Master of horror Stephen King has been a mainstay of my literary life for over 25 years. I have read every King novel and watched every movie based on a King work. This fall, I will have something new to sink my literary teeth into when King releases his next novel Sleeping Beauties. This novel will also have the added benefit of being co-written by King’s son Owen King.

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Here is the synopsis from King’s website:

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place…

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

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This sounds like classic King with a twist and at 720 pages, it definitely falls into the category of some of the author’s other epic tales. This will be the first time King has collaborated with his son Owen and I can’t wait to read the results. Sleeping Beauties will arrive in book stores September 26, 2017.

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