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10 Masterful Quotes from the King of Horror Stephen King

Stephen King is one of those authors I keep coming back to.  After reading The Stand and ‘Salem’s Lot the summer after graduating high school, I was hooked.  I went through a majority of his backlog from Carrie through the Dark Tower series on to his more recent Bill Hodges trilogy.  His work, while often dark, explores the depth of human experience and gives some great insight into life, friendship, courage, and love.  Below you will find some of my favorite quotes by Stephen King.  With a backlog as deep as King’s, there are a multitude of quotes to choose from, but these all resonated with me as I reread them.

The Stand

 

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The Dark Tower

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Carrie

‘Salem’s Lot

Joyland

The Dark Tower

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Stephen King’s The Stand to be a Quadrilogy

Good news Stephen King fans, it looks like the upcoming theatrical adaptation of King’s post-apocalyptic horror-drama (horro-rama…?), The Stand, is finally happening and will take place over four films.

On a recent podcast with Kevin Smith, The Stand’s writer/director, Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) stated that the film was originally going to be a three-hour, stand-alone film, but Warner Brother’s loved the script and wanted more.  If you’ve read The Stand, you know that the book is enormous (like, if-it-fell-off-the-shelf-it-could-kill-you enormous), so it seems like a wise decision to tell the story over multiple films to give the source material justice.  Another positive sign for King fans is that Boone wants this adaptation to be rated “R,” like almost all material should be when based off the work of the King of Horror.

During the podcast Boone said, “So what happened is the script gets finished, I write it in like five months, everybody loves it, King loves it, $87 million is what it was budgeted at, really expensive for a horror drama that doesn’t have set pieces… So I think we are going to do like four movies.  I can’t tell you anything about how we’re going to do them, or what’s going to be in which movie. I’ll just say we are going to do four movies, and we’re going to do The Stand at the highest level you can do it at, with a cast that’s going to blow people’s minds.”

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Supposedly the goal is to start filming early next year, so expect to hear more and more about this ambitious project in the coming months.

4LN Comic Review: Dark Tower: The Drawing Of The Three – The Prisoner #1

Book: Dark Tower: The Drawing Of The Three – The Prisoner #1
Writer: Peter David and Robin Furth
Art: Piotr Kowalski

Summary from Comixology:”Meet Eddie Dean, a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds. Can he survive family tragedy, haunting addiction, and the deadly forces that conspire to stop him from growing up to challenge the Man in Black? If you thought the badlands of Mid-World were dangerous, just wait until you experience Brooklyn in the 1960s!”

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Overview

Let me start off by saying that “the Dark Tower” is one of my favorite book series.  The novels are a mind-blowing genre mash-up of western, fantasy, and horror that kept me entertained through seven (now eight) progressively longer tales.  The series kick started my brief literary affair with Stephen King that I held throughout a majority of my college years, and a while after.  If you are looking for a novel to pick up, I recommend giving the Gunslinger a try.

This comic series is based off the second book in the franchise, The Drawing of the Three, which follows Roland (the main protagonist of the Dark Tower) as he gathers his Ka-tet that will help him save the Dark Tower and everything.  The Prisoner refers to Eddie Dean, a drug addict that must overcome his addiction to become an important piece in Roland’s quest to the Tower.

The Good

Its been several years since I read through the Dark Tower, but when I opened this comic I was immediately drawn back into the fold.  The story starts “in medias res,” meaning that it throws the reader into the middle of the action (I use the term “action” here loosely, but we will get to that momentarily).  The art is solid and full of subtle references to King’s universe, which made this a very nostalgic read for me.

Overall, the book stays very true to it’s source material.  Robin Furth, one of the writers, has been a personal research assistant to Stephen King, and is responsible for the comprehensive guide to the Dark Tower, The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance.  The concordance is longer than a lot of stand-alone novels and is a really in depth guide for those trying to keep all of the characters, locations, definitions, and explanations of pivotal terms used throughout the seven book series.

The Bad

I didn’t find anything wrong with this issue personally, BUT I think those unfamiliar with the Dark Tower might be a bit… perplexed.  This book is slow, and it is dark.  Obviously, the dark tone is pulling directly from the tone of its source material, but be advised, the mature rating is there for a reason.  As far as the pacing of this particular issue goes, it does feel slow.  If you are a bigger picture person, you will realize that this is purposeful, but that doesn’t mean you will necessarily enjoy the process if you aren’t an avid reader of King’s “Magnum Opus.”

The Final Say

This is the first issue of a five issue run, meaning there is a lot of room for the story to grow.  Judging from the preview in the back, we will get to see a lot more of King’s world, and a lot more action.  I give this book a 3 out of 4.  I would rate it higher, but I think this story will appeal more to those that are already fans of the Dark Tower.

Samuel L. Jackson Joins Cast of Stephen King’s Cell

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson will star in the upcoming adapation of Stephen King’s Cell. This will be the second time the pair has appeared in a King adaptation, the first being 1408, which has been one of the better King based movies.

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Cell was one of the first Stephen King novels that I read, and it was definitely terrifying. The book follows Clay Riddell (Cusack) as he tries to find his family after a cell phone signal (the Pulse) turns everyone who hears it into a rage-filled, zombie-like, killer. Along the way he teams up with Tom McCourt (Jackson), and a teenage girl named Alice as they try to survive as civilization collapses around them. Like most King novels, it’s dark, gritty, and really dives into the motivations of each character.

Cell is one of King’s better novel’s released over the last decade so the film definitely has potential.  Filming begins in January.