Stories and Title Revealed for Stephen King Horror Anthology Film

March 15, 2012
Source: Dread Central

Stephen King

For whatever reason, we didn't report on a new anthology horror film directed by Mark Pavia with stories from master of horror Stephen King. At the time, there was no word on what stories might be utilized for the project, so that might be why we held off. Now we have a full slate of information thanks to Dread Central (via The Film Stage) who has learned that the film itself will be titled The Reaper's Image, and it also stands as one of the short stories being adapted into a vignette as well. The others include Mile 81, The Monkey and N. with all four being handpicked by King and Pavia themselves. More details below!

Here's the rundown of each short story:

The Reaper’s Image - This story was first published in Startling Mystery Stories in 1969 and collected in Skeleton Crew in 1985. The story is about an antique mirror haunted by the visage of the Grim Reaper, who appears to those who gaze into it. This was King’s second professional sale and commercially published story.

Mile 81 - A novella by Stephen King, released exclusively as an e-book on September 1, 2011. With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is the chilling story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid whose worlds collide at an abandoned rest stop on the Maine Turnpike.

N. - The story of a psychiatrist who falls victim to the same deadly obsession as his patient — an obsession that just might save the world! N. was published in King’s collection Just After Sunset in 2008. In March 2010 Marvel Comics published the first issue of a comic book adaptation of N., a four-issue limited series.

The Monkey: A short story first published in Gallery magazine in 1980 in the form of a small removable booklet. It was significantly revised and published in King’s collection Skeleton Crew in 1985. The story centers on a cymbal-banging monkey toy that is possessed by an evil spirit. Every time the monkey claps its little cymbals together, a nearby living thing dies. The monkey is found in a family’s attic in an old toy chest by two young brothers, unknowing that their father had been tormented by the monkey years ago, when it worked its lethal enchantment on his family and friends.

Anthologies certainly seem to be all the rage in horror right now. Not only did V/H/S make a splash at Sundnace and SXSW, but The ABC's of Death is coming soon, and there's also Chillerama. Frankly, I think horror works best in small doses like this, especially if the stories are all tied together. It's not clear if this King project will have a couple of bookend pieces or if all the stories have some sort of link, but each of them sound fairly interesting for a horror short. However, I like the idea of having several directors for each short rather than one working on all of them. Oh well, this could still turn out to be cool. Agreed?

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Ho-hum.  I like Mr King's work, but I'd rather see some of his son's (Joe Hill) short stories made into an anthology. 20th Century Ghosts is the best collection of short stories I've ever read. WB and Mandalay Pictures have already optioned both his novels.  Anyway, here's my four-story wish list for a Joe Hill anthology: 1. The Cape  2. Voluntary Committal 3. 20th Century Ghosts (story of the same name) 4. Wolverton Station (which was not in the collection; a recent release)

MrChunk on Mar 15, 2012


I would really really really love to see Pop Art as a movie.

poofy_and_boofer on Mar 16, 2012


Yeah. That was on my short list.

MrChunk on Mar 16, 2012


 According to, Pop Art was already made as a short film.  Don't know where to find it though.

MattR408 on Mar 16, 2012


It was just a student non-profit project, ok'd by Joe Hill.

MrChunk on Mar 16, 2012


I can't wait to see it!

Ameyace on Mar 16, 2012


Are this going to be on TV? Love all Stephen King novels movies n series! Hooked on Haven!!!!!

Angijs50 on Mar 16, 2012


I'm looking forward to this. "N." is one of the scariest tales I've read in a long time, dealing with both the supernatural and with the OCD of our own mind. I'll never forget it. "Reaper" and "Monkey" are classic tales back from Skeleton Crew, some of the first stories I ever read by King. This film has promise.  

James MacLean Jr on Mar 16, 2012


Ditto on "N."...I saw that and gasped at my desk. Alot of King's stuff is scary, but "N." is one of the few stores of his that actually gave me nightmares.

made_of_spam on Mar 16, 2012


"The Monkey" scared the s**t out of me when I first read it back in the 80s in SKELETON CREW...never looked at a toy monkey with cymbals the same way again. Nice to read about this....we'll see how it all comes together.

