Stephen King to release Detective Novel – new book called Mr Mercedes

MrMERCEDES_hbk-animatedA retired cop and a couple of unlikely allies race against time to stop a psycho-loner intent on blowing up thousands… Stephen King is on a roll, this time with the heart-pounding suspense that he does best.

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who’s haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular – the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes.

The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing that from happening.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he’s preparing to kill again. Only Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, can apprehend the killer in this high-stakes race against time.

Because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands…

For more about Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes click here

Winners of the Maggie Beer, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Jennifer Saunders prizes!

Maggie Beer Hamper – valued at over $500!

B. Colebrook, Nelson Bay, NSW

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the-casual-vacancyWinners of a signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling!

L.Hope, Castle Hill, NSW
E.Lewis, Clifton Hill, VIC
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bonkers-my-life-in-laughsWinners of a signed copy of Bonkers : My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders

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Congratulations to all the winners!
A Booktopia representative will be in contact with you via email or phone during December to confirm delivery of your prize.

Time Is Running Out To Win The Ultimate Stephen King Collection – Over 50 Titles!

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

How about the Ultimate Stephen King Collection!

Order Doctor Sleep (the follow up to The Shining) before December 10th 2013 to go in the draw to win the Ultimate Stephen King Collection – over 50 titles!

(See the full list below)


Winners will be announced on December 16th 2013 right here on The Booktopia Blog.

Grab a copy of Doctor Sleep here

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

Grab a copy of Doctor Sleep here

Prize Pack includes: Bag of Bones – Carrie – Cell – Christine – 11.22.63 – Cujo – Danse Macabre – The Dark Half – The Dark Tower: Bk. I: Gunslinger – The Dark Tower: Bk. II: Drawing of the Three – The Dark Tower: Bk. III: Waste Lands – The Dark Tower: Bk. IV: Wizard and Glass – The Dark Tower: Bk. V: Wolves of the Calla – The Dark Tower: Bk. VI: Song of Susannah – The Dark Tower: Bk. VII: Dark Tower – The Dead Zone – Desperation – Different Seasons – Dolores Claiborne – Dreamcatcher – Duma Key – Everything’s Eventual – The Eyes of the Dragon – Firestarter – Four Past Midnight – From a Buick 8 – Full Dark, No Stars – Gerald’s Game – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Hearts in Atlantis – Insomnia – It – Just After Sunset – Lisey’s Story – Misery – Needful Things – Night Shift – Nightmares and Dreamscapes – On Writing – Pet Sematary – Rose Madder – Salem’s Lot – The Shining – Skeleton Crew – The Stand – Stephen King Goes to the Movies: Featuring “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, “Hearts in Atlantis” (“Low Men in Yellow Coats”), “1408″, the “Mangler” and “Children of the Corn” – The Tommyknockers – Under the Dome – The Wind Through the Keyhole

Hachette joins our Booktoberfest celebration – you could win 21 beautiful books worth over $700

How would you like to give everyone you love a book for Christmas… without you having to pay a cent?

To help us celebrate Booktoberfest our friends at Hachette are giving you the chance to win all of the books in their Booktoberfest Showcase.

Order any of the books in the Hachette Booktoberfest Showcase to go into the draw to win the lot – 21 beautiful books worth over $700.

Click here to enter the Hachette showcase

Hachette Booktoberfest Highlight

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

Click here to buy Doctor Sleep from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Buy Doctor Sleep And Go In The Running To Win The Ultimate Stephen King Collection – Over 50 Titles!

Yesterday The New York Times reviewed Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep and gave it a glowing endorsement.

Calling it a a “very quick and nimble story”, reviewer Janet Maslin also added “(King) is so good at scaring that he can even raise goose bumps when he writes about the measles”.

So…Stephen King…great reviews…the sequel to The Shining…

What have you got to lose? Or rather what else have you got to win?

How about the Ultimate Stephen King Collection!

That’s right, order Doctor Sleep before December 10th 2013 to go in the draw to win the most awesome Stephen King book collection ever – over 50 titles!

(See the full list below)


Winners will be announced on December 16th 2013 right here on The Booktopia Blog.

