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Episode 21: Bag of Bones hits the screen

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.

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News: Bag of Bones second SK project being shot this summer

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 Edition""Stephen 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.

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