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This is a bit long for a Kingcast, but I hope you’ll indulge me.
Bag of Bones (1998) is one of my favorite King novels. The story of Mike Noonan, a novelist who loses his wife Jo and discovers starnge events at their vacation home in rural Maine, is passionate, erotic, romantic, and a first-rate thriller.
The book treads some of the same ground that King later visits in Lisey’s Story (2006) — the act of creation, grief, loss, and what comes after death — but the two novels in some ways are mirror images, with Bag of Bones hinging on the death of a novelist’s wife as seen through the eyes of the novelist, and Lisey’s Story looking at the death of the novelist Scott Landon through the eyes of his wife.
A&E Network in the US has been spending a LOT of money promoting their two-night miniseries treatment of Bag of Bones, which airs December 11 and 12. The film stars Pierce Brosnan as Noonan, Annabeth Gish as his wife Jo, Melissa George as Mattie Devore, and Anika Noni Rose as Sara Tidwell, the blues singer whose name graces Noonan’s house and whose spirit remains to haunt Noonan’s soul. The miniseries was directed by Mick Garris from a script by Matt Venne.
As part of their promotion of the miniseries, A&E developed a fantastic website called “Dark Score Stories.” The site is a tremendously well-executed “photojournalism” project. It’s chock-full of Easter eggs and in-jokes that King fans will get great fun out of spotting. And A&E was also kind enough to send me a very well-produced DVD screener kit and a copy of the “Dark Score Stories” book, as well as get me an interview with Mick Garris, who (to his own incredulity) has made more films based on King than anyone else.
I was also able to speak with Annabeth Gish, who’s worked with Garris before on the miniseries treatment of Desperation. I’ve been a fan of Gish since her days on The X-Files and The West Wing, so this was far from the hardest job I’ve ever had.
So check out episode 21, which is 1:21 of audio spookiness. Hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think.
Episode 20 of The Kingcast wraps up the 2-parter on The Stand
. Although you don’t have to listen in order, you might want to check out my interview with Trashy himself, Matt Frewer, in episode 18.
If you don’t remember Matt, here’s a YouTube clip from the miniseries of the Trash Can Man’s greatest hits:
In any case, this time I’ve got some thoughts (about 40 minutes worth, as it turns out) about the role religious faith plays in The Stand’s 1200 pages.
From Mother Abagail to Randall Flagg to Glen Bateman to Harold Lauder, there’s a lot of meat for those who like to think about religion in this novel.
Next time, a Bag of Bones-travaganza, with interviews with Mick Garris & Annabeth Gish and my own thoughts on the miniseries (yeah, I saw it!). And if you haven’t done so yet, check out Dark Score Stories, a site set up by A&E as part of their promos. This is a GREAT piece of content, with countless Easter eggs and in-jokes that King lovers will appreciate. And a special shout-out to Lilja, who got a nice bit of promo in Dark Score Stories. So. Jealous.
The biggest news of the last week had to have been the unveiling of a portion of Dr. Sleep. Truly observant King fans may have been aware that he had been considering a sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining for some time.
But when King accepted the George Mason Award as the highlight of the Fall For The Book festival in Fairfax, Virginia, he delighted the crowd with not only a great speech, but a reading from the unfinished work.
While The Kingcast was the first to bring you an audio version of the event, a much-better video version just became available on the morning of the 30th from George Mason University‘s video channel. Here it is:
The announcement of Dr. Sleep continues to work its way through the mainstream media, with more than 150 articles published about it so far. Some people are more than dubious about the idea of inserting what have become known as “psychic vampires” into the world of The Shining, but (opinionating here), the idea that children like Danny Torrance, and even the adults they grow into, are powerful tools and ripe for the exploitation of evil forces is well-established in the Kingiverse, and shouldn’t be that much of a stretch for people familiar with the work.
One fun article on Moviefone asks for casting ideas for Dr. Sleep, already working on the assumption that there will be a movie version. I suppose SK is thankful Kubrick can’t get his hands on this one…
My personal favorite quote from the evening?
Books – the most potent weapon against the assholes of the world.
Meanwhile, buzz slowly continues to grow for 11/22/63. This week, StephenKing.com announced a fundraising event to be held on November 10 at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. King is quoted as saying that the museum was very helpful during the research and writing of the novel, so this is a way for him to give something back. Here’s the event page, if you’re lucky enough to be in Dallas in November.
Bag of Bones completed production this week, and stars were complimentary about their Nova Scotia shooting location. Meanwhile, a little bird told me that rumours of a King cameo in the miniseries were nothing more than that. Stay tuned to the Kingcast for some coverage of this production.
On the Stephen King Message Board, the sixth-annual collaborative Hallowe’en Short Story has begun. It’s too late to write a section — the story’s written — but you can join the board and enjoy each installment as it’s posted.
Lots of news this week, so let’s get right to it!
First off, the Stephen King site provided more details this week on the book tour for the new 11/22/63. So far, the announced events include Octavia Books in New Orleans on November 12 and November 14 at Barnes & Noble in Sarasota, FL.
