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Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King

Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King

Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King

There are few writers today who have influenced popular culture more than Stephen King, from his iconic novels and stories to the movies that have been inspired by them, including Carrie, The Shining, Misery, Stand By Me, It, Cujo, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, and so many more. Now, in this all-new special edition from Entertainment Weekly, The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King, you’ll be able to delve into the world of the master storyteller. Go behind the scenes to find out exactly how King’s stories travel from page to screen. We delve deep into his greatest film hits and review his 25 scariest moments from books, TV and movies. Between three in-depth essays, we examine his many compelling heroines, speak to the child actor stars of “bad seed” kids, and discuss why King’s stories have such an enduring legacy. Plus, an index listing all of the works the godfather of horror has written. Filled with photos from his life, his movies, and his book covers, The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King is a must-have for every fan of this beloved writer.

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6 min.
fright club

AS SHE STARED AT THE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS, Jessica Chastain was puzzled. It was the fall of 2016, and the Oscar-nominated actress had received a message from her friend Andy Muschietti, the director of Chastain’s 2013 sleeper hit Mama. Muschietti was in production on the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of It, based on Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel about a shape-shifting monstrosity that terrorizes a small town in Maine, preying mainly on children because of their acute sense of fear. “Andy sent a side-by-side picture of me and Sophia,” says Chastain, referring to young actress Sophia Lillis, who Muschi-etti had cast in It as Beverly, the sole female member of the teenage Losers’ Club. The seven outcasts band together to take on the creature, which most often adopts the shape of a sinister…

3 min.
it comes back

Do you feel like you have more resources this time around, after the success of It Chapter One? How did that change things? There’s two groups of Losers. [The movie is] bigger in terms of scope and size. I could get more things. I was pretty limited on the first one, so I had to basically bite my tongue and just do the best with what I could. This is a bigger movie; I still have limitations, because of course it doesn’t matter the budget that you have, it’s always less than you want. But in general I feel more comfortable than the first one. I have more toys. Tools. What would you tell people to expect from this film? You’re taking the rest of the book, but you’re adding to it…

8 min.
fear itself

IT HAS NO NAME, NO FACE. IT IS INFINITE, ageless, immortal. It feels only hunger. But It has a favorite form. And ever since Stephen King first published his epic 1986 novel with the two-letter name, clowns just haven’t been the same. In 2017’s It Chapter One, director Andy Muschietti introduced a brand-new audience to the devilish Pennywise the clown, but the terrifying thriller also managed to serve as the crown jewel in a renewed interest in King’s work. The godfather of horror influenced countless fellow novelists and contemporary filmmakers and screenwriters with his imagination-busting, genre-spanning range of tales, and those admirers are in the midst of returning the favor. Not only are new novels published every day that owe him a debt of gratitude, but his classic work is being…

1 min.
from page to scream

“YOU’LL FLOAT TOO” It has just given Bill a vision of his missing little brother Georgie—to lure the older boy into the recesses of his flooded basement. There, the clown manifestation of It will strike. “Andy draws his own storyboards,” says producer David Katzenberg. “He has precise ideas about nearly every shot. We would start each morning by going through his sketches, and it always struck me how close they ended up being to the final image.” “THAT'S WHERE IT LIVES” There’s a well in the basement of 29 Neibolt Street that leads directly into It’s lair. Below is the concept art, a vision of an ominous abandoned house, and to the right is the full-scale version, built on an empty lot in a Toronto suburb. “Our production designer, Claude Paré, and his…

3 min.
it all connects

Delve into any Stephen King novel, and at some point you’ll likely find a secret passageway into another. His 1986 epic It is a perfect nexus—not only does the terrifying novel reference books that came before, but characters and places from It also turn up again and again in subsequent stories. Here are just a few of the connections from It to King’s broader carnival of twisted tales. As the author himself has acknowledged, “It’s sort of like Stephen King World, the malevolent version of Disney World.” But how? Here, we unravel the web. 1. THE SHINING (1976) Dick Hallorann, the cook from the Overlook Hotel, appears as a young soldier in a flashback scene in It, in which Derry’s racist residents burn down a black dance club full of servicemen during Prohibition.…

4 min.

CARRIEÕS SUCCESS, BOTH ON THE PAGE AND on celluloid, transformed Stephen King into a brand and initiated a long-running, fruitful partnership with Hollywood. But the book almost didn’t get written. Thank Tabitha King, the author’s wife, for rescuing the first several crumpled pages of what would become Carrie from a wastebasket. She wanted to know what happened next, she told him. “You’ve got something here,” King quotes Tabitha in On Writing, his 2000 memoir-cum-advice manual. In 1972 the twentysomething couple were barely scraping by, crammed into a trailer alongside two children (a third baby would soon arrive) in a small town in King’s native Maine. The aspiring novelist earned $6,700 teaching English at a local high school and worked summers at an industrial laundry. On nights and weekends he pounded away…