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The printed word never looked finer

Stephen King has a new short story for the latest issue of Esquire. I really want to turn the “page” the story is written on to read the other side.

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Stephen King on torture

I’ve posted numerous times on torture here, there and elsewhere.

So I was glad to see Stephen King discussing the issue. I disagree with him that we need to waterboard anyone to see if it is torture (I know he was using waterboarding Jenna Bush to make a sartirical point) because the military and U.S. courts have said for decades that waterboarding is torture. We convicted enemy soldiers for war crimes for waterboarding prisoners in World War II.

Other than that, I agree with Stephen King on torture, the mass media, and politics.

STEPHEN KING: So who’s going to be TIME Person of the Year?
TIME: I really don’t know, there’s a very small group of people who make that decision.

STEPHEN KING: I was thinking, I think it should be Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
TIME: Really?

STEPHEN KING: Yeah. You know, I just filmed a segment for Nightline, about [the movie version of his novella] The Mist, and one of the things I said to them was, you know, “You guys are just covering — what do they call it — the scream of the peacock, and you’re missing the whole fox hunt.” Like waterboarding [or] where all the money went that we poured into Iraq. It just seems to disappear. And yet you get this coverage of who’s gonna get custody of Britney’s kids? Whether or not Lindsay drank at her twenty-first birthday party, and all this other shit.

You know, this morning, the two big stories on CNN are Kanye West’s mother, who died, apparently, after having some plastic surgery. The other big thing that’s going on is whether or not this cop [Drew Peterson] killed his… wife. And meanwhile, you’ve got Pakistan in the midst of a real crisis, where these people have nuclear weapons that we helped them develop. You’ve got a guy in charge, who’s basically declared himself the military strongman and is being supported by the Bush administration, whose raison d’etre for going into Iraq was to spread democracy in the world.

So you’ve got these things going on, which seem to me to be very substantive, that could affect all of us, and instead, you see a lot of this back-fence gossip. So I said something to the Nightline guy about waterboarding, and if the Bush administration didn’t think it was torture, they ought to do some personal investigation. Someone in the Bush family should actually be waterboarded so they could report on it to George. I said, I didn’t think he would do it, but I suggested Jenna be waterboarded and then she could talk about whether or not she thought it was torture. And then the guy from Nightline said, “Well, obviously you’ve not been watching World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson.” But I do — I watch ’em all!

It is amazing that support of torture – an ineffective tool that seems to speak to the most craven sadistic minds – has become such a linch pin of the rightwing.

That says more about how they think than we’d ever get from waterboarding them.

Carnacki’s List of Top 10 Favorite Vampires

In answer to questions posed by Ardeth Blood and a long-ago emailer, my favorite vampires:

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Bodhi from Baldur’s Gate II is No. 9 on my vampire list.

1. Lucy Westenra. From the original Dracula and from my novel, The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire. She plays with her victims.

2. Dracula (Marvel comics version 1972-1979). This was the version that I grew up reading and my first introduction to vampires.

3. Dracula (1932 movie version). Classic.

4. Valeria. The vampire at the heart of The Traveling Vampire Show by the late Richard Laymon arrives late in the novel and after a long build up she does not disappoint.

5. Marcilla/Carmilla/Mircalla Karnstein. Ingrid Pitt plays a vampire who changes her name to live with and seduce her victims in The Vampire Lovers.

6. Spike. I’ve got to go with Blondy Bear over Angel. “You listen to me. I’ve been alive a bit longer than you and dead a lot longer than that. I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine and done things I’d prefer you didn’t. I don’t exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood which doesn’t exactly rush in the direction of my brain so I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years and there’s only one thing I’ve ever been sure of. You.”

7. Dracula (1992 Dracula version). The best is when Gary Oldman is playing the old version of Dracula, entertaining Jonathan Harker at his castle in Transylvania. Amusing, dangerous, congenial, maniacal all in one and all believable as a vampire.

8. Dracula (original novel by Bram Stoker). The original vampire version of Dracula has got to be on the list, but his low ranking is due to the fact that the Count does a lot of fleeing from the hunters and spends more time than he should seducing the women. Nevertheless, he does feed on a baby and turns the wolves on the child’s mother when she arrives at the castle doors so he’s got that going for him. It was a lot of fun for me trying to figure out why Dracula traveled to London when I wrote my novel.

