green Mile, Pet Sematary, The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand, and The Dark Tower series. Brighton does a remarkable job of explaining to readers just how Stephen King has woven religious and spiritual themes into these narratives. The results are fascinating and represent one of the best reasons to read A Face Among The Masters.

In short, readers both familiar and unfamiliar with Stephen King's novels will find a motherlode of interesting information inside the pages of Brighton David Gardner's insightful and illuminating treatise. I can't recommend it enough, so be sure to get it either for your Kindle or e-Reader of choice, or buy the print version because it's easily worth twice the cover price.

If you're interested in learning more about Stephen King, be sure to visit Gardner's popular blog Talk Stephen King, you can Google it easily or just copy and paste the following url into your browser: http://talkstephenking.blogspot.com -- and maybe I'll see you there in the comments section. Gardner started this blog devoted to all things Stephen King five years ago, and he shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down. There is a plethora of interesting posts archived already, with more coming almost on a daily basis.

One of the reasons for this is the happy fact that the subject of mutual interest here is Stephen King, clearly the best-selling and most popular horror writer of all time. Brighton David Gardner's excellent book explains just why that is in an approachable and easygoing manner, and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Stephen King certainly does belong on the short list of the Grand Masters of literature, and may consider himself far more than just a mere horror writer or the "literary equivalent of a Big Mac." So don't hesitate to get your copy of Stephen King: A Face Among The Masters by Brighton David Gardner. I promise that you'll be glad you did.

Posted from: amazon.com/review

Ukrainian Joyland

Here is a hardcover, Ukranian Joyland.  It's selling at ebay for $21.47.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Scariest Novel Of All Time

graphic credit: artcocktail.mallforarts.com stephen-king-characters-become-alive-in-digital-art

I was  headed running tonight and decided to download a new audible book.  I typed into google, "Scariest novel of all time."  I came upon Emily Temple's article, "The 50 Scariest Books of All Time."  Sounds pretty good, right?

Guess what #1 on her list is -- IT

About IT, Temple writes:
All right, let’s get this out of the way up front: Stephen King is the you-know-what of horror, and if there wasn’t this pesky rule about keeping it to one book per author, this list could almost be wholly populated by his terrifying reads. This book might be the scariest of the lot, and has the added bonus of being about fear itself — the scariest thing of all. There’s also a murderous, shapeshifting clown.
What do you think is the scariest novel of all time?

Get Immersed In Carrie

It's not enough to read Carrie, or see the movie, or listen to the musical -- it's time to experience it.

deadline.com posted news that Los Angeles' La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts will be converting its space on La Mirada Boulevard into into Ewan High School.  They are creating an “immersive theater” event that will put the audience "at the center of the action."  They are calling it "enviromental staging."  The program will open March 18, 2015.

DUTCH Revival Cover

source: liljas-library.com

This is the Dutch cover for Revival. I found this at Lilja's Library.  Lilja is currently seeking obscure foreign editions of Stephen King's work.  It's a pretty neat project.  Of course, Dutch isn't obscure.  AND -- I like this cover A LOT.  It may be just the complete let down of the American edition.

I  wrote to Cemetery Dance and asked them if they would be producing a special edition of Revival.  I opted for the CD edition of both Doctor Sleep and Full Dark, No Stars, over a First Edition.  Their books are always beautiful.  However, the publisher emailed back to say that they did not have plans for a special edition of Revival.

What exactly is Revival?  There is a book description out, that still doesn't reveal much.   King said it was a nasty little novel.  Are we in for a treat?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Wisdom Of THE STAND

shortlist.com has a fun set of quotes from THE STAND in an article titled, "Wisdom from The Stand."

My favorite: “The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.” 

Star Wars Shoes

. . . Because VANS doesn't make Stephen King shoes.

But if they did, what would you put on them?

Book covers, characters, the Dark Tower art. . .

Buzzfeed: 13 Ordinary Things Stephen King Made Scary

buzzfeed.com has a fun article titled, "13 ordinary things Stephen King made scary."  Check out the website for the text.

2. Home Gyms

3. Your Car

4. Reality TV

5. Beer

6. Hotel Rooms

7. Trains

8. The Garage

9. Sewer Drains

10. Toy Monkeys

11. Sneakers

12. Electric Knives

13. Sinks

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Unearthed & Untold World Premiere In September

Unearthed and Untold, The Path to Pet Sematary announcted:

Our documentary will be having its world premiere in the county where it all started: Hancock, Maine. On Saturday September 13 Unearthed & Untold will be playing at the Grand Theater in Ellsworth - one of the primary towns featured in the original film. This event is being billed as a double feature: They will also be showing Pet Sematary just before the documentary!

