Here's a snippit of Kin g's the introduction from The Big Book of Necon,
"In the two years after I was married, I sold nearly a dozen stories to various men's magazines. Most were purchased by Nye Willden, the fiction editor at Cavalier. Those stories were important supplements to the meager income I was earning in my two day jobs, one as a high school English teacher and the other as an employee of The New Franklin Laundry, where I washed motel sheets. Two of them, however, did not sell... The second was the one that follows, a crazed revisionist telling of Poe’s 'The Tell-Tale Heart...' I hope some of Poe's feverish intensity comes through here... and I hope the master isn't rolling in his grave too much."
The book is $40.
The middle section of Fire Starter slows down significantly. The book started with an intense chase, culminating in an awesome battle at a farmhouse. We're talking, fireballs and burned agents of the shop. It was sweet. Then, after a brief description of their life on the run, Andy and Charlie are captured by the shop and brought into custody.
For hours I've listened as King builds his characters. In particular, he is working to build a relationship between Rainbird and Charlie, while Andy is dulled out on drugs.
While the energy of the early story certainly slows, King's writing remains strong and engaging. Reading King's earlier work shows me how much stronger he's gotten as a writer. Fire Starter is good -- really good -- and King is even better today. Books like Under The Dome, while huge and full of characters with depth, never slow or drag while building those characters. It's as if King has learned to refuel in flight!
You can do that?
The narration itself is interesting. Often King does things I didn't know were allowed. I've always liked it that King doesn't feel a need to obey every rule. For instance, in narration he says something like: after about 3 or 4 days. . . wait a minute! Isn't he writing in the all knowing third person? And this wasn't said from someones head, this was the narrator speaking. Is the narrator allowed to be unsure? Well, in this scene it helped the story along because it gave the reader a sense of confusion that the characters were experiencing.
King makes several references to George Orwell. Specifically, to Orwell's famed novel 1984. Also to Orwell's lead character, Winston Smith. In the novel, Smith quietly rebels against his State, represented by Big Brother. In Orwell's London, people are always watched on tele-screens, drugged when necessary, and put to work like drones.
Of course, in Fire Starter, Andy McGee quickly connects the dots. Once he decides to no longer take the drugs that the shop is giving him, he is essentially rebelling against Big Brother. He feels euphoria, like Winston did, at his quiet disobedience.
A package was in our mailbox today. That's big news when you live in the stix! Of course, it was a package inside a package. The inside package was torn up, and the outside package contained an apology from the mail for damaging my package. However, only slight harm done to book.
The book came shrink wrapped, which always leads to a dilemma. Do I break the shrink wrap open and enjoy my new book, or keep it perfect for some future generation to struggle with the same frustration. So, I helped those future generations by opening the book up! Actually, I never keep anything in shrink wrap. Even the signed Talisman/Blackhouse combination books, I broke them free. Hey, how do you know they're signed unless you open the shrink wrap, right?
Anyway, the picture is of my oldest daughter and our proud new addition to the Stephen King collection. Which leads to another problem. . . do I read it, or keep it unread? Forget it, I'm reading it! You all can keep yours in shrink wrap and pretend that unread books are better -- I'm going to enjoy my favorite writer.
In the world of Stephen King, Mccammon's Swan Song is often compared with The Stand. Of course, hardcover limited copies of Swan Song now go for around $500.
Adam Kane has signed up to direct Syfy's new pilot Haven.
Kane, who has previously worked on Heroes and The Mentalist, will now helm the adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Colorado Kid.
The supernatural show follows Damages star Emily Rose as an FBI agent investigating the murder of a local ex-prisoner.
According to Syfy, the programme is set in a town "where people with supernatural abilities have migrated for generations because it mutes their powers, allowing them to lead normal lives".
Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour have also signed up for the show, which is currently shooting in Nova Scotia.
Sunday, April 25
STEPHEN KING'S THE TOMMYKNOCKERS - PART 1/2
STEPHEN KING'S THE LANGOLIERS - PART 1/2
Thursday, April 29
STEPHEN KING'S DESPERATION - PART 1/2
Now for the big question in life: How does SYFY represent Science Fiction ?
03 -- No
04 -- I plan to
06 -- Joe who?
As indicated previously, I was one of the "plan to."
Original post: Do you read Joe Hill:
Find the chart here: http://charnelhouse.tripod.com/chartofdarkness.html
Buy his most recent book here: http://www.cemeterydance.com/sh/quigley01.html
SEATTLE, Apr 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that the new novella by bestselling author Stephen King, "Blockade Billy," is now available in Amazon's Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) for $7.99. The Kindle Store now includes over 480,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle, including titles such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "Pride and Prejudice" and "Treasure Island."
