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The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2013

I received my contributor’s copy of The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2013 from Book-of-the-Month Club and once again they’ve gone above and beyond to create a great gift for any type of Stephen King fan, from the casual reader to the serious collector. The theme this year was “King Anniversaries” and the calendar includes excerpts from King books that are celebrating anniversaries in 2013 including The Stand, Christine, Pet Sematary, Bag of Bones, Duma Key, and more.

As always, editor Jay Franco did an incredible job bringing together a great group of contributors including a lot of old favorites plus some strong new voices. My piece is called “Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition” and I discuss a little bit of the background and “behind the scenes” information of how Cemetery Dance published It: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition by Stephen King last December.

Here is the official sales copy from the Book-of-the-Month Club:

Welcome to the 2013 Stephen King Library Desk Calendar. If you’re here for the first time, welcome. If you are a return customer, welcome back, Mr. Torrance. We’ve been expecting you.

King’s world has grown so much since we entered the Dark Tower for last year’s calendar theme. With The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel published in April 2012, we’re proudly carrying on the tradition of the ka-tet into this year with some discussion of that release. We’re also hot on the heels of King’s time-travel novel, 11/22/63: A Novel—a phenomenal ride into the past.

For this year’s theme we’re once again headed into the past, where we’ll be celebrating King stories that all hit a memorable milestone this year: the 35th anniversary of The Stand and Night Shift, and 30 years for Christine and Pet Sematary—and more. I’ll let you discover the rest of the milestones for yourselves, but we’ll be reminiscing, discussing and sharing some dark and delightful trivia for them all. We’ll also share a glimpse into the places King will be taking us in the future, like catching us up with the child hero from The Shining, Danny Torrance, in the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. Join us all year long!

Read more on their website today!

Stephen King Library 2013 Desk Calendar Table of Contents
Dec 31, 2012 – Jan 6 — introduction / editor letter — Jay Franco
Jan 7 – Jan 13 — This Book Is a Weapon — matt bergin
Jan 14 – Jan 20 — Ever Relevant — Jay Franco
Jan 21 – Jan 27 — 35th ANNIVERSARY – THE STAND — excerpt — Stephen King
Jan 28 – Feb 3 — King’s Lord of the Rings — Myke Cole
Feb 4 – Feb 10 — A Most Generous King — Jay Franco
Feb 11 – Feb 17 — The Stand Trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Feb 18 – Feb 24 — Irons in the Fire — Jay Franco
Feb 25 – Mar 3 — 35th ANNIVERSARY – NIGHT SHIFT — an excerpt — Stephen King
Mar 4 – Mar 10 — Night Shift TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
Mar 11 – Mar 17 — It’s About Time — matt bergin
Mar 18 – Mar 24 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – CHRISTINE — an excerpt — Stephen King
Mar 25 – Mar 31 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – CHRISTINE — an excerpt — Stephen King
Apr 1 – Apr 7 — Christine TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
Apr 8 – Apr 14 — A King’s Ranking — Jay Franco
Apr 15 – Apr 21   — A Birthday to Die For! — Samantha Etkin
Apr 22 – Apr 28 — 30th ANNIVERSARY – PET SEMATARY — an excerpt — Stephen King
Apr 29 – May 5 — Coming Back Wrong — Jeff Somers
May 6 – May 12 — Squeaky’s Return — Matt DeVirgiliis
May 13 – May 19 — Pet Sematary essay — Peter Brett
May 20 – May 26 — 20th ANNIVERSARY – DOLORES CLAIBORNE – an excerpt — Stephen King
May 27 – June 2 — Dolores Claiborne TRIVIA — Fotini Marcopulos
June 3 – June 9 — Mysterious Benefactor — Diane Ketcham
June 10 – June 16 — Nightmares & Dreamscapes trivia essay — Fotini Marcopulos
June 17 – June 23 — 20th ANNIVERSARY – NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES — an excerpt — Stephen King
June 24 – June 30 — Fear Does Not Exist in This Dojo — Jay Franco
July 1 – July 7 — Looking into The Eyes of The Dragon — Jay Franco
July 8 – July 14 — “Maine Man” — the editors
July 15 – July 21 — King the Scrivener — Justin Brooks
July 22 – July 28 — 15th ANNIVERSARY – BAG OF BONES — an excerpt — Stephen King
July 29 – Aug 4 — Bag of Bones TV Miniseries – The Sitelet — Jay Franco
Aug 5 – Aug 11 — The King films of 1983 — Dan Kimmel
Aug 12 – Aug 18 — Bag of Bones – Trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Aug 19 – Aug 25 — Duma Key related trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Aug 26 – Sept 1 — 5th ANNIVERSARY – DUMA KEY — an excerpt — Stephen King
Sept 2 – Sept 8 — Divorce & Departure — Kevin Quigley
Sept 9 – Sept 15   — A Discussion of: The Wind Through the Keyhole — Jay Franco
Sept 16 – Sept 22 — Dark Tower essay — Stephen Jewell
Sept 23 – Sept 29 — 5th ANNIVERSARY – JUST AFTER SUNSET  — an excerpt — Stephen King
Sept 30 – Oct 6 — Just After Sunset trivia — Fotini Marcopulos
Oct 7 – Oct 13 — The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Carrie — Jay Franco
Oct 14 – Oct 20 — The Philosophy of Time Travel — Jay Franco
Oct 21 – Oct 27 — The ROAD RAGE Collaboration —  Jay Franco
Oct 28 – Nov 3 — Top 5 Horror Websites — Jay Franco
Nov 4 – Nov 10 — Embracing It — Jay Franco
Nov 11 – Nov 17 — Inspiration Insight —  Matt DeVirgiliis
Nov 18 – Nov 24 — 10th Anniversary of the Dark Tower: The Wolves of the Calla — Robin Furth
Nov 25 – Dec 1 — Insert Dead Pet Comedic Relief Here — Matt DeVirgiliis
Dec 2 – Dec 8 — A Love/Hate Relationship — Jay Franco
Dec 9 – Dec 15  — A discussion of documentary, ROOM 237 —  Jay Franco
Dec 16 – Dec 22  — Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition — Brian James Freeman
Dec 23 – Dec 29  — Publishing a Stephen King Special Edition [continued] — Brian James Freeman
Dec 30 – Jan 5, 2014  — Last Night I dreamed of a Tiger —  Jay Franco 

