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After realizing his romantic life is not going in the direction he'd hoped, Devin Jones decides to take a summer job at an amusement park. There he makes friends with Tom Kennedy and Erin Cook, also summer hires at Joyland, which years before had been the scene of the murder of a young woman named Linda Gray whose ghost is said to be seen at the Horror House. He also befriends a young boy, named Mike Ross and his mother, Annie. Their lives all become entwined when Devin decides to investigate the mystery of Linda Gray's unsolved murder by the "Carny Killer."
All-time Best-selling Author
Returns with a Novel of Carny Life -- and Death...
College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life--and what comes after--that would change his world forever.
Life is Not Always a Butcher's Game.
Sometimes the Prizes Are Real.
Sometimes They're Precious.
A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old--and about those who don't get to do either because death comes for them before their time--JOYLAND is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, JOYLAND is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.
Stephen said this all started at least 20 years before the story was written with the image of a boy in a wheelchair flying a kite. The image stayed with him but the pieces didn't fall into place until a connection was made with placing the story in an amusement park setting and the story soon followed.