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[Last updated October 31st, 2011] "...when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book." - Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis


Critiques
Carrie (1974)
'Salem's Lot (1975)
The Shining (1977)
Rage (1977)
The Stand (1978)
Night Shift (1978)
The Dead Zone (1979)
The Long Walk (1979)
Firestarter (1980)
Cujo (1981)
Roadwork (1981)
Danse Macabre (1981)
Creepshow (1982)
The Gunslinger (1982)
Different Seasons (1982)
The Running Man (1982)
Christine (1983)
Pet Sematary (1983)
Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)
The Talisman (1984)
Thinner (1984)
The Eyes of the Dragon (1984)
Skeleton Crew (1985)
Silver Bullet (1985)
The Bachman Books (1985/1996)
It (1986)
Misery (1987)
The Drawing of the Three (1987)
The Tommyknockers (1987)
The Dark Half (1989)
The Stand (1990)
Four Past Midnight (1990)
The Waste Lands (1991)
Needful Things (1991)
Gerald's Game (1992)
Dolores Claiborne (1992)
Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)
Insomnia (1994)
Rose Madder (1995)
The Green Mile (1996)
Desperation (1996)
The Regulators (1996)
Wizard & Glass (1997)
Six Stories (1997)
Bag of Bones (1998)
Storm of the Century (1999)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
The Plant (2000)
On Writing (2000)
Secret Windows (2000)
Dreamcatcher (2001)
Black House (2001)
From a Buick Eight (2002)
Everything's Eventual (2002)
Wolves of the Calla (2003)
Song of Susannah (2004)
The Dark Tower (2004)
Faithful (2004)
The Colorado Kid (2005)
Cell (2006)
Lisey's Story (2006)
Blaze (2007)
The Mist (2007)
Duma Key (2008)
Just After Sunset (2008)
Stephen King Goes to the Movies (2009)
Under the Dome (2009)
Blockade Billy (2010)
Full Dark, No Stars (2010)
11/22/63 (2011)
The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)
Doctor Sleep (2012?)
The Talisman III (20??)

Release Schedule
By Kevin Quigley
Drawn Into Darkness
Wetware
Ink In the Veins
Chart of Darkness
Blood In Your Ears

By Stephen King

Out Now

  • "The Dune," Granta Magazine, Fall/Winter Issue
  • Full Dark, No Stars, Simon & Schuster Mass Market Edition
  • "Mile 81," Simon & Schuster | iTunes | Amazon | FEARnet.com review

    Coming Soon

  • 11/22/63 (11-09-11) Simon & Schuster Print | Enhanced eBook
  • It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition (Fall 2011) Cemetery Dance
  • "The Little Green God of Agony" (Fall 2011) in A Book of Horrors, ed. Stephen Jones | Trade Edition | Cemetery Dance Limited Edition
  • Throttle, two-issue comic written with Joe Hill (February & March, 2011) | IDW Publishing
  • The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole, limited edition (03-12-12) | Donald M. Grant, Publisher
  • The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole, mass market hardcover (04-24-12) | Simon & Schuster
  • Dr. Sleep (2012) | Simon & Schuster

  • On Stephen King

    Out Now

  • Stephen King: A Literary Companion, by Rocky Wood | Macfarland
  • Stephen King Is Richard Bachman, by Michael R. Collings | The Overlook Connection

    Coming Soon

  • The Films of Stephen King, paperback, ed. Tony Magistrale | Palgrave Macmillan
  • The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book, by Kevin Quigley, Brian Freeman, and Hans-Åke Lilja (winter 2011) | Cemetery Dance
  • A Good Story and Good Words: The Many Worlds of Stephen King, by Kevin Quigley (2012) | Cemetery Dance
  • The Lost Work of Stephen King (new edition), by Stephen Spignesi (2012) | The Overlook Connection
  • The Lost Work of Stephen King II, by Stephen Spignesi | The Overlook Connection

  • Latest Reviews

  • "The Dune"
  • Stephen King Is Richard Bachman, by Michael Collings
  • J.N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques
  • "Mile 81"
  • "Under the Weather"
  • "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive"

  • News & Information


    October 31, 2011

    "It takes great skill to make this story even remotely credible. Mr. King makes it all look easy, which is surely his book’s fanciest trick. The first major review of 11/22/63 is now available on The New York Times It's an exciting review from a newspaper known to treat King somewhat shabbily in the past. I'm more thrilled about this book than ever!