"We're excited to be able to offer our customers Stephen King's new novella in the Kindle Store, especially after seeing customer enthusiasm for King's Kindle-exclusive novella 'UR,'" said Melissa Kirmayer, Director, Kindle Content. "'Blockade Billy,' a shorter format book with a limited physical print run, is not only a great example of the publishing freedom Kindle allows writers, but also the rich content Kindle customers can find in the Kindle Store."
"Blockade Billy" tells the story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest baseball player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Blockade Billy has a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all. Publishers Weekly writes of the book: "As King's fiction goes . . . a deftly executed suicide squeeze, with sharp spikes hoisted high and aimed at the jugular on the slide home."
The Kindle edition of "Blockade Billy" features both the cover illustration by Glen Orbik and the interior artwork of Alex McVey from the limited-edition hardcover published by Cemetery Dance Publications.
Stephen King has written more than 40 books, including "Misery," "The Green Mile," "Cujo," "IT" and "Carrie." He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Bram Stoker Award, O. Henry Award, Horror Guild Award and was the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
"Kindle is a great way for authors to make different lengths of their writing available and to reach diverse audiences with their work," said Stephen King. "I'm excited to be able to offer 'Blockade Billy' in the Kindle Store."
Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at http://www.amazon.com/kindle.
Blockade Billy by Stephen King is Officially Published!
Today is the official release date for Blockade Billy and we're making great progress on getting all of the preorders shipped as fast as possible. Stop by the Blockade Billy shipping page for more information or to join the conversation.
We also wanted to say "thank you" to all of our long-time customers and to everyone who has just discovered Cemetery Dance in the last three weeks. Obviously the surprise publication of Stephen King's new novella has been exciting for everyone involved, and we hope those of you who are new to our company will stick around. We have a lot of great projects coming out this year, including several others involving King and his work.
As USA TODAY noted in their terrific review of the book this morning, the Cemetery Dance 1st Edition/1st Printing of Blockade Billy is SUPER LIMITED compared to the 500,000 copies Scribner is printing of their edition, which is due out at the end of May. For anyone who was worried that this other edition might be collectible, we suspect that number says it all. In fact, we think their huge print run will actually make our tiny 10,000 copy 1st printing even more collectible in the years to come. If you want a copy of our limited first printing, you can still place an order today while supplies last!
Also, to help meet all of the demand from his readers, Stephen King has arranged for several electronic editions to go on sale today. You can read more about them at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
And finally, we're hearing from our friends in Europe that the Icelandic volcano may be affecting mail delivery due to the issues at the airports, etc. We're watching the situation and will respond accordingly if the Post Office issues any guidelines for shipping overseas. We want to make sure all of our customers receive their copies as soon as possible.
U.S.A. Today review of Blockade Billy: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/2010-04-20-kingrev20_ST_N.htm
A: He is as smart as can be. ... He's very gracious. And the biggest compliment I can give him beyond that is that he still does his work for all the right reasons. He loves it. He's passionate about it. He is the last person in the world you could say it's all about the paycheck. He could have taken a book like this and made a whole lot more money from someone other than us. But that's not what he's about.
The Philadelphia Free Library gets some fundraising help, this week, from a band of best-selling authors. A rock band, that is. The Rock Bottom Remainders features Stephen King, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow and Dave Barry, among others.The Rock Bottom Remainders are famous and famously bad, as front man Dave Barry concedes: “The original idea was that we would get together some authors with musical talent to raise money for good causes and the flaw in that reasoning was it turned out none of the authors had any musical talent.”
Nonetheless, Library spokesperson Sandy Horrocks says the library is happy to be the beneficiary of Thursday's concert at the Electric Factory: “What an incredible opportunity to have best-selling authors come and make bad music. What could be better?”The Library gets all proceeds from the concert and the Pearson Foundation will give Philadelphia public schools five books for every ticket sold.
Hello, and welcome to Frank Muller day at Talk Stephen King. Please do post your thoughts on this amazing artist. Below you'll find my posts on Muller.
Frank Muller is important to the Stephen King community because he put so many of King's books to tape. For many of us for many years, he was the voice of a Stephen King book. Of course, King himself and many others have done wonderful work putting King's stories to audio. Muller's voice was distinct.
I have any number of friends who would pull such a prank, but I fought the urge to say, “John Grisham here.”
