Win a Copy of Stephen King’s MR MERCEDES In Our Competition!


To celebrate the release of Mr Mercedes from bestselling author Stephen King, we’ve a copy to give away to a lucky reader.

Retired homicide detective Bill Hodges is haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular: in the pre-dawn hours, hundreds of desperate unemployed people were lined up for a spot at a job fair in the distressed Midwestern city where he worked. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. Eight people were killed, fifteen wounded. The killer escaped.

Months later, on the other side of the city, Bill Hodges gets a taunting letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on hunting him down.

Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. And he is preparing to kill again.

Hodges, with a couple of misfit friends, must apprehend the killer in a high-stakes race against time. Because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim hundreds, even thousands.

Published in hardcover, audio digital download and eBook. Buy the book here.


For your chance to win a copy of Mr Mercedes, simply comment below telling us your favourite Stephen King movide adaptation and why.

The competition will close at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 6th July 2014 and one valid comment will be chosen and notified by email.

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  1. It is a tie with these two Stephen King Adaptions one being Kubrick’s Adaption of “The Shining” and it is followed by the first of Frank Darabont’s, Stephen King adaption of The Shawshank Redemption.

  2. By far the best adaption of a Stephen King novel to celluloid is The Shining. Yes, the novel covers more than what is shown on screen, but visually it takes you dragging and screaming into the mind of a madman.

  3. My favourite is a TV adaptation “The Langoliers”. Based on a short story, its such a great idea of mechanical teeth eating up past used up time. The acting wasn’t the best but it captured the feeling of the story.

  4. My fave is not a movie but a TV adaptation – The Stand, which is the best King novel! I still watch it when its on TV even though it is dated now and I didn’t really like the way they portrayed the Walkin’ Dude. I can’t look at Gary Sinise without thinking – oh there’s Stu Redman, and the same goes for Rob Lowe – he’ll always be Nick Andros to me 🙂 If only it could have made it to the big screen…….

  5. Misery is my favourite adaptation. Kathy Bates is fantastic, she really captures the obsessive controlling Annie perfectly. “I’m your number one fan” still sends a chill down my spine – and my ankles tense up!

  6. It has to be IT. Because it is so scary and one of the first horror type films I watched when I was younger. I still jump now! :O

  7. Shawshank Redemption as this is a great story with great characters who interact really well together

  8. Misery is definitely my favourite, Kathy Bates is absolutely terrifying and exactly what I pictured when I read the book!

  9. The Green Mile is my favourite – the casting and the adaption of the script from the book are spot on.

  10. Carrie. It was the first Stephen King movie I saw so had quite an impact. It is so tense. Edge of the seat stuff. The acting was really good as well especially Sissy Spacek.

  11. The Mist, really under rated and one of my favourite horror films. Great ending too – one of those ‘noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo’ moments!

  12. Misery – I keep remembering Kathy Bates as the obsessed fan at the foot of the bed with a sledgehammer about to do the unthinkable to a drugged up James Caan. Unforgetable scene

  13. The Green Mile. Such a great piece of writing and the film was as good as the book with perfect casting. Have read this and watched the film too many times to mention.

  14. The Shining as it scared the bejesus out of me every time I watch it. It’s creepy & thought provoking & Jack Nicholson really brings the character of Jack to life perfectly even better than I could have imagined

  15. My favourite Stephen King movie adaptation is The Shawshank Redemption because although it was based on a short story it became so much more when it was adapted into a movie.

  16. There are so Many, but the ones I remember the most is MISERY, the bit where she smashes in his feet so he wont escape. & CARRIE when she walking down the road covered in blood near the end. I could go on… better not.

  17. There are so Many, but the ones I remember the most is MISERY, the bit where she smashes in his feet so he wont escape. & CARRIE when she walking down the road covered in blood near the end. I could go on… better not. 😉

  18. So many great movies from Stephen King books but I will always remember IT… frightened the life out of me, never trusted drains since!!!

  19. Salem’s Lot. Those vampires scared me to death – watching it now, it’s so dated it’s almost funny, but in the 70’s it seemed really frightening.

  20. Dream Catcher because when my uncle was reading the book, he was beginning to morph into one of the characters .. complete with American accent and a lot of swear words (and he never normally swears – at least, not in front of women!).
    He denies it – but, he did. So very funny.
    Anyhow, when I watched the film, I just giggled all the way through because of the memory of uncle Michael sitting in a deck chair, reading the book, looking pretty scared at times.