    October 30, 2011

    A fascinating interview with King for The Wall Street Journal here! The interview concerns 11/22/63, and discusses King's desire to reach out beyond his horror roots: Instead of people who read horror stories, people who read The Help or People of the Book might like this book, if they can get the message, King says. The article also discusses the book's connection to King's 1986 masterpiece, It, which should thrill long-time King fans (me included)!

    October 27, 2011

    Stephen King's new short story, "The Dune," is out today in GRANTA magazine. Read my review on FEARnet.com, and "Like" it if you like it! Thanks!

    October 27, 2011

    A very smart and enlightening dialogue from the Wall Street Journal about King's new novel, 11/22/63. I'm gratified that the mainstream has finally stopped asking the basic "what scares Stephen King" questions and has begun to focus on his writing beyond horror. Great stuff!

    October 19, 2011

    My review of Stephen King's new short story, "The Dune"! Stephen King's been cranking out the short stories this year, and, like "The Little Green God of Agony," "The Dune" is a callback to classic chilling horror. Read my review on FEARnet.com, and pick up "The Dune" in Granta Magazine's Horror issue, coming soon!

    October 19, 2011

    FIVE NEW EBOOKS ABOUT STEPHEN KING, all written by me, Kevin Quigley, your Charnel House webmaster! These limited edition chapbooks had small print runs and most are no longer available in print form. Now publisher Cemetery Dance offers each of these books as eBooks ... including one, Blood In Your Ears, which actually precedes the print version! That's right, folks, Blood is making its first worldwide appearance in eBook format!

    Even if you've read the print versions of these, I've been working diligently to keep these books as current as possible; all have new material and new information. Plus, best news: they are ALL available for only 99 cents, and ALL come in both Kindle and ePub format. No matter what e-reader you prefer, these books are perfect!

    Folks, I am super excited about this release. I've always been fascinated with the odd nooks and crannies of King's career, and it was out of a need to read books on these topics that I was compelled to write them. If anyone says there's nothing new to write about Stephen King, they're not looking hard enough. I truly loved writing these books, and I am thrilled that they're reaching a wider audience with these ebook releases!

    Here's the full rundown!


    INK IN THE VEINS

    Stephen King has written over seventy books, a stunning figure for any writer. Even more stunning? There are more books written about King than by him.

    INK IN THE VEINS profiles the writers who have written on King, from pioneering authors like Douglas Winter and Michael Collings through new experts like Justin Brooks, Bev Vincent, and Rocky Wood. There's information on Castle Rock, the now-defunct Stephen King newsletter, and a mostly-complete list of every book ever written about King.

    Rounded out with interviews with the world's most prominent King scholars, INK IN THE VEINS is a fun and fascinating look at the unsung world of Stephen King criticism! Get your copy here!


    BLOOD IN YOUR EARS

    Enter the recorded world of Stephen King, where he not only writes your nightmares, he actually reads them to you, too!

    BLOOD IN YOUR EARS examines everything Stephen King has given his voice to, from his early DARK TOWER novels and his audio-only collection BLOOD AND SMOKE to his recording of "Stand By Me" with the Rock Bottom Remainders and his role as Abraham Lincoln on Sarah Vowell's audiobook, Assassination Vacation. In addition to the books Stephen King has recorded, BLOOD IN YOUR EARS also delves into the Stephen King work of audio superstar Frank Muller.

    Rounded out with an examination of dramatic recordings of King work, King's Top Ten Best Audiobooks, and a list of every Stephen King audio title ever recorded, BLOOD IN YOUR EARS is your one-stop guide to answering the question, "Heard any good books lately?" Get your copy here!


    CHART OF DARKNESS

    For nearly forty years, Stephen King has been making history on the bestseller charts.

    CHART OF DARKNESS is a surprisingly exciting jaunt through that history, from the quiet early success of Carrie through recent chart triumphs Under the Dome and Full Dark, No Stars. You'll learn what books hit the number-one spot, which ones didn't, and why. Along the way, you'll discover secrets of King's career, like why King switched publishers — twice — why King decided to create, kill, and resurrect his pseudonym, and the weird way the general public first heard about the Dark Tower series.

    A unique, compact, and intriguing journey through the storied career of the only author in history to have written over thirty number one books. Get your copy here!


    WETWARE

    Stephen King has long been at the forefront of experimental publishing. As the world grows more digital each day, King has consistently remained on the edge of breakthrough trends and technology, finding new ways to publish and interpret his stories. King's digital journey has been strange and fascinating. Wetware is your guide.

