During a hazy two-year period awhile back, I devoured pretty much everything Stephen King had ever written, starting with Carrie and pushing forward, generally finishing one book and then picking up the next moments later. The problem with this kind of obsession submersion is that, right now, for the life of me, I cannot recall the plot or any characters in his 1998 novel Bag of Bones. I remember enjoying it, and thinking it was one of his best. But beyond that, nothing. Which is to say, it's tough to get super-excited about the upcoming two-night miniseries over at A&E (on December 11th and 12th). But if the promotional tie-in website for the series, Dark Score Stories, is any indication, it's going to be worth checking out.
The website takes on the guise of a photo essay about the town Dark Score Lake, the central setting of Bag of Bones. But while snapping shots there, the photographer got a deeper peek into the souls of the town's residents than he expected. (Oh, also, there's a ton of puzzles embedded throughout — Wired has a good primer about them.)
So, what does this all mean in terms of the actual series? Is this going to be the first worthwhile Stephen King TV adaptation since, what, The Stand? Or is this going to be as shitty as The Langoliers? Will this mark the return of Pierce Brosnan as a leading man? Whatever happened to him anyway? No one yet knows the answers to these pressing questions. But the site's kind of cool.