We will be in attendance as will some local cast and crew from t...he film. If you are in New England or the New England-area please consider coming to the September screening. Tickets may sell quickly, so go to the Grand Theater website to buy now! (grandonline.org)

This is hugely exciting and a real milestone for what has been a long, challenging, and rewarding journey. *To date, NO official distribution plans have been made, though we are working on it. Once we know HOW and WHEN you can see it, of course we will let you know. See you in September!

Remember The Time. . .

When you enjoy a person, you have some great memories of them.  When you don't actually know the person, the stories you remember are stuff  you got second or third hand.  We all have favorite stories of famous people. 

Here are a few of my favorite Stephen King antidotes:

Remember the time. . .

He slipped into a bookstore and started signing his own books.
A bookstore manager was stunned when she saw someone enter her bookstore and begin writing in the books. The person quickly left, causing the employees think they were the victims of vandalism. 
Ms. Ellis said, "So we immediately ran to the books and lo-and-behold here was the signature in several books. We sort of spun around on our heels, [saying] 'where did he go, where did he go. . . So I went over and introduced myself ... He was lovely, very nice, charming." 
King signed a total of six books. I don't know, I just find something fun about that story! Imagine going to the bookstore, not a specialty store or something like that, just a regular store, and choosing to buy a Stephen King book -- and it turns out to be signed! Cool.

The time the lady told him WHAT?!!!
King told Neil Gaiman at journal.neilgaiman.com this fantastic story:
I was down here in the supermarket, and this old woman comes around the corner this old woman – obviously one of the kind of women who says whatever is on her brain. She said, 'I know who you are, you are the horror writer. I don’t read anything that you do, but I respect your right to do it. I just like things more genuine, like that Shawshank Redemption.'

And I said, 'I wrote that'. And she said, 'No you didn’t'. And she walked off and went on her way.”

Stephen King was so messed up, he forgot writing Cujo.
I'm not kididng! King has said that he was so drugged and drunk at the time he wrote Cujo, he doesn't remember the process of writing it.

Stephen King and his wife went to see Carrie in the theater:
In Stephen King Goes To Hollywood, King shared:
The first time I saw Carrie with an audience they previewed it about a week and a half before Halloween.  They didn't do a screening in Maine, but they did one in Boston, so my wife and I went down to the theater, and I just looked around in total dismay, because the regular picture that they were showing was Norman, Is That You? with Red Foxx.  The theater was entirely full of black people.  We looked like two little grains of salt in a pepper shaker, and we thought: This audience is just going to rate the hell out of this picture.  What are thing going to think about a skinny little white girl with her menstrual problems?  And that's the way it started, and then, little by little, they got on her side, you know, and when she started doing her shtick, I mean, they were going, "Tear it up!" "Go for it!" and all this other stuff.  These two guys were talking behind us, and we were listening to them, and at the end they're putting on their coats and getting ready to leave.  Suddenly his hand comes up, and these two big guys screamed along with everyone else, and one of them goes, "That's it!  That's it!  She ain't never gonna be right!"  And I knew it was going to be a hit.  (p.ix) 

Stephen King threw Carrie away:
Yeah, you remember that one.  But  what I love more is the story of the day he got the call Carrie was going to be a paperback.

Stephen King used another persons author photo for Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman's author photo taken by Claudia Inez Bachman. The actual subject of the photo is Richard Manuel, the insurance agent of Kirby McCauley, who was King's  literary agent. (Source: Wikipedia)

Stephen King bought the van that almost killed him. 
"Yes, we've got the van, and I'm going to take a sledgehammer and beat it!" King told the Bridgton News of Bridgton, Maine. (chicagotribune.com)
The Crapper
This is from Tom Barton's short piece on King's speech in Savannah:
King, who was in his mid-20s at the time, was in the Steel City on a book tour, promoting his first novel "Carrie." Part of his job, he said, was to appear on morning TV shows (AM Pittsburgh), along with jitterbugging grandmas, to plug his book to the locals.
That evening, King said, he had a command performance at a dinner that the local newspaper hosted at a fancy restaurant. Unfortunately, the author was suffering from homesickness and a far worse malady -- an intestinal disorder that forced him to make an emergency trip to the joint's opulently appointed restroom.
This was a place that had its own restroom attendant. King remembered him as an ancient man who appeared to be about 108 years old.
Unfortunately, there was one necessity that this restroom lacked: Doors to the stalls. So as King was sitting on the toilet, the attendant approached the young author, carrying pen and paper.
"He said, 'You're Stephen King, aren't you? I saw you on AM Pittsburgh. Can I get your autograph?' I gave my first autograph sitting on the crapper."

