Hard Case Crime has announced it will publish Stephen King's new novel Joyland, in June 2013.  The novel is set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973 and 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 chils, and the ways both will change his life forever.

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."

I love e-books.  This bums me out, although I always buy a hard copy of his books too.  I'll just end up having to read my copy that usually goes into my collection unread.

"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.’ "

Joyland will have painted cover art by Robert McGinnis, the artist behind the posters for the original Sean Connery Bond movies and Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Glen Orbik, who painted the cover for The Colorado Kid, King's other novel published by Hard Case.

Source: Hard Case Crime



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