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The JK Rowling Controversy Now Involves Stephen King

'Harry Potter' author deletes her own tweet praising horror writer in a 'snit'

(Newser) - No, JK Rowling has not backed down on her controversial stance on trans rights , and now she's involving Stephen King in headlines related to the brouhaha. As the AV Club explains, it started when a male British politician accused Rowling of using her own domestic abuse to justify discrimination... More »

Stephen King Posts Odd Tweet on Paper Mill Blast

It was 'a TOILET paper mill,' he wrote, though some say that's not true and slammed him for his 'joke'

(Newser) - A bit of horror for Stephen King: A massive explosion on Wednesday destroyed a building at a paper mill in Maine near the writer's home in Lovell. No injuries were reported in the blast at the Androscoggin Mill, but King had other concerns, Fox News reports. "A paper... More »

Stephen King Is Aware of Your COVID-19 Comparisons

'Sorry,' he says to those who feel like they're living through one of his novels

(Newser) - Stephen King would like to apologize for writing fiction so realistic that you now feel as though you're living on the page. "I keep having people say, 'Gee, it's like we're living in a Stephen King story. And my only response to that is, '... More »

Stephen King Makes Big Move on Social Media

Author has quit Facebook over concerns on 'false information,' privacy

(Newser) - Last month, Facebook decided it wasn't going to bar or fact-check political ads during this election season, nor keep those ads from being targeted to certain groups of people. Now, partly based on that, Stephen King has made his own decision: He has left the social media site for... More »

Stephen King Explains His Controversial Oscars Tweet

Horror author clarifies in op-ed that Academy Awards 'are still rigged in favor of white people'

(Newser) - Stephen King ignited controversy earlier this month when, after the Academy Awards nominations included zero female directors and just one actor of color, he tweeted , "I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong." After... More »

Watch 13 Stephen King Movies, Collect $1,300

USDish has an unusual offer for one person

(Newser) - It's a publicity stunt, but those who binge on horror flicks in the lead-up to Halloween might be interested. USDish will pay one person $1,300 to watch 13 Stephen King movies by Oct. 31 and log details about the experience, reports CBS News . The company will provide a... More »

What Critics Are Saying About It Chapter Two

It's long, messy, and will 'totally freak you out'

(Newser) - Chaos and red balloons again descend on Derry, Maine, in the closing chapter on the film adaption of Stephen King's It. Set 27 years after the conclusion of part one , Andy Muschietti's It Chapter Two —with a 67% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes —returns to... More »

Teens Get Rights to Stephen King Story for $1

It's part of the horror author's 'Dollar Baby' program

(Newser) - It would typically be pretty expensive to option a Stephen King story. But students at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales, UK, just optioned one for a single dollar. Alfie Evans, 16, and Cerys Cliff, 14, are adapting "Stationary Bike," from King's collection Just After Sunset,... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Original Stephen King Manuscripts, Rare Books Lost in 'Devastating Blow'

Gerald Winters says 90% of inventory destroyed at rare-books store after water main burst in Bangor

(Newser) - When Gerald Winters recently decided to reorganize his rare-books store in Bangor, Maine, housing a collection mainly dedicated to Stephen King, he stashed most of his inventory in the basement. He's now suffered what the Bangor Daily News describes as a "devastating blow" to his business: A water... More »

Mother! Makes Only $7.5M, It Takes in Another $60M

The Stephen King adaptation has made $183M in two weeks

(Newser) - The Stephen King adaption It continues to scare up record ticket sales, taking in an estimated $60 million in its second week and leaving a paltry $7.5 million for Darren Aronofsky's audacious genre-bending psychological thriller mother! New Line and Warner Bros. It remained easily the top draw in... More »

He's Back: Evil Clown of It Will Give You Shivers

Pennywise is scarier than ever. Worse, he's kind of smart

(Newser) - If the 1990 miniseries based on Stephen King's It didn't convince you to stay well away from storm drains and red balloons, Andy Muschietti's latest telling of the tale just might. It —part one of two, to be released at a later date—follows a group... More »

Cops 'Terrified' by Balloon Prank for Movie It

Creepy clown sightings expected to rise

(Newser) - Police in Lititz, Pa., give a prankster points for creativity for tying red balloons to storm grates ahead of Friday's release of the movie It—but they "respectfully request they do not do that again." "We want the local prankster to know that we were completely... More »

Stephen King Seeks Revenge for Presidential Twitter Block

Author says Trump can't watch 'It' or 'Mr. Mercedes'

(Newser) - Stephen King is retaliating against President Trump for blocking him on Twitter, the AP reports. In a post late Thursday, the Maine horror author said he would block Trump from seeing the upcoming movie It or the currently showing TV series Mr. Mercedes, both based on his books. King's... More »

Stephen King Gives Fire Department a Helping Hand

It's the latest in a long line of donations

(Newser) - Stephen King has made millions unleashing a myriad of horrors on Maine towns in fiction—and spent millions helping them in real life. In the latest donation from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the husband-and-wife authors donated $30,000 to help the Bangor Fire Department buy new thermal imaging... More »

Stephen King, Amy Tan Sign Writers' Petition Against Trump

Hundreds of writers "oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump"

(Newser) - Ben Carson and Chris Christie are apparently Donald Trump fans (and Paul Ryan's still not sure ), but count Stephen King, Amy Tan, and Junot Diaz among those who definitely fall into the "Dump Trump" camp. They're among the hundreds of writers who've signed an... More »

Bruce Willis Making Broadway Debut

In play version of Stephen King's 'Misery'

(Newser) - Bruce Willis is hitting the Broadway stage for the first time. He'll make his debut in an adaptation of Misery by Stephen King; the play was written by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 movie version. Willis will play novelist Paul Sheldon, who was portrayed... More »

America Is Home to 96 Norman Bateses

Other popular horror-themed names: Michael Myers, Stephen King

(Newser) - If your real name happens to be Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, or Norman Bates, you probably really love Halloween or you really hate it. But at least you're not alone, according to the Whitepages directory service , which has compiled a list of the 13 most popular horror-themed names in... More »

Stephen King Adds His Clout to Anti-Amazon Letter

Authors think Jeff Bezos is using bully business tactics

(Newser) - Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with... More »

Dylan Farrow's Brother: Woody Didn't Molest Her

Moses Farrow blames Mia for cultivating Allen hatred

(Newser) - Moses Farrow, brother to Dylan Farrow and adopted son of Woody Allen, minces no words when it comes to his sister's allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of their father: "Of course Woody did not molest my sister," Moses, 36, tells People . "She loved him... More »

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