On September 21, 1947, Stephen King was born, going on to create books that became symbols within the world of horror and Halloween costumes.
Now known as one of the godfather’s of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy, King’s books have sold more than 350 million copies. In total, King has published 50 novels, with seven penned under the name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books.
In addition, he has written about two hundred short stories, many gathered in nine collections of short fiction. One would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of Stephen King.
Still, even with so many stories already published, King shows no sign of slowing down. The man lives, breathes, and loves writing horror novels, and now is as good as any time to look at what one can expect from King’s future.
“Stephen King’s sequel to his horror novel The Shining is to be released on 24 September 2013, 36 years after the original was published,” states BBC. The new novel, titled Doctor Sleep, follows Danny Torrance, the young boy in The Shining, who has been “drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.”
After settling into a New Hampshire town, where he uses his “shining power” to comfort the dying, Torrance meets Abra Stone, a 12-year-old who has “the brightest shining ever seen.” One can assume that things spiral out of control from there, as often is the case with King’s novels.
But that’s not all for 2013: King is also releasing a second novel, one that follows his love for paperback crime novels read during his childhood. The novel is titled Joyland, and it hits markets three months earlier, in June, than Doctor Sleep.
As stated on Shelf Life, “Joyland takes place in a small-town North Carolina amusement park, where college student Devin Jones arrives at the park to work as a carny for the summer, but he ends up experiencing much more than he bargained for when he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child.”
“I love crime, I love mysteries and I love ghosts,” said Stephen King, in a press release. “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.”
If any other author denied e-publishing, their sales would tank. But this is Stephen King, the master of modern literary horror, and this kind of move only adds to his appeal.
Happy birthday, Stephen King.