    From the prehistory of King’s involvement with digital media such as The Dark Half video game and F13 to his online release of the lost work, The Cannibals, Wetware covers it all — in a concise and engaging pocket history. Explore the controversy surrounding King's online serial publication, The Plant. Relive the groundbreaking excitement of King's landmark e-book publication, Riding the Bullet.

    If you ever engaged in interactive fiction with The Mist, were intrigued by the Kindle-only release of UR, or terrified by the motion comic N., Wetware is essential reading. Get your copy here!


    DRAWN INTO DARKNESS

    Most Stephen King fans remember him playing Jordy Verrill, the "lunkhead" who becomes a giant plant monster from outer space in the movie version of Creepshow. But King's association with comic books goes way beyond that.

    DRAWN INTO DARKNESS delves into the hidden world of King's comics career, from the creepy early adaptation of "The Lawnmower Man" to his part in creating the Eisner Award Winning Best New Series, AMERICAN VAMPIRE. We look at the ongoing success of adaptations like THE DARK TOWER and THE STAND, and examine why the similar adaptation of THE TALISMAN failed.

    See how King tried to kill Kitty Pryde from the X-Men, whether he prefers Betty or Veronica, and why he continues to be obsessed with Batman: all here in DRAWN INTO DARKNESS! Get your copy here!

    October 18, 2011

    The Charnel House Capital Campaign starts here! Hey folks! We here at Charnel House (and by "we" I always mean "I") have been working hard this year to make Charnel House the best online Stephen King experience you can have. I've added pages for King comics, King audio, books about King; I've done short reviews of new stories and beefed up the "Short Works" page; I even rewrote all the book reviews, making sure they were up to snuff!

    But running a website does cost money, and in my case, it's out of pocket money. What I'd like is for that to become a non-issue. Which is why I'm launching the Charnel House Capital Campaign! I want to raise enough money for the site so that hosting it is never an issue. I'm trying to raise $2000 for the site before the end of the year! Hooray!

    If you'd like to help Charnel House continue to excel, please consider dropping a donation in my donation box here:

    Anything you can donate will help a small (but awesome) website continue to flourish and bring you the best of everything King. Thanks, everyone! Keep reading!

    October 17, 2011

    Check out the trailer for the enhanced eBook edition of 11/22/63! SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!

    October 12, 2011

    Throttle coming to comics, and Comics coming to Charnel House! IDW Comics just announced a comic-book adaptation of the Stephen King/Joe Hill collaboration "Throttle"! Super exciting news! From the IDW press release:

    IDW Publishing is proud to announce ROAD RAGE, a new partnership with best-selling authors Stephen King and Joe Hill, to produce a comic-book adaptation of their co-written adventure tale, Throttle. This monthly two-part series begins in February, and will be followed by two issues adapting the story that inspired Throttle, Richard Matheson’s classic tale of suspense, Duel, beginning in April.

    “'Throttle' is a story that really begs for a visual adaptation: it’s got bikes and badasses and lots of expensive rolling iron blowing up and getting smashed,” said Hill. “Who doesn't get off on that? I can’t wait to see IDW get behind the wheel and take the thing out for a spin.”

    "Throttle," the first collaboration between father-and-son King and Hill, was not only inspired by Matheson’s Duel, it also only appeared in print in a limited-edition anthology honoring Matheson’s works, He is Legend. Throttle and Duel were subsequently released as an audiobook called Road Rage, which is the banner title the comics will also carry.

    Throttle tells the story of a motorcycle gang pursued by an unseen assailant in a big rig, but as might be expected knowing the talent involved, things aren’t exactly as they seem.

    “Working with the great Joe Hill (I can say that because he’s my kid) on such a kick-ass story was a terrific treat, and this version takes it to whole new level,” said King. “Rev up and climb on!”

    Adapting the story alongside Hill and King is Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer and the editor of Hill’s New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, Locke & Key. Handling art duties is Nelson Daniel, whose own collaboration with Hill and artist Zach Howard, The Cape, was nominated for a 2011 Eisner Award. Daniel will handle full art and colors, and provide a cover. Acclaimed artist Phil Noto will also provide covers for the two-part series. Ryall, who received a 2006 Eisner nomination for his and Ashley Wood’s adaptation of Matheson’s “Blood Son,” will also adapt Duel, with artist Rafa Garres for that two-part series. As a special bonus on the King/Hill story, artist Tony Harris will paint two incentive covers that show the authors themselves on a motorcycle road-trip.

