From Comicbook.com:

Marvel and Stephen King today announced the next installment of the Dark Tower comic book adaptation,  Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards, beginning in March 2015. The series is written by Peter David (Spider-Man 2099) & Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance) and drawn by Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk).

The troubled streets of New York City pulse with the beat of desolation and crime. Among the dissidents of the city is Eddie Dean a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds has smuggled narcotics from Nassau to New York City, but now Eddie has to escape a packed airplane guarded by armed Custom Agents! How will Eddie avoid prison and yet also fulfill his contract with the dangerous mobster Balazar? The answer lies in Mid-World, and with a dying gunslinger named Roland!

“In the latest chapter of King’s epic tale there are some fascinating connections being made within the Dark Tower mythos, expanding on the histories of the characters and revealing their twisted ‘family tree,’ says series Editor Mark Paniccia, via the release. “Fans will get a real thrill as we discover what kind of role Eddie Dean plays in Roland Deschain's plans to bring the tower down.”

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #1 will go on sale in March.

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From Vulture:

Vulture spoke with the project’s producer Dan Lin last night at an awards-season party celebrating The Lego Movie (which Lin also produced), and he confirmed that It will be his next live-action movie, with True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga confirmed to direct. “The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”

Lin says his big plan is to split King’s sprawling novel into two movies. “The book is so epic that we couldn’t tell it all in one movie and service the characters with enough depth,” explained Lin; the first film, then, will be a coming-of-age story about the children tormented by It, while the second will skip ahead in time as those same characters band together to continue the fight as adults. Though Fukunaga is only committed to directing the first film, Lin says the in-demand helmer is currently closing a deal to co-write the second.

And no one is more excited about the project’s renewed movement than It’s author. “The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing,” said Lin. “We didn’t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, ‘Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.’ So that was really gratifying.”

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From The Guardian:

Matthew McConaughey is tipped to take the role of villainous Randall Flagg in The Stand, a Hollywood franchise based on the 1978 Stephen King novel. Backed by Warner Bros, The Stand will be released as four standalone pictures directed by Josh Boone. Discussing the project on Kevin Smith’s podcast, Boone described The Stand as “the Godfather of post-apocalyptic thrillers.”

Works for me.  He's been terrific lately.

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From TVbytheNumbers:

The Shat hits the fan next year on Haven! William Shatner (Star Trek) is set to guest star in a four-episode arc on the Syfy fan-favorite series in 2015. Shatner will play a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its troubled residents.

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From Simon and Schuster:

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Sauberg finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Release date for Finders Keepers, the 2nd book in a planned trilogy that started with Mr. Mercedes, is June 2, 2015.

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King's latest novel Revival comes in at 403 pages and is a fantastic end to a busy year for King.  The book starts off slow building to the horrific end at a wonderful pace with lovely moments of ordinary life laid out naturally and intimately.  Most of the book is build up to the final reveal at the end, but it is King storytelling at his best.  Don't get lulled into forgetting this is a horror novel.  King himself said "I don’t even want to think about that book any more – it’s a nasty, dark piece of work."

I loved every minute of it.  Enjoy.

I usually write a short review of each King book shortly before the release date.  Scribner is kind enough to provide me with a review copy of each book.  This time I'm going to include some other reviews that I've read along with mine.

From The Guardian:

King (left) has always been good at the buildup to horror: the reveal of the monster behind the curtains doesn’t always match the promise. In Revival, however, it’s more of a curtain twitch, and all the more memorable for it. “You know when the lightning’s going to come, because there’s a breathless feeling in the air. A feeling of … I don’t know … an unburned feeling,” Jacobs tells a young Jamie. Remember that feeling. Don’t let King trick you. Revival may be light on horrific detail, but the glimpse its author gives of the darkness behind the veil is black indeed.

From The Daily Express:

And he is right: it is one of his most satisfyingly disturbing novels in some time, and readers who have lamented his turn to crime fiction with such books as Mr Mercedes will be glad to see him back in classic King territory, as gruesome and unsettling as ever.

What’s more, it’s a sharp and detailed character study of two very different men; King’s books have always been as much about character as they are about making the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.

From Pop Mythology:

‘Revival’ is as engaging a late-night tale as all of Stephen King’s stories are but also continues to build upon his trend towards higher levels of complexity within the understory. It is a powerful, phantasmagorical meditation on the loss of faith and understanding.

 

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Catherine Elsworth interviewed King for Goodreads.  Below are some interesting bits.

On working with his sons:

I've got something going with Owen now, and I've collaborated with Joe on two novellas, Throttle and In the Tall Grass.

Interesting news about Stu and Frannie from The Stand:

There's one Stand story that still needs to be told, although it's not a long one. I happen to know that when [Stand characters] Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith headed back to New England (with their baby), Frannie fell into a dry well. That's all I know. I'd have to write the story to find out what happens. 
 

You can read the whole interview here.

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In an interview with the Toronto Sun, King mentioned this:

And in the fall of 2015 there will be a new collection of stories called The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which'll collect about 20 short tales. It should be a pretty fat book.

Theres a lot more in the interview.  Check it out here.

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