Bachman-Turner Overdrive gig draws comparisons to the horror of BTO freak Stephen King

photo by narking/Wikipedia ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 3, 1989 By Steve Newton In the book Kingdom of Fear, a collection of essays on the fiction of Stephen King, the top-selling horror author explained how he came up with the the pseudonym he used on novels like The Running Man and Thinner. Once … Continue reading Bachman-Turner Overdrive gig draws comparisons to the horror of BTO freak Stephen King

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Tim Curry, the original Pennywise, on the physical violence and mental cruelty in Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton Now that I’ve seen the new version of It–and declared that Tim Curry is the Pennywise of choice–it’s time to unleash another previously unheard audio excerpts from my exclusive interview with Curry on the Vancouver set of the 1990 TV movie. At one point in our conversation–which took place in Stanley Park, … Continue reading Tim Curry, the original Pennywise, on the physical violence and mental cruelty in Stephen King’s It

Hellraiser shows rising horror star Clive Barker should, like Stephen King, stick to writing

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton Some guys just don’t know when to leave well enough alone. Stephen King just wasn’t satisfied with the work that other directors did with his stories. He had to write and direct last year’s Maximum Overdrive. It was one bad movie, and not … Continue reading Hellraiser shows rising horror star Clive Barker should, like Stephen King, stick to writing

NEWLY DISCOVERED AUDIO: original Pennywise makeup-FX artist Bart Mixon talks Tim Curry’s look on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton Life is full of surprises–and sometimes they’re good. Like what happened today, for instance. I was playing that old cassette tape I used to record my exclusive Fangoria interview with Tim Curry on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s It back in 1990. I thought that all I had on there was my … Continue reading NEWLY DISCOVERED AUDIO: original Pennywise makeup-FX artist Bart Mixon talks Tim Curry’s look on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

Fears of a Clown: talking horror with Tim Curry (Pennywise) on the set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton Who knew that when I stepped onto the lush green grounds of Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the summer of 1990 that I’d be writing about it 27 years later. I sure the hell didn’t. I’d been assigned to write two 3,000-word set-visit stories for then-thriving horror mag Fangoria on the filming of a two-part ABC-TV miniseries … Continue reading Fears of a Clown: talking horror with Tim Curry (Pennywise) on the set of Stephen King’s It

That time Yngwie Malmsteen told me he was inspired by Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and Leonardo da Vinci

By Steve Newton Yngwie Malmsteen is famous for his blistering speed on the fretboard, but his choice of reading material isn’t nearly as well known. The first time I interviewed the Swedish guitar legend, back in 1985, he had recently released his second solo album, Marching Out, which included a thank you to Stephen King. Turns … Continue reading That time Yngwie Malmsteen told me he was inspired by Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and Leonardo da Vinci

BTO founder Bachman once tried paying a surprise visit to Stephen King

By Steve Newton Hardcore fans of Stephen King are aware that he used the pen name Richard Bachman for a number of his early novels because he was a huge fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. But not many BTO fans know that the band’s founding guitarist, Randy Bachman, once went looking for King in the horror … Continue reading BTO founder Bachman once tried paying a surprise visit to Stephen King

That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

By Steve Newton There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the new two-part film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, much of it due to the recent release of a trailer that spooked cyberspace big-time. Everybody’s curious about how Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown will compare to that of Tim Curry’s from the … Continue reading That time I asked Tim Curry if he was a Stephen King fan and he said he liked The Shining

New audio: Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, talks about “finding your clown face” on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

By Steve Newton The most popular story I ever posted on Ear of Newt was the interview I did with Tim Curry on the set of Stephen King’s It, when it was filming in my stomping grounds of Vancouver in the summer of 1990. On assignment for New York-based horror mag Fangoria, I got to … Continue reading New audio: Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, talks about “finding your clown face” on the 1990 set of Stephen King’s It

Tim Curry talks Pennywise on the set of Stephen King’s It: an Ear of Newt audio exclusive

By Steve Newton Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, the evil clown in Stephen King’s It, has long been hailed as a major achievement in the realm of horror. Curry nailed it, most would agree. As the Vancouver correspondent for Fangoria magazine back in 1990, when the TV miniseries was shot, I got to go on … Continue reading Tim Curry talks Pennywise on the set of Stephen King’s It: an Ear of Newt audio exclusive

Koontz on King: Dean Koontz on his fave Stephen King film and the Maine-man’s contribution to horror

By Steve Newton Way back in 1988 I did a phone interview with Dean Koontz for a story I was writing on the film adaptation of his novel Watchers for Fangoria magazine. Watchers was an awesome book–especially if you like golden retrievers–but the movie, starring Corey Haim, turned out to be a piece of doggie … Continue reading Koontz on King: Dean Koontz on his fave Stephen King film and the Maine-man’s contribution to horror

Stephen King compares Donald Trump to his demagogue villain from The Dead Zone

By Steve Newton Stephen King is not only one of my fave alltime writers–right up there with Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, and Joe R. Lansdale–he’s also a fun guy to follow on Twitter. And lately he’s been cleverly putting the boots to Republican frontrunner Donald  Trump–who King currently refers to as He Who Must Not Be … Continue reading Stephen King compares Donald Trump to his demagogue villain from The Dead Zone

Entering the lair of Pennywise the Clown on the set of Stephen King’s It

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN FANGORIA #98, Nov. 1990 By Steve Newton As anyone who’s tackled Stephen King’s It can tell you, the 1986 novel of a shape-shifting, child-chomping monster is not a quick read–that is, unless you happen to be Evelyn Wood’s speadreading coach. Because it’s such an enormous tome, it seems apt that the location where … Continue reading Entering the lair of Pennywise the Clown on the set of Stephen King’s It

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary recalled by “dead” cat’s return from the grave

sadly, this is not the work of Tom Savini By Steve Newton The film version of Stephen King’s terrifying 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, sucked the biggie. I reviewed it way back in the spring of 1989, describing it as “a dead dog that deserves no last rites.” But according to abc7.com, some cat named Bart from out Florida way just loved … Continue reading Stephen King’s Pet Sematary recalled by “dead” cat’s return from the grave

If you thought Stephen King’s Pennywise was creepy, get a loada this Clown!

