Leave it to Stephen King to make news about books, a testament in this day and age where only young adult books make hay in the media.
On his website, Stephen King announced the release date for his highly anticipated sequel to THE SHINING…DOCTOR SLEEP. The book will come out September 24th, 2013. The book “tells the story of a hospice worker who helps patients die painlessly. He comes into contact with a clan of roving, psychic vampires called The Tribe.”
Also, we have the cover to his OTHER book coming out in 2013, JOYLAND, a pulpy crime book we can expect to see June 4th.
Here’s the press release from his website:
Stephen King commented, “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.”
King’s previous Hard Case Crime novel, The Colorado Kid, became a national bestseller and inspired the television series “Haven,” now going into its third season on SyFy.
“Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book,” said Charles Ardai, Edgar- and Shamus Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime. “It’s a whodunit, it’s a carny novel, it’s a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time. Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves moved. When I finished it, I sent a note saying, ‘Goddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.’”
Nick Landau, Titan Publisher, added: “Stephen King is one of the fiction greats, and I am tremendously proud and excited to be publishing a brand-new book of his under the Hard Case Crime imprint.”
JOYLAND will feature new painted cover art by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the artist behind the posters for the original Sean Connery James Bond movies and “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” and by Glen Orbik, the painter of more than a dozen of Hard Case Crime’s most popular covers, including the cover for The Colorado Kid.
JOYLAND is about a college student who takes a job as a carny at a North Carolina amusement park and becomes caught up with a vicious murderer and a dying child.