Stephen King’s New Novel Must Change Due to COVID-19

Stephen King is currently writing a new novel. And today he says it was originally set to take place in 2020, but given how the Coronavirus has impacted the world, he had to change it to 2019.

King tells NPR: “I set [the novel I’m currently writing] in the year 2020 because I thought, ‘Okay, when I publish it, if it’s in 2021, it will be like in the past, safely in the past. And then this thing came along, and I immediately looked back through the copy that I’d written and I saw that one of the things that was going on was that two of my characters had gone on a cruise … and I thought, ‘Well, no, I don’t think anybody’s going on cruise ships this year.’ And so I looked at everything and I immediately set the book in 2019, where people could congregate and be together and the story would work because of that. I keep having people say, ‘Gee, it’s like we’re living in a Stephen King story. And my only response to that is, ‘I’m sorry.’

A Stephen King tale of terror set on a cruise ship? Interesting…


Stephen King’s next book If It Bleeds – a collection of four novellas – will be coming our way one month early on April 28th. Check out the killer cover art below. Then pre-order your copy HERE.

Here’s the rundown via Amazon:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places. The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.

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