October 23, 2018

Sorry for the downtime, folks! Charnel House is still here and as vital as ever. MAYBE MORE SO.

Here’s something interesting happening in the world of King that seems to be sliding under the radar: novellas being republished as separate books. Earlier this year, The Mist (which had already been released as a mass-market paperback when the movie came out) and The Body were released as stand-alone trade paperbacks. Now, bizarrely, Apt Pupil and The Sun Dog - The Sun Dog!? - are coming out as separate books on December 4.

My assumption is that this new approach to King’s back catalog will work to get new readers put off by King’s gigantic novels to give him a shot. Look at what Scribner did with the mass-market publication of Under the Dome - dividing the book into two parts to make them more digestible. Plus, these new paperbacks are simply but mostly elegantly designed - Apt Pupil in particular evokes a 1970s Penguin paperback. What’s most interesting is that the collections these works come from - Skeleton Crew, Different Seasons, Four Past Midnight - are still in print. Maybe it’s like a greatest-hits thing: if you like The Body, maybe you’ll take the plunge and get the rest of the stories (plus the awesome afterword). And what comes next? Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, probably. 1922? Low Men in Yellow Coats? I’m weirdly excited about all this.

May 22, 2018

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It's Outsider day, everyone!!! Go! Run! Support your local bookstore, online retailer, audiobook purveyor (Will Patton's narration is stupendous), or ebook dealer. This book is fantastic and no fooling! Review to come! 

May 18, 2018

Well, here's a completely unexpected surprise: King's brand-new short story, "Laurie," has debuted for free on StephenKing.com. From the site:

Stephen has written a new short story, "Laurie," which is available now as a free download exclusively on stephenking.com. You may download and/or print the story for yourself or to pass along to others, but may not charge any money to share it.

So! Damn! Awesome! You can download/print/read "Laurie" here!

May 15, 2018

With only a week away from The Outsider, I thought it would be a good idea to catch up with everything's going on in the World of King. Because a lot is going on.

The Body

The Body

First off in the News of the Mist-ifying, King's 1982 novella, The Body, is being published as a separate book this summer, June 5. It's an odd choice. When Scribner republished The Mist as a separate mass market paperback in 2007, it was as a tie-in to the movie (and it worked; people bought it and it went in the charts). As far as I know, there isn't a remake of Stand By Me in the works at this time. My best guess is that, given the success of Castle Rock novella Gwendy's Button Box and the upcoming autumn release of Castle Rock novella Elevation, The Body sort of works to make this an unofficial trilogy of Castle Rock stories. 

It looks like it'll be available in trade paperback, $11.95: click here to purchase.

Flight or Fright

The new Cemetery Dance anthology, edited by King and Bev Vincent, touches down September 4! In addition to King's brand-new story, "The Turbulence Expert," the anthology also boasts a brand-new foreword by King, sure to excite Justin Brooks and all you King nonfiction collectors. Here's the full list of stories and authors:

Flight or Fright

Introduction by Stephen King
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
Air Raid by John Varley
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow
The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James Dickey
Afterword by Bev Vincent

A pretty robust collection! You can pre-order the hardcover direct from Cemetery Dance. There's also a slipcased artist's edition available that looks pretty sweet, plus an ebook and an audiobook coming. This is a pretty major collection, which is exciting in a year that is already overspilling with riches. 

The Rundown

All the dates you need to put on your King calendar:

"Laurie" - May 18, 2018

The Outsider - May 22, 2018

The Body - June 5, 2018

Flight or Fright (with the Introduction and "The Turbulence Expert") - September 4, 2018

Elevation - October 30, 2018

February 7, 2018

ANOTHER 2018 book from King is making its way to us just in time for Halloween. Called Elevation, this slim book (144 pages) seems to follow in the tradition of Blockade Billy and Gwendy's Button Box - robust novellas published in hardcover editions, something of a counter to King's massive tomes. Some information!

Elevation
Release Date: October 30th, 2018

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face – including his own -- he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others. 

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

You can pre-order Elevation here!

February 6, 2018

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I have a creepy-ass story called "Drawn to the Flame" in this new anthology, Shining in the Dark (ed Hans-Åke Lilja). Yes, it's about moths. I scared the hell out of myself writing it. And the anthology is now in SIX EDITIONS: US, UK, Bulgarian, German, Italian, & Swedish. Pre-order your copy now through Lilja's Library!

February 1, 2018

Stephen King's UK publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, have an excerpt from King's new novel, The Outsider, coming this May! 

Check out the excerpt here!

January 29, 2018

PS Publishing, the UK limited edition publishers who brought you the anniversary editions of Thinner'Salem's LotThe Green Mile and more, now have ... a sort of unusual new publication. Presenting: the first worldwide limited edition of The Tommyknockers. Weird, right?

From the PS site

Tommyknockers Limited Full Set
  • three individual volumes housed in an illustrated slipcase, a la the PS treatment of ‘SALEM’S LOT;

  • a specially commissioned Introduction from Angela Slatter, winner of the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and five Aurealis Awards, as well as being a finalist for the Norma K. Hemming Award;

  • heavy artistic involvement from British Fantasy Award-winning artist Daniele Serra with three wraparound colour covers; a colour slipcase housing the three volumes that make up the novel; six double-page endpapers; and thirty black and white interior pieces, ten per volume;

  • strictly limited to one thousand numbered copies signed by the artist and the introducer.

There's also mention of an introduction by King, though because it doesn't seem to be heavily touted, it might just be the one that accompanied the book when it came out ("this book wasn't so much written as it was hollowed out," and so on). It's kind of cool that this sort of maligned King novel is getting such a sumptuous treatment; it just seems odd. Maybe the book has a better rep overseas? Also maybe it's time to re-read the book. (You can read my review of it here.)

Purchase the limited edition of The Tommyknockers here!

 

Tommyknockers 3 volumes

 

January 23, 2018

I don't know how better to put this other than saying that THE HOLY GRAIL OF AUDIOBOOK RECORDINGS IS FINALLY IN SIGHT. (Sound?)

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Entertainment Weekly reports that the audio will be out on March 27th, and will be read by Dexter star Michael C. Hall. Says King: “Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time ... I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.”

Until now, no commercial audiobook of Pet Sematary has been available. In 1983, Merwin Smith did a recording for the Library of Congress, and in 1997, there was a dramatized version as a production of BBC Radio (neither were that successful). Part of the reason for the delay seems to have been that Doubleday, who owned the rights until recently, did not want to produce an audiobook. Now that Simon & Schuster has the rights to most of King's extensive back catalog, we're now getting stuff like this. It's all pretty exciting!