He said, “It may surprise you to know that I’m a reader of yours.”
Surprised doesn’t begin to describe it. Frank had given him copies of some of the Left Behind series.
Lilja: You are picking up after Frank Muller who read The Dark Tower books before you. First by reading the revised and expanded edition of The Gunslinger and the three last books. How did this happen and do you feel Muller's shadow hanging over you? Many fans thought he was "the" King reader.
George Guidall: Frank Muller and I have been friends since before I began audiobook narration. We shared the stage in a production of a Faydeau farce, entitled Flea in Her Ear back in the '70s. It's a strange feeling recording "his' material. He IS "the" King reader, as you say, and it is not my intention to minimize that fact. Actually, recording this material brings me closer to him in a way. I think of him constantly while I do it. It's unavoidable. His tragic accident has deprived many people of extraordinary listening pleasures. Anyone wishing to contribute to his long and arduous recovery can contact the Wavedancer Foundation for information. The funds would be greatly appreciated.
USA Today: Stephen King scares up support for fallen friend http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/2002/02-01-king-spotlight.htmAudio files: Golden Voices
Recorded Books review of Muller's reading the Green Mile. Also audio clips.
Wavedancerdotcom, memory of Frank Muller
Lunenburg will fill in for the fictitious Town of Haven, Maine where the inhabitants have no idea they are descendants of cursed ancestry.
The proposed cast includes Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Richard Donat and John Dunsworth.
Actor Dominic Deville has a new business -- you can hire him to dress up like Pennywise the clown and visit your childs birthday party. What will he do? In his own words, "scare children senseless" as a "birthday surprise."
Now that's not all! The austrian Times says he teases guests with texts, phone calls and booby-trapped letters that warn he will throw a cake in their face.
Mr Deville's look appears based on the monster clown played by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel It. In fact he admitted he set up the chilling business concept after watching his favourite horror movies. "It's all in fun and if at any point the kids get scared or their parents are concerned, we stop right there," he said.
Fangoria has this rather interesting news:
It’s a common belief that art imitates life, especially in the case of writers. It’s no secret that Edgar Allan Poe’s alcoholism and the untimely death of his young bride played a large role in the creation of “The Black Cat” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” or that Mary Shelley’s terrible home life led to her dark Gothic masterpiece, FRANKENSTEIN. Now a current horror icon is having his life and work dissected.
On May 20, Dr. Seth C. Kadish will host A World of Fright: Alcoholism and the Work of Stephen King, a lecture analyzing the role of substance abuse in King’s life and its effect on his stories. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Against the Mainstream Society in Los Angeles (4300 Melrose Avenue)
Admission is $10. Proceeds will go to Writers in Treatment, a program to help authors under the influence kick the habit. Coffee and tea will be served.
Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/106803
Full Fangoria article here: http://www.fangoria.com/index.php?id=542:stephen-king-the-substance-behind-the-stories&option=com_content&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=167
Stephen King will receive the Literary Award for his contribution to literature.
Cemetary Dance says, "We will be able to produce a Limited Edition slipcase for the 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover for an extremely limited time only. After that, NO MORE will ever be made. We'll take orders for just ten days and then place our order with our manufacturer, so there will be no extras to sell later on. Order now or miss out! We will not be offering this again after the ten days is over. So if 500 collectors order a slipcase, there will only ever be 500 copies of this Stephen King 1st Edition, 1st Printing hardcover with a slipcase!
The 1st Edition, 1st Printing hardcover with the Blockade Billy baseball card and the Limited Edition slipcase is going to be a must-have for the serious Stephen King collector. And if you're just starting a collection, there's no better way -- you'll never find a deal like this again!"
Here's the page on the website to order today: http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/x_bbslip
I'm about halfway through this book, and still loving it.
Fire Starter does have a lot of flashbacks, which King really likes (anyone remember Wizard and Glass?) Here's the frustrating thing with flashbacks -- we already have a clue how it's going to turn out! So for a suspense novel like Firestarter, it feels like the flashbacks slow things down a bit. Especially when the flash back contains extended escape scenes.
I like the illusions to "potty training" in regards to teaching Charlie not to use her fire powers. Also, Charlie's own terror at what she can do is a nice touch.
The Shop: There needs to be a note sometime on The Shop. I'm sure this government agency has been referenced before. They seem to do a lot of science experiements for DOD, but are also pretty incompotent when it comes to catching people. I think maybe The Shop should fire Cap, O.J. and the rest of their team and rent out some CIA badboys.