    “Like Joe and Steve, Richard Matheson’s Duel had a huge impact on me as a kid,” said Ryall. “And so did the works of Stephen King. Add to that mix the chance to continue working with Hill and Daniel, two of the very best creators of my generation, and you’ve got the makings of a project that’s very special to me. And as long as I don't screw up my part, it’ll hopefully be as special for all their fans when it comes out. Otherwise, you know who to blameÖ”

    Road Rage: Throttle will be released in February and March, with Road Rage: Duel to follow in April and May.

    ALSO! Let's all say yay for a new Charnel House page: King Comics! I list out every comic associated with Stephen King: ones he's written, ones he's written essays about, and the ones adapted from his work. There's also some rare images from these comic adaptations, including one Dan Parent illustration of King as Jughead Jones, from Archie comics! No, seriously! It's awesome! King Comics, check em out!

    October 11, 2011

    11/22/63 audio samples! Simon & Schuster is releasing audio samples from the upcoming 11/22/63 twice a week - Mondays and Fridays - through October 24th. Says King's site: These samples will be posted at 9:00am EST each release day and will include much of the first chapter of Stephen's epic tale.

    The first three samples are already up! We'll be announcing each new excerpt as they are released! 11/22/63 Audio Excerpts Page!

    October 11, 2011

    The Wind Through the Keyhole even earlier. Donald Grant's newsletter today announced plans to release The Wind Through the Keyhole, the new Dark Tower midquel, a month earlier than expected! Says Grant:

    - We are currently scheduled to release the Limited Editions in February 2012. Our edition will have 6 full color plates and 11 Black & White illustrations by acclaimed artist Jae Lee. One of the Black & Whites is available for viewing at: https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-sk-dt-twttk.html

    - Stephen King has agreed to sign only 800 copies of a Deluxe Edition. In keeping with our policies of supporting long time customers, owners of Deluxe Edition copies of THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA numbered 1-800 will have the first option to buy this Deluxe Edition.

    We will initially have a “postcard lottery” for unclaimed copies (which we expect to be very few) eligible for those who have a Deluxe Edition of LSOE numbered higher than 800.

    - There will be a 5,000 copy limited “Artist” Edition which will be signed by Jae Lee and will be issued in a slipcase. There will be no limitation for purchasing this edition.

    - Scribner has announced their release of a trade hardcover edition of THE DARK TOWER: THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE on April 3, 2012.

    We will be producing a slipcase for the Scribner Trade Edition which will match the three slipcases we produced for the first seven Dark Tower books.

    Super exciting news! Now all you Tower-holics have something even closer to look forward to!

    October 10, 2011

    New FEARnet.com Review! Hey all! Check out my brand-new review of Michael R. Collings' new book, Stephen King Is Richard Bachman on FEARnet.com! It's a really terrific update of Collings's now out-of-date 1985 Starmont House book, Stephen King as Richard Bachman. This volume is awesome - it reads great, it looks great, and it focuses on a weirdly unexamined sector of King's canon. Pick up your copy at the Overlook Connection Press.

    October 10, 2011

    The Dark has legs! In a surprise move, the mass-market paperback of King's most recent book, Full Dark, No Stars, has shot up the charts, blasting by the chart peak of its trade paperback predecessor, which stalled at #12. King's newest paperback is now sitting pretty on the bestseller list at #5. I have updated my Chart of Darkness page in accordance!

    October 7, 2011

    Check out my interview on Talk Stephen King! Recently, I was interviewed about my work in the Stephen King field by the terrific Stephen King fan site, Talk Stephen King. I touch on the chapbooks I've written for Cemetery Dance, my upcoming hardcover, A Good Story and Good Words, and my fiction. Check out the interview here! Thanks!

    October 6, 2011

    Stephen King took the Best Collection prize at this year's British Fantasy Awards for Full Dark, No Stars - a well-deserved win. King was also nominated in the novella category for "1922," but lost to "Humpty's Bones," by Simon Clark.

    October 5, 2011

    My Masques review, now on FEARnet! My brand-spanking-new review of J.N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques - featuring a graphic adaptation of Stephen King's "Popsy" - is up NOW, exclusively on FEARnet.com!