Scopedog on Mar 16, 2012


Would still love to see Strawberry Spring as something... beautifully crafted short story.

Bill Szczytko on Mar 16, 2012


 That was from NIGHT SHIFT, wasn't it?  I don't remember too many of the details...only that it did creep me out.

Scopedog on Mar 16, 2012


this should be interesting to see  seeing that the last few king adaptation fell kind of short

Joe Hill on Mar 16, 2012


can't wait to see his books on film...lokking to start reading Joe Hill's books



Hill is very good.. Reminds me of early AK...must be in the genes...;-)

KandiG57 on Mar 18, 2012


I would LOVE to see The Long Walk and Survivor Type made as shorts. They would be hard to do since the "shock" of those stories is in the middle but the right director could probably pull it off

Lunaricyn on Mar 16, 2012


Those were both great stories. My favorite short story that creeped me out was Boogeyman. Thatd make an awesome movie.

TammyG on Mar 16, 2012


 "The Boogyman"'s ending still sends chills up my spine.

Scopedog on Mar 16, 2012


Ah, THE LONG would (if done right) be a great film.  My only problem would be that brain-dead critics and online jabberjaws would howl about how it rips off THE HUNGER GAMES and BATTLE ROYALE...even though it was published _years_ before those two!

Scopedog on Mar 16, 2012


I agree The long walk would be amazing as a film so would The cell.

Amberrollison on Mar 16, 2012


As always, looking forward to any King story put to movie, but if it is a made for TV movie, I am always a bit leery...seems the TV movies are just awful! But I still LOVE King and will always read and re-read his work!!!

Anna on Mar 16, 2012


justazone, there are lots of them available already: Christine, Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, Children of the Corn, Firestarter, and about 30 others, too numerous to type in here... Here's a list of them:

King_Fan on Mar 16, 2012


I really loved Tales from the Darkside or whatever it was. Been a long time. I think this will be like that.

Karen Holcomb on Mar 16, 2012


always wanted 2 see Roadwork on the screen. like 2 see john lithgow as the lead. what you think?

pennywise on Mar 16, 2012


That could work....haven't read ROADWORK in years, but if it could be adapted right....maybe someone should get Darabont on this, since (at least in my view) he's been 3 for 3 with his adaptations of King's works.

Scopedog on Mar 16, 2012


And im sure they will, that just ins not the story here.

Mundym on Mar 16, 2012


I'm down to see it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE  Stephen King. My fav author. anything he writes is great.           

jename2 on Mar 16, 2012


Hell yeah cant wait I love kings work

Rcfool64 on Mar 16, 2012


 King's biggest flop was his remake of the "Shining"  It ain't got the zing if JACK NICKELSON isn't in it

Gdsnide on Mar 16, 2012


totally agree, stan kubick's film is untouchable in it's brilliance!!

Axeman55 on Mar 16, 2012


Personally, i'd like to make Rage into a movie

Syko X on Mar 16, 2012


I have wanted that for years maybe just maybe someone has the hits to give it a try

khaos on Mar 16, 2012


O my goodness I love that picture

Celesteramsey on Mar 16, 2012


Rage is the only story Stephen King has ever stated that he regrets releasing; you can shelve any hope of seeing it on the bigscreen if he has any imput. I think "The Long Walk" would have made a great movie if done properly, but the movie rights are owned by someone who has no intention of ever releasing it as a mainstream release.

Wynd_walker on Mar 16, 2012


The Man in the Black Suit + The Death of Red Hamilton

Alex on Mar 16, 2012


waiting for the relese of The Talisman, after years it was writen with peter straub, fantastic read, seen some clips, looks great.

Axeman55 on Mar 16, 2012


I have read of of Stephen King's books but wish he would finish The Plant and publish it or release as an ebook, it was a great read and would like to see what happens to the plant and the employees of the publishing company who were so involved with it!

Danadeelight on Mar 17, 2012


Sorry, should have said read all of - loved the new book about trying to stop John Kennedy's death, was sorry to finish it, brought back sooo many memories of the early sixties.

Danadeelight on Mar 17, 2012

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