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The Cannibals, Part II
October 4th, 2009 10:00:16 am

A second excerpt from The Cannibals is now available for download in PDF format from The Cannibals page.

Stephen to Appear in Toronto
October 1st, 2009 10:42:48 am

Simon & Schuster Canada is pleased to welcome international bestselling author Stephen King to Toronto for an exclusive Canadian in person appearance on November 19th, 2009 at the Canon Theatre. The legendary horror, science fiction, and fantasy author has written more than fifty bestselling books and is the 2007 recipient of The Canadian Booksellers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Stephen King visits Toronto to celebrate the launch of his epic new novel, Under the Dome.

For this exclusive in person event King will be joined in conversation by highly-acclaimed Canadian director, writer, and producer David Cronenberg on stage at the elegant Canon Theatre.

Hosted by Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC television program The Hour, the evening will commence at 8:00pm with introductions followed by an in-depth interview with Stephen King led by David Cronenberg.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 2nd for $33 and $28 (Service charges apply to phone and internet orders. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include GST & CIF. Seating is subject to availability) and will be available by phone at TicketKing (416) 872-1212 or 1(800)461-3333, online at www.ticketking.com or in person at these box offices:

The Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West) or The Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West).

TimesTalks to Simulcast Nov. 10th Event
September 25th, 2009 10:18:09 am

The launch of  TimesTalks LIVE will include a simulcast broadcast of Stephen's appearance at The Times Center to be held on November 10, 2009.  Participating sites currently include 54 Cineplex theaters throughout Canada and 20 independent venues in the U.S.  Audiences at the various locations will have the opportunity to submit questions for consideration by the respective moderator in advance of each event through the TimesTalks Web site.  We hope to be able to post a full list of the participating sites in the near future. 

The full press release can be downloaded at www.nytco.com.

Under the Dome
September 15th, 2009 8:55:50 am

THIS EDITION HAS SOLD OUT

The signed collector's edition of Under the Dome will also be going on sale September 15th at 9:00am EDT and will only be available through Simon & Schuster (limited to U.S. orders only).

The Cannibals
September 15th, 2009 8:49:03 am

Dear SKMBers,

As most of you know, I have a novel coming out in November called Under the Dome. My first effort to write it came in 1978, or thereabouts. That seventy-page manuscript (actually titled Under the Dome) was lost, but after reviewing the stuff I said about it in Douglas Winter’s book, The Art of Darkness (1989), I got thinking about my second effort to write that story, which, as you will find out, deals with people trapped in an increasingly lethal environment.

That second try was mostly written in Pittsburgh, during the filming of Creepshow. I spent two months in a depressing suburban apartment complex that became (with the usual fictional tweaks) the setting for the story. It was called The Cannibals, and this time I got a lot further—almost five hundred pages—before hitting a wall. I assumed the manuscript was lost. Long story short, it turned up—battered, and with some pages missing, but mostly complete—in the summer of 2009. So, for your amusement, and as an appetizer to Under the Dome, here are the first sixty pages or so of The Cannibals, reproduced, warts and all, from the original manuscript which was dredged up by Ms. Mod from a locked cabinet in a back room of my office. I’m amused by the antique quality of the typescript; this may have been the last thing I did on my old IBM Selectric before moving on to a computer system.

There’s another reason for publishing this on the website. Several Internet writers have speculated on a perceived similarity between Under the Dome and The Simpsons Movie, where, according to Wikipedia, Homer’s town of Springfield is isolated inside a large glass dome (probably because of that pesky nuclear power plant). I can’t speak personally to this, because I have never seen the movie, and the similarity came as a complete surprise to me…although I know, from personal experience, that the similarity will turn out to be casual. Unless there’s deliberate copying (sometimes known as “plagiarism”), stories can no more be alike than snowflakes. The reason is simple: no two human imaginations are exactly alike. For the doubters, this excerpt should demonstrate that I was thinking dome and isolation long before Homer, Marge, and their amusing brood came on the scene.

I hope you enjoy this. As always, Ms. Mod and I welcome your comments.

Steve King

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For the first time ever, you can now read an excerpt from The Cannibals. This is the story which originally inspired Under the Dome.

The Cannibals is available for download in PDF format from The Cannibals page.

Home Delivery to be adapted to film
September 11th, 2009 8:30:56 am

Stephen's short story, "Home Delivery" (Nightmares & Dreamscapes) has been optioned as a theater release and is in pre-production.  No release date has been set at this time.  John and Paul Buckholts of Our Thing Productions have written the screenplay and Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train) is scheduled to direct.

Stephen in Sarasota, FL November 16th
September 6th, 2009 8:30:12 am

As part of his Under the Dome publicity tour, Stephen will be making an appearance at the Van Wezel in Sarasota, FL on November 16th.  He will be interviewed on stage by Susan Rife of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and will also entertain questions from the audience.

The first 250 ticket buyers will receive a voucher (one per order) that they may use to purchase a pre-signed copy of Under the Dome, in the lobby, on the night of the show. Unsigned copies will also also be available for purchase.

Tickets will go on sale on September 13th.

CALL THE BOX OFFICE
941.953.3368
TOLL FREE 800.826.9303
WWW.VANWEZEL.org

New Poem in Tin House
August 11th, 2009 2:27:12 pm

Tin House has published a new poem by Stephen titled "Mostly Old Men" in Issue 40, their 10th Anniversary issue.  It can be purchased through their web site.

Under the Dome Signed Collector's Edition Cover Under the Dome Signed Collector's Edition
August 10th, 2009 11:10:07 am

Simon & Schuster has announced they will be taking pre-orders beginning September 15th for the signed Collector's Edition of Under the Dome.

Click here for more information.

December 1, 2009 Appearance in Portsmouth, NH
July 16th, 2009 8:32:52 am

As part of his book tour for Under the Dome, Stephen will be appearing in Portsmouth, NH, on December 1, 2009, in the author series Writers on a New England Stage presented by The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. The one-hour program features an author presentation, interview, and live music.  The evening program will be rebroadcast in days following on the NH Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” and available on The Music Hall’s website. 

Autographed copies of Stephen King's Under the Dome are $35. Books will be distributed on the evening to audience members who have secured a book voucher. A limited number of book vouchers will be sold, first come, first served; max one book voucher per ticket order, two book vouchers for orders of four or more tickets. Purchase a book voucher in advance at the Music Hall Box Office, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, or over the phone at 603-436-2400.

Visit the web site for The Music Hall for more information.  Tickets will be available for purchase on July 25th for members of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio and August 8th for non-members.



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