    September 28, 2011

    THE LOST WORK OF STEPHEN KING, PART II - COMING! I have been given permission by Stephen Spignesi himself to announce one of the most anticipated books on King in the history of books on King: The Lost Work of Stephen King, Part II is currently in the making, and will be released by Overlook Connection Press. This will be an entirely new book, highlighting new and newly-discovered work of King hidden from the masses ... until now.

    In anticipation, The Overlook Connection will be re-releasing a trade paperback of the first Lost Work of Stephen King, featuring the contents of the limited edition version of the book, plus a BRAND-NEW foreword by Spignesi. More details on both titles (including release dates and contents) to come! Watch this space for news!

    September 28, 2011

    Collings's Stephen King is Richard Bachman NOW AVAILABLE! Dr. Michael Collings's new book, Stephen King Is Richard Bachman isn't just an update to his Borgo Press Stephen King as Richard Bachman; it's a more in-depth and expansive look at the entire Richard Bachman phenomena, from Rage all the way through The Regulators. (The book was completed before Blaze was published ... but don't worry. Collings has an essay on Blaze in an upcoming release I'll be able to talk about soon!) Collings remains the only person to study Bachman in a full-length volume, and here applies his uniquely scholarly-yet-accessible style to this fascinating subject. Everything you ever wanted to know about Richard Bachman but were afraid to ask! NOW SHIPPING! Order here!

    September 28, 2011

    Classic King Clips! Lilja, webmaster of the amazing Lilja's Library, has once again done something brilliant. There's a new section of his page called Classic King, and it features clips of King throughout his career. Some highlights: the Maximum Overdrive trailer and King interviewing AC/DC. Lilja needs YOUR HELP, though: to keep up with these Classic King Clips, send him links and stuff and help make his site awesomer. Says I, with just a TWINGE of professional jealousy.

    September 25, 2011

    Dr. Sleep! At the Mason Award Event, Stephen King read from Dr. Sleep - Dr. Sleep!!! - the sequel to King's 1977's The Shining. It not only involves Danny Torrance at an adult, but also a pack of psychic gypsy-vampires called The Tribe. The video that follows features that reading, as well as a woman booing under her breath every time King says something she doesn't like. It's a little weird, but the story is awesome! King is apparently almost done writing this book. With the release date for Wind Through the Keyhole bumped up a month, does this mean we'll see Dr. Sleep sometime next year? Let's hope!

    September 25, 2011

    Great news, Tower freaks! The Wind Through the Keyhole is coming a little bit earlier next year. From Ms. Mod, on King's official message board:

    The release date for The Wind Through the Keyhole has been bumped ahead and is now anticipated to be released on March 12, 2012.

    September 25, 2011

    Scribner and StephenKing.com have released a promo video of King discussing 11/22/63 and time travel. Even cooler? We learn of an aborted novel along the same lines King attempted in 1973 called Split Track. So very cool!

    The video is for both Flash and Apple devices! Either travel to the Multimedia page of King's site, or use one of our handy links below:

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    September 23, 2011

    You now can win a copy (one of three!) of the new, awesome, J.N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques. So cool! Here we go:

    To officially welcome customers to Gauntlet's Facebook page we're having a sweepstakes to give away three copies of J. N. WILLIAMSON's ILLUSTRATED MASQUES. The first prize winner gets a signed numbered edition of the book (selling for $125 -- signed by all but King and Clive Barker) . The second and third place winners get the unsigned trade editions (selling for $50). Gauntlet doesn't have any say in the winners (so there will be no hanky panky). The company running the sweepstakes chooses the winners and once we get their names and addresses we ship out the books."

    The book is really cool, and you folks really need to check this out! The contest begins on September 27th and ends on October 2. Check it out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gauntlet-Press/136185029812233?sk=wall!

    J. N. WILLIAMSON's ILLUSTRATED MASQUES contains graphic adaptations from the Masques series including Stephen King's "Popsy." September 21, 2011

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHEN KING!!! May your 64th be super awesome!

    September 20, 2011

    King's darkly brilliant novella collection, Full Dark, No Stars, is now out in mass-market paperback! It looks as though this paperback also includes the bonus short story, "Under the Weather," a creepy little tale I quite enjoyed. If you've missed out on FD,NS so far, now's your chance to pounce! And then read my review!

    September 16, 2011

    Dear Mr. Pretend King... Stephen King will be contributing a letter to a much younger Stephen King to the upcoming anthology, Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self. The book collects essays from

    75 celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes, and actors have written letters to their younger selves that give words of comfort, warning, humor, and advice. These letters present intimate, moving, and witty insights into some of the world’s most intriguing and admired individuals. By turns funny, surprising, raw, and uplifting, this singular collection captures the universal conditions that are youth, life, and growing up.

