Stephen King Announces His Next Book: “11/22/63″

Stephen King's 11/22/63Good Lord! He’s written another one?

I have been a Stephen King fan since the late 70s. An announcement in Starlog or Fangoria magazine that King’s book The Stand was going to be made into a film by that Night of the Living Dead guy George Romero sent me running to Friar Tuck Books (a late and lamented book store chain from the period) at our local mall to pick up a copy of King’s epic. The thousand-ish page paperback was a bit intimidating to my teenage mind at first. I had always loved reading but I had never tackled a tome nearly as big. When I was done I was amazed at how fast it had gone, and The Dead Zone soon followed, then ‘Salem’s Lot and most of his back catalog. By the late 80s, though, I wasn’t quite the “constant reader” King often refers to. He was writing them faster than I could read them and his releases began zipping past me like stray bullets in a crappy neighborhood. I have managed to read some of his books in the intervening years and he usually manages to wow me. Not long ago I finished reading Under the Dome, and if anything his writing has only gotten better. I had been contemplating reading his next book, Full Dark, No Stars when he lapped me again and announced this new release. Ah well, I may have to resign myself to being one or more steps behind King from here on out.

His newest book 11/22/63 will hit book stores on November 8, 2011. This promises to be another thousand-pager, this time dealing with time travel and one man’s attempt to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Here’s how the book is described at King’s official site:

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

The book itself also has a promotional site where you can sign up for email updates.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Did you know they are remaking The Stand, too? No need, I say!

    But more on topic.. the premise of this book sounds cool!

  2. admin says:

    I heard about The Stand remake, although I’m not sure how that will work as a feature film rather than a mini-series. Check here to see what King knows about the remake.

  3. Cindy says:

    This book sounds very interesting. I grew up near Lisbon Falls, so that would be fun to read.

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