Stephen King, the undisputed master of the horror genre, is about to release Fairy Tale, a novel about a boy, his dog, and a gateway to another realm.
Rather than being pure horror, the new novel will live up to its namesake by delivering a magical tale full of struggles between good and evil. If the ongoing pandemic has taught us anything, it's that creatives like King have had lots of opportunities to fully dedicate themselves to new projects.
Stephen King’s Fairy Tale
According to Amazon, Fairy Tale follows Charlie Reade, a 17-year-old who befriends Howard Bowditch, an elderly recluse, and his dog, Radar. Bowditch leaves Charlie a cassette recording when he dies, explaining that in the shed outside his house, there is a portal to another world. What follows is a voyage into a land where good is fighting overpowering evil, and Charlie and Radar are tasked with leading the charge.
The pandemic is what inspired the legendary author to write Fairy Tale, insisting that he needed to write something that would make him happy. However, from the sounds of it, the novel does not appear to be an overwhelmingly happy book, though one of the great things about King's writing is that he has always been able to see different, sometimes uplifting angles in dark and sinister material.
Fairy Tale Release Date
The new novel will hit the shelves on Sept. 6. Fairy Tale is currently available for pre-order, and at 608 pages, it is King's longest novel since 2017's Sleeping Beauties. The new book is the author's second for 2022, with the third installment of his previously announced collaboration with Richard Chizmar, Gwendy's Final Task, slated to arrive next month, formally concluding the Gwendy's Button Box trilogy.
The prolific writer is responsible for some of the most beloved (and terrifying) horror novels of all time, many of which have been made into great films, including The Shining, IT, and Misery, to mention a few.
Throughout his nearly 50-year career, his work has earned several awards, leaving little doubt that King is one of the greatest American novelists of all time.