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In the Stephen King film Cat's Eye there's a bit about cats stealing people's breath as they sleep, though that turns out to be a red herring when a goblin does it instead.

The cat was on my cover of Doctor Sleep too, but only features in the story near the start and near the end. Must have a good agent.
 

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Now Cary Fukunaga is out of the It double movie:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-e...irector-cary-fukunaga-walks-out-10275542.html

I wasn't a big fan of True Detective, but I was interested to see what he'd do with this. Now it'll be absolutely nothing. Great move, New Line, one of the hottest directorial talents in Hollywood just walked out on you, thus guaranteeing public interest in the project has dwindled to nothing as well.
 

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They're all at it now:
http://www.slashfilm.com/the-stand-movie-showtime-miniseries/

After The Dark Tower was announced as a miniseries and movie, now The Stand will be the same. Actually, one of the most entertaining/chilling parts of the original book was the part where you found out what happened to random people when society fell apart, so if it's like that then fine. If it's like the 90s adaptation, then definitely not fine. If it's like Under the Dome on TV, forget about the movie.
 
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My only fave film/book combo has to be Salems Lot. I didnt read the actual book until around 10+years after I saw the TV movie and I found it alittle way to long winded for my liking. Sure, King is gifted but I personally dont find all his works carry a grab factor worth sticking with.

The book about the evil clown bored my socks off - as did the TV movie...yawn.
 

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The miniseries of It is rubbish, but it did seem to set off an "evil clown" meme we're living with today in a way the book didn't a few years before. I loved the book as a teenager, there was so much in it and the juggling of the plotlines is masterful. Salem's Lot (book) isn't one of my favourites, though I did like the return to the characters in the later Dark Tower books.
 

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Anybody watch Storm of the Century?
I found it ok, but it could be slow in places.
 

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Anybody watch Storm of the Century?
I found it ok, but it could be slow in places.
I saw it on Channel 4 when they showed it about 15 years ago. It was a bit ho-hum until the ending, when it was unexpected to see an American TV show have a twist as bleak as that. Probably not as surprising if you saw it now. It was better than Kingdom Hospital, that's for sure.
 

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I too was disappointed to find that the cat didn't dominate the story.
I guess Steve thought, been there, done that. There's a scarier cat in Pet Semetary.
 

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I like to re-read "the Shining" when we vacation in Colorado. Fun shivers in cool weather.
I'd like to second guess both the author and Kubrick for this story. Kubrick was too abstract with the visual scary stuff. I wanted a bit more exposition about what was shown on the screen. But he was wise in what he excised from the book--the topiary was just dumb and the "suspense" about the boiler/furnace seemed just padding, since the real scary story was about hotel ghosts and the deterioration of a marriage.
 

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Aaaand about a year later I finish Mr Mercedes, and thoroughly enjoyed it. King enters the internet age. One of his most despicable villains, someone who takes even more pleasure in driving someone to suicide than he does a mass murder, but this isn't a horror novel for a change, it's more like King's editor has had a quiet word and told him thriller fiction is shifting more units nowadays (unless he wants to turn his hand to YA).

But he's very good at it, really exciting ending, and nice to read about a mentally ill character who isn't a baddie (OK, the actual baddie is, but there's a heroic one too).
 

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is it named after the Hopkins poem? or did he too find teh phrase elsewhere? or is it two independent imaginings?
It is named after the Hopkins poem, it's quoted right at the start of the book.
 

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Guillermo Del Toro has a movie to publicise, so he's mentioned he would really like to remake Pet Sematary. I thought there was one already in development (hell)? I'm not keen on the first one, it's a massively depressing book but the film is pretty shallow apart from Fred Gwynne.

"Darling," it said...
 

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Finished the paperback of 11.22.63 and though it turned into a nostalgia effort with teeth pretty quickly, I did enjoy it. Liked the way King wrote an ending which struck a balance between lone gunman and conspiracy, without saying too much. A shame the girlfriend character came in for so much abuse, got a bit ridiculous in the second half, but yeah, King's still got it. Nice Richie and Bev from It cameo too.
TV adaptation on the way...

 

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Enjoyed the book, but the Franco effect makes the trailer look a bit daft. Will there be a DVD? That's probably the only way I'd get to see it.
 

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A TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s science fiction-horror novella The Mist has been in the works since at least September, and now there’s more news: it will be coming to Spike TV in 2017.

Variety reports that the network ordered a pilot in February but ended up greenlighting 10 hourlong episodes of the series even before the pilot was completed. (Must’ve been a hell of a pitch.) The show will be produced by TWC-Dimension TV, which—via The Weinstein Company—also produced Frank Darabont’s 2007 feature film take on The Mist. That version was notable for adding a much darker (some might say “emotionally scarring”) ending to King’s original tale.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/stephen-king...&utm_source=io9_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
 

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Not sure where to post this, but I see 11.22.63 the TV series has reached the UK this week. I watched the first double episode and was quite impressed, the music isn't very good but I warmed to James Franco more than I thought I would, he's not my idea of a King everyman but he kept his essential Franco-ness in check. They mixed the plot around a bit, though I expected that, and I doubt we'll be visiting Derry, but yeah, not bad at all.
 

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In spite of the terrible reception it had (ho ho), and because I liked the book, I watched Cell tonight. Maybe it's because I don't own a mobile phone and the whole middle aged vibe appealed, but I thought it was really good. I even liked the ending which is changed from the original to make a sick joke (I laughed, I'm not ashamed). Obviously its well-publicised problems get in the way a bit, but I appreciated the Cusack and Jackson combination better here than in 1408. Not your average fast zombie movie.
 

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I was one of the few who thought it was quite enjoyable at its Frightfest showing...
Obviously its well-publicised problems get in the way a bit
Didn't hear about that, what were they?
 

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I was one of the few who thought it was quite enjoyable at its Frightfest showing...

Didn't hear about that, what were they?
King's script rewritten, Eli Roth pulling out, budget slashed, then no distribution deal for two years after it was completed. Cusack seems to have disowned it, too.
 

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Ouch! Oh yeah, forgot Eli Roth was originally attached eons ago...
 

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I'm sort of glad Roth didn't make it, but then again I'd have liked to have seen it on more than a budget of a Walking Dead episode.
 

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Just finished Revival. If you ever wanted to read what happens when you mix Stephen King, Mary Shelley and H.P. Lovecraft, give this one a go, it's a slow burner but the pay-off is truly freaky. And extremely ominous. He's still got it! (for me, anyway)
 

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Hmm....never was overly impressed with King's novels though I have read about 4 or 5 of them. Tommyknockers was interesting to me because I enjoy sci-fi and IT was an interesting idea. I liked the theme/idea of Dark Tower but only made it about half way through the series....they seemed to drag at times and I lost interest.
 

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I've pretty much read all of Kings stuff (I've still got the Mr Mercedes trilogy to do though). For a long time I'd put off the Dark Tower stuff as I didn't think it'd be for me. Hearts in Atlantis changed that and I threw myself in head first (plus it opened up all the past DT connections in earlier novels).

I'm currently reading Joe Hill - 20th Century Ghosts (a short story collection). I first discovered Hill through the excellent Locke & Key comics and had no idea he was King's son until about a year ago. Definitely worth checking out.
 

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Joe Hill's N0S4R2 is perfect scary reading for this time of year.
 
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