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EDITORIAL: Everything Comes Back Again Or: Why It's A Good Time To Be A Stephen King Fan

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Today marks the start of the early release for the much anticipated, IT: Chapter Two, happening nationwide. Fans will begin lining up later this afternoon at their local theaters to view the conclusion of the tale about childhood friends, brought together due to terrifying events. Now in adulthood, the much distanced members of the Losers' Club are brought back home to once again face the terror known as Pennywise. IT: Chapter Two is sure to be the most fitting horror experience and a fine welcome for the approaching Halloween season.

The first IT film, directed by Andy Muschietti was released in 2017 and became an instant hit among audiences. The acting from Bill Skarsgård's and the version of Pennywise he brings to the screen is really, really close up there next to Tim Curry's own hauntingly lovable portrayal of a character that comes deep from the mind of Maine's native son, Stephen King. Tonight and all through the weekend, audiences will be filling seats in theaters nationwide as they go back to the small town of Derry one final time.

One final time indeed, until the Blu-Ray releases but that's not to say that the Stephen King fun has to end with IT: Chapter Two. No. With the story of the Losers' Club coming to an end for most Stephen King and IT fans, there will be a few ways to keep your Stephen King hype and spirit going well and strong until the month of Halloween, formerly known as October, begins.

Come Saturday, September 7th, just a few days away, fans can get their S.K. binge on with a marathon of movies adapted from the works of The Master of the Macabre. Set to run all day on AMC, featured films will include Silver Bullet, both Creepshow movies and my personal favorite, Christine. AMC is no stranger to bringing the fear as they are home to zombie horror hit, The Walking Dead and their own annual AMC FearFest, which began as Monsterfest in 1997.

For King fans, seeing IT: Chapter Two and consuming hours of older King films is a groovy way to end a weekend. It gets fans all ready for September 10th, when we see Stephen King's new novel, "The Institute", hit bookshelves, mobile devices and reader's doorsteps.

The story will follow a young teen named Luke Ellis, who is taken from his home and placed in a room that is housed in a building simply known as The Institute. There, Luke is tortured and experimented on, soon to discover that he is not the only teen there, and most certainly not the only one with abilities. Much anticipated, the new novel should bring in fans new and old with its "Firestarter" vibes that seem fitting for both teens and young adults.

The King hype is sure to continue, at least for an evening or two for the most dedicated readers. I know I can't ever put a King book down when I start but what to do after will be the question.

A weekend of horror from The Master of Horror, if done right, can be turned into a month of horror because of the best, new streaming channel one could ask for, Shudder. You've already been out to the movies, binge watched more movies and curled up with a book. Why not binge watch some TV now?

Shudder thought that it would be horrifically fantastic to hook fans up with another run of Creepshow, this time an episodic series, based off the movies crafted by both King and horror legend George A. Romero. Many of the creep-tastic episodes will be based off Stephen King's shorter stories, as well as some original new content thrown into the mix.

The third entry into the Creepshow franchise will feature some big horror names with Tobin Bell (SAW), David Arquette (Scream) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) onboard to provide screams and scares, with Adrienne Barbeau set to return to the franchise. Tom Savini along with Greg Nicotero and others are all set to direct the six episode series that will premiere Thursday, September 26th.

The season of King is only just getting started, ready to take us into October and it does not appear that there is any stop in sight. October will bring us Hulu's second season of Castle Rock and November will see the release of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep. To say Stephen King is having a good year is an understatement. Mr. King is having a great year and he continues to build on his decades of awesomeness, this awesomeness surely to take him well into the future and beyond. With what we have ahead of us, it's nice to sit back and think, man, it's a good time to be a Stephen King fan.

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ERIC J. CULLEN is a writer currently residing in California. A fan of horror since childhood, Eric spends his free time developing Horror Junket, writing screenplays, HODLING, as well as producing films in the horror genre. Eric is currently the future owner of a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

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