The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2012

I received my contributor’s copy of The Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2012 from Book-of-the-Month Club and they’ve really hit a home run again this year.  The theme is The Dark Tower and the cover is a cool 3-D hologram, but this flat scan doesn’t really do the effect any justice:

Editor Jay Franco did another incredible job editing the calendar.  He’s always terrific to work with and you should definitely check out his blog.  (He wants me to mention that he’s an infrequent blogger, but I think that just means he puts more thoughts into his posts than most people.)

This year Jay brought together a great group of contributors and they really cover a lot of ground, which is impressive considering how BIG a topic like The Dark Tower is!  Contributors include Matt Bergin, Peter Brett, Justin Brooks, Myke Cole, Matthiew DeVirgiliis, Samantha Etkin, Jay Franco, Brian James Freeman, Robin Furth, Stephen Jewell, Daniel M. Kimmel, Fotini Marcopulos, Jon Oden, Micol Ostow, Tricia Pasternak, Rome Quezada, Jeff Somers, and Bev Vincent.  My piece is called “Why the Dark Tower Series Isn’t Finished Yet” and I discuss The Wind Through the Keyhole, the next book in The Dark Tower series.

Here is the official sales copy from the Book-of-the-Month Club:

If you’re a fan of Stephen King, chances are you avoid pet cemeteries, you have a healthy fear of clowns and when you think of the Man in Black, it isn’t Johnny Cash who comes to mind. But there’s so much more to the Master of Horror, and in our Club exclusive Stephen King Library Desk Calendar 2012, you get to spend a year inside his sinister universe. Packed with essays, juicy details and fascinating trivia, this year’s calendar is also full of excerpts from all the Dark Tower books, articles from professionals he has influenced and more. Plus, it features quizzes—like Mid-World Word Trivia, which tests your knowledge of High Speech—and notes on the future of the series. This calendar is packed with so much, it’s scary!

Read more on their website today!

