I love the way we get ambushed every couple of months or so with a new Stephen King project. We hear about major new books months in advance, of course, but then every so often there’ll be a new short story announcement (like his recent collaboration with son Joe Hill, “In the Tall Grass,” in Esquire magazine, which I’ll be reviewing the second installment of shortly) that gets made just before the material is available. For Constant Readers who, like myself, need instant gratification, it’s a great thing.
Today’s ambush came in the form of a Tweet from Scribner (@ScribnerBooks) announcing the August 21 release of A Face in the Crowd by King and Stewart O’Nan. It’s the duo’s second baseball-themed work (the first being Faithful, a nonfiction chronicle of the 2004 season of the Boston Red Sox), although this one sounds like it’s more in line with what we normally expect from King:
Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier…
The full announcement on StephenKing.com says the ebook will be available on all major readers, and that an audio version is on the way as well. You can bet I’ll be downloading a copy as soon as the digital doors are open.