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BOOK REVIEW – The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (New Illustrated Edition)

By Marty Mulrooney

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid is a murder mystery written by Stephen King, published by Hard Case Crime and Titan Books. Originally published in 2005 in the US and out of print since 2008, this illustrated edition – in the larger trade paperback format – features a brand new cover painting and 20 interior illustrations. The July 2019 release of this illustrated edition also marks the book’s first ever mainstream distribution in the UK.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Straw Men: 10th Anniversary Special Edition by Michael Marshall

By Marty Mulrooney

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The Straw Men is a crime thriller by British writer Michael Marshall (Killer Move, We Are Here, also known as Michael Marshall Smith), first published in 2002. This Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive 10th Anniversary Special Edition includes a long introduction by the author, scans of the author’s writing notebooks, a deluxe oversized design, high-quality endpapers, fine bindings and an extremely collectible print run.

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BOOK REVIEW – Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

By Marty Mulrooney

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Doctor Sleep is the latest novel from award-winning author Stephen King. A sequel to his 1977 masterpiece The Shining (his third published book), Doctor Sleep explores the life of a now grown up Dan Torrance. Haunted by the horrific events that took place at the Overlook Hotel when he was just a child, Dan eventually settles down in rural New Hampshire and starts using his ‘shining’ power to comfort the dying. Aided by a mysterious cat with an uncanny ability to predict death, Dan comes to be known by the locals as ‘Doctor Sleep’…

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AMO COMPETITION – Stephen King’s Joyland Online Carnival Tour

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Step right up! Step right up! Talk “the Talk” @TitanBooks to Win Money-Can’t-Buy Prizes! Best-selling author Stephen King returns with a breathtaking tale of love – and loss – set in a 1970s North Carolina amusement park. Read Alternative Magazine Online’s review here.

Celebrating the release of this bittersweet coming-of-age novel, Titan Books and Hard Case Crime are teaming up with a series of digital partners (including AMO) to host competitions to win free copies of Joyland and a limited run of exclusive Joyland canvas prints of Glen Orbik’s cover painting.

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BOOK REVIEW – Joyland by Stephen King

By Marty Mulrooney

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Joyland is the new novel from the world’s best-selling author, Stephen King. The latest release in the highly successful and hugely popular ‘Hard Case Crime’ book series, Joyland tells the story of college student Devin Jones as he takes a part-time job at a small-town North Carolina amusement park during the summer of 1973. Trying to escape a broken heart, he instead discovers a crime – and ghost – mystery that will not only see him coming-of-age, but force him to take a ride with an evil that hides in broad daylight. Published through a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Titan Publishing Group, Joyland is due to be released in the UK on the 7th June 2013.

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FILM REVIEW – The Mist (Blu-Ray)

By Marty Mulrooney

TheMistBluRayCoverWith Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to review a great little horror film called The Mist, which was released in 2007. Based on a Stephen King  novella, and directed by long-time King collaborater Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), The Mist tells the somewhat deceptively simple tale of a father and his son, stuck in a supermarket with a bunch of strangers, in an even stranger mist. Continue reading

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Michael Marshall (Author)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Michael Marshall (also known as Michael Marshall Smith) is a British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer, currently living in London, UK. His groundbreaking first novel, the science fiction thriller Only Forward, won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth awards, as well as much critical acclaim. He built on this success with two more sci-fi novels that soon followed, Spares and One Of Us, before switching genre and his writing name with the release of The Straw Men (as Michael Marshall.)

This was my first introduction to Michael’s work, and one I shall likely never forget. I was 15 years old, reading a book about child kidnappings, murder and secret societies deep in the heart of America, the summer light fading fast as I lost track of time. No doubt some extremists, who likely think the Harry Potter books promote witchcraft in children, would have balked at this series of events. Still, I was totally enthralled and I have read every book Michael Marshall has published since.

He has a strange power to take real life and twist it totally on its head, whilst still retaining a strong sense of reality. If you have never read Michael’s work, I urge you now, go and grab one of his books. His earlier sci-fi works such as Only Forward, or the later reality-based endeavours such as The Straw Men (my personal favourite) all offer a great place to start. It’s the type of storytelling that grips the reader and won’t let go, and you will not be disappointed. His fans can certainly attest to this already. So now, without further ado, it is an absolute privilege and a pleasure to be able to say that Michael Marshall (Smith) has taken some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us here today at Alternative Magazine Online…

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