'Rose Red,' Victims Blue In a Stephen King Thriller
By Ron Wertheimer
If you're one of those people who lapse into a condescending sneer at the mere mention of Stephen King, leave the room. Git. Now, for the rest of us who aren't above settling in for a well-wrought ghost story, who allow ourselves the guilty pleasure of a roiling melodrama, ''Stephen King's 'Rose Red' '' is inconsequential fun.
January 25, 2002, Friday .
By LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
Hail, Fellows The National Endowment for the Arts has chosen the recipients of its 2002 Jazz Masters Fellowships. This honor recognizes contributions to jazz, artistic excellence and impact on music and is worth $20,000. On the 20th anniversary of the program and following such previous winners as Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Lionel Hampton and Sarah Vaughan, this year's fellows are the saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Frank Foster; the bassist Percy Heath; and the pianist and co...
December 20, 2001, Thursday .
BOOKS IN BRIEF: FICTION & POETRY
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
BLACK HOUSE By Stephen King and Peter Straub. Random House, $28.95.
November 04, 2001, Sunday .
By James Barron; With Susan Saulny
A Who's-on-First Title The title of JENNIFER ESPOSITO'S next film is no secret, but people think it is.
August 31, 2001, Friday .
Talk of Vengeance at Arraignment in Murders
By KATHERINE E. FINKELSTEIN
He has been an image on a surveillance camera, a suspect, a fugitive, then a prisoner in Florida's custody. And yesterday, Joseph Sean Salley, 29, became a New York defendant arraigned in Manhattan on charges that he killed three people and wounded two others in an apartment above the Carnegie Deli during a bungled robbery on May 10. He also became a more concrete object of hatred for one of the victims' fathers, Philip King, who has repeatedly urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty for...
August 04, 2001, Saturday .
Mortality and Charity Are Themes at Vassar
Most graduation ceremonies mention the importance of service to others, but the writer Stephen King turned the ideal into action today at Vassar College's 137th commencement. In a speech in which he focused on the 624 graduates' mortality and acknowledged ''casting gloom, even the pall of death, on what should be a joyous and wonderful day,'' Mr. King, who was badly injured when he was struck by a minivan in 1999 while on a walk in Maine, noted that he had learned, ''You can't take it with y...
May 21, 2001, Monday .
Weasel From Another Planet
By Colin Harrison
Dreamcatcher By Stephen King. 620 pp. New York: Scribner. $28.
April 15, 2001, Sunday .
A Fateful Step Off a Curb And Into Alien Territory
By JANET MASLIN
DREAMCATCHER By Stephen King Scribner. 620 pages. $28. In 1999, as he explained in ''On Writing'' last year, a reckless driver on a Maine road changed Stephen King's life. Now, in the big, dynamic novel that is his first since being grievously injured, it's possible to see how that accident changed his definition of horror, too.
March 15, 2001, Thursday .
Suspense Doesn't Sell at E-Speed
By Alberto Manguel
In the long gone days of my childhood in Buenos Aires, Sunday was movie day. The neighborhood theater showed triple and sometimes quadruple features, introduced by live acts (elderly pianists or melancholy clowns) that we would loudly boo and by ongoing serials (space adventures or Wild West sagas) that we would faithfully follow. Ostensibly, we came for the features, but in truth, we loved the serials. ''This suspense is terrible,'' says Gwendolen in Oscar Wilde's ''The Importance of Being Ear...
December 05, 2000, Tuesday .
MediaTalk; Stephen King's E-Tale Didn't Do Too Shabbily
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
The best-selling writer Stephen King is not finished scaring publishers. Last week, Mr. King announced a long hiatus for ''The Plant,'' his closely watched experiment in self-publishing, by selling installments of a new serial novel directly to his readers as digital files downloaded from his Web site. After five months, sales had dwindled dramatically. Mr. King decided to put ''The Plant'' aside for a year or two to finish some more conventional books, eliciting we-told-you-so's from publi...
December 04, 2000, Monday .
The suspension of ''The Plant'' -- Stephen King's online serial novel -- after the fifth monthly installment gives rise to all kinds of horticultural metaphors. But the one that matters is that the soil was simply not rich enough. Some 120,000 paying readers downloaded the first installment of ''The Plant.'' By this week's fifth installment that number had dwindled to 40,000, many of them no longer paying. That is a respectable number of downloads by most other measures, but not quite King-like...
December 01, 2000, Friday .
A Stephen King Online Horror Tale Turns Into a Mini-Disaster
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Publishers one, authors nothing. Five months ago, the horror writer Stephen King struck a blow for author independence, electing to forgo the help of a publisher and sell a new serial novel directly to his readers in digital form over the Internet. Titled ''The Plant,'' the novel tells the story of a predatory vine that terrorizes a small paperback house, and, as book publishers strain to discern the future of digital publishing, it spooked them in more ways than one.
November 29, 2000, Wednesday .
Entertainers Join Groups In Ad Effort To Lift Gore
By PETER MARKS
Voters in Florida are to receive telephone calls from Barbra Streisand, critiquing Gov. George W. Bush's position on abortion. Radio listeners in New England will hear Stephen King on Texans' complaints about Mr. Bush's record on education and health care. And college students in several swing states will be able to obtain CD's on which the musician Lenny Kravitz expresses his opposition to Mr. Bush's environmental positions. In the waning days of the campaign, Democrats and their allies are...
November 02, 2000, Thursday .
By Frederick Busch
ON WRITING A Memoir of the Craft. By Stephen King. 288 pp. New York: Scribner. $25.
October 08, 2000, Sunday .
How to Write (If You're Stephen King)
By JANET MASLIN
ON WRITING Memoir of the Craft By Stephen King 288 pages. Scribner. $25. When Stephen King summons his early years in his new memoir, he recalls being teased by a flatulent, 200-pound ''Misery''-prototype baby sitter and horribly tormented by the doctor who drained his infected ear. He describes the ''dirt-floored, rock-walled, spider-infested'' basement from which he and his brother Dave put out a homemade newspaper. He describes the formative experience of working at a laundry that ...