This is just too good not to share.
This is just too good not to share.
Stephen King has been quite prolific these past few years and if 2014 is any indication the sixty-six year old writer shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Besides “Mr. Mercedes” being published June of 2014, an announcement (via a “Under the Dome” video chat with the esteemed author last June) struck the Internet the detailing yet another release slated for November.
The release dubbed, “Revival,” hits upon such topics as addiction, religious fanaticism, and the possibilities of life after death. In the months proceeding King’s live chat, Scriber has released a brief abstract and rough release date for the novel:
In a small New England town more than half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed.
The book seems to harken to King’s roots, akin to the successful throwback novel “Doctor Sleep,” which released last year and was a direct sequel to “The Shining.” Nevertheless, these sorts of topics and particularly this style seem to be King’s bread and butter, and with age comes refinement.
“Revival” sounds more than promising, and hopefully horror fans will be delighted with King’s prose and pass it along to a friend, family member, or colleague because as everyone knows— Books should be shared. Don’t forget to check back here for more news on “Revival” as it releases.
And, speaking of sharing, share your favorite horror novels and/or your ‘must-read’ horror list of 2014 in the comments below.
I have a woeful habit of never making New Year’s resolutions. I despise them more than Sauron wants the ring, and the Shire to burn. No one ever keeps them. By the time the big game rolls around the treadmill lies covered in dust in the corner of the family room stacked with Mountain Dew and Budweiser, which by all means is fine and American, but makes me feel sad inside like an episode of Star Trek without a Tribble.
Resolutions are difficult– Not because they are unobtainable, but rather because people set out to accomplish tasks that are lifelong endeavors instead of focused, specific goals. Eating healthier, exercising, quitting smoking, and getting that next big promotion are all worthy to work towards, but they are lifelong and can very rarely be accomplished in a single year. If you quit smoking, it will be a lifelong struggle against addiction and temptation. First steps are fantastic and I encourage anyone to go for them, but I think paring down to a single year undercuts the premise and inevitably leads people to fail which then perpetuates a cycle.
With this in mind, I set out to resolve my hatred of New Year’s resolutions by twisting it up a bit and altering the premise into something a bit more manageable. I set out to make a list of ten goals (in place of the traditional resolution) that could be accomplished in a single year. Tasks that have definitive start and end dates with a concrete product in mind. I picked one larger goal for the year and nine smaller goals which were generally pop culture, career, and/or related to my family and friends.
Obviously a person’s list will vary (akin to a list of New Year’s resolutions), so mine may seem odd or out of place but as far as my personal preferences and goals are concerned they fit it perfectly. So, for 2014, here is my list of ten goals to accomplish by December 31st, 2014.
2014 New Year’s Goals
1. Run a successful KickStarter project.
2. Read all of Jonathan Ames’ work
3. Finally beat Final Fantasy VIII and XII
4. Refurbish Celeste’s [(my wife)] dresser and sewing desk as well as out wine rack
5. Save and purchase a PS Vita (keyword being “save”)
6. Make a wicked, awesome Halloween costume (Booker DeWitt)
7. Collect Claremont-Miller four-part miniseries, “The Wolverine.”
8. Read and then watch “Dune.”
9. Finally read “Game of Thrones.”
10. Finish writing “At the Top” and both “Dorian” tales.
Comment below to include some of your New Year’s goals and or resolutions. I would love to see and help anyone accomplish a personal goal, as I will be sharing mine as I complete them throughout the year. I keep my handwritten list tucked away in an envelope on my nightstand, so that I can keep in mind.
This is too good not to share, and honestly I would be remiss in my Internet duties if I didn’t post this.
I would love to start a literary journal in my hometown of Spokane, WA and eventually expand into a full fledged press.
If I only knew how to begin…
I follow a video game Tumblr called, “Generation Bit,” that is absolutely glorious. It’s simple, it’s informative, and it’s personal. All-in-all, it’s my perfect cup of Earl Grey.
A pair of gents by the handles of ‘The Commodore’ and ‘Reginald’ write the posts and take of the re-blogs, but from what I can ascertain Reginald doesn’t post much, the Commodore is a prick, and the two work together but don’t get along(?).
Nevertheless the content speaks for itself. Those passing through can see the passion, so give “Generation Bit” some love with a heart, plug, or re-blog. (F.Y.I. - I will be permalinking “Generation Bit” in the right-hand column under the “Affiliates” sub-heading). Please leave a comment here (or there)– as always…it would be much appreciated.
Here is some Sushi for thought:
What games are you most looking forward to in 2014? Has XBOX One or PS4 convinced you of their way?– Weigh in.