February 8th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

kubrick-shining-text-1Love it or hate it, the Kubrick version of Stephen King’s The Shining is a film to be reckoned with. Here is a piece of that film’s creation that I would love to just sit back and spend hours with:

The web site Overlook Hotel has posted pictures of Stanley Kubrick’spersonal copy of Stephen King’s novel The Shining, which is normally kept at the Stanley Kubrick Archive, but has been making the rounds in a traveling exhibition. The book is filled with highlighted passages and largely illegible notes in the margin—tantalizing clues to Kubrick’s intentions for the movie.

Read the full article and see more photos @ Open Culture.

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February 8th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

my-pretty-pony-stephen-kingPreviously I was unaware of that fact that for the past 11 years the site BookFinder.com, an online book-search service, has been publishing a report of the most searched-for out of print books. The 2013 report is out and the top five books are:

  1. Sex by Madonna
  2. Rage by Richard Bachman/Stephen King
  3. My Pretty Pony by Stephen King
  4. The Harvard Classics edited by Charles W. Eliot
  5. On the Nature and Existence of God by Richard M. Gale

I own two of these myself but I’ll leave it to you to guess which ones.

What I also wonder is what would a similar list look like if we got the data from library users instead of people looking to buy the book they’re searching for. I’m guessing that’s something OCLC could produce should they feel like it.

Read the full 2013 report @ Bookfinder.com.

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July 12th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Head on over to the Shine-O-Matic and go a little bit mad at the typewriter.

Shine-O-Matic

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July 1st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

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June 21st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Joyland CD

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June 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Joyland KindleFireRemember all the noise about Stephen King not releasing Joyland as an eBook? Well, they exist anyway. I’ve seen it. (I’m not linking to it here but if you know where to look, or can craft a good Google search or two, you’ll find it.) As Cory Doctorow says: ‘To those publishers here today who believe that you can buy DRM that will stop your books from appearing on the Internet without restriction, I say to you, “Behold, the typist.”

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May 31st, 2013 by Michael Sauers


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May 30th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

JoylandFor 20 years, Stephen King has had an image stuck in his head: It’s a boy in a wheelchair flying a kite on a beach. “It wanted to be a story, but it wasn’t a story,” he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. But little by little, the story took shape around the image — and focused on an amusement park called “Joyland” located just a little farther down the beach.

King’s new thriller is set in North Carolina in 1973. Joyland has a horror house and a torture chamber, but it’s not exactly a horror novel. The park’s fun house may be haunted by a ghost — which may explain the dead bodies — but the book isn’t exactly a supernatural thriller, either. Instead, the book combines elements of crime, horror and the supernatural. The main character is a college student who aspires to write for The New Yorker. After his heart is broken by his girlfriend, he wants to get away from New England and takes a job in North Carolina, at the Joyland amusement park, where he enters a different world.

As King — who is also the author of such horror, mystery and crime classics as Carrie, The Shining and It — began writing the book, the amusement park atmosphere he began with turned more lurid, more “carny,” more influenced by the state fairs and local carnivals of his youth in rural Maine.

“The more carny it got, the better I liked it, actually,” he says, “and I started to go to websites that had various carny language, some of which I remembered a little: pitchmen called ‘shy bosses’ and their concessions called ‘shies,’ and the little places where they sold tickets and sometimes sat down to rest called ‘doghouses,’ and other stuff I just made up, like calling pretty girls ‘points.’ “

Read the full article and listen to the interview @ NPR.org.

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May 29th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

JoylandBoing Boing is currently featuring a special essay by Charles Ardai, the publisher of Hard Case Crime. It’s wonderful read and a love letter to the world of paperbacks and publishing.

Originally, we were only going to publish Joyland in paperback.

Steve grew up buying paperbacks for fifty cents from the wire spinner racks at his local drugstore in Lisbon Falls, Maine, the sort with sexy cover paintings and lurid cover copy and breathless storytelling that kept you glued to the page well past your bedtime. I did, too, though in my case it was in New York City rather than Lisbon Falls, and by the time I came around the wire spinner racks had vanished and the era that produced them was gone, too. When I found these paperbacks it was at flea markets and library sales, at used book stores and on my father’s bookshelves. (My grandmother’s too – this proper old lady had been a big fan of Mickey Spillane back in the day.) Like Steve, I fell in love with them, discovered they scratched a powerful itch I hadn’t even known I had. And when, years later, I found myself reminiscing about them with a friend over drinks, we decided the world needed more books like that, damn it. That’s how Hard Case Crime was born.

Read the full essay on Boing Boing.

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May 21st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

JoylandDigital Readers may find themselves with the inability to read the next Stephen King novel. The author has announced today that his upcoming title called Joyland, due out June 4th, will only be available via traditional bookstores.

Today, King told the Wall Street Journal: “I have no plans for a digital version. Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.”

Read the full article @ goodereader.com.

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