  21. Carrie – the original one with Sissy Spacek. I was only about 12 when I saw it and it gave me nightmares for ages afterwards.

  22. Has to be Misery. It was a film that managed to convey the true horror of what human beings were capable of doing too each other. It captured the twisted characters from the book perfectly.

  23. Definitely Misery. Kathy Bates is just fantastic and really frightens the bejeebus out of me, miles more than Tim Currys Pennywise, and that’s saying something as Tim Curry was incredibly scary as Pennywise.

  24. The Green Mile – just because they bothered to make the film long enough to capture all the essential points from the book. Such a gripping story too.

  25. Carrie. His first novel to be adapted to the screen! Such a brilliant, and very frightening film!!! 😈

  26. My favourite Stephen King adaptation is The Green Mile. I love the story, the characters, the atmosphere, the actors. It’s simply perfect.

  27. Dolan’s Cadillac- an intriguing short story that translates well onto the screen with fine acting by both Christian Slater as Dolan and Wes Bentley as Robinson

  28. The green mild is quite close to the book – but call me old fashioned – none of the movies are as good as the books!

  29. Have to say ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ as it’s simply my favourite movie ever although it was adapted from a Stephen King short story. From his main novels I would go for ‘Misery’ as it was so brilliantly cast with Kathy Bates…Mr. Man!

  30. IT – I love Tim Curry and its really well acted. It sticks well to the story line not missing out major things

  31. The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite, just the story is so good. On the face of it, not massively action packed, but still manages to keep you gripped all the way through. And the ending, simply fabulous!

  32. Stand By Me – the plot and characterisation in The Body were brought through appropriately into the film, which also succeeded in involving the audience in the excitement, fears and thought-processes of these children – a superb accomplishment.

  33. It has to be ‘Misery,’ the hammer scene with Annie hitting Paul’s feet makes me cringe just thinking about itt

  34. I watched Misery, loved it so much, that is the reason I started to read his books and why love Stephen King

  35. My favourite is IT, a classic and everytime without fail it scare the bejesus out of me as I hate clowns

  36. It’s got to be “The Tommyknockers”. It’s the closest to the book I guess and I just love the story.

  37. My favourite is The Green Mile watched the movie first and then read the books and loved them both equally, which is unusual for a book adaption

  38. id find it very hard to choose between the green mile and stand by me….if pushed…..stand by me!

  39. it has to be children of the corn i remember watching this when i was younger and it put the fear of god into me that i never forgot it 😈

  40. He doesnt usually transfer to the big screen very well – with a very few exceptions, but my favourite has to be It! – cracking story with the Tim Curry giving it his usual understated performance as Pennywise

  41. the Mist, love the suspense, the great story and really find the characters believable and sympathise them

  42. Stand By Me one of the best movies ever and resembles the book so well even though it was a short story.

  43. Has to be IT. Tim Curry is amazing as Pennywise, and is, for me still the most scary and colourful character in a novel and film. BRAVO, Tim Curry.

  44. I think The Shining is the best I’ve seen as it recreates the whole atmosphere of the written word brilliantly and the cast headed by Jack Nic is absolutely fantastic

  45. MISERY- took a girlfriend to see it on a first date. A great choice of film and girlfriend who is now my wife.

  46. Stand By Me. Stephen King often focuses on stories of experiences friends have as kids but this one, although not horror, he just nailed the importance of the friendships we have at that age. One of my favourite book to film adaptations (of his story, The Body) and one of my all-time favourite films.

  47. My favourite is Christine, I just think that it has really captured that quirkiness that comes across in his stories, and it gave me nightmares! :mrgreen:

  48. Has to be the Shining, the book was awesome but the performance from good old Jack haunts me to this day! Anyone who says the Langoliers deserves a slap, it was awful!

  49. IT – A Steven King masterpiece.. the unimaginable fear 😯 of a ghoulish clown monster that eats children… lurking in the sewers ready to pounce and lure in the local kids…wooo a blinder of a book & a fantastic film..hope a remake is done as someone mentioned in an earlier comment :mrgreen:

  50. So many to choose from, but it has to be the shining, closely followed by Shawshank. Great fillms with fantasdtic writing and acting.

  51. The Green Mile is by far my favourite, I really sympathise with the gentle giant John Coffey for how he is treated and misunderstood

  52. Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption for me – I thought they were excellent, Carrie frightened me to death!!

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