    In addition to the letter by King, the book also includes an introduction by J.K. Rowling and letters by Gene Hackman, William Shatner, and other celebrities I like. Dear Me will be released in hardcover and ebook on October 25th!

    September 14, 2011

    Exciting news for King movie fans! The Films of Stephen King: From Carrie to The Mist, will be released in paperback exactly three months from today, on December 14th! Just in time to surprise that hard-to-please Stephen King fan for Christmas! Edited by Tony Magistrale, who I've featured on my Writing On King page. Exciting!

    September 13, 2011

    New! On the Simon & Schuster site! An exciting excerpt of King's upcoming novel 11/22/63! Check it out!

    September 7, 2011 Masques Signed by King and Barker! From Gauntlet Press comes the very first hardcover release of J.N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques, featuring a graphic adaptation of King's "Popsy"! But wait, there's more:

    Press Release – For Immediate Release

    J. N. Williamson's Illustrated Masques triumphantly returns in a 112 page beautifully produced full-color collectible from Gauntlet Press. Stories were adapted from such authors as Stephen King ("Popsy"), Robert R. McCammon ("Nightcrawlers"), Mort Castle, Paul Dale Anderson, Wayne Allen Sallee, Robert Weinberg and F. Paul Wilson.

    The book features:

    - All original art digitally restored.

    - New prose features from Mort Castle, David Campiti, and original Masques publisher John Maclay.

    - A brand new, 16 page story: F. Paul Wilson's macabre masterpiece "Soft."

    - A "continuity cover" by Clive Barker, "The Skull Tree," previously the cover image for the fifth and final edition of Masques The book is available in three states: a trade edition, a signed numbered edition and a signed lettered edition (the only edition signed by Stephen King and Clive Barker).


    This is the one signed by King and Barker!

    This is all very interesting stuff, but you'll have to wait for my full review, coming to FEARnet.com soon!

    September 7, 2011

    Cover for Wind Through the Keyhole? Scribner is adamant that this is not the final cover, but that could mean anything. "Cover not final" might mean the font will be different. Or the illustration. It doesn't exactly look like "typical" Jae Lee art, but that doesn't mean anything. In any event, this is the first glimpse at what might be on the expanded road to the Tower, and I have to say, I'm excited!

    September 1, 2011

    Lilja's Library is one of the best Stephen King websites on the internet, and currently, Lilja is celebrating his 15th anniversary! Help him celebrate! Enter the Lilja's Library contest and win seriously awesome prizes. Check it all out here and BE AMAZED. Have fun, and congratulations on 15 awesome years, Lilja!

    September 1, 2011

    "Mile 81" OUT TODAY! Stephen King's brand-new eBook novella hits virtual stores today - a terrific, scary story that's incredibly, um, absorbing. Read my spoiler-free review over at FEARnet.com, and pick up your digital copy at iTunes, Amazon, or Simon & Schuster!

    September 1, 2011

    The best picture you will ever see. From the blog Awesome People Hanging Out Together, we bring you Stephen Colbert ... and Stephen King. Wow. (Click for a larger picture.)
    Thanks to Kim Serpico for the alert!

    August 31, 2011

    More news about publisher Cemetery Dance's partnership with FEARnet.com ... and your benevolent webmaster, Kevin Quigley, is a part of it! Check it out: Cemetery Dance Teams Up With FEARnet To Increase Horror Book/Fiction Coverage. And read my "Mile 81" review while you're there!

    August 31, 2011

    NEW CHARNEL HOUSE SECTION! Since Charnel House began in 1996, I've always had a section highlighting books about Stephen King. The section was informative, but never quite what Charnel House needed. Now, I've added tons of information and a little polish, and the result is here: Writing On Stephen King. This new section highlights some of the best, most prolific, and most accessible authors to ever write on King (including the author of this very website!) I also touch on Castle Rock and the worst book ever written about King. Finally, a chronological listing of every book-length work ever written on King appears in a sidebar; it's as comprehensive a list as possible (though if I've missed anything, please let me know).

    Enjoy the new section, read some great books, and I'll continue to keep you informed!

    August 30, 2011 Exclusive! Hey everyone! Check out my shiny new review of Stephen King's forthcoming eBook, "Mile 81", exclusively on FEARnet.com! Enjoy, and look for "Mile 81," coming September 1st, THIS THURSDAY!

