Stephen King
Stephen King at the Wordplay Festival with Benjamin Percy

Stephen King made a special appearance at the first annual Wordplay festival in Minnesota this last weekend.

According to their official website, Wordplay is a festival that “aims to be the biggest celebration of readers, writers, and great books that Minnesota has ever seen,” and it seems they were true to their word as King was joined by fellow authors Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, and Dave Barry to name a few.

King’s band, The Rock Bottom Remainders, performed a special concert Friday evening to kick off the festival, and throughout the weekend fans were given opportunities to meet their favorite authors, and attend panels and special interviews

It was in one such interview that King announced a new novel for 2020. According to Lilija’s Library, a site devoted to King fandom, the novel is titled If it Bleeds, though it was initially reported as If You Bleed.

From what we’ve gleaned it appears to tell the story of a vampire-like journalist who literally feeds on the suffering of others as he tracks a story, and thus the title If It Bleeds, based on the axiom “it it bleeds, it leads” makes more sense.

What has many fans clamoring for the new novel, however, is the announcement that Holly Gibney will be the novel’s central character.

Gibney first appeared in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and quickly became a fan favorite. She also appeared in King’s The Outsider which is currently being adapted as a series for HBO.

There are very few other details available about If It Bleeds at this time, but fans who want more Stephen King sooner won’t have long to wait. The Institute: A Novel is set for release in September of 2019!

Stay tuned for more details about If It Bleeds as they become available.