Stephen King Slashing His Way to Joyland

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Around these parts when prolific horror author Stephen King talks, we listen, and believe you me this is something that you cats are going to want to hear about!

In addition to King’s sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep, the master of horror is currently at work on a new slasher tale entitled Joyland.

According to author Neil Gaiman, who recently interviewed King for the UK Sunday Times Magazine, the book will be “about an amusement park serial killer.

Later on in the interview King jokes about his own death and how his son, Joe Hill, could finish it if he couldn’t.

So if I got hit by a taxi cab, like Margaret Mitchell … ‘Joyland’ wouldn’t be done but Joe could finish it, in a breeze. His style is almost indistinguishable from mine. His ideas are better than mine. Being around Joe is like being next to a Catherine Wheel throwing off sparks, all these ideas. I do want to slow down. My agent is dickering with the publishers about ‘Doctor Sleep,’ that’s the sequel to ‘The Shining,’ but I held off showing them the manuscript because I wanted time to breathe.

Other King projects in various stages of production include Ron Howard’s ambitious plans for The Dark Tower, Ben Affleck’s potential trilogy adaptation of The Stand, John Mellencamp’s King-written stage musical, Showtime and Brian K. Vaughan’s Under the Dome miniseries, Jonathan Demme snagging the rights to 11/22/63, along with theatrical and Hollywood resurrections of Carrie.

Stephen King Slashing His Way to Joyland

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