Via Cemetery Dance Publications comes the various covers for Stephen King’s “Dr. Sleep,” his written sequel to “The Shining” that’ll hit shelves this coming September. While a “Deluxe Special Edition” hardcover has already sold out, there are mass market edition available for pre-order on Amazon. In addition to the covers, we unspooled more than a handful of spoilery pieces of art to be included in one of the editions. It’ll reveal quite a bit about Dr. Sleep!
“Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, “The Shining,” in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals,” says the book description, which also has a lengthy in depth plot breakdown… READ MORE
By Joshua Ryan and Peter Hannon: On December 7th, Stephen King–the master of horror–held a master class and a formal event at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. I was lucky enough to attend both events.
King walked out and he looked great, better than he did a decade ago. He waved to the audience and looked genuinely pleased to be there. The tension was as strong as one of King’s own novels. He broke the tension in the room, by strangling the microphone and proclaiming, “I’ll fucking strangle this thing,” when the microphone was not cooperating with him, the audience laughed and felt more at ease. While I sat there I felt as if I met him before. He likes to call himself “Uncle Stevie” in his articles and introductions, and I couldn’t help but think of him as this, a long lost uncle, someone I recognized but still estranged. He began taking questions from the two-hundred English students that packed into the master class like sardines, just to get a glimpse of the King. I asked him about ”Doctor Sleep” and if his son Joe Hill was an influence for Danny in ”The Shining” and if grown up Joe Hill was an influence for grown up Danny in “Doctor Sleep,” a convoluted question now that I look back on it, and he answered with a simple “No” and I smiled knowing that I just spoke to Stephen King.
You’d think at the ripe old age of 65 horror author Stephen King would slow a bit, but to the fan’s delight that’s not the case at all…
King, who is also penning “Dr. Sleep,” a sequel to his classic “The Shining,” is currently at work at a new slasher tale entitled “Joyland.”
Author Neil Gaiman tells the U.K.’s Sunday Times that King is “writing a book called “Joyland,” about an amusement park serial killer.”
King, who is being interviewed by Gaiman, jokes about his own death, and how his son, Joe Hill, could finish it.
“So if I got hit by a taxi cab, like Margaret Mitchell… “Joyland” wouldn’t be done but Joe could finish it, in a breeze. His style is almost indistinguishable from mine. His ideas are better than mine. Being around Joe is like being next to a Catherine Wheel throwing off sparks, all these ideas. I do want to slow down. My agent is dickering with the publishers about “Dr. Sleep,” that’s the sequel to “The Shining,” but I held off showing them the manuscript because I wanted time to breathe.”
Other notable King projects include Ron Howard’s ambitious plans for “The Dark Tower,” Ben Affleck’s potential trilogy adaptation of “The Stand,” John Mellencamp’s King-written stage musical, Showtime and Brian K. Vaughan’s “Under the Dome” miniseries, Jonathan Demme snagging the rights to “11/22/63,” along with theatrical and Hollywood resurrections of “Carrie” (Vulture.)
This past weekend Stephen King made an appearance at the Savannah Book Festival. During his lecture or Q&A, which apparently touched on all aspects of his career, he read an excerpt from his new sequel to The Shining – “Dr. Sleep”.
While the sequel is far ranging and the bulk of it takes place many years after the events in The Shining – and apparently includes vampires for some reason – this portion of the first chapter directly concerns The Overlook Hotel. So it should be of direct concern to you.
The folks over at The Daily Dead got the video. Hit the jump to check it out! READ MORE
With “Bag of Bones” premiering on A&E in December, “The Dark Tower” fighting for a cable deal, and an array of remakes in development, Stephen King is hotter than ever. The news continues today with a double-dose of King starting with another “Dr. Sleep” update.
According Lilja’s Library, on November 12th King announced that he was officially done with the second draft of “Dr. Sleep,” the literally sequel to “The Shining,” stating that “It’s a goddamn scary book.” The plot includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe. Get more on the project here.
In other news, Harry Potter director David Yates spoke with Collider as to why he passed on a fresh adaptation of King’s The Stand, which Warner Bros. eventually landed on Ben Afflek to get behind the camera. Get the skinny inside. READ MORE