The Outsider: Stephen King series gets HBO adaptation

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Stephen King is no stranger when it comes to movie and TV adaptations, with so many of his estranged novels, in whole or in part, transferring to feature films and gripping series. In fact, the entertainment industry has been reworking older classics, such as “Carrie”, “The Shining”, and “Children of the Corn”, as well as contemporary favorites like “1408”, “IT”, and most recently, “Doctor Sleep”, to create enthralling transformations that are bound to snatch up fans of the spine-chilling genre. There are even time-honored, Stephen King horror collectibles that feature many characters and villains from his famed movie franchise. So, in light of appreciation for all that goes bump in the night, we’re here to spread the word about the latest TV adaptation from his devilishly written works, “The Outsider”.  

When was “The Outsider” published?

With over 50 adaptations under his belt, the master of horror is set to take the spotlight once again. The spine-chilling novel was released on May 22, 2018, selling 97,000 copies the first week that it hit store shelves. So, it’s safe to say that this 560-page-turner, “The Outsider” will be making a riveting debut next year in the form of a miniseries. Who knows? There may soon be Stephen King horror collectibles that feature the cast from this hostile book! 

What do we know about the miniseries so far?

Set to premiere on January 12, 2020, “The Outsider” TV adaptation will be a 10-episode series that will follow police detective Ralph Anderson, alongside eccentric private investigator Holly Gibney, as they examine a mysterious circumstance that finds them deep in the Georgia woods investigating an enigmatic death of an 11-year-old boy. After just losing a son of his own, Anderson is forced to explain the unexplainable, as horrifying evidence stacks up to peg local townie and Little League coach, Terry Maitland. Though insistent on his innocence, Maitland experiences animosity from his neighbors as the investigation continues, employing two common genres of Stephen King, horror mixed with a bit of police procedural. Each chapter of the series is set to follow the trail of clues that could lead the protagonists deep into the cryptic inquiry behind who killed Frank Peterson.  

Will you be the first to binge-watch the new Stephen King adaptation, “The Outsider”? Drop a comment below to share your thoughts with our readers. 

Have you ever wanted to take a step into the mind of Stephen King?

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Stephen King remains one of the most prolific authors of supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy, having published 61 creep-tasic novels and six non-fiction narratives. So, naturally, as a spooktacular horror fan, there’s a dreadful chance that you already possess many Stephen King horror collectibles on your home display shelves or awaiting purchase in your Nightmare Toys shopping cart. Having written your favorite twisted tales, have you ever wanted to catch a glimpse of where he created so many beloved, fictional worlds? Well, there may soon be a way that select fans can do more than simply stand in front of some hair-raising, manor gates.  

His home will become a retreat for writers

Mid-October, Rolling Stone reported that Stephen and wife Tabatha King applied to re-zone their iconic home in Bangor, Maine, with hopes of transforming it into a non-profit archive and writers’ retreat. After being unanimously approved by the city’s council, the residence may soon receive its first group researchers and scholars. While this opportunity will be by appointment only, five writers at a time will be invited to retreat to the property and use the home as an archival resource while they aspire to write their horror novels. However, with the plans roughly one to two years away from operation, King wishes that the home will remain a quiet tourist attraction for fans passing by. 

The thrilling scoop behind his miraculous mind 

Aside from adding some more Stephen King horror collectibles to your ever-growing compilation of home decor and gruesome action figures, here are some ghoulishly awesome facts about the acclaimed American author: 

  • King has used Maine as the setting for many of his horror novels. More importantly, the town of Derry from his book IT was inspired by his real-life home in Bangor, Maine. 
  • King barely remembers writing the novel, Cujo, as much of the ‘80s was spent overcoming his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. 
  • The Thing from the Tomb by H.P. Lovecraft was the book that sparked his interest in becoming a horror writer. 
  • He was in a band composed of other successful authors, including Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening, and Ridley Pearson. 
  • He purchased the van that struck him in 1999 and took a sledgehammer to it. 
  • His childhood friend was struck and killed by a train, to which he adapted this real-life experience when writing his novel, The Body
  • King has published seven novels under the pseudonym “Richard Bachman”.
  • AC/DC and The Ramones are two of the writer’s favorite bands. 
  • He’s known for playing cameo roles in some movies based on his books.

How many of the above facts did you not know about Stephen King? Drop a comment below to share some more fan information.