Order your copy today and be a part of history as one the world’s most famous writers delivers a follow up to one of the most iconic books of the 20th century.

Click here to buy Doctor Sleep from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

Click here to buy Doctor Sleep from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Prize Pack includes: Bag of Bones – Carrie – Cell – Christine – 11.22.63 – Cujo – Danse Macabre – The Dark Half – The Dark Tower: Bk. I: Gunslinger – The Dark Tower: Bk. II: Drawing of the Three – The Dark Tower: Bk. III: Waste Lands – The Dark Tower: Bk. IV: Wizard and Glass – The Dark Tower: Bk. V: Wolves of the Calla – The Dark Tower: Bk. VI: Song of Susannah – The Dark Tower: Bk. VII: Dark Tower – The Dead Zone – Desperation – Different Seasons – Dolores Claiborne – Dreamcatcher – Duma Key – Everything’s Eventual – The Eyes of the Dragon – Firestarter – Four Past Midnight – From a Buick 8 – Full Dark, No Stars – Gerald’s Game – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Hearts in Atlantis – Insomnia – It – Just After Sunset – Lisey’s Story – Misery – Needful Things – Night Shift – Nightmares and Dreamscapes – On Writing – Pet Sematary – Rose Madder – ‘Salem’s Lot – The Shining – Skeleton Crew – The Stand – Stephen King Goes to the Movies: Featuring “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, “Hearts in Atlantis” (“Low Men in Yellow Coats”), “1408″, the “Mangler” and “Children of the Corn” – The Tommyknockers – Under the Dome – The Wind Through the Keyhole

Stephen King Returns In Doctor Sleep, The Sequel To The Shining

In Doctor Sleep, Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining.

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the ‘steam’ that children with the ‘shining’ produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival…

Click here to buy Doctor Sleep from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Cathryn Hein

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling author of rural romance Cathryn Hein to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
A beautiful spring day, al fresco dining with delicious food and wine, some gentle music or perhaps the sound of the ocean or birdsong, and the man I love. Although I could just as easily be suckered in by  a trip to the SCG to watch my beloved Sydney Swans in action. Throw in a hot pie and a big win, and perfection is found! Continue reading

Six Sensational Advances Through The Years

Just to remind us all about how important books are, we put together a list of the most incredible advances given to authors in recent times.

It makes you want to start writing your plot summary right now!

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Five Books With Thrills To Give You The Chills – Happy Halloween From Booktopia

Do you like scary stories? I’ll try my hand at one.

Brynne Edelsten has her own television show.

Not scary enough? Well you’re a tough nut to crack. Here’s five spine-chilling titles sure to make the hairs on your goosebumps rise.


It

by Stephen King

It began for the Losers on a day in June of 1958, the day school let out for the summer. That was the day Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name on Ben Hanscom’s belly and chased him into the Barrens, the day Henry and his Neanderthal friends beat up on Stuttering Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak, the day Stuttering Bill had to save Eddie from his worst asthma attack ever by riding his bike to beat the devil. It ended in August, with seven desperate children in search of a creature of unspeakable evil in the drains beneath Derry. In search of It. And somehow it ended.

Or so they thought. Then.

On a spring night in 1985 Mike Hanlon, once one of those children, makes six calls. Stan Uris, accountant. Richie “Records” Tozier, L.A. disc jockey. Ben Hanscom, renowned architect. Beverly Rogan, dress designer. Eddie Kaspbrak, owner of a successful New York limousine company. And Bill Denbrough, bestselling writer of horror novels. Bill Denbrough who now only stutters in his dreams.

These six men and one woman have forgotten their childhoods, have forgotten the time when they were Losers . . . but an unremembered promise draws them back, the present begins to rhyme dreadfully with the past, and when the Losers reunite, the wheels of fate lock together and roll them toward the ultimate terror.

In the biggest and most ambitious book of his career, Stephen King gives us not only his most towering epic of horror but a surprising reillumination of the corridor where we pass from the bright mysteries of childhood to those of maturity.

Click here to buy your copy from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop


Rosemary’s Baby

by Ira Levin

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems…

Click here to buy your copy from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop


The Passage

by Justin Cronin

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

Click here to order your copy from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop


Dracula

by Bram Stoker

‘We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.’

