It has been announced that Stephen King will be releasing a new novel in 2021 and that it will be a crime story surrounding a boy with a supernatural ability.
The author made the announcement on Monday when he shared a photo of the upcoming novels cover.
Titled Later the book will be released in march 2021 by Hard Case Crime, the publishing house that previously released two of Kings other novels: 2005’s The Colorado Kid and 2013’s Joyland.
The books tagline reads “Only the dead have no secrets” and will explore some common themes for the master of horror, including coming of age, the loss of innocence, and standing up to evil forces.
The book will focus on Jamie Conklin, a boy with “unusual abilities”, which enable him to ”see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn.”
Jamie is enlisted by an NYPD detective to help track down and stop a dead killer who will strike from beyond the grave, yet Jamie can only use his abilities at a “terrible cost.”
“Later is a beautiful story about growing up and facing your demons — whether they’re metaphorical or (as sometimes happens when you’re in a Stephen King novel) the real thing,” Charles Ardai, the editor of Hard Case Crime, said.
“It’s terrifying, tender, heartbreaking and honest, and we’re so excited to bring it to readers,” he continued.
A brief excerpt is available to read on the publisher’s website.