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Freak Yourself Out With the First Images of Joe Hill’s ‘Nos4a2’

Joe Hill, son of King of Horror, Stephen King published his hit novel Nos4atu in 2013, but this Spring, AMC is bringing Nos4a2 to your TV, and the first images from the terrifying adaptation have just been released!

 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, starring Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings, follows “Vic McQueen, a young working-class artist who discovers that she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland — a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic must strive to defeat Manx and rescue his victims — without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.”

 

 

Check out the rest of the images on AMC’s website and get pumped for the series to premiere in April of this year!

 

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Audiobooks Are Coming to Vinyl Now and We Think That’s Rad

HarperAudio has announced Joe Hill’s Wild Horses Vinyl Edition, which is a new “vinyl-first” audiobook.The publisher is hoping to capitalize on the resurgence of vinyl sales along with the popularity of audiobooks, Publishers Weekly reports. It will also come with an MP3 digital download for those who decide they don’t want an audiobook on vinyl.

 

“Wild Horses” is a short story that follows a group of teenagers who take a ride on an old carousel. Things, of course, go awry. It will be read by Nate Corddry.

 

Wild Horses Vinyl Edition will only be the first in HarperAudio’s new line. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning will get a vinyl-first release in 2018, along with Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems.

 

Though the logic seems sound—HarperAudio’s v-p and publisher notes audiobooks are “the fastest-growing format in publishing”—I do wonder about the cross-section between audiobook and vinyl fanatics. Audiobooks seem to be mostly popular among people who are doing other things (e.g. driving, taking the train, cooking, etc.), while vinyl is a more sedentary process. If you’re listening to vinyl, then you’re probably not moving around a lot.

 

Still, there was a time when spoken-word vinyls were popular. I’m imagining the stack of Rodney Dangerfield records my friend has in his basement. If it worked once, maybe it will work again. Will you be picking up Wild Horses Vinyl Edition? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Like Father Like Son: Stephen King’s Son Joe Hill Takes the Spotlight

You may know of Joe Hill as the writer of the hit series Locke & Key, or the upcoming four-in-one novel Strange Weather. If you just know him by name, though, you probably didn’t realize he’s Stephen King’s son. That’s the way he wants it.

 

While promoting Strange Weather, Hill has given some insight into how he’s made a writing career in the shadow of his father. It’s all in the name for Hill. Born Joe King (not joking), he changed his name to Joe Hill because he wanted to find writing success on his own. He wanted to make sure his stories would be published “for the right reasons—because someone liked it, not because someone liked my dad.”

 

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He had his first break as Joe Hill. He maintained the secrecy with editors and agents. He’s basically the Jason Bourne of writers. His debut novel Heart-Shaped Box was released in 2007, his true identity unbeknownst to many.

 

It’s not as if King had no presence in Hill’s writing career, though. In the time Hill spent trying to catch his break as a writer, he was married and had two small children. Regarding this, Hill said, “I did for several years in my twenties essentially live off the largesse of my parents while I tried to write.”

 

Even though he didn’t want to piggyback off his dad’s success, Hill did enjoy some of those Stephen King perks. But he’s established himself as an important storyteller in 2017, having spent much of this year penning scripts for a potential Hulu series based on his comics Locke & Key. The story follows three siblings who move into a spooky mansion that discover there’s more to their new home than they initially believed. It has magic and superpowers and, I swear, locks and keys. It’s kind of A Series of Unfortunate Events meets X-Men meets, I don’t know, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe? All good things.

 

The pilot of Locke & Key will be directed by IT-helmer Andy Muschietti. I guess Muschietti made a good impression on King, so he’s been passed along to his son. That’s another one of those King perks one of us non-King descendants don’t enjoy. Still, looking forward to Locke & Key. Strange Weather sounds pretty great too. You can order it here!

 

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How Joe Hill Is Reinventing Horror…With Pictures

Joe Hill’s new book is a collection of four novels because he’s trying to catch up to his dad, Stephen King. The stories sound haunting, whimsical, and has a lovely visual dimension as well: illustrations! Hill’s writing a proper throwback horror novel, complete with pen and ink illustrations in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft or the Strand Magazine’s Sherlock Holmes tales.

 

Hill sat down with Entertainment Weekly to walk fans through some of these new illustrations, and how they relate to each novel. His collaborators include his Locke & Key partner Gabriel Rodriguez, which for comic fans is joyous. It’s great to see a novelist like Hill embrace some of the forgotten aspects of his literary tradition.

 

As much as people like to get up on their high horse about books with pictures in them, it’s nice to compare your image of something in the book to the illustrator’s. If it’s not overwhelming, it can really enhance the experience, especially with a visual genre like horror. It’s exciting to see Hill apply his lessons from his comic career to prose. Here’s to hoping others follow his lead.

 

Check out a few of the illustrations with Hill’s comments here, but visit Entertainment Weekly for the full scoop.

 

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‘Snapshot’ is the story of a 13-year-old boy who finds himself in a desperate struggle with a man known as The Phoenician, who has a camera that can steal memories. The idea of having my entire life stripped away from me, one beloved recollection at a time, is, to me, far more terrifying than the fear of death.

 

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“Aloft” is the story of a young man who, on his first skydiving trip, winds up landing on an impossibly solid cloud. He swiftly finds himself a castaway in the sky, ten-thousand feet above the earth. If that isn’t weird enough for you, there’s also a unicorn. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d write a story with a unicorn in it. Although… come to think of it… there might’ve been a unicorn in “Wraith,” too. Or at the very least there were a couple of murderous narwhal.

 

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I turned to Renae de Liz and Ray Dillon — illustrators of the first rank — to depict a world suffering from a very extreme form of climate change. In ‘Rain,’ the climate has changed so that thunderclouds now rain nails instead of water. Fortunately, society-crippling storms only exist in fiction, right?

 

Sounds like Hill’s giving King a run for his money. Pick up Strange Weather here!

 

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