Updated: July 6, 2012 9:30AM
Horrormeister King to dip pen into crime genre
Stephen King will take on crime for a novel coming out next year. The author of Carrie and other horror classics has a deal with the publisher Hard Case Crime for Joyland, a whodunit scheduled for June 2013. King was an early advocate for e-books, but in a statement this week he said he has such fond memories of reading crime stories as a kid that Joyland will initially come out just as a paperback. That way fans will have to buy “the actual book.” King has written one other book for Hard Case Crime, the novel The Colorado Kid.
Macomber books spawn series starring MacDowell
Andie MacDowell will in the Hallmark Channel’s first ever prime-time series — based on the books by author Debbie Macomber, whose Hallmark movie adaptations have been among the network’s top-rated programs. MacDowell will portray municipal court Judge Olivia Lockhart in “Cedar Grove.” The series will start with a two-hour movie airing later this year and continue with a 13-episode series early in 2013.