Release Date: March 2nd, 2021
SOMETIMES GROWING UP MEANS FACING YOUR DEMONS
The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine—as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.
LATER is the third book Stephen King has written for Hard Case Crime. Both of the previous two, THE COLORADO KID and JOYLAND, were New York Times bestsellers.
Stephen King commented, “I love the Hard Case format, and this story—combining a boy who sees beyond our world and strong elements of crime and suspense—seemed a perfect fit.”
“LATER is a beautiful story about growing up and facing your demons -- whether they’re metaphorical or (as sometimes happens when you’re in a Stephen King novel) the real thing,” said Charles Ardai, the Edgar Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime. “It’s terrifying, tender, heartbreaking and honest, and we’re so excited to bring it to readers.”
LATER will be published initially as a paperback original, featuring an original cover painting by Paul Mann. This edition will be followed by a limited-edition hardcover that will feature two new cover paintings by award-winning artist Gregory Manchess, one for LATER itself and one for a fictitious novel within the novel that features prominently in the plot. An ebook edition of LATER will also be available.
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Lisey's Story Tie-In Edition
Release Date: June 1st, 2021
*Soon to be an Apple TV limited series starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen*
The “haunting…tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece—an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.
Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, to go to that terrifying place known as Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.
“Intricate...exhilarating” (The New Yorker), perhaps Stephen King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love. It is a beautiful, “rich portrait of a marriage, and the complicated affection that outlives death” (The Washington Post).
Release Date: August 3rd, 2021
From legendary storyteller and #1 bestseller Stephen King, whose “restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained” (The New York Times Book Review), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job.
Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?
How about everything.
This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.
You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.
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Gwendy's Final Task
Release Date: February 15th, 2022
When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its seven colored buttons promised death and destruction.
Years later, the button box entered Gwendy’s life again. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation that box represented.
Now, evil forces seek to possess the button box and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them. At all costs. But where can you hide something from such powerful entities?
In Gwendy’s Final Task, “horror giants” (Publishers Weekly) Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.
The Eyes of the Dragon 35th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: May 24th, 2022
"It is just not possible to stop turning the pages" (The Washington Post) of this bestselling classic tale—an epic fantasy as only #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King could envision it.
Once, in a kingdom called Delain, there was a king with two sons…
?Thus begins one of the most unique tales that master storyteller Stephen King has ever written—a sprawling fantasy of dark magic and the struggle for absolute power that utterly transforms the destinies of two brothers born into royalty. Through this enthralling masterpiece of mythical adventure, intrigue, and terror, you will thrill to this unforgettable narrative filled with relentless, wicked enchantment, and the most terrible of secrets…
The 35th Anniversary Mass Market Edition becomes available 5/24/22.
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Gwendy's Final Task Trade Paperback
Release Date: May 31st, 2022
The final book in the New York Times bestselling Gwendy’s Button Box trilogy from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar.
When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its eight colored buttons promised death and destruction. Years later, the button box reentered Gwendy’s life. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation the box represented. Now, malignant forces seek to possess the button box, and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them at all costs. But where can one hide something from such powerful entities?
In Gwendy’s Final Task, master storytellers Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.
The trade paperback becomes available 5/31/22.
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Release Date: September 9th, 2021
In this unsettling short story, a city detective interrogates a deranged plumber who just murdered his wife, only to discover something far more insidious.
"RED SCREEN" is available in eBook format exclusively from Humble Bundle for one week only starting September 9th. Humble Bundle is a digital content retailer that builds charitable donations into each and every sale. Since 2010, The Humble Community has contributed over 199 million dollars to causes across the globe. In this special solo offering, 100 percent of proceeds will go to the ACLU, a charity handpicked by Stephen King.
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Release Date: May 25th, 2022
In a new short story—characteristically propulsive, wickedly funny, with twists both narrative and literal—FINN points straight at our current struggle to differentiate between farce and experience and asks: can 50,000,000 Elvis fans be wrong?
FINN is available exclusively on Scribd in both ebook and audiobook formats.
Scribd Originals is a program featuring ambitious original fiction and nonfiction, available exclusively on Scribd. These vivid, compelling stories, which can often be read in just a few hours, span a range of genres: long-form journalism, literary fiction, memoir, thrillers, mysteries, true crime, sci-fi, and narrative history. Notable authors who have published through Scribd Originals include Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Lauren Groff, Chuck Palahniuk, Bonnie Tsui, Charles Yu, and more.
Willie the Weirdo
Release Date: June 30th, 2022
Willie, by most accounts, is a weirdo: the dead birds, the dead bugs, staring into space for hours. Luckily, there's another weirdo in the house: Grampa, sharing with Willie tales of war, blood, volcanoes, and destruction. In this new short story, Willie finds out if the weird inherit the earth—or something much darker.
WILLIE THE WEIRDO will be published by the National Magazine Award-winning quarterly, McSweeney’s. Out in paperback on June 30th, 2022, the issue also features stories by Taisia Kitaiskaia, Hernan Diaz, and T.C. Boyle; a surreal full-color comic by Teddy Goldenberg; letters from Samantha Hunt and Kate Folk; and more.
McSweeney’s Issue 66 is available for individual sale at The McSweeney’s Store
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Stephen King Day 2021
Release Date: September 21st, 2021
Enter for your chance to win an iPad Pro, a collection of Stephen King ebooks, puzzles and more!
One Grand Prize winner will receive a new iPad Pro, a collection of Stephen King ebooks, two JIGGY jigsaw puzzles, and two face masks.
Ten First Prize winners will receive a Billy Summers audio download, If It Bleeds trade paperback, two JIGGY jigsaw puzzles and two face masks.
Ten Runners Up winners will receive The Institute mass market, two JIGGY jigsaw puzzles and two face masks.
Release Date: May 13th, 2022
A couple desperately try to hide their daughter, Charlie, from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for turning fire into a weapon of mass destruction. Her father taught her how to defuse her power, but as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. When a mysterious operative finally finds the family, he tries to seize Charlie once and for all -- but she has other plans.
Firestarter stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Greyeyes, and Gloria Reuben. The movie is slated to premiere in theaters and streaming on Peacock on May 13th, 2022.
Release Date: June 4th, 2021
Lisey`s Story is an Apple TV Original Series based on the 2006 novel of the same name. Written by Stephen King, produced by J. J. Abrams and directed by Pablo Larrain, the series features Julianne Moore as Lisey Landon, Clive Owen as Scott Landon, Joan Allen as Amanda Debuher, Dane DeHaan as Jim Dooley, Sung Kang as Officer Dan Boeckman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
All episodes are now available to stream, and you can find the novel wherever books are sold.
Release Date: August 22nd, 2021
Chapelwaite, based on the short story Jerusalem's Lot by Stephen King and starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Emily Hampshire, will premiere on EPIX on Sunday, August 22nd at 10pm ET/PT. Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.
Hampshire plays Rebecca Morgan, an ambitious young woman who left Preacher’s Corners to attend Mount Holyoke College, and has returned home with an advance to write a story for the new and prestigious Atlantic Magazine. Her writer’s block lifts when Boone arrives in town with his children, and despite her mother’s protests, Rebecca applies to be governess of the infamous Chapelwaite manor and the Boone family in order to write about them. In doing so, Rebecca will not only craft the next great gothic novel, she’ll unravel a mystery that has plagued her own family for years.
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