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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.
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.
Official Discordia Thread (StephenKing.com)
Unofficial Discordia Thread (The DarkTower.com)
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 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.