Oh, the years lost in junior high study hall (or detention) reading The Stand, Skeleton Crew, The Bachman Books, Carrie…the list goes on. While the jocks flirted with the cheerleaders, my nose stayed buried in the book when I wasn’t drawing. I guess some things don’t change.
Everyone knows Stephen King because either they have read his books, seen movies based on the books, had people argue the great King vs Koontz debate, read his articles in Entertainment Weekly or perhaps used some of his tomes for doorstops. I am currently using 11/22/63 for bicep curls and it works magnificently. I’ve heard from folks that its also a great read though I am sad to say I have not gotten to it yet. It did get me wondering about many things Stephen King — and I will only cover a few here.
Just the other day, I noticed a new Dark Tower book, The Wind Through the Keyhole yet I’d heard awhile back that King was done with the series. The Dark Tower series has been rolling out in graphic novel format as well and has been in talks for a movie for quite a long time. I also was surprised to see that Eyes of the Dragon is in development. The Talisman has long been in talks for a TV miniseries or Hollywood movie and has been adapted into an ongoing graphic novel series, too.
I love King, for the most part … but might come off snobby as I break his work up into periods. Like many others, I like his early raw works the best but his writing did become more refined and he did branch out whether his fans liked it or not. In the 1,000,000 books, stories, and scripts he has cranked out there have arguably been many that seemed rather mailed in, just the same. I know he usually has several pots on the stove. If you do the math while reading his closing salutations to the faithful reader in many of his novels, you might catch that he has three novels going at the same time and short stories to boot. He is prolific like Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison to name a few and I guess some off story collections (From a Buick 8?) or mediocre 1000 page books (Under the Dome?) are bound to happen. Who am I to judge? HOW DARE I? I am not the terrifying Kathy Bates character from Misery, I surely pray. I’m not his editor but perhaps some should have been kept in his attic boxes while others, such as Carrie, were rightfully saved from the trash bin by his discerning wife and fellow author Tabitha.
I was blown away by this humongous list of all things Stephen King in television and movies. Yowza! 84 titles and counting! I didn’t even know that they made a 2010 TV series entitled Haven based on his novel The Colorado Kid. Has anybody out there seen it?
Of course, I am proud to say that SJCPL as usual has the majority of the major films and series such as The Mist, Haven, The Stand, Stand By Me, Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, 1408, The Dead Zone (Cronenberg + Walken = Win), The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, Dreamcatcher, Misery (“you dirty dirty bird!”), and my favorite of faves The Shining (Nicholson/Kubrick version, not the later TV mini-series starring that dude from Wings). And, I’m pretty sure we have all the books as some pretty new paperbacks with redesigned covers have rolled in the last few months, courtesy of those busy graphic artists at Simon & Schuster.
See links to the catalog below:
- SK’s Movies @ SJCPL
- SK’s Books (plus some nonfiction by or about him)
- eBooks, eAudiobooks and Audiobooks on CD
- Dark Tower series in Graphic Novel
** Also, if you like Stephen King you might try his son Joe Hill’s books, which have also come highly recommended – Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and Locke & Key (graphic novel series).
*** If you don’t like Stephen King, be sure to ask ♥ Hank ♥ in the magazine department at Main for his favorite romance novels. For a cup of coffee he might be encouraged to do a dramatic reading.