Stephen King Announces New Epic
Earlier this morning, Stephen King announced the details of his new book: 11/22/63, a suspense/horror novel about traveling back in time to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Here's the synopsis from King's website:
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.
11/22/63 continues King's penchant for semi-fantastical epics. The book will be similar in length and heft as King's most recent novel, 2009's Under the Dome (that is, nearly a thousand pages and nearly four pounds in hardcover). The book's pub date is set for November 8, just a couple weeks shy of the 47th anniversary of the JFK assasination.
In other Stephen King-related news, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower--his seven-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror/Western epic--is currently in development, with Javier Bardem rumored to take the lead role of Gunslinger; also, in late January, Warner Bros. announced a remake of The Stand, which clocks in at just over 1,141 pages long.