This is turning out to be quite a banner couple of years for the King family. After the successful debut of Joe Hill's televised adaption of his novel "Nos4a2," the runaway cultural phenomenon that brought Pennywise back to public attention with the It films, the accolades earned from the father-son collaboration between Owen King and Stephen King in the book "Sleeping Beauties," and Stephen King's new novel "The Institute" reaching the number one spot on the New York Times best seller list, the King family has shown no sign of stopping. Now, Stephen King has released an exclusive sneak preview of his new book, "If It Bleeds" to Entertainment Weekly.
Stephen King is one of the best selling authors of all time, having sold somewhere are 350 million copies of his books. He has been adapted into many other media, including feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King has published 61 novels (including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman) and six non-fiction books. He has written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections. Known as the 'King of Horror,' Stephen King has eared many professional accolades, including a National Medal of Arts from the United States National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature.
The book is a series of four novellas, similar to his book "Different Seasons," which collected his legendary stories "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," "The Body," "Apt Pupil," and "The Breathing Method." The first three stories were made into the acclaimed films The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and Apt Pupil, respectively.
Enjoy the preview below.
Excerpt from If It Bleeds, by Stephen King
[In January of 2021, a small padded envelope addressed to Detective Ralph Anderson is delivered to the Conrads, the Andersons’ next-door neighbors. The Anderson family is on an extended vacation in the Bahamas, thanks to an endless teachers’ strike in the Andersons’ home county. (Ralph insisted that his son Derek bring his books, which Derek termed “a grotesque bummer.”) The Conrads have agreed to forward their mail until the Andersons return to Flint City, but printed on this envelope, in large letters, is DO NOT FORWARD HOLD FOR ARRIVAL. When Ralph opens the package, he finds a flash drive titled If It Bleeds, presumably referring to the old news trope which proclaims “If it bleeds, it leads.” The drive contains two items. One is a folder containing photographs and audio spectrograms. The other is a kind of report, or spoken-word diary, from Holly Gibney, with whom the detective shared a case that began in Oklahoma and ended in a Texas cave. It was a case that changed Ralph Anderson’s perception of reality forever. The final words of Holly’s audio report are from an entry dated December 19th, 2020. She sounds out of breath.
I have done the best I can, Ralph, but it may not be enough. In spite of all my planning there’s a chance I won’t come out of this alive. If that’s the case, I need you to know how much your friendship has meant to me. If I do die, and you choose to continue what I’ve started, please be careful. You have a wife and son.
[This is where the report ends.]
Excerpted from IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King. Copyright © 2020 by Stephen King. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.