Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Under the Talisman

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, the man in black fled across the desert, and we all followed ... ever since.

Yeah, that's right, dear reader, I'm talking about Stephen King. I remember hearing from time to time about this novel he was working on that was, alas, never to be completed, much the same way I thought the Dark Tower series would never be completed. I love being wrong (which is usually the case) and this is no exception.

Under the Dome, perhaps SK's longest novel ever, clocking in at a massive 1500 pages, will be released November 10, 2009. Let's just say I'll be picking up a copy.

Here's the plot synopsis:

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

And though I'm not an avid comic reader, and I wasn't all that interested in Marvel's Dark Tower and The Stand adaptions, I recently learned that The Talisman, a collaboration between Stephen King and Peter Straub, will be released in graphical form through Del Ray and is due out in the Fall of '09.

I'll be wrapping my greedy fingers around that one, too.

Later Fiends,


I was big into King but have recently let my interest wane. I have Duma Key sitting on my shelf to read and I just can't get up the energy to do so.

I feel the same way. King had a brilliant run in the 70s and 80s, but his stories of late are a bit winded and low on the fantastic, even for my tastes. He started Under the Dome probably mid-eighties, so I'm hoping he brought some of that old King style I enjoyed so much.

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