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Stephen will be releasing a brand new novella entitled Blockade Billy through Cemetery Dance Publications on April 20th 2010. For more information see the links below.
UPDATE - Audiobook Drops in May! Simon & Schuster Audio has announced that Blockade Billy will be released as an audiobook on May 25th to be read by Craig Wasson. It will also include his short story "Morality" previously published in Esquire which will be read by Mare Winningham.
UPDATE - Limited Edition Going Fast! Cemetery Dance Publications’ beautiful hardcover of Blockade Billy is a limited edition, and we all know what that means—there won’t be enough copies to go around. Because of high demand from devoted readers and obligations to libraries, and—alas—contrary to pre-order invitations from online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, it won’t be possible to ship copies of the limited edition to retail bookstores. Don’t blame Amazon! Don’t blame Barnes & Noble! Together with Cemetery Dance, Stephen is exploring ways to make the novella available to all his Constant Readers as soon as possible, at least by the time the Simon & Schuster audiobook goes on sale. More definite word on this should come shortly. But if you want that one-of-a-kind authentic William "Blockade Billy" Blakely baseball card which has time-traveled all the way from 1957, place your order online with Cemetery Dance.
UPDATE - Billy Goes Mass Market! Stephen and Cemetery Dance have made an arrangement with Scribner to make available a less expensive hardcover edition of Blockade Billy, with an on-sale date of May 25th, the same date the audiobook goes on sale. The Scribner edition will be available in all U.S. and Canadian retail outlets. Both the Scribner book and the Simon & Schuster audiobook will feature a bonus short story ("Morality"). In the meantime, an eBook edition of Blockade Billy should go on sale through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony on April 20th.
Stephen will be appearing at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County (FL) on Saturday, March 20th to host the Charlotte County Library Big Read Kickoff Event. This is not a book signing.
Tickets (400 will be available) are being distributed by a random lottery drawing. For more information about the event and to fill out the email form for the lottery drawing, please visit their web site.
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!”
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.
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.)
Launch External Web Site
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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.)
Launch External Web Site
(Contains 3rd Party Commercials)
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.