    August 29,2011

    Stephen King reviews Tom Perrotta's new novel, The Leftovers, for the New York Times. Perrotta's a terrific writer - Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher were great - and I'm looking forward to this!

    August 25, 2011

    NEW CHARNEL HOUSE SECTION! Hello all! We here at Charnel House are proud to announce the brand-new Stephen King On Audio Section of this site! Long in the making, this section is structured much like the Short Work section. There's a comprehensive list of each King work on audio, with both the first and most recent appearance listed, along with some audio-centric trivia you may find surprising! In addition to the books you know and love, the list also includes audio-only presentations, live recordings, guest recordings, and the only official appearance of Stephen King singing "Stand By Me." As with the Short Work section, this Listening List of King on Audio will be updated as new work emerges. Enjoy perusing this new section, and happy listening!

    August 25, 2011

    Win "Mile 81" six days early! Scribner, Stephen King, and social media service Klout come together to offer a contest allowing King fans the opportunity to win the new King e-book "Mile 81" six days early! From Klout:

    StephenKing.com has partnered with Scribner to also bring our users an early giveaway of the Mile 81 e-book. This giveaway is open for submissions between 6:00am and 11:59pm EST today. (8/25/11) The giveaway will not require fans to be a member of Klout and is open to all users of StephenKing.com within the United States who are 18 or over.

    In order to take part in the giveaway, fans should submit their information using the form [on this page]. A select number of submissions will then be chosen at random to receive a free digital copy of "Mile 81" six days before its release on September 1st. If your submission is among those chosen for the giveaway, you will receive an e-mail from StephenKing.com that includes a link to Simon & Schuster's e-commerce web site. After creating an account on their web site, you will be directed to a page with more information as well as the full download of "Mile 81" featuring an extended excerpt from 11/22/63. As an added bonus, those who are chosen will also receive a link to forward a second digital copy of "Mile 81" to a friend.

    Be sure to check out Klout.com. And if you are unable get a free copy of Mile 81, you can preorder the e-book [here, here, and here!]

    Exciting stuff! Good luck, everyone! And if you do win a copy, be sure to think of our wonderful friends overseas who aren't eligible!

    August 25, 2011

    And now, a short description of The Wind Through the Keyhole:

    For readers new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

    This Russian Doll of a novel, a story within a story, within a story, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. (The novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.) Roland tells a tale from his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt ridden year following his mother's death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a "skin man," Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, "The Wind through the Keyhole." "A person's never too old for stories," he says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them." And stories like these, they live for us.

    August 11, 2011

    "I'm not afraid." Wow! For those of you (all of you) clamoring for the new Stephen King novella, "Mile 81," due on ebook on September 1st ... your wait just got a little easier. Today, iTunes released a preview sample of the story (twenty-seven pages, the entire first chapter!), including the table of contents. It's neat that the chapters are named after people with the names of their vehicles in parentheses. Gives us a glimpse as to what's going to happen! I can't wait!

    August 3, 2011

    Cemetery Dance announces VERY limited edition of A Book of Horrors! I've been hyping this book for awhile, and with good reason. It's all-new, classic horror from leading writers in the field. People like Dennis Etchison, Elizabeth Hand, Ramsey Campbell, Richard Christian Matheson, and of course Stephen King. If you haven't read my review of King's contribution, "The Little Green God of Agony, do it and let it convince you. This collection is terrific. A further description from Cemetery Dance:

    Open this book at your own peril! That is because this volume is exactly what it says on the cover—A Book of Horrors contains all-original stories by some of the most successful and exciting names in modern horror fiction.

    For the first time in many years, here is an original anthology of horror and dark fantasy in all its many and magnificent guises—from classic pulp-style tales of Dark and Stormy Nights, through more contemporary and psychological terrors, to the type of cutting-edge fiction that only the very best horror fiction can deliver.

    Brought together from around the world by World Fantasy Award-winning editor Stephen Jones, one of Britain's most acclaimed and experienced anthologists of horror fiction, here are many of the authors who have helped shaped the genre in all of its forms, along with terrifying tales of unease by a new generation of storytellers devoted to the Dark Side.

    But be warned: once you begin to delve within these pages, your imagination and senses will be assaulted by terrors both grim and gruesome, literary and lethal, that will stay with you long after you have closed its covers and tried to put aside the images and situations which have wormed their way deep within your mind.