Emily Shultz Spent Stephen King's Money

This is one of my favorites.  In 2006, Emily Shultz wrote a book titled Joyland.  A lot of people bought the wrong book!  
Schultz writes at her website:
I'm Emily Schultz. My first novel came out eight years ago. It was called Joyland. Last year Stephen King released a print-only novel with the same title. That was cool, until a few King readers bought the e-book version of my novel by mistake and started leaving negative and confused Amazon reviews. I asked Amazon to change their search results to keep people from buying the wrong book but never heard back. 
Apparently there were a lot of confused readers as this week I got a—for me—big royalty check for those mistaken books. I'm not so upset anymore. Sure, it's more a pleasant surprise than a fortune, and I'm stuck with those reviews, but I thought a blog detailing how we're spending the Stephen King money would be a nice way to end this funny and strange story.  
So what do you do when Stephen King's money starts to roll in?  Well, obviously, if you're a writer, you write about it!
Schultz has started a delightful blog titled, "Spending The Stephen King Money"  With each purchase she records, she also asks the question, "Would Stephen King like it?"  This includes: furniture from Ikea, a haircut for Brian, the deductible for bumper repair, books, Dinner for two at a place called "Junoon" . . . and more.  She notes that she bought a new Apple computer, and asks if Stephen King would approve. 
 King told Entertainment Weekly that he is “I’m delighted for her."  And, what's more, "I’m going to order her book.”  So there's a real sale!  And, from none other than Stephen King.  Schultz said in turn that she would be buying King's book. Of course, she'll be buying King's book with King's money.  A nice way to go!

What's your favorite (REAL) Stephen King Story?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams

We'll miss you, Robin.

According to Lilja's Library, Robin Williams were considered for the part of Jack in Kubrick’s The Shining. Lilja writes, "That would have been interesting!"  No kidding!

A few of his movies.  I highlighted my favorites.  What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?

  •  2014  Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (post-production) , Teddy Roosevelt 
  • 2014  Merry Friggin' Christmas (post-production) , Mitch 
  • 2014  The Angriest Man in Brooklyn , Henry Altmann 
  • 2014  Boulevard , Nolan Mack 
  • 2013-2014  The Crazy Ones (TV Series) , Simon Roberts 
  • 2013  The Face of Love , Roger 
  • 2013/ Lee Daniels' The Butler , Dwight D. Eisenhower 
  • 2013  The Big Wedding , Father Moinighan 
  • 2012  Louie (TV Series) , Robin 
  • 2012  Wilfred (TV Series) , Dr. Eddy 
  • 2011  Happy Feet Two , Ramon / Lovelace (voice) 
  • 2009/ Old Dogs , Dan 
  • 2009  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian , Teddy Roosevelt 
  • 2009/ World's Greatest Dad , Lance 
  • 2009  Shrink , Holden 
  • 2008  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) , Merritt Rook 
  • 2007  August Rush , Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace 
  • 2007  License to Wed , Reverend Frank 
  • 2006  Night at the Museum , Teddy Roosevelt 
  • 2006  Happy Feet , Ramon / Lovelace (voice) 
  • 2006  Man of the Year , Tom Dobbs 
  • 2006  Everyone's Hero , Napoleon Cross (voice, uncredited) 
  • 2006  RV , Bob Munro 
  • 2006  The Night Listener , Gabriel Noone 
  • 2005  The Big White , Paul Barnell 
  • 2005  Robots , Fender (voice) 
  • 2004  Noel , Charlie Boyd / The Priest (uncredited) 
  • 2004  House of D , Pappass 
  • 2004  The Final Cut , Alan Hakman 
  • 2003  Life with Bonnie (TV Series) , Kevin Powalski 
  • 2003  Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary) 
  • 2002  Insomnia , Walter Finch 
  • 2002  Death to Smoochy , Rainbow Randolph 
  • 2002  One Hour Photo , Seymour Parrish 
  • 2001  A.I. Artificial Intelligence , Dr. Know (voice) 
  • 1999  Bicentennial Man , Andrew Martin 
  • 1999  Jakob the Liar , Jakob 
  • 1998  Patch Adams , Patch Adams 
  • 1998  What Dreams May Come , Chris Nielsen  
  • 1997  Good Will Hunting , Sean Maguire 
  • 1997  Flubber , Professor Philip Brainard 
  • 1997  Deconstructing Harry , Mel 
  • 1997  Fathers' Day , Dale Putley  
  • 1996  Hamlet , Osric 
  • 1996  The Secret Agent , Assassin (uncredited) 
  • 1996  Jack , Jack Powell 
  • 1996  The Birdcage, Armand Goldman 
  • 1995  Jumanji , Alan Parrish 
  • 1995  Nine Months , Dr. Kosevich 
  • 1994  Being Human, Hector 
  • 1993  Mrs. Doubtfire , Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire 
  • 1992  Toys , Leslie Zevo 
  • 1992  Aladdin , Genie / Merchant (voice) 
  • 1991  Hook , Peter Banning 
  • 1991  The Fisher King , Parry 
  • 1991  Shakes the Clown , Mime Class Instructor (as Marty Fromage) 
  • 1991  Dead Again , Doctor Cozy Carlisle 
  • 1990  Awakenings , Dr. Malcolm Sayer 
  • 1990  Cadillac Man , Joey O'Brien 
  • 1989  Dead Poets Society , John Keating 
  • 1988  The Adventures of Baron Munchausen , King of the Moon (as Ray D. Tutto) 
  • 1987  Good Morning, Vietnam , Adrian Cronauer
  • 1986  Seize the Day , Tommy Wilhelm 
  • 1986  Club Paradise , Jack Moniker 
  • 1986  The Best of Times , Jack Dundee 
  • 1984  Moscow on the Hudson , Vladimir Ivanoff 
  • 1983  The Survivors , Donald Quinelle 
  • 1982  The World According to Garp , Garp 
  • 1980  Popeye , Popeye 