And, of course, Stephen King speaks tonight as the headline attraction at the Fall for the Book festival in the Washington DC area. The Kingcast has a correspondent in the audience, so there may be a report from the event coming up…
In honour of Pennywise being our new roundup anchor, I should cover this interview. A new blog to me named October Country (love that name!) interviews Brian Freeman of Cemetery Dance Publications about their upcoming 25th anniversary edition of “It.” Great interview. I’m looking forward to becoming better acquainted with October Country.
King’s birthday this week occasioned a number of pieces. The “Screen Junkies” site posted a capsule bio this week; nothing new, but nothing outrageously wrong, either. Writer Kathy Ceceri posted her essay “Happy Birthday Stephen King, writing instructor extraordinaire” on Wired.com. Number One Fans may take issue with some of her points, but can wholeheartedly support her conclusion:
“The work of Stephen King isn’t just a terrific way to pass the time; they’re great lessons in how to write fiction. So Happy Birthday, Stephen King! Your fans, unwitting or not, salute you.”
A t-shirt site posted a funny mashup of Ronald McDonald and Pennywise for a limited-time sale. I’ve got my order in:
Speaking of images, Boing Boing writer Mark Frauenfelder posted a series of his favorite images from the “Monster Brains” site, profiling some great monster and science fiction comic books.
NPR published a list of listeners’ 100 top science-fiction / fantasy books. While King fanatics might be offended by the list not being composed ENTIRELY of his works, two did make the list: The Dark Tower at #23 and The Stand at #25. My guess? Too many contenders diluting the voting pool.
Movies and TV were also under scrutiny this week. Oh No They Didn’t (Livejournal shoutout!) profiled 13 upcoming King movie projects, while Digital Spy posted an interview with Melissa George, who is currently playing Mattie Devore in the Bag of Bones miniseries. And the ever-useful Talk Stephen King blog posted a summary of upcoming projects.
You may remember a Kingcast interview with Nicole Christian, who wrote her own version of “Barn Dance” from Bag of Bones. Well, indie record label Alonetone has just published a whole album inspired by The Talisman. “Sunny, sorta…” is a collection of 12 songs by artists on the label. It fits the mood of the book pretty well, I think. The songs are free for streaming or download. I’m sure the performers would appreciate your support. Here’s one of my favorites from the collection, Queen of the World:
And finally, the New York City site of Examiner profiled a new collection of fashion inspired by the Dark Tower series. The Luminaa collection, from Texas designer Dorothy Williams, has the theme “Live in a world of cowboys and robots.” Pretty nice looking clothes, if you ask me. But what do I know? Judge for yourself if this is something Susan Delgado would wear to a dance in Barony House, or Susannah Dean to dinner with the old folks in Lud :
Rage is one of Stephen King’s most mysterious books. Written the summer after he graduated from high school, it was published 11 years later as a book under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, and removed from publication two decades later by the author himself.
He spoke to a library conference about that in 1999:
I can’t say for sure that Michael Carneal, the boy from Kentucky who shot three of his classmates dead as they prayed before school, had read my novel, Rage, but news stories following the incident reported that a copy of it had been found in his locker. It seems likely to me that he did. Rage had been mentioned in at least one other school shooting, and in the wake of that one an FBI agent asked if he could interview me on the subject, with an eye to setting up a computer profile that would help identify potentially dangerous adolescents. The Carneal incident was enough for me. I asked my publisher to take the damned thing out of print. They concurred. Are there still copies of Rage available? Yes, of course, some in libraries where you ladies and gentlemen ply your trade. Because, like the guns and the explosives and the Ninja throwing-stars you can buy over the Internet, all that stuff is just lying around and waiting for someone to pick it up.
This book of adolescence — in terms of the author and the protagonist, took on a mystique for me, and when I finally had the chance to get a copy, thanks to a trivia contest on the Stephen King Message Board, I leapt at the chance to read it.
Episode 14 of the Kingcast is 20 minutes of my thoughts on reading Rage, as well as some teasers about upcoming episodes. Enjoy.
As always, your comments are welcome. If you send me a comment at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to include it in a future episode.
Nova Scotia is becoming a hotbed of Stephen King-related production, with two projects underway this summer in “Canada’s Ocean Playground.”
Season 2 of the SyFy series “Haven” is being shot in Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. The series, loosely based on “Bag of Bones: 10th Anniversary EditionStephen King Mystery & Thrillers Books) “>Bag of Bones” (affiliate link) will shoot somewhere in the province (I’m working on finding out where!), and has made some impressive announcements so far, with the cast including Pierce Brosnan, Annabeth Gish (who previously worked on the TV treatment of Kelly Rowland, and most recently Melissa George.
Hoping that I’ll have some more content to share about both these productions in the next few weeks.
Episode Eight is here, with a discussion of some of King’s doomed romances and a feature interview with singer-songwriter Nicole Christian.
Episode 8 of the Kingcast:
0:00 – Intro
2:30 – Nicole Christian interview
30:00 – “Doomed romance” discussion
48:00 – Extro