After listening to some recordings this week, I'm going to have a "Frank Muller day" this Saturday.
Reason: I've listened to this guy for hours, but don't know much about him. So, I'm going to dig around and find out what I can. If anyone wants to offer posts, thoughts or has ideas, let me know.
See ya Saturday for Frank Muller Day.
LATE BREAKING NEWS
Stephen and Cemetery Dance have made an arrangement with Scribner to make available a less expensive hardcover edition of Blockade Billy, with an on-sale date of May 25th, the same date the audiobook goes on sale. The Scribner edition will be available in all U.S. retail outlets. Both the Scribner book and the Simon & Schuster audiobook will feature a bonus short story. In the meantime, an eBook edition of Blockade Billy should go on sale through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony on April 20th.
TVfanatic.com had this to say: "Is it a crime to want nice things and then to steal them from a public museum where any gum-chewing monkey in a Tufts University jacket can gawk at them? Turns out, yes. Because that's exactly what put Mr. Burns away.
While much of the actual prison scenes of "American History X-Cellent" were a parody of The Green Mile, a movie the show has already parodied seasons prior, they were surprisingly still funny since they involved one of our favorite characters on the show."
Sharon Kroll at AOL television notes, There's far more 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile' on 'The Simpsons' when Montgomery C. Burns goes to jail than 'American History X,' but I guess 'The Montgomery Redemption' or 'The Green Monty' just didn't sound as funny. The only similarity to the Edward Norton Neo-nazi flick is that Mr. Burns also has Nazi leanings (like that's a surprise): When he surrenders his personal effects, the guard lists one "Social Security card." "That's just an SS card, you dumkopf!" Burns huffs.
Watch the episode here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/139657/the-simpsons-american-history-x-cellent
We now have audioclips for the titles which Penguin is releasing this month and next, including the much anticipated mass market audiobook edition of IT. You can access them in the Audiobooks section of the main site (you can sort by date by clicking on the Released tab at the top of the page so that the April and May releases will be grouped together) and we will soon have a promo page where you can access just those titles all in one spot. Enjoy!
I thought you would appreciate that.
I bought an e-reader for travel and was eager to begin “Under the Dome,” the new Stephen King novel. Unfortunately, the electronic version was not yet available. The publisher apparently withheld it to encourage people to buy the more expensive hardcover. So I did, all 1,074 pages, more than three and a half pounds. Then I found a pirated version online, downloaded it to my e-reader and took it on my trip. I generally disapprove of illegal downloads, but wasn’t this O.K.? C.D., BRIGHTWATERS, N.Y.
a few great quotes from the answer:
1. First quote -- A new brand of ethics:
An illegal download is — to use an ugly word — illegal. But in this case, it is not unethical. Author and publisher are entitled to be paid for their work, and by purchasing the hardcover, you did so. Your subsequent downloading is akin to buying a CD, then copying it to your iPod.
2. Second quote -- A swipe at King:
Your action is not pristine. Downloading a bootleg copy could be said to encourage piracy, although only in the abstract: no potential pirate will actually realize you’ve done it. It’s true that you might have thwarted the publisher’s intent — perhaps he or she has a violent antipathy to trees, maybe a wish to slaughter acres of them and grind them into Stephen King novels. Or to clog the highways with trucks crammed with Stephen King novels. Or perhaps King himself wishes to improve America’s physique by having readers lug massive volumes.
A violent antipathy to trees? This guy is writing in a newsPAPER.
3. Third quote -- the bottom line:
Your paying for the hardcover put you in the clear as a matter of ethics, forestry and fitness training.
So. . . if I buy a copy, I can steal a copy? As a consumer, I really like this new brand of ethics. As a collector, this is great stuff! Buying the hardcover of a King novel should give me the download? Really? Unfortunately, I don't think so.
Follow the logic, okay. If buying something in one format should give me access to all other formats then. . .
- When my parents Beatles vinyl records became 8-tracks, they should have been able to get free 8-tracks. Wait. . .
- Then when the audio tape was released of the 8-track, then they should have been able to get a free audio tape. Wait. . .
- Then when the same recording was put to CD, they should have gotten a free CD. And. . .
- When the CD became an MP3 they should have gotten a free MP3. All for buying an 8 track back in 1960--something.
Or, let me put it this way:
- My wife had a video of The Lion King.
- We bought a DVD of the Lion King.
- Soon we will buy a blue ray.
- But according to the new ethics, we are in our right to steal a copy from the publisher.
