Stephen King's latest novel JOYLAND (not to be confused with his other latest novel, DR. SLEEP, which will come out in September of '13) will be going straight to paperback courtesy of Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books.
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, JOYLAND 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 child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
(It's worth noting that, when we first heard about JOYLAND, it was described as a book about "an amusement park serial killer.")
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, weíre 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."
Kingís previous Hard Case Crime novel, The Colorado Kid, became a national bestseller and inspired the television series "Haven," now going into its third season on SyFy.
"Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book," said Charles Ardai, Edgar- and Shamus Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime. "Itís a whodunit, itís a carny novel, itís a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who donít 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, ĎGoddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.í "
Nick Landau, Titan Publisher, added: "Stephen King is one of the fiction greats, and I am tremendously proud and excited to be publishing a brand-new book of his under the Hard Case Crime imprint."
From "Haven," Emily Rose