Earnest and naive solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to organise the estate of the infamous Count Dracula at his crumbling castle in the ominous Carpathian Mountains. Through notes and diary entries, Harker keeps track of the horrors and terrors that beset him at the castle, telling his fiancé Mina of the Count’s supernatural powers and his own imprisonment. Although Harker eventually manages to escape and reunite with Mina, his experiences have led to a mental breakdown of sorts.

Meanwhile in England, Mina’s friend Lucy has been bitten and begins to turn into a vampire. With the help of Professor Van Helsing, a previous suitor of Lucy’s, Seward, and Lucy’s fiancé Holmwood attempt to thwart Count Dracula and his attempts on Lucy and consequently Mina’s life.

Arguably the most enduring Gothic novel of the 19th Century, Bram Stoker’s DRACULA is as chilling today in its depiction of the vampire world and its exploration of Victorian values as it was at its time of publication.

Click here to buy your copy from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop


The Silence Of The Lambs

by Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent…
A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath’s mind– in the deadly search for a serial killer…
Thomas Harris is the author of “Hannibal,” “Red Dragon,” and “Black Sunday.” As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill,” FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.
That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of T”he Silence of the Lambs–”an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

Click here to buy your copy from Booktopia, Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop

So get your scare on today with Spooktopia. Also known as Booktopia.

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New book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – The Wind Through The Keyhole

Available: 24th April 2012

I have been selling master storyteller Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower all of my book selling life. Its reputation in the genre is unmatched. The release of a new book in this series is an event. Here is a word about the book from the UK publisher:

“For readers new to Stephen King’s epic 7-volume fantasy masterpiece The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is an enchanting Russian doll of a novel, a story within a story within a story, which features both the younger and older Roland Deschain – Mid-World’s last gunslinger – on his quest to find the Dark Tower.

For the legions of fans, it is a gift of deeper insight and a chance to discover what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

We join Roland and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. As they shelter from the screaming wind and snapping trees, Roland tells them not just one strange tale, but two – and in doing so sheds fascinating light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to a ranch to investigate a recent slaughter. Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks, terrible carnage – evidence that the ‘skin-man’, a shape shifter, is at work. There is only one surviving witness: a brave but terrified boy called Bill Streeter.

Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, ‘The Wind through the Keyhole.”A person’s never too old for stories,’ he says to Bill. ‘Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.’

And stories like these, they live for us.”

Click here to pre-order The Wind Through The Keyhole from Booktopia,
Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop

StephenKing.com has announced that The Wind Through the Keyhole, the next instalment of the epic The Dark Tower series is set for release in 2012.

Dear Constant Readers,

At some point, while worrying over the copyedited manuscript of the next book (11/22/63, out Now), I started thinking—and dreaming—about Mid-World again. The major story of Roland and his ka-tet was told, but I realized there was at least one hole in the narrative progression: what happened to Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy between the time they leave the Emerald City (the end of Wizard and Glass) and the time we pick them up again, on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the beginning of Wolves of the Calla)?

There was a storm, I decided. One of sudden and vicious intensity. The kind to which billy-bumblers like Oy are particularly susceptible. Little by little, a story began to take shape. I saw a line of riders, one of them Roland’s old mate, Jamie DeCurry, emerging from clouds of alkali dust thrown by a high wind. I saw a severed head on a fencepost. I saw a swamp full of dangers and terrors. I saw just enough to want to see the rest. Long story short, I went back to visit an-tet with my friends for awhile. The result is a novel called The Wind Through the Keyhole. It’s finished, and I expect it will be published next year.

It won’t tell you much that’s new about Roland and his friends, but there’s a lot none of us knew about Mid-World, both past and present. The novel is shorter than DT 2-7, but quite a bit longer than the first volume—call this one DT-4.5. It’s not going to change anybody’s life, but God, I had fun.

– Steve King

Click here to pre-order The Wind Through The Keyhole from Booktopia,
Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop

Visit The Dark Tower Official Web Site

ALSO:

Ron Howard has responded to those eager to learn the status of his planned adaptation of Stephen King’s novel series ‘The Dark Tower’, telling fans he is “fully committed” to the project despite lengthy delays. Source.

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