If you’re a frequent reader of this fine website, it’s likely that you love Stephen King. The man is a god among horror titans, and arguably the greatest writer to ever grace the genre.
King is also amazingly prolific, pumping out so many novels and short stories that it might take many readers a lifetime just to read them all. After a great year for the author in 2017, he’s set to release a new book in 2018, entitled The Outsider.
Running at 576 pages – which really isn’t very long by King standards – The Outsider can now be pre-ordered at Amazon, and will hit shelves on May 22nd. The Outsider’s final cover isn’t quite ready to be revealed yet, but a preview image of it can be seen below.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Outsider:
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
On the surface, The Outsider doesn’t appear to be a supernatural story, but with King, one never knows where things will lead. Either way, the subject matter is suitably grim enough for a King horror tale.