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Build a better business … with Stephen King?
July 26, 2014 | 12:25 pm

king.jpgBusiness Insider, that bastion of cultural and intellectual values, has just pulled together "22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer," for its Strategy section, more usually associated with juicy topics like "9 Traits Of Highly Promotable Employees" and "How To Reduce Stress Without Even Leaving Your Desk." Culled from King's celebrated primer On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , the "valuable insights" are packaged as the insider tips that "earn him an estimated $17 million a year." Of course, in any list like this, it's always possible to pick out stuff to quibble with. Actually,...

Title mix-up helps writer sell book entitled Joyland
June 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

joyland times 2!I just love quirky little stories like this one---as GalleyCat reports an author named Emily Schultz is was bemused to see a sudden spike in sales of her eight-year-old novel, Joyland, after Stephen King released a book with the same title. At first, she was someone put out by the whole thing, as a spate of confused King fans bought hers by mistake and then left one-star reviews complaining that they had the wrong book. But then, the first larger-than-average royalty check came in, and Schultz is fine with it now. She's even started a blog chronicling how she is spending...

Joyland mistaken identity brings royalty joy to author of other ‘Joyland’ book
June 17, 2014 | 6:42 pm

Remember when Stephen King expressly declined to put out an e-book edition of his new novel Joyland, out of nostalgia for the experience of reading paperbacks when he was a kid? He preferred instead that readers should have to “stir their sticks” to go and get a real print book. It turns out to have had the most amusing side-effect. You see, eight years ago, an author named Emily Schultz wrote another novel called Joyland. And shortly after King’s book of that title came out, Schultz suddenly started getting angry and confused Amazon reviews from people who bought her...

Uncliche your narrative with Rob Hart at LitReactor
June 6, 2014 | 4:17 pm

Rob Hart over at LitReactor has posted his list of the "Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using," in a bid to stamp out lazy, repetitive, and simply bad narrative. And while most lists of this type invite aggressive contradiction, with countless examples of how the cited cliches can be refreshed and used well, Hart makes a pretty fair roundup of the absolutely indefensible, not least those borrowed from Hollywood and thrust back into print, where they stick out like eyesores. It's special fun to go through this list and compare it to celebrated works from successful authors -...

Interview: Dark Fiction author Simon Strantzas
April 23, 2014 | 10:31 am

Acclaimed dark and weird fiction author Simon Strantzas is releasing his fourth collection of short stories, Burnt Black Suns, from Hippocampus Press. I spoke to him about the genre he works in and how he operates as a writer. TeleRead: Do you think that horror/weird fiction reflects or channels any current social/cultural concerns or shifts, as well as more perennial human preoccupations and anxieties? If so, what might the current resurgence in weird fiction be tapping into? Strantzas: I do, but I also feel that the full extent of this isn't all that clear as it's happening—it's only clear in hindsight. There are...

Maine library declines Rick Hautala archive, citing resources
April 18, 2014 | 6:05 pm

You'd think that birthing American horror's favorite son would give a U.S. state a broad institutional commitment to supporting the horror genre and honoring its local exponents. Well, apparently not. Because a library in Maine has declined the bequest of the archive of local horror writer Rick Hautala, citing lack of resources to properly support and maintain it. As reported in the Portland Press Herald, Stephen King's home town journal, Hautala's widow is upset that his gift of his archive has been turned down by the Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook, Maine. "Holly Newstein-Hautala offered Rick’s archives—manuscripts, letters, etc.—to the Walker Memorial...

Early Stephen King novels to be re-issued as special editions
April 8, 2014 | 3:25 pm

carrieSix of the early books by Stephen King are being re-issued as deluxe editions. The novels - Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand and Pet Sematary – were released between 1974 and 1983 through Doubleday. The re-issued books will go through Cemetery Dance Publications with over-sized editions on heavy paper, according to The New York Times. The books will also have new artwork for the dust jackets with new introductions by King. According to the report, the 40th anniversary edition of Carrie will include an essay by Tabitha King, six paintings by Tomislav Tikulin, and a reproduction of the telegram Doubleday...

Simon Strantzas on the present and future of horror
February 1, 2014 | 2:29 pm

Noted Canadian horror and dark fiction writer Simon Strantzas has given an interview to C. Derick Varn at Former People on the current climate in horror, weird fiction, dark tales, and the other genre definitions that cluster around the heart of darkness. And he feels, with some qualifications, that there has been a broad revival or resurgence in this area. "I think it’s true to say that in the last few years a style of fiction more grounded in the classically weird seems to have a louder voice than in the past," he says. And although Strantzas attribtues this partly to...

Digital Book World’s Best Seller List Missed an Important Point
October 2, 2013 | 4:41 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="1476727651" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513Af1pjdGL._SL160_.jpg" width="106"] Many of you probably also follow Digital Book World's Best Seller List and their round-up of the average price points of best selling books. I appreciate their coverage and analysis of the rise and fall of e-book pricing. Which is why I was surprised to read their story this morning and see an important data point not covered. They discuss Stephen King's new book, Doctor Sleep, and its rise to the top of the list, probably in part because of the unexpected price drop on the book. I know I bought it because of the drop....

Is something horribly wrong with modern horror?
September 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

Stephen KingCurrently I'm enjoying the pleasure of reading [easyazon-link asin="1607013975" locale="us"]The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2013 Edition[/easyazon-link] from Prime Books, prior to reviewing it (of which more anon). And coincidentally, it comes concurrently with an article that delves into what's wrong with the genre, courtesy of its eminence noir, Stephen King, who just happens to have been born on September 21st, 1947. And King is not happy with his peers. In his interview with The Guardian, he calls: "Twilight and books like it tweenager porn. They're really not about vampires and werewolves. They're about how the love of a girl can...

Amazon e-books: Born in a bubble from a bullet
July 21, 2013 | 1:17 am

200px-Riding_the_BulletAn article on the Digital Reader about the 4th anniversary of the Nook e-books store prompted me to look back to the turn of the millennium. It was a period in the history of e-books that I don’t think most us think about as much. It was a couple of years after the founding of Peanut Press, so people had time to get used to the idea of e-reading—and big stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble were starting to get interested for the first time. And that’s what led to a very brief e-book bubble. In March 2000,...

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King’s compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch
July 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Morning RoundupSix Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction (The Atlantic) Emily Keeler, editor of Toronto-based zine Little Brother, reads a lot of literature for a living. But for the past six weeks, she confesses she's found the news stories coming out of Toronto City Hall more entertaining than most of the novels she's read...