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Clearing Up the Ghost Brothers Confusion
January 12th, 2010 11:53:27 am


John Mellencamp’s recent characterization of his hugely ambitious “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” musical theater collaboration with Stephen King as “very complicated” has been borne out by media confusion over the nature of the project.
 
In an effort to clarify, John, King and producer T Bone Burnett are finishing up the recording process for the deluxe three-CD set featuring the full text of the libretto and a recording of the music and script. The CD components involve the entire production—music and dialog—on two discs, with a single disc containing just the songs.
 
The set is still on track for release prior to the musical’s scheduled opening next September at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. As has been reported, the production team has assembled a stellar cast to record the songs, including Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Dave and Phil Alvin. The casting of the Atlanta stage presentation is also underway.
 
Meanwhile, Burnett continues to record the actors who voice the speaking parts for the “Ghost Brothers” recordings.
 
As John said last month, “It’s hard enough to make a play with music work—even when you can see the actors singing. But here we have something that’s become way out of fashion: An audio program that allows the listener the opportunity to use his or her imagination!”

N. - The Comic Book Series
December 21st, 2009 9:03:24 am

Marvel has announced that N. - The Comic Book Series will begin release in March of 2010 with #1. This new tale will be told over four issues by the same team that produced the revolutionary N. - Motion Comic. We'll post more info and artwork in the near future. For now, be sure to check out the press release from Marvel as well as the first exclusive artwork at the link below.

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Stephen on The Colbert Report
December 17th, 2009 9:50:31 am

Stephen appeared on The Colbert Report on Wednesday, December 16th as the first "Better Know a Stephen." You can watch the video on ComedyCentral.com. (Stephen appears in the first 1/2 of the episode.)

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Update on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
December 15th, 2009 2:57:18 pm

John Mellencamp has virtually completed recording and “assembling” the “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” musical theater collaboration with Stephen King.

John and King have edited the initial three-hour program down to two hours and 10 minutes—with a bit more editing still to come before producer T-Bone Burnett completes the tracks. When finished, the recording will be available in a novel book package containing the full text, two discs featuring the entire production of the spoken word script and songs performed by the cast, and a third CD of the songs only.

The story involves domestic turmoil, and is played by a stellar cast led by Kris Kristofferson, in the role of Joe, the father, and Elvis Costello, as the satanic character The Shape. Rosanne Cash plays Monique, the mother, with the sons enacted by Will Daily (Frank), Dave Alvin (Jack), Alvin’s real-life brother Phil Alvin (Andy) and John (Drake).

Sheryl Crow stars as Jenna and Neko Case is Anna, with boxing legend Joe Frazier playing caretaker Dan Coker and Stephen King himself in the role of Uncle Steve. The narrator is “24” star Glenn Morshower.

John stressed that the three-disc package is not a traditional audio book, but offers an experience more akin to listening to an old radio show with music; he further emphasized the challenge inherent in making such a project work.

Discordia Goes Live to Widespread Acclaim
December 11th, 2009 10:17:04 am

Earlier this week, StephenKing.com soft-launched the first chapter of Discordia on The Dark Tower Official Web Site. After several days of truly outstanding feedback and technological stability, we are now ready to release Discordia to the much wider audience here on StephenKing.com.

Discordia is a simple flash-based experience that immerses the users in the conflict between Tet Corporation and Sombra. With wonderfully detailed 3D artwork by Brian Stark, masterwork illustrations by Dark Tower veteran Michael Whelan and retrospective text by Robin Furth, Discordia is a groundbreaking experience that is sure to please both the diehard DT fans as well as the uninitiated.

Be sure to check out chapter one of Discordia now live on StephenKing.com. And please make sure to drop us a line on the Official Message Board with feedback and suggestions. Cheers! And happy holidays from StephenKing.com.

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More Information

Official Discordia Thread (StephenKing.com)

Unofficial Discordia Thread (The DarkTower.com)

Stephen to appear on The Hour
November 16th, 2009 5:57:03 am

Stephen will be on the Canadian television news magazine, The Hour on Thursday, November 19th to talk about Under the Dome.  We will post this video to the multimedia section as soon as it becomes available.

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New Dark Tower Book
November 11th, 2009 11:21:49 pm

Stephen has announced that he has an idea for a new Dark Tower book, the working title of which will be THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE.  He has not yet started this book and anticipates that it will be a minimum of eight months before he is able to begin writing it.

Scribner Announces New Sweepstakes
November 10th, 2009 3:13:36 pm

Scribner has announced their Under the Dome sweepstakes available to US residents, 18 years of age and older (please be sure to read the Official Rules).  Prizes include one grand prize of a signed Collector's set, 5 first place winners of a Collector's set (unsigned), and 10 winners of Under the Dome.  Contest ends November 24, 2009. Click here for more information.

Updated Multimedia Section
November 4th, 2009 2:45:10 pm

We have updated the Multimedia section of StephenKing.com. This new page and media system will bring you the lastest Stephen King related multimedia and downloads in one central location.

Multimedia

Update!
November 4th, 2009 12:08:47 pm

With her generator still running - although it wouldn't be for much longer unless she could find some more LP canisters - Brenda Perkins was able to fire up her husband's printer and make a hard copy of everything in the VADER file. The incredible list of offenses Howie had compiled - and which he had apparently been about to act on at the time



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