Stephen King Library 2012 Desk Calendar Table of Contents

Preface:                        “What is Mid-World by Robin Furth
Dec. 26 – Jan1st:            Walking the Line/Introduction by Jay Franco
Jan. 2 – 8th:                        Excerpt 1 from The Gunslinger
Jan. 9 – 15th:                       A Dark Tower Release Roundup
Jan. 16 – 22nd:                    The Dark One Would Never Expect It by Jay Franco
Jan. 23 – 29th:                     Time Keeps on Slipping into the Future by Bev Vincent
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5th:               Excerpt 2 from The Gunslinger
Feb. 6 – 12th:                       Dad-A-Chum Yum! by Matt Bergin
Feb. 13 – 19th:                     Introduction to High Speech by Robin Furth
Feb. 20 – 26th:                     Coming-of-Age by Peter V. Brett
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4th:               Excerpt 3 from The Drawing of the Three
Mar. 5th – 11th:                     The Ka-Tet: A Closer Look by Jay Franco
Mar. 12 – 18th:                      Floating Doors by Jay Franco
Mar. 19 – 25th:                      High Speech Primer, Part II by Robin Furth
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1st:                 Excerpt 4 from The Drawing of the Three
Apr. 2 – 8th:                 Writing in the Dark: Stephen King, Terror and the Sublime by Micol Ostow
Apr. 9 – 22nd:                        Running Time by Daniel M. Kimmel
Apr. 23 – 29th:                      The Fiction Within the Fiction / Trivia
Apr. 30 – May 6th:                 Excerpt 5 from The Waste Lands
May 7 – 13th:                        Your #1 Fan by Jay Franco
May 14 – 20th:                      High Speech Primer, Part III by Robin Furth
May 21 – 27th:                       A Dark Tower Cycle by Rome Quezada
May 28 – June 3rd:                 Excerpt 6 from The Waste Lands
Jun. 4 – 10th:                          Blaine the Jeopardy Brain by Matthew DeVirgiliis
Jun. 11 – 17th:                       Jae Lee to Illustrate The Wind Through the Keyhole by Jay Franco
Jun. 18 – 24th:                       Faith and the Father by Samantha Etkin
Jun. 25 – Jul. 1st:                   Excerpt 7 from Wizard and Glass
Jul. 2. – 8th:                            High Speech Primer, Part IV by Robin Furth
Jul. 9 – 15th:                           Mid-World Word Trivia by Fotini Marcopulos
Jul. 16 – 22nd:            The “N.” Mobisodes & Graphic Novel: A Unique Approach to Adaptation by Jay Franco
Jul. 23 – 29th:                        Excerpt 8 from Wizard and Glass
Jul. 30 – Aug. 5th:                  The Dark Tower: Treachery, The Graphic Novel by Jay Franco
Aug. 6 – 12th:                         Tie a Black Ribbon ‘Round My Soul by Jon Oden
Aug. 13 – 19th:                       Making a Comic Book Stand by Stephen Jewell
Aug. 20 – 26th:                       Excerpt 9 from Wolves of the Calla
Aug. 27 – Sep. 2nd:                We, the Constant Readers by Fotini Marcopulos
Sep. 3 – 9th:                           Other Rolands by Bev Vincent
Sep. 10 – 16th:            Test Your Memory: Release Dates / Trivia
Sep. 17 – 23rd:            Excerpt 10 from Wolves of the Calla
Sep. 24 – 30th:            The Dark Tower: How Meta is That? by Justin Brooks
Oct. 1 – 7th:                 High Speech Primer, Part V by Robin Furth
Oct. 8 – 14th:               Of Knighthood and Nostalgia by Myke Cole
Oct. 15 – 21st:             Excerpt 11 from Song of Susannah
Oct. 22 – 28th:             Walking the Path of the Beam by Tricia Pasternak
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4th:                 Random King Trivia by Fotini Marcopulos
Nov. 5 – 11th:                         One Morning in Dallas by Jay Franco
Nov. 12 – 18th:                       Excerpt 12 from Song of Susannah
Nov. 19 – 25th:                       Cort: Man-at-Arms [A Brief Bio] by Jay Franco
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2nd:                The Ka of Villain Decay by Jeff Somers
Dec. 3 – 9th:                           Hey, Little Sister[s] by Jay Franco
Dec. 10 – 16th:                       Excerpt 13 from The Dark Tower
Dec. 17 – 23rd:                       Regis Ex Machina by Matt Bergin
Dec. 24 – 30th:              Why the Dark Tower Series Isn’t Finished Yet by Brian James Freeman
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6th:                 Excerpt 14 from The Dark Tower

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