Here's the thing: The Times is not saying you can transfer your existing copy to another format. That is generally accepted. IE, there's nothing wrong with transferring your tapes to CD's. But there is something wrong with taking it via download. You're not transferring your item, you're taking a new copy in a new format. That, I'm sorry to say, is stealing.
Cemetary Dance has this about the Author:
Kevin Quigley's website, Charnel House has been a premiere Stephen King resource for nearly fifteen years. Charnel House was the first website to feature full-length reviews of every Stephen King book; today, it also includes up-to-date King news, a section focused on books about King, and a comprehensive listing of unpublished and uncollected shorter works. Quigley is also the author of two previous chapbooks on King — Chart of Darkness and Ink In the Veins — and co-wrote the upcoming Stephen King Illustrated Movie Trivia Book. In addition to his works on King, Quigley is also the author of several novels, and has recently published a collection of poetry, Foggy At Night In the City. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his partner, Shawn.
The book is published with a glossy cover and is selling for $10.
Purchase the book here:http://www.cemeterydance.com/sh/quigley01.html
4. Andy McGee has the power to "push" things into someones mind. In particular, the novel opens with him pushing a cabbie to think a $1 bill is a $100 bill. Interesting, later -- back at the shop -- the dollar bill has been confiscated and continues to effect those who look at it. When Andy uses his power, he is left with severe migraine headaches.
5. Several extended flashbacks give details to Andy's meeting his wife, Vicky. The best flashbacks regard Charlie, who burns up teddy bears, leaves pillows smoldering and even injures her mother. The parents have fire extinguishers all over the house. The extent of Charlie's power is not revealed early on, obviously it will be the subject of the book.
picture: Michael Whelan
I spotted a Dark Tower second edition for under $50 on ebay.
Now, she's the finance manager at our house, because 1. She doesn't worry, so it doesn't stress her and 2. She's good with math. So I ask the finance manager, "Don't you think it would be great to have a Dark Tower second edition?"
She stares numbly, glances toward the bookshelf, "Don't you have one of those?"
"Well, yeah. But if I bought another one, then mine would be all the more valuable."
This is where the look came in. Silence for a moment, then she asked how my copy becomes more valuable if I buy another one.
"Well, there's less out there. Supply and demand. I'm lowering the supply."
She did not appreciate my point of view.
The story opens with the confession of Wilfred James to the murder of his wife, Arlette, following their move to Hemingford, Nebraska onto land willed to Arlette by her father.
Mystery writer, Tess, has been supplementing her writing income for years by doing speaking engagements with no problems. But following a last-minute invitation to a book club 60 miles away, she takes a shortcut home with dire consequences.
Harry Streeter, who is suffering from cancer, decides to make a deal with the devil but, as always, there is a price to pay.
A Good Marriage
Darcy Anderson learns more about her husband of over twenty years than she would have liked to know when she stumbles literally upon a box under a worktable in their garage.
King's approach to writing is to take characters we might identify with and then drop them into an unusual situation. A "what if" -- a dome covered a city ; a spaceship was buried in a small town ; a clown terrorized children ; a cellphone transmitted a deadly message ; a man painted the future; a mist rolled in and monsters came with the mist?
I know you from somewhere. . .
What's freaky is that King so perfectly describes the people in our world that I am often left thinking, "I know that person!" In fact, I know that Big Jim was a play on Dick Cheney -- but I swear I've met him! I've done some counseling with more than one Jack Torrance (well, Wendy), and we're all a little afraid we might be more like Herold than Stu.
I talked on the phone once to a lady I swear was Annie Wilkes. No foolin'! She was cursing and screaming at me, then the next day called sweet as peaches -- until I didn't do what she wanted, when she again wen psycho. Oh, and who doesn't have a friend who owns Cujo?
Of course, what you can't do is say to a friend or coworker "Hey, you remind me of a character from a Stephen King novel!"
King Hits Too Close To Home
Sometimes King's characters and situations are way too real. The novel Rage so accurately described teenage tension that it has acted as almost a manual on a school shooting. In fact, some school shooters were found with the novel on them. This made King so uncomfortable that he asked the book no longer the printed. It's the only work of his that I know of that is not in print.
The story of teenage girls mercilessly harassing another girl can be true of every high school in America. But this story rang true to me this week: http://www.slate.com/id/2249307/?GT1=38001
Now what makes the King story so powerful is that he equips hsi characters with something we wish we had. In this case, I found myself wishing that someone could have given the girl in the news story Carrie's powers.