Joyland is due out in June 2013 and it looks like he’s back to his top form. Set in 1970s North Carolina, the novel tells the story of college student Devin Jones, who comes to work as a carny and instead finds himself in the middle of a whodunit. Not forgetting his horror roots, the grisly murder in a small-town amusement park is both dark and emotional.
Editor Charles Adai told We Love this Book:
“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.’ “
Titan Books’ pulp press imprint Hard Case Crime will publish the book, and Stephen King has promised an eBook version – but not quite yet…
“[I] 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.”
Stephen King is a well-known advocate of digital print, publishing Riding the Bullet in 2000, making it the first mass-market eBook, and selling half a million copies of it in two days. Later that year, he posted instalments of The Plant on his website, charging a dollar for each download. Going back to good old paperbacks might seem like a step away from digital publishing, but he has already put that to rest – promising next year’s sequel to The Shining will be available as an eBook as well as a hardback.
Doctor Sleep revisits a now adult Danny Torrance as he tries to move on from the nightmare of the Overlook Hotel. Settling in a New Hampshire town and getting a job in a nursing home, he meets gifted young girl Abra Stone. But rather than having a normal life, Danny Torrance soon becomes involved in a battle to rescue her from a tribe of semi-immortal people, who torture and sacrifice children who have the Shining.
Reviewers are already doing backflips over both the books, and I am itching to get my hands on them! What do you think of the upcoming Stephen King novels?