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Stephen King's New Series Will Remind You Why You Love His Stories, Even Though They Traumatized You


Stephen King is arguably the most accomplished horror writer in literary history, and while he may not be your favorite, it's impossible to deny the impact his bestselling books have had on the genre.

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Even more undeniable is the impact those stories have had on film and television. King's novels and short stories have been adapted into some of the most prolific and beloved bits of media from the last several decades: whether it's horror classics like Carrie or The Shining, incredible dramas like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, or even surprise TV hits like It.


The age of these stories hasn't deterred Hollywood any either: both Carrie and It have gotten high-profile remakes over the last few years (with the It remake actually turning out to be pretty damn good, unlike the Carrie one), and Netflix has been offering new adaptations of long-existing stories like Gerald's Game.


Well, like all good things, this trend is going to keep rolling along, and the latest to throw their name into the Stephen King adaptation hat is streaming service Hulu, who have announced the upcoming Castle Rock. Best of all, it's full of references to some of King's absolute best.

According to Alternative Press, "Castle Rock, a horror anthology series, will be covering many of King’s most familiar stories. It essentially provides the setting for a number of his novels and short stories, which makes sense why we’d see some of the most familiar faces in the Stephen King world in the trailer."


And what a list of familiar faces it is! First off, the show appears to be starring Bill Skarsgård, who audiences may (or may not considering all the makeup he was under) recognize as Pennywise from the 2017 remake of It. As if that wasn't enough, astute viewers will noticed an appearance by Sissy Spacek, the queen of King adaptations since his very first, Carrie.


On top of that, the show takes place in Shawshank, the town that had its first appearance in Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which of course was adapted into the beloved The Shawshank Redemption.

Castle Rock is due out this summer on Hulu.