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Stephen King Shares the Best Opening Line He Ever Wrote

What’s the best opening line you’ve ever written? Stephen King revealed his favorite first line, a deceptively simple sentence he wrote in Needful Things: “You’ve been here before.”

King wrote about this passage in The Atlantic‘s “By Heart” series online. You should read the whole essay, it is filled with writing advice. Here’s more about the Needful Things opening:

All there by itself on one page, inviting the reader to keep reading. It suggests a familiar story; at the same time, the unusual presentation brings us outside the realm of the ordinary. And this, in a way, is a promise of the book that’s going to come. The story of neighbor against neighbor is the oldest story in the world, and yet this telling is (I hope) strange and somehow different. Sometimes it’s important to find that kind of line: one that encapsulates what’s going to happen later without being a big thematic statement.

(Via Karl Palsgaard

CBS Renews Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’

CBS has decided to renew its adaptation of Stephen King‘s Under the Dome, leading with an episode written by King next summer.

The show currently averages and Amazon 13.84 million viewers and Amazon reported that it is the most popular show on its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Here’s more from the release:

“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester’s Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

 

Rick Riordan & Lee Child Have the Most Pre-Ordered Books

Amazon editors have released the company’s annual fall preview, highlighting the most pre-ordered books of the season.

We’ve included the complete lists below. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan led the print pre-order list and Never Go Back by Lee Child topped the Kindle pre-order list. Here’s more from the release:

The Amazon Book Editors have made their selections for fall’s top 20 big books, as well as a selection of new under-the-radar books. The Amazon Big Fall Books Preview also features the season’s most anticipated releases in biographies, comics and graphic novels, cookbooks, fiction, mysteries, nonfiction, romance and science fiction—plus upcoming releases for kids and young adults.

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Free Samples of the 2013 Thriller Award Winners

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have revealed the winners of the 2013 Thriller Awards.

Below, we’ve rounded up free samples of the most suspenseful books of the year–did your favorite thriller title make the cut?

Past winners include 11/22/63 author Stephen KingThe Bodies Left Behind author Jeffery Deaver and The Neighbor author Lisa Gardner.


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What Books Scared You As a Kid?

What books scared you as a kid?

Video blogger Vsauce created a great video called “Why Are Things Creepy?,” exploring the nuances and science of scariness (video embedded above). Along the way, he cites the great Stephen King and shares a few scary books.

Below, I collected free samples of books that scared me as a kid. Add your suggestions in the comments section–we’ll keep building our list.

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Stephen King Responds To ‘Under the Dome’ Changes

In a long and spoiler-filled letter to his fans, Stephen King explained that he “wholeheartedly” endorsed the changes made CBS’ adaptation of Under the Dome.

The new series scored a big hit for the network, earning 13.1 million viewers for the debut episode. Here’s an excerpt from the letter, an inspiring missive for any readers concerned about adaptations of their favorite books:

James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. This young man began his time with Cain by bemoaning how Hollywood had changed books such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. Before he could properly get into his rant, the old man interrupted him by pointing to a shelf of books behind his desk. “The movies didn’t change them a bit, son,” he said. “They’re all right up there. Every word is the same as when I wrote them.” I feel the same way about Under the Dome. If you loved the book when you first read it, it’s still there for your perusal. But that doesn’t mean the TV series is bad, because it’s not. In fact, it’s very good.

Book Trailer Released for ‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King

A brief book trailer has been released for Stephen King‘s upcoming novel, Doctor Sleep. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton will publish the book on September 24th, a sequel to The Shining.

While accepting the Mason Prize at George Mason University in 2011, King read an excerpt from the sequel. You can watch that video at this link. (Via BookRiot)

Stephen King: ‘Updating Danse Macabre Might Be a Good Idea’

Novelist Stephen King hosted an Ask Me Anything interview at Reddit.

One reader asked: ”Have you thought about writing a sequel to ‘Danse Macabre’ (for the last 30 years of horror fiction)?” King hinted at an update:

I’ve been asked about a sequel to both DANSE MACABRE and ON WRITING, but I think one book on each subject is enough. Updating DM might be a good idea, though.

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How Rick Springfield Lost & Found His Signed Stephen King Book

Back in the summer of 1981, rock star Rick Springfield met Stephen King–getting his first edition of Danse Macabre personally inscribed by one of his favorite writers.

The horror novelist signed the book and referenced Springfield’s previous work as an actor: “To Rick Springfield. I don’t watch General Hospital but I love your music! Stephen King 6/6/81.”

Somehow, Springfield managed to lose that lovely bit of literary history, and thought it was gone forever. Until he landed a book deal with Stephen King’s publisher. We caught up with Springfield and he retold the whole crazy story…

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Scott Turow & Mitch Albom Answer Questions on Reddit

Members of The Rock Bottom Remainders, the rock band composed of bestselling authors, are answering questions on Reddit today.

Authors Stephen KingScott TurowMitch AlbomAmy Tan and more are part of Hard Listening, a new book about the band.

One Reddit reader asked: “Since you all are writers, do you have a hard time choosing who is going to write the lyrics for your songs?” and received some funny responses.

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