In addition to Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining), it was announced today that Stephen King will have another book out next year called Joyland.
From the press release:
Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books, today announced it will publish Joyland, a new novel by Stephen King, in June 2013. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new book and has never previously been published. One of the most beloved storytellers of all time, Stephen King is the world’s best-selling novelist, with more than 300 million books in print.
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.
I love King's work (up until Misery, after that it's become "I read King's books.") and I'm really looking forward to Doctor Sleep, but as much as I respect the man, I don't think King can be hardboiled enough to belong in the Hard Case Crime catalog — Colorado Kid certainly wasn't.
That said, I'll no doubt read it and enjoy it, Hard Case Crime will most likely get some new fans (and deservedly so because that company is awesome) and Stephen King fans will be happy with a double dose of their favorite author in 2013. So regardless of my ramblings, everyone wins.
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