April 01, 2013 | 12:51 p.m.
“Under the Dome,” the ambitious series adapted from Stephen King’s 2009 novel, isn’t set to debut on CBS until June, but the network, maybe wisely taking advantage of the apocalyptic mania stoked by Sunday’s season finale of “The Walking Dead,” has released a teaser promoting the new show in which King promises that viewers’ eyes will “bug out of their heads” when they see it. The novel centers on what happens when a giant transparent dome suddenly seals off the small Maine town of Chester’s Mill from the rest of the world. It became a bestseller earning King rave reviews — writing for The Times, critic Jedediah Berry hailed the 1,000-plus page tome as “the work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun.” The series ensemble features a number of familiar faces, including “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris, […]
Nov. 29, 2011 | 11:54 a.m.
If you’re a hard-core Stephen King fan, you’ll probably take a shining to Dark Score Stories, an elaborate website for the A&E miniseries “Bag of Bones” that is also a scavenger hunt of sorts for longtime readers of the horror icon. More than a simple preview of the haunted and haunting “Bag of Bones” (which premieres on Dec. 11), Dark Score Stories has sly and subtle nods to King’s novels and short stories tucked into the corners of photographs on the site — there are about 150 references in all as well as some puzzles hidden away that we wouldn’t dream of spoiling here. “We try to appeal to a broad audience and different levels of fans,” says Steve Coulson, partner and creative director at Campfire, the New York City-based marketing agency that created the website and has masterminded unorthodox campaigns to promote HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Harley-Davidson, among other clients. “We have […]
Sept. 27, 2011 | 1:57 p.m.
Scott Snyder, a rising star in comics, worked with horror writer Stephen King on “American Vampire,” Snyder’s ongoing Vertigo series. Hero Complex contributor Travis Walecka caught up with Snyder to chat about the series, about horror in general and about King, who today announced “Dr. Sleep,” a sequel to “The Shining,” in a three-part interview. In Part One of the interview, Snyder talked about “Swamp Thing,” one of two revered titles under DC’s relaunch. His second title, “Batman,” is the topic of Part Two of the interview. This is Part Three, the final installment. TW: Horror plays a big role in your books. Where did you get this wild imagination? SS: I don’t know, man. I feel like I watched too many horror movies as a kid. Growing up in Manhattan on East 23rd Street, there was a video store […]
April 09, 2011 | 7:27 a.m.
Kevin McLeod, who has made online games for productions in other media, including those for “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” and the television show “Jericho,” created quite the stir in December with a guest essay here at Hero Complex that framed the second “Star Wars” trilogy as an underappreciated innovator in American cinema. Now, with “Black Swan” just out on Blu-ray and DVD, McLeod is back with thoughts on two controversial horror films of greatness that may require years or decades to be truly grasped by the mainstream audience. Spoiler alert: Key plot points of “Black Swan” are revealed in this post.) The year of “Inception”: One film says it does, the other one does it without saying. Someone is always saying how similar everything seems. Conscious or not it’s true. My 6-year-old nephew mistakes scenes in Pixar films from his memory […]
Dec. 17, 2010 | 12:10 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE The bookshelf creations of Stephen King have been keeping people up at night for decades but Ron Howard has been losing sleep lately for a different reason — the Oscar-winning filmmaker is becoming a bit obsessive about his plan to bring King’s most epic creation, “The Dark Tower,” to the movie screen. “I really can’t stop thinking about it,” Howard said while shaking his head. “We’ve been meeting and talking and I’ve been reading and researching and just kind of living with it. I’ve been constantly going through stuff and I’ve just been re-listening to it [on audio books] on my iPod and we’ve been sending e-mails back and forth, ‘What about this approach? What do you think of this idea?’ We’re finding the shape of it. We’re moving quickly now, as quickly as we can, and I feel challenged in the most exciting ways.” […]
April 26, 2010 | 8:08 p.m.
Maria Elena Fernandez has the lowdown on a Syfy series that premieres July 19 at 10 p.m. Here’s an excerpt from her post on Show Tracker, our sister blog: Syfy is hoping that Stephen King will lead the network to another summer hit when it premieres “Haven” this summer. Based on King’s novella “The Colorado Kid,” the series stars Emily Rose (“ER“) as an FBI agent who arrives in a small Maine town to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Her natural curiosity eventually leads her to discover that the town, Haven, is an enclave for people with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities. Although the agent, Audrey Parker, will solve mysteries every week, her back story will develop over the course of the season. “Why she’s been brought there, what’s going on with her, her history, that’s a […]
March 23, 2010 | 9:58 p.m.
THREE-PAGE PREVIEW BELOW When it was announced in October that Scott Snyder’s new monthly comic book series, “American Vampire” from Vertigo, would feature the contribution of suspense novelist Stephen King, it wasn’t long before the phone started ringing. “We got all these crazy phone calls from movie producers wanting to know when they could see it, who they should cast in it. … It was nuts,” Snyder said. “It only existed as a script then, and DC and Vertigo weren’t showing it. It hasn’t physically existed until now. … Hopefully, people will still be interested.” The comic book’s first story arc, which hit shelves last week, centers on two primary characters in two different eras — aspiring actress Pearl in the 1920s and violent cowboy-turned-vampire Skinner Sweet in the 1880s. So who does Snyder, best known for his short stories, […]
Oct. 27, 2009 | 3:02 p.m.
The vampire world just got a new addition to its clan. Edward Cullen, watch out. Vertigo is launching a new monthly comic book series from short-story writer Scott Snyder (“Voodoo Heart,” “The Goodbye Suit”) and artist Rafael Albuquerque. “American Vampire” hits shelves in March, with a breed of vampire — more brawny and vicious — that has distinctly American characteristics. The series’ first story arc, to unfold over the course of five issues, will feature two separate stories; one penned by Snyder, the other by horror novelist Stephen King. Marvel has had success adapting King’s preexisting work such as the “Dark Tower” and “The Stand” mini-series. But this new series represents King’s debut in comic book writing. He’ll provide the origin story of the first American vampire: Skinner Sweet, an outlaw of the 1880s. “He really made it his own thing,” Snyder said […]
Oct. 21, 2008 | 5:43 p.m.
Mary Lambert laughed into the phone when I pointed out that, in films and books, there seem to be an awful lot of vampires and hellspawn roaming around Southern California through the years. "Yeah, well, duh. Los Angeles is the natural place to put your soul at risk. It’s just like the crossroads down in Mississippi where Robert Johnson met the devil. L.A. is the place you come to if you want to bet your soul.” Lambert has a Southern drawl — she’s a native of Arkansas — but the filmmaker is no tourist in L.A. In the world of music video production, she was a pioneering force in the boom days of the 1980s with signature works that include Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” "Borderline" and “Material Girl” and Janet Jackson’s “Control” and “Nasty Boys.” She would go on to […]
July 27, 2008 | 12:56 a.m.
There’s a surge in interest among the American comic book companies in taking their graphic-minded entertainments into mobile devices. Marvel has just announced a Stephen King project, for instance, that was first reported by the Wall Street Journal: …A previously unpublished story by Mr. King has been transformed by Marvel Comics into an animated video. The 25 episodes will be distributed in a variety of online and mobile channels ahead of the book’s publication Nov. 11. Starting Monday, new episodes will be released daily, five times a week, through Aug. 29. The willingness of Mr. King and publisher Scribner, an imprint of CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster book-publishing arm, to remix the story, "N.," into bite-size video vignettes underscores how eager publishers are to come up with new marketing techniques at a time when book sales are flat or slumping. […]