My day has consisted of the following: a two-and-a-half-hour meeting at work, followed by the consumption (on my part) of a substantial quantity of fried fish and shrimp. The latter was combined with a not-inconsiderable amount of having to fight off the attentions of my cats. (I tried to feed them the oysters, but, like me, they can't stand the grimy things, so that was a no-go.)
I mention all of that as a means of suggesting that you happen to notice me being a bit more off my game than seems normal, let's chalk it up to an oncoming fried-seafood coma. Mmmmm ... delicious unconsciousness ...
Hey, check it out: a segue has presented itself! Because speaking of sleep, the release date for Doctor Sleep has finally been announced: September 24, 2013.
Here's a not-particularly-accurate representation of that concept:
If you got that joke, then I congratulate you on your nerdery. Know that here, you are among your kind!
Here's the sad truth, which I don't actually find to be all that sad: if you place a painting of a big-titted redhead in a skimpy green dress on the front of a novel, you've got my attention. If that novel just so happens to be written by Stephen King, not only do you have my attention, you have my thanks. So: thanks, Hard Case Crime!
Thanks also to the artists, Robert McGinnis (who has been designing Hollywood posters -- including one of my very favorites, Thunderball -- for decades) and Glen Orbik (whose work on the cover to The Colorado Kid might be familiar to readers of this blog). Obviously, McGinnis and Orbik know what I like as far as a bit of cheesecake goes, but let's forget that; what I'm seeing here is also appealing from a standpoint of color, mood, perspective, and design. It all just works.
Also announced recently: the paperback release date for The Wind Through the Keyhole will be November 6.
I don't make it a habit to buy King novels in every edition, because I don't have the money for an obsession of that level. However, I love that cover art (which appears to my untrained eye to have been done by the same person who did the hardback's excellent cover art); so rest assured that I will most definitely be picking up a copy of this paperback.
Now, for some movie news.
No, no, there's no remake of Pet Sematary ... yet. (Rest assured, it WILL happen eventually.)
Instead, Fangoria reported recently that a documentary titled Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is in the works. Check that link out for the details, but here's the short version: some fans have gotten together and are working on a documentary examining the history of the 1989 film.
This is a pure labor of love, seemingly, and I hope it turns out well. I'm not a huge fan of the movie, but it definitely holds a certain amount of cachet among horror fans ad King fans alike, and is well worth looking at in some detail.
The Guardian reports that a new stage version of Misery has been written by William Goldman, who also adapted the Oscar-winning movie a couple of decades or so ago.
I tend to not get very excited about these stage adaptations, for a simple reason: I'm unlikely to ever see them. Put 'em out on Blu-ray, folks; I'll buy a copy!
In more movie news, Variety reports that James Remar -- who is probably best known of late for playing Dexter's dad on Dexter -- has joined the cast of Horns. I can only assume he'll be playing Ig's dad, although there is no indication one way or another so far.
Yep, that's a birth certificate for Carrietta White, whose name might be familiar to King fans.
The document was the first thing put up on an official Facebook page that was recently launched in support of the upcoming Kimberley Peirce movie based on the classic King novel.
For the record: it is the official position of this blog and its author that the Brian DePalma movie from 1976 sucks, and that this new version will whip its sorry ass in virtually every way.
We shall know the truth of that statement come March 2013!
And, finally, CBR recently posted an article compiling several excellent comic-book inspired mashups of Stephen King stories with superheroes. There are some pretty great ones; I'm going to post my three favorites here, but make sure you head over to the original post to check them all out!
See ya next time!