A new book by Stephen King will be in the bookstore, Weekly entertainment reports†
Scribner will be King’s. to publish Fairy tale this summer. The press describes the book as an “enchanting novel about a 17-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes couldn’t be higher — for their world or ours.”
The novel follows Charlie, a teenager who befriends a dog named Radar and begins doing odd jobs for Mr. Bowditch, the reclusive owner. When Bowditch dies, Charlie discovers that the shed in the man’s backyard contains a gateway to another world.
“King’s storytelling in Fairy tale rising,” says Scribner. “This is a magnificent and terrifying tale of a world different from our own, where good meets overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy – and his dog – must lead the fight.”
King said he was inspired to write the book in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, wondering what project would make him happy.
“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a sprawling abandoned city — desolate but alive,” he said. “I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, the head of a gargoyle lying overturned in the street. I saw destroyed images (of which I did not know, but which I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high that their tips pierced the clouds. I saw a magical sundial that could turn back time. Those images triggered the story I wanted to tell.”
Fairy tale is scheduled for release on September 6.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.