This is the first of what I think will be weekly news roundups of all things King and King-related. If you have comments on how I’m doing this, I would really appreciate them. If it doesn’t interest you guys, then what’s the point? On to the news!

The future of publishing: in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, King talks about the world of e-books. (Keep in mind that he first published an e-book way back in 2000!). He notes that the experience is “more ephemeral”, but also mentions he’s found the search capability useful at least once, while doing research. He also tells the Journal that his Kindle-only novella Ur has made him $80K. Here’s an interview from the launch of Ur, posted at GalleyCat:

Frank Darabont

Annual Hallowe’en collaborative story: Stephen King’s official website hosts a large and active message board. Members (including me) collaborated to develop a Halloween story that was a bit of a homage to many of King’s themes. You can find the board and the story thread at the Stephen King presence.

The Walking Dead: Frequent King adapter Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Green Mile) is premiering a new zombie series on AMC called The Walking Dead. Lots of media around this, including  The Onion AV Club and Time magazine.

Full Dark, No Stars special edition: Cemetery Dance has announced a special edition of the new collection of novellas for the collector’s market. The $75 (US) edition will have sixteen illustrations by five artists. I’ve no doubt you’re all thinking about who gets to give me my copy. Meanwhile, we normal humans will have to wait until November 9 for the regular edition.

Dark Tower movie release date set: According to Comicbookmovie.com, Universal Pictures has set Friday, May 17, 2013 as the release date for the first feature film based on the Dark Tower series. The plan is for three feature films and a TV series — sort of a Lord of the Rings on steroids. Not much more detail on things yet, from the badly out-of-date Imagine site (Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company) or the NBC Universal site.

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