9. Bodhi. Possibly a surprise pick, she’s a vampire in the computer RPG Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn. She’s the sister of the game’s lead villain, who turned to vampirism after being punished with a curse to strip her of her elven immortality. She appears to enjoy the dark nature of vampires immensely and the character’s avatar moves with a speed and grace to be expected of a vampire.

10. Kurt Barlow (Salem’s Lot by Stephen King). He revels in evil. He doesn’t suffer remorse like many other modern fictional vampires. He wants to drink blood and kill. Plus he owns an antiques shop in a small New England town. How could he get more evil?

Mill from ‘Graveyard Shift’ sold

From the Central Maine Morning Sentinel:

HARMONY, Maine (AP) — A 186-year-old woolen mill that was used as a setting in Stephen King’s movie “Graveyard Shift” has a new owner.

Bartlettyarns Inc. was sold by Russell Pierce of Brunswick to Susan and Lindsey Rice of Barrington, N.H., who were customers of the company. The sales price was not disclosed.

The mill, which was founded in 1821 on the banks of Higgins Stream in this Somerset County town, is believed to be the oldest continuously operating yarn mill in the U.S.


Much of the yarn is spun on machines that are more than 100 years old, Pierce said. The newest yarn-spinning machine was purchased in 1948.

I hope they know about the rat problem.

Stephen King at New York Comics Con

From Comic Book Resources:

The Special Events Hall at the 2007 New York Comic Con was filled to capacity for the Marvel Comics “Dark Tower” panel on Saturday afternoon. And the man everyone was there to see was the last to take the stage. Marvel EIC Joe Quesada moderated the panel, and introduced artist Jae Lee, Robin Furth, Peter David, Ralph Macchio, Richard Isanove and Chris Eliopoulos. Quesada then welcomed to the stage “one of the greatest creators of the last 50 years, maybe ever,” Mr. Stephen King. The vaunted novelist took the stage to thunderous applause, and a standing ovation, and a pair of Imperial Stormtroopers were forced to keep order with the mountain of photographers. “If you keep calling me Mr. King, I’m gonna kick your ass,” King warned Quesada.


King admitted that he’s a very intuitive writer and doesn’t work from outlines. As a result, his stories unfold as he writes them. “You job is just to stand back and let it be what it is.” As far as he’s concerned, the “Dark Tower” series is just a “first draft,” because now that he’s finished it he sees things that he wish he’d done differently in the earlier books. Lee jokingly admitted that he’s still doing revision on the already-released first issue of “Dark Tower.” David invoked the famous words of Leonardo DaVinci: “Art is never finished, it’s only abandoned.”

‘Dark Tower’ could become series

The man behind television series “Lost” is in discussions with Stephen King about the Dark Tower series.

Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle has a first-look deal at Paramount for film projects and a deal with Warner Bros. Television for TV projects. The project is not yet set up at either company. On first glance, King’s tale — which sprawls across seven books as it blends the fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Western genres — might seem better suited for a multiple-episode television treatment.

On the other hand, its potential cost might call for a large-scale cinematic treatment. Sources say a number of entities have been chasing “Tower” but that King is looking for strong filmmaker involvement, which is where Abrams enters the picture.

Stephen King’s Dark Tower

The Marvel Comic adaption of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is about to premiere. From Comic Book Resource:

Expanding on the epic hero of King’s creation, Roland Deschain, Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born delivers an all-new comic by Dark Tower expert Robin Furth, New York Times Best-Selling author Peter David, and eye-popping art by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove. Stephen King fans and comic fans do not want to miss this instant classic!

“Tommyknockers & More”

That’s the name of the tour in Bangor, ME run by the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau. No, it doesn’t stop at Stephen King’s house (they have an… understanding), but it does drive by many of the sites featured in his novels, stopping at three of them.

And yes, the last one of the year, scheduled for this upcoming Sunday afternoon, has been sold out for, like, ages…

[via MSNBC]

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