Some people are really creeped out by clowns. The one that Tim Curry portrayed in the Stephen King mini-series IT freaked a few folks out, no doubt. Now here to give Pennywise a run for his kid-menacing money is the bozo in Clown, a new horror flick produced by Eli Roth, the frightmeister behind such gruesome efforts as Hostel and Cabin Fever. Here’s … Continue reading If you thought Stephen King’s Pennywise was creepy, get a loada this Clown!

Oculus director to adapt Stephen King’s kinky psych-horror Gerald’s Game

Word out of the Cannes Film Festival is that Oculus director Mike Flanagan will helm an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel, Gerald’s Game, about a woman who fights to survive after a bondage game with her husband goes horribly wrong. Gerald’s Game was the followup to King’s 1991 behemoth, Needful Things, which–at 690 pages–was nearly … Continue reading Oculus director to adapt Stephen King’s kinky psych-horror Gerald’s Game

Horrific hijinx on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s Needful Things

By Steve Newton One of the most enjoyable set visits I did during my 13-year tenure with Fangoria was for Needful Things, the adaptation of Stephen King’s 1991 novel. In December of ’92 I journeyed out to North Vancouver and got the scoop on the movie, with much help from the delightful duo of Canadian comedian-actress … Continue reading Horrific hijinx on the Vancouver set of Stephen King’s Needful Things

Interviewing Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, on the set of Stephen King’s IT

By Steve Newton I just finished reading Stephen King’s latest novel, Doctor Sleep, and to be honest–even though it was dedicated to Warren Zevon–I wasn’t that crazy about it. Then again, as much as I adore King’s early work and appreciate all he’s done for the horror genre, I haven’t been that crazy about a few of … Continue reading Interviewing Tim Curry, aka Pennywise, on the set of Stephen King’s IT

Stephen King dedicates latest novel to underrated rock genius Warren Zevon

I scored a copy of the new Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep for Christmas, which was great as it continues the story of The Shining, one of my fave works–next to Carrie, The Dead Zone, and The Stand–from King’s ’70s heyday. But before I even got into the further supernatural torments befalling the telepathic Danny Torrance … Continue reading Stephen King dedicates latest novel to underrated rock genius Warren Zevon

Stephen King calls Marah America’s best unknown rock band

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 2, 2006 By Steve Newton Not only is Stephen King among the world’s most popular writers, he also has good taste in music. He’s long been known as a devotee of AC/DC and the Ramones, and when it came time to choose a pseudonym to put on the covers of … Continue reading Stephen King calls Marah America’s best unknown rock band

Clive Barker on making movies, writing books, and the state of horror in 1988

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton Horror is big stuff nowadays. Why, just flick your TV on any night and chances are you’ll come across War of the Worlds, Monsters, Tales from the Dark Side, or Freddy’s Nightmares. Walk into most any video store and you just might find … Continue reading Clive Barker on making movies, writing books, and the state of horror in 1988

Get Out sets the bar shockingly high for 21st century horror

By Steve Newton If you only see one horror movie this year, let it be Get Out. And if you only see one movie of any kind this year, same thing. It’s about as entertaining as celluloid gets. The film opens with a young black man wandering an upscale suburban neighbourhood at night, talking on … Continue reading Get Out sets the bar shockingly high for 21st century horror

The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward on writing “Nights in White Satin”, working with Tony Visconti, and loving Buddy Holly

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 30, 1987 By Steve Newton Two decades ago the Moody Blues recorded “Nights in White Satin”. It was one of those tunes that would–like Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence”–become known as a pop masterpiece in the years to come. Well, the Moody Blues are still performing the song … Continue reading The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward on writing “Nights in White Satin”, working with Tony Visconti, and loving Buddy Holly

Splatter king Tom Savini brings “dead things” to life remaking Romero

By Steve Newton When Tom Savini’s remake of George Romero’s zombie classic The Night of the Living Dead came out in 1990 I did a phone interview with the gore-FX guru. That was cool. Blood and guts aren’t pretty. Neither is brain matter. But when it comes to the horror genre, those type of bodily components … Continue reading Splatter king Tom Savini brings “dead things” to life remaking Romero

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings ebullient about a Band classic

  ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 22, 2006 By Steve Newton Like Brian Wilson used to do in his Beach Boys days, Colin Linden gets around. When the Straight catches him on his cellphone he’s just leaving a Calgary hotel with his fellow members of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings—Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing—for a sound check … Continue reading Blackie & the Rodeo Kings ebullient about a Band classic

Ear of Newt takes the Patreon route

By Steve Newton Since launching Ear of Newt on Halloween night of 2013, it’s been a labour of love bringing my lifelong passion for rock music to you, Gentle Reader (as Stephen King might say). The main thing my website always had going for it, I reckon, was the hundreds of interviews that I’ve done … Continue reading Ear of Newt takes the Patreon route

30 great horror flicks from the last 30 years

By Steve Newton I’ve been reviewing horror movies professionally since 1988. Here’s 30 of my faves: Hereditary (2018) “The wrath of Satan seems pretty tame compared to the suffering that damaged family members can inflict on one another.” A Quiet Place (2018) “…ultimately A Quiet Place emerges as an effective nightmare-maker for parents that is … Continue reading 30 great horror flicks from the last 30 years