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Stephen King's Battleground

Gauntlet Press is producing a book called Stephen King's Battleground. It will contain the original short story "Battleground" from Night Shift as well as the script from the adaptation of the story for TNT's "Nightmares and Dreamscapes".  Also included will be storyboards and never before released photos from the filming.  There will be 3 editions; Signed, Lettered Edition: $1250 (the only edition signed by King), Signed, Numbered Edition: $125 (signed by everyone else involved but King), and an Unsigned, Limited Edition: $75.

Here's the description from Gauntlet's Site:

 Set for Publication Spring/Summer 2012

A definitive collection of Stephen King’s classic short story with which was adapted for television by Richard Christian Matheson. We start with King’s short story and then move to R.C. Matheson’s script for the opening episode of “Nightmares and Dreamscapes”, which starred William Hurt and was directed by Brian Henson. Henson will provide storyboards used for the episode which won two Emmy awards. The book will contain one signature (8 pages) of color photos from TNT’s archives; photos never before released.

 Those contributing include:

  • Director Brian Henson
  • Executive Producer Bill Haber
  • Jeff Beal, who won an Emmy for his score for Battleground
  • Actor William Hurt
  • Michael Wright, Executive Vice President and Director of Programming for TNT
  • Visual Effects director Sam Nicholson
  • Producer Jeff Hayes
  • Lee Romaire, Special Makeup and Effects Designer

Editing the book is Richard Christian Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay for the episode.

BONUS: Those purchasing the signed numbered and lettered edition will get a free copy of the DVD of the "Battleground" episode.

Here's an article and some pictures from Lilja's Library about the filming and special effects from the TNT show.


The Century's Best Horror Fiction

Cemetery Dance is publishing a huge 2 volume set of horror fiction from some great authors including Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, Charles Beaumont, Jack Ketchum and more.  They will begin shipping in late January.  Pricing is $150 for the 2 volume 1st Editions.  For info or to purchase.

The King story is "The Reach".  First published in Yankee magazine in 1981 under the title "Do the Dead Sing" then in Skeleton Crew in 1985.

Stella Flanders, the oldest resident of Goat Island, has just celebrated her 95th birthday. She has never crossed the reach, the body of water that separates the Island from the mainland, in her entire life. She tells her great-grandchildren when they ask, "I never saw any reason to go." Stella comes to the realization that the cancer that she's known she has, and kept to herself, is it its final stages when she starts seeing the deceased residents of Goat Island. Her visions start with her husband inviting her to "come across to the mainland."


The Wind Through the Keyhole Preview Site

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to a ranch to investigate a recent slaughter. Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks and terrible carnage--evidence that the 'skin-man', 

a shape-shifter, is at work. There is only one surviving witness: a brave but terrified boy called Bill Streeter. 

Here is a link to SK.com with info on The Wind Through the Keyhole.  I haven't looked forward to a book this much since Dark Tower 6.  It takes place in between Wizard and Glass and the Wolves of the Calla.  Looks like there is a flashback to Roland's youth and within that story, there is another flashback.  Coming April 24, 2012.


Stephen King's Top 20 of 2011

From EW.com- King's Top 20 of 2011

King's yearly list from Entertainment Weekly.  Some good recommendations.  I'm gonna pick up a couple of the books.


From Rob Lowe to Seth Green: Who’s Who in Stephen King TV Movies 

From Word and Film-

"Stephen King’s novels and stories have inspired dozens of films, which run the gamut from unforgettable to … well, extremely forgettable. The author’s TV adaptations  have been nearly as frequent and just as variable, spinning memorable television “events” out of anything-goes casting and huge (for TV) special-effects budgets. The latest entry, A&E’s miniseries based on King’s 1998 novel Bag of Bones, is no exception, mixing stalwart Hollywood types like Pierce Brosnan with up-and-coming stars such as Anika Noni Rose (the “what the hell?” moment when someone unlikely like Jason Priestley turns up is yet another inevitable feature of these adaptations). Here’s a rundown of who’s who in King TV adaptations of yore."

From Rob Lowe to Seth Green: Who’s Who in Stephen King TV Movies

There have been some great actors in King adaptations.  Some awful ones too.