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Tuesday
Jan032012

King Reading from "Dr. Sleep", a Sequel to "The Shining"

In September, King recieved the Mason Award and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the ceremony at George Mason University in Virginia.  He spoke at length about writing and many other things, but the most exciting part was a 10 minute reading of a new book called "Dr. Sleep", a sequel to "The Shining".  I was able to video the whole reading and I gave it to Lilja's Library to post back in September.  Since I've started my own blog, I thought I would post it here as well.

I also recorded some of his keynote address,  here are those too.

Tuesday
Jan032012

Revival of Carrie, the Musical

Carrie, the Musical is about to open off Broadway.  I wrote about it before, here, but found this interesting article about the history of the original broadway production, on whatsonstage.com, and it's run in London before heading to NY.

Carrie On... She's Back!

Unlike most flops Carrie had a nonstop energy to the piece, it managed to hit theatrical highs one moment then scrape the bottom of the barrel the next. Buckley gave a power house performance as Margret White and Linzi Hately earned some good reviews in the title role and also won a best newcomer award.  

The score also had some real gems in, mainly the songs between mother and daughter and the idea for a stage show of Carrie (with its very operatic and theatrical themes) was not a bad one. However for all the good in the show it could not overcome the bad (largely production problems). Terrible staging, awful costumes, a confused set, a song about killing a pig and some over the top choreography by Debbie Allen sealed the shows fate.

I would usually run to see any King work brought to the stage, but at $90 a ticket, I'll wait to see some reviews.  If it ends up being great, then it will probably move to Broadway and I'll see it then.

Monday
Jan022012

Bag of Bones Release on DVD

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a DVD release of Bag of Bones for March 13th. Pricing will be around $26.99.

Special Features
Voicemail from Sid featurette
I Miss You Jo

Mick Garris' adaptation stars Melissa George, Jason Priestly, Pierce Brosnan, Annabeth Gish, William Schallert, and Anika Noni Rose.

Monday
Jan022012

Stephen King Enters 2012 at Number One

Kings most recent book 11/22/63 entered 2012 at the top of the NY Times Bestseller List.
Lilja's Library has a good post about past number ones (nearly every book written by King) and the amount of time spent at the top of the list.

The critics have been very kind to this book, and with good reason, but it's really gratifying that in his fifth decade of publishing books, King is just as popular as ever, if not more so. The reading audience is changing, but they still love Stephen King. That's pretty amazing.

Friday
Dec302011

Stephen King's IT: The 25th Anniversary Editions

I was 13 years old when I first read "IT".  Being one of the first King novels that I read, and the fact that it scared the crap out of me, "IT" holds a special place in my list of favorite King books.  I love everything about this book.  In fact, I've re-read it many times.  King is at his best when writing about children, and those parts of the book are my favorites.  Pennywise the Clown is the ultimate King bad guy, scary, funny and the cause of some pretty cool nightmares involving clowns.

25 years later, Cemetery Dance Publications has produced a limited edition reprinting of "IT".  I purchased a copy of the signed, numbered edition (signed by King and the artists who produced the new cover and inside illustrations, Glen Orbik, Alan M. Clark and Erin Wells) and a copy of the unsigned, gift edition.  There is also a brand new afterward by King, detailing why he wrote the book.

Being a collector, I have many limited edition King books, from many different publishing houses.  Cemetery Dance does excellent work on their limited editions.  These are beautiful books, with a deluxe oversized design.  They are 7 inches by 10 inches.  The gift edition is slipcased with gold and red foil embossing on the brown case.  The limited is traycased in black with gold and red foil embossing.  The books themselves are beautiful too.  Full color wrap around artwork for the cover, by Glen Orbik.  

The inside pages are printed in 2 color, black and red for the regular pages and full color/black & white illustrations by Alan M. Clark and Erin S. Wells.  The signed edition has full color signature sheets, with exclusive color artwork.

These are some of the most beautiful limited editions that I own.  They are incredibly well crafted and designed.  The unique colored edge to every page, which has the page number and chapter name, is something I've never seen in a King limited edition before.  The books are huge and are made with incredible craftmanship.  They both are fine additions to any book collection.

The gift edition is still available for purchase from Cemetery Dance.