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Stephen King, IT, and The Neighbors From Hell

Stephen King is in the spotlight again. The writer, who turns 70 today (Sept. 21), has a remake of his classic horror novel ‘IT’ in theaters (and it’s getting great reviews!).

For someone who writes such creative and nightmare-inducing tales, King’s day-to-day life is surprisingly quiet and mundane – he splits his time between Bangor, Maine and Sarasota, Florida. King does like some noise when he’s writing; he cranks up the volume on local rock station WKIT (which he owns). But when his writing is done for the day, he likes to kick back and relax.

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The King house in Bangor is a rambling Victorian mansion that is famous locally for the wrought-iron fence that surrounds the property, parts of which have been used to form the shapes of bats, dragons, and other scary creatures. The house is situated on the west side of town, in a residential neighborhood that is peaceful and quiet – usually.

But a few years ago, the Kings acquired the neighbors from hell. The new additions made noise at all hours, failed to keep up the property, and began doing sheet-metal work in the back yard.

The noise and odor came to be more than the Kings could bear. King called a local realtor. “Go see those people next door,” he said. “Tell them that someone in town is interested in acquiring the property, even though there’s no “For Sale” sign out. But for God’s sake, don’t tell them it’s me, or their asking price will go through the roof.”

The realtor complied with King’s request and paid a visit to the neighbors from hell, saying that an individual who preferred to remain nameless was interested in the property. The man looked at the realtor and grinned. “You tell King that if he wants this place, he can have it – for one million bucks.”

The realtor called King with the bad news. “He knows it’s you, Steve, and won’t sell for less than a million dollars. Sorry the plan didn’t work.”

But the realtor had underestimated just how much Stephen King disliked his noisy neighbors. After a few seconds’ silence, he said, “Tell the bastard he’s got a deal.”

So, King became the proud owner of the house next door. He had it renovated extensively, inside and out. The Kings use it now as a guest house – as long as their visitors promise not to do any sheet metal work during their stay.

 

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New J.K. Rowling Stories Include History of Magic in America and Harry Potter’s Future

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J.K. Rowling clearly isn’t using her $1B net worth to retire, or even slow down. The best-selling author of the Harry Potter series of novels has begun to release a series of short stories on her website Pottermore, to fill in details about the magical world in North America (and other magic hubs/schools we’ve not yet been introduced to). The stories make use of the mythical elements of Native American legend and the tragically real witch trials that took place in the early colonies. They also establish the existence of a “Magical Congress of the United States of America”.

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The release is part of a build-up to the much anticipated movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–the film adaptation of the book, which was a textbook given to the students of Hogwarts. Rowling actually wrote and published the “textbook” (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) as an accompanying work in 2001. It was never intended to be developed into a film trilogy, but Warner Brothers approached her about it and she agreed to write a screenplay. It will be set 70 years before the events in the main Harry Potter series.

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Here is the wonderfully animated “trailer” for the short stories about the history of magic in North America:

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Rowling has said in the past that a “Harry Potter #8” book would probably never happen – but the sequel stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in London this summer (which takes place 19 years after the events of the final book and stars Harry, Ron, Hermione and Harry’s son Albus) and it’s been given the official distinction of “The Eighth Story”.

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Rowling is clearly busier than ever in keeping the Potter Universe alive and expanding, which is making Potter fans extremely happy. Way to go, Jo!

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Are you looking forward to the upcoming Harry Potter stories/films/plays? Would you prefer Rowling publish another Harry Potter novel, or do you like the array of mediums she’s been using instead? Tell us in the comments!

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Latest News in Writing – Nov. 2015 Edition

We’re going to be starting a new post series called ‘Latest News In Writing‘ where we highlight some of the most interesting current writing-related news content that we personally curate. Without further ado — here is the first edition!

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The last film installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy of books released this weekend to a $101m box office, which was apparently a “disappointment”. Forbes wrote an interesting assessment of why, essentially concluding that the series of films (and books) lost hoards of fans after the glitz, glamour and violence of the characters competing in the Hunger Games ended and the real, gritty, slow war with the Capital began — “What if much of the appeal of this politically angry and unconventionally cynical fantasy franchise was merely embraced as a crowd-pleasing example of the things it most detested?” Alanis Morisette would be pleased.

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An Unpublished Charlotte Brontë poem has been discovered and is being sold for $300,000 to The Brontë Society. “The poem was found along with a sliver of prose, folded into a book that belonged to the author’s mother, Maria. The book had been on a boat carrying her belongings that was shipwrecked off the coast of Devonshire, England, in the early 1800s. It was one of the few artifacts belonging to Maria Brontë that survived.”

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J.K. Row–Ahem– Robert Galbraith released a new novel on Oct 20, the third in a mystery/crime novel series, called “Career of Evil”. J.K. Rowling is finally doing interviews to promote the books, since the whole world is well aware of her pseudonym (and we have been for a while now).

 

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Three YouTube stars are now bestselling authors. Yes, you read that correctly. YouTuber “PewDiePie” has over 40 million subscribers (regular viewers) to his channel. That’s more than most print magazines, and most TV shows. Every video that he puts out immediately has about a million views.  YouTuber Shane Dawson has only 5 million subscribers, but that was enough to land him a bestselling book.

 

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Shonda Rhimes is awesome. Yes, this is news. As if creating 3 critically acclaimed (and wildly popular) TV shows while raising 3 children as a single mom wasn’t enough, she said yes to everything for a year and then somehow found time to write a book about it.

 

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