    Don't blame us for the bad dreams or cold sweats that these tales will induce. We did tell you — this is A Book of Horrors, and once you open it there is no way that these scarifying stories will ever be forgotten... no matter how much you wish that the nightmares will just go away!

    Anyone familiar with Charnel House knows that Cemetery Dance puts out massively cool limited editions. This one is going to rock and no fooling! BUT! Because this is a co-publishing venture with PS Publishing in the UK, they only have HALF the print run to sell, and they're already going fast. Order quick atwww.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/jones02!

    August 3, 2011

    New short story: "The Dune," coming this fall! Literary magazine Granta will be publishing an all-Horror special for their Fall/Winter edition, and Stephen King has a brand-new short story in it. (Can you believe how much new writing he has given us this year?) It's called "The Dune," and the issue should be available October 27! More info as it comes!

    July 30, 2011

    Here's some fun and interesting news. King's The Stand has been re-released in mass market paperback with a new, body-strewn cover. Random House, which now owns Doubleday (King's publisher for his first five books, plus Pet Sematary), has released the book under its Anchor imprint, a new publishing division for The Stand. (My thought? It's to class things up a bit. The Pocket Books releases are really snazzy.)

    But that's not the most interesting part! Take a look at the new "Also By the Author" page (and ignore my thumb):

    The first thing I noticed is that the books are listed in (mostly) true chronology. Notice that Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands aren't lumped together like they usually are in these books; all the Dark Tower books are listed as when they were published by Grant, not mass market publishers. (Sadly, stuff like The Eyes of the Dragon are only listed according to when Viking published it.)

    The next interesting thing is that Cycle of the Werewolf is nowhere to be found. What!? Is it because Silver Bullet is listed? Also: Rage is listed. While the last Stephen King novel to feature an "Also By" page - The Dark Tower - listed Rage, but Blaze, which came later, left Rage off the page.

    There's also a brand-new category, which I find a little funny. "Story Collections and Novellas" is interesting. Hearts In Atlantis is over here, which is arguable. Also here: Blockade Billy, which does count as a novella ... but then why is Cycle of the Werewolf (which would count) not here? And why is The Colorado Kid in Novels and not over here? So puzzling! Also: no The Plant. Which is understandable, but still!

    Anyway, the "Also By" page was one of my favorite parts of King books when I was growing up, and it's neat to have it back. Now, let's put it in 11/22/63! Come on!

    July 26, 2011

    Read King's enlightening introduction to a new British release of Lord of the Flies! I love this essay!

    July 26, 2011

    My review for the Full Dark, No Stars bonus story, "Under the Weather," is NOW UP!

    July 20, 2011

    The heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine. Stephen King's Official Site has given us more information on the upcoming eBook novella, "Mile 81":

    At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play "paratroopers over the side."

    Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services.” The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out.

    Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

    Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door – and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids – Rachel and Blake Lussier –and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

    With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, "Mile 81" is Stephen unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs...

    The novella will also include an excerpt of King's upcoming mammoth novel, 11/22/63. Very exciting stuff coming down the pipeline! We'll keep you updated with all the news on this surprise new title!

    July 13, 2011

    So fresh, so unique, and so viscerally frightening. Read my review of Stephen King's newest short story, "The Little Green God of Agony," which appears in the upcoming anthology, A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones. You guys are going to love this story!

    July 13, 2011

    New eBook coming! Scribner announced today a NEW eBook coming from King, September 1st of this year! Called Mile 81, the ebook will be novella-length - 80 pages - at a price of $2.99. Check out the official Mile 81 page at Scribner!

    July 12, 2011

    Date and length of Wind! Scribner announced today that the new Dark Tower midquel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, is coming April 3, 2012, and that it will be 336 pages! Longer than the first, shorter than all the others, I think King had said. I'm getting pretty amped for this one!

    July 8, 2011

    Buy Rocky Wood's stuff! Rocky Wood, co-author of Stephen King: The Non-Fiction and president of the Horror Writers Association of America, is selling off all his King stuff through The Overlook Connection! You might have noticed the link at the top of the page. If you've clicked it before, good news: there's a whole bunch of new stuff up there now! If you haven't ever looked at the Rocky Wood Collection at Overlook, YOU'RE in luck! There's so much stuff!

    The Rocky Wood is a win-win: you get way cool King swag, and Rocky gets funds he needs to treat his ALS. So do Rocky - and yourself - a favor and buy something cool!