and, of course. . . Mork and Mindy

Sunday, August 10, 2014


This is from my favorite King website, liljas-library.com.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I think I'll be getting the BRITISH version of Revival.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reading The Other Guys

Waiting for Revival has me reading a few other horror writers.  The journey is both fun, and frustrating.  It's frustrating because I know how King writes.  I'm used to the way he builds characters, brackets thoughts, and slowly moves a plot.  Other writers have their own style.  It's fun because the journey can feel very new.

Of course, I read "non-King" all the time.  But I don't read much horror other than Stephen King.  I typically love Follett, classics, Dickens, Poe, Grisham, Clancy and more.  But what about Little, Mccammon, Koontz, Rice and other horror writers?  Well, the truth is, I don't read them much.  I DID; before I went into "King immersion."

Anne Rice used to be a particular joy to read.  Then her books kept getting -- well, bigger and bigger.  I wondered, "Does this lady have an editor?"

So here's what I've  been reading:

1. Dean Koontz, Lost Souls.  

I got this for the car, and actually, it's hard to follow.  Not because of the story, but because the narrator is dry as a pinewood coffin.  The plot moves quickly -- like lightening.  And, I didn't realize when I bought the audio book that I was picking up mid-series.  In fact, it's book FIVE.  Imagine stepping into the Dark Tower with Wolves of the Calla.  Might leave you with some questions, right?

At first I was thinking, "Why isn't he doing more to introduce these characters?"  Well, he did; in the other four novels.  So, Koontz is about to go on pause.  But not because I'm not enjoying his writing.  In fact, one of my favorite Dean Koontz books is Midnight.  (And the one about the dog. . . but I can't remember the books name.)

2. Robert Mccammon, Swan Song.  

I've been listening to this one also while I run.  I need to run more.  The book is fantastic every time I read it.  There's a tunnel scene which I actually think is much scarier than the one in The Stand.  But the two probably should not be compared too closely.  (I know, I have a blog post that does just that.)

Mccammon has a style that is very similar to King's.  A lot of character building, scene set up and a slower plot pace than, say, Koontz.  Mccammon also does something that is reminiscent of Stephen King; he mames some key characters early on.  OH MY!  There is a scene in which a boy has to cut off a man's hand with a meat cleaver.  Let's just say, it's horror at its very best!

And he sucked in his breath and brought the cleaver down with all of his strength on Colonel Macklin’s wrist. 
Bone crunched. Macklin jerked but made no sound. Roland thought the blade had gone all the way through, but he saw with renewed shock that it had only penetrated the man’s thick wrist to the depth of an inch. 
“Finish it!” Warner shouted. 
Roland pulled the cleaver out. 
Macklin’s eyes, ringed with purple, fluttered closed and then jerked open again. “Finish it,” he whispered. 
Roland lifted his arm and struck down again. Still the wrist wouldn’t part. Roland struck down a third time, and a fourth, harder and harder. He heard the one-eyed hunchback shouting at him to hurry, but Macklin remained silent. Roland pulled the cleaver free and struck a fifth time. There was a lot of blood now, but still the tendons hung together. Roland began to grind the cleaver back and forth; Macklin’s face had turned a pasty yellow-white, his lips as gray as graveyard dirt.
. . . it goes on like  that for quite a bit.

3. Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror

I've been reading this before  bed.  Go figure.  It's a mix of scary and stupid.  The scary thing is, this stuff might have actually happened.

The stupid part is the way the story is told.  It feels like children telling a ghost story.  "And then, there was black stuff that came out of our faucet.  And then she started levitating off the bed.  And then the window shut on the girls hand.  And then there were flies all over the window and a voice said to get out.  And then there was a marching band that George heard in the living room, but when he chekced there was no marching band.  And then there were spooky eyes peeking in on us but when we ran outside there were only pigs tracks in the snow."

Anyway, there were some real murders that happened in the house.  My interest was rekindled after seeing a documentary on Netflix titled, "My Amityville Horror."

The only reason Amityville is in any way scary is you think, "This might have happened.  Who  knows!  Demons are real.  And there were real murders that happened in that house!"  Not to mention, the place  just looks haunted.  Who wants a house that looks like it's looking at you?

4. William Malmborg, Text Message.

I've enjoyed this book quite a bit so far; though it reads very much like Richard Laymon.  The books moves very fast.  I would say it's a page turner, but I'm reading it on my phone (seems fitting for a book called Text Message.)

. . . so tell me what non-King horror books you've been reading.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pet Sematary takes a few steps forward

Sean Decker at dreadcentral.com reported that writer Jeff Buhler had shared news that he was coming aboard Paramount's the new Pet Sematary movie.  He told dreadcentral that Paramount had a script from Matt Greenburg, but that a new  outline for the story was accepted by Paramount and so a new draft is being written.  He speculated that it would be complete at the end of Summer.

He said that the original film has a "very special place" in his heart.
“The film fits perfectly in the time period [in which it was produced], and the source material is one of the Stephen King books that I read as a teenager that made me flip out, and I’ve read it more than once since then. It’s a fantastic book and a fantastic story.”
Calling the original, "Campy," in places, Buhler promised a more honest depection of grief and the horror of losing a child.

Interestingly, Buhler points to his own experience as a father as something that caused him to understand better the horror of losing a child very suddenly. "I think the one element that we are trying to bring to this version of Pet Sematary is a sense of truth and honesty in the horror and really take it back to the original material."

Thoughts of the original movie aside, what's  important is Buhler's promsie that the writers are being very "respectful" to the book.  He notes that there are elements in the novel  that were never brought to screen in either of the first two Pet Sematary's.  In other words -- he is making the case that there is enough room for another movie.

“We are being very respectful to the book,” he continued, “and we are not tying ourselves to anything in the first two films at all. We are [also] bringing in some fresh elements that speak to the spirit of the story that aren’t in either one.”

The full article is at: dreadcentral.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

KPOPSTARZ: IT movie slated for 2015

kpopstarz.com headlines that it has confirmed that the IT movie is confirmed for 2015.  Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga together with Chase Palmer who'll be co-writing the screenplay.

The article says that the movie adapation will be "revamped based on two-part series."  The article repeats that format note at the end, stating, "Warner Bros. earned the rights in 2009 where the original plan is to remake the film into a single movie but has now change into a two-part series following the story of the original TV series from ABC."

This seems a bit strange to me, since IT is a single story.  Can it be broken theatrically into two parts?  We'll see.  In many ways it's good news, since the book is very big and would struggle work as a single film.  (Producers of The Stand should take note)

"An Evening With Stephen King" Announced

photo credit: www.bradenton.com
The Manatee County Public Library System announced  that Stephen King will "headline" the 28th annual author event, titled, "An Evening with Stephen King."

January 29, 2015
Manatee Performing Arts Center, 
502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. 

The event will support the Manatee County Library Foundation, which has set a goal to raise $100,000 to help finance technological upgrades of the library's online operating system.

The article says that King will speak for about an hour, and sign copies of his novel, Revival.

To help raise more money, the library is sponsoring a "mystery thriller writing contest" which it calls "Page Turner."  The prize?  A free ticket to "An Evening with Stephen King."

bradenton.com gives these details about the contest:
To enter, submit the first paragraph -- no more than 250 words -- of an originally conceived mystery or suspense novel that conveys a sense of style, creativity, readability and intrigue. The official deadline for submission is Nov. 15, and the winner will be announced Jan. 5.  Details about the contest and sponsorship participation for the King event are available at manateelibraryfoundation.org.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/08/06/5289166/horror-author-stephen-king-star.html#storylink=cpy