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Only on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King story unavailable in any other format!

Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the 4th of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry – one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.

Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample – praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness” – Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening.

Drunken Fireworks

In an innovative and exciting collaboration, Simon & Schuster Audio and Play.it ® will share in its entirety a stream of Stephen King’s forthcoming audiobook short story Drunken Fireworks for listeners nationwide. CBS RADIO stations in more than 20 major markets across the country will drive tune-in to the special event on which takes place July 2nd. Play.it ® is an on-demand audio platform recently launched by CBS RADIO and CBS Local Digital Media.

“Great stories are often better when told out loud,” said King. “This event is a cool way for more people to discover just how fun listening to my stories can be.”

Simon & Schuster Audio’s standalone publication of Stephen King’s never-before-released short story will be read by beloved Maine humorist Tim Sample. Drunken Fireworks will be released exclusively as an audiobook on CD and for download on June 30, 2015.

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NEW! You can also listen to a message from Stephen about Drunken Fireworks on Play.it using the link below.

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Cover Reveal
Stephen Discusses Drunken Fireworks with the New York Times
POSTED: 6.30.15

Stephen King spoke to The New York Times about his new audiobook Drunken Fireworks. Find out why he calls it “an oral kind of story that should be listened to”. Read the full article here at the link below.

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TIm Sample
POSTED: 6.15.15

To celebrate the launch of Stephen King’s audiobook exclusive short story Drunken Fireworks, check out Simon & Schuster Audio’s new contest and enter for a chance to win a 4th of July 2016 trip to New York City plus an iPad with a Stephen King audiobook library.

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Cover Reveal
POSTED: 4.27.15

Simon & Schuster Audio has revealed their cover for Stephen's upcoming audiobook short story, Drunken Fireworks. See the link below for a full high resolution cover art.

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TIm Sample
POSTED: 4.21.15

Simon & Schuster Audio has announced that Tim Sample will read Drunken Fireworks. Tim Sample is a Maine native whose unique New England style of humor has gained him a national following.

In addition to TV, radio and a dozen popular albums of “down east” humor (five of them released on the legendary Bert and I label), Tim spent eleven years (1993 -2004) as a regular correspondent for the Emmy award winning network television show CBS News Sunday Morning.

Tim has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books, including regional bestsellers Saturday Night at Moody's Diner and How to Talk Yankee. Tim’s narration work includes such award-winning films and audiobooks as Robert McCloskey’s children's classic Burt Dow Deep Water Man, Stephen King’s The Sun Dog and the immensely popular film documentary From Stump to Ship.

Tim Sample has performed in venues as diverse as The Mall of America, Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo and the Caribou Maine Performing Arts Center. These days, his averages 40-50 concert and after-dinner appearances per year.

For more information visit his website: www.timsample.com