Amazon.com: The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel (9781451658903): Stephen King: Books
and I am waiting by my mailbox...Publication Date: April 24, 2012
For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003-2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Stephen King’s most beguiling achievement. It has been the basis for a long-running Marvel comic series.
Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during 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. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.”
Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
The Shining is interesting because I consider to be one of the most interesting novel about alcoholism, which aside from being a haunted house tale, attempts to draw parallels between the progression of alcoholism and feeling haunted either by one's psychology or from supernatural forces. I am still amused, and I have talked about this before, that from all of the crappy movie adaptations based on his work, King has found the biggest beef with the film adaptations of The Lawnmower Man and The Shining. It's obvious why he had problems with The Lawnmower Man (lol, someone, I knew wanted to write a paper including said movie and what it says about virtual culture, lol). But with the Shining, well, it's much more complicated, and in my opinion, it's really that King sees the novel as a personal story paralleling his addiction, and how addicts are not really bad people, but sometimes do bad things. In the film, however, Jack Torrance is cold and aloof from the get go, and seems like he is going to lose it sooner or later and the hotel just helps it along. So yeah, the novel is creepy in a more psychological way, that someone who really isn't a bad man or father for that matter, is falling apart because of his addictive tendencies and the vibes that he is getting from the hotel. It's frightening sense that it isn't about a masked maniac attacking people, but a father being pushed to do the unthinkable.
I don't know why I have become so long winded here, lately, lol!
That doesn't sound very good. :/
Bag of Bones (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
decent review in Entertainment Weekly too.Using basic cable to his advantage, Garris doesn't shy away from some key gore and shocking moments of violence in Bag of Bones. While there isn't a lot that's truly scary about the story (hardened horror fans be forewarned), there are a few moments of brutality- a bus accident, a shooting through the head, a violent rape and drowning scene, decaying corpses and a violent stabbing- that give viewers just enough of the gore without going too far. But if you're hoping for something along the lines of "The Walking Dead," then it's best you look elsewhere.
Overall, Bag of Bones tends to skimp on the horror and focus more on the dramatic aspects of King's story which may leave a lot of fans out there feeling very underwhelmed by the mini-series as a whole. Garris’ craft can’t be faulted here though- Bag of Bones looks and sounds great and is definitely one of his stronger King mini-series adaptations to date. Garris gets some rather strong and heartfelt work out of his cast and delivers some stunning visuals but Venne's script never goes deep enough to ever truly get to the 'meat' of the original novel- making Bag of Bones more than just a title in this case.
AICN UK: Stephen King returns to horror movies!!
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One of the my favourite King movie adaptations that does fall under horror, however (and one of the most overlooked), is THE NIGHT FLIER from 1997, directed by Mark Pavia and starring the great Miguel Ferrer as a journalist for a trashy magazine who is hot on the tail of a vampire that gets around not by morphing into a bat, but by taking to the skies in a plane. It's excellent and not nearly enough people talk about it these days. Pavia and King co-wrote the screenplay for a sequel, THE NIGHT FLIER: FEAR OF FLYING (a script I'm dying to read), but it's been kept under lock and key for years by producer Richard Rubenstein at New Line. I really hope to see the project get the green light one day. But until then, we have another Pavia/King collaboration in the works in the form of an anthology film. Yes, the man who made the legendary CREEPSHOW with George A. Romero is currently developing a yet-to-be-titled horror anthology with Pavia that will consist of four tales of terror. Pavia is currently writing the script, which consists of four tales of terror of which are from the mind of King.
While there have been rumblings for months about big-budget Hollywood adaptations of THE STAND and the utterly epic THE DARK TOWER series, news that King is returning to horror movies in a writing capacity and possibly more is music to my ears. I can't wait to find out what these two have up their sleeves.
Kimberly Peirce to Direct Remake of CARRIE
While it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the planned remake of Carrie, the project seems to be moving forward as MGM and Screen Gems have settled on a director. Deadline reports that Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce is in talks to get behind the camera on the Stephen King adaptation. Brian De Palma famously adapted the material in 1976 with Sissy Spacek in the career-defining lead role. This new version is said to be more faithful to King’s source material, though I’m assuming a fair amount of telekinetic carnage will still ensue.
Playwright/screenwriter/comic-book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love, Glee, The Stand comic) penned the screenplay, and with Peirce now onboard the project seems to be moving toward casting. The critically acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry marked Peirce’s directorial debut in 1999, and the 2008 Iraq War drama Stop-Loss acted as her follow-up feature. The director’s experience with off-kilter coming-of-age stories should bode well for her work on Carrie, and I’m intrigued to see what her take entails. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel.