Let’s celebrate the release of “Later”, his latest novel, with a huge gallery of tattoos dedicated to the greatest living American storyteller (and not just horror stories)…

He has always been prolific to say the very least has Stephen King. Which would explain why this year, not one but two new novels of his are coming out, both of them on the subject of crime.

Jordan Croke, Sang Real Tattoo Co., Derby, UK
Jordan Croke, Sang Real Tattoo Co., Derby, UK

The first is titled “Later” and will be in bookshops in the US on 2nd March. This will be the latest book of his career and will be followed on 3rd August by Billy Summers.

This is the famous novel already mentioned by King last year, right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, when on a webcast followed by many of his fans he said that he would have to make changes to the work in progress.

Jordan Croke, Sang Real Tattoo Co., Derby, UK

The fact is,’ said the Man from Maine,“ that I had decided to set it in 2020 during a cruise; only thanks to Covid there would be no cruises in that period… so I had to backdate “Billy Summers” to 2019!”. No sooner said than done.

To get back to “Later”, this new book from the master of horror will be brought out by the American publisher Hard Case Crime on the heels of its predecessors Colorado Kid (2005) and Joyland (2013).

Stephanie Nuzzolino, Private Studio, West Olympia, USA
Stephanie Nuzzolino, Private Studio, West Olympia, USA

Judging by what has been doing the rounds online for the past few months, “Later” will be no horror story but a literary cocktail of crime and suspense. The plot goes as follows: Jamie Conklin, son of a struggling single mother, wants nothing more than a normal childhood.

But Jamie is no normal teen, born with unnatural ability which his own mother urges him to keep secret. In fact, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn.

The cost of using this amazing ability is higher than Jamie Conklin could ever imagine – as he soon finds outs when a police offers involves him in the pursuit of a brutal killer.

Evan Olin, Powerline Tattoo, Cranston, USA
Evan Olin, Powerline Tattoo, Cranston, USA

Stephen King commented: “You know what? I love the Hard Case format, and this story—combining a boy who sees beyond our world and strong elements of crime and suspense—seemed a perfect fit.

Editor Charles Ardai had this to add: “Later is a beautiful story about growing up and facing your demons, whether they’re metaphorical or (as sometimes happens when you’re in a Stephen King novel) the real thing. Basically it’s terrifying, tender, heartbreaking and honest.

Julian Siebert, Corpsepainter Tattoo, Munich, Germany
Julian Siebert, Corpsepainter Tattoo, Munich, Germany

Later” will be out on 2nd March in paperback with an illustration by Paul Mann of Jamie Conklin, standing ready to leave on a journey beside his mother sitting pretty on the bumper of the car.

The novel will be available by the end of March in a limited edition hardcover version. This will feature two new cover paintings by award-winning artist Gregory Manchess, one for the book cover and one for a fictitious novel within the novel that features in the plot.

Enjoy our gallery of tattoo dedicated to the memorable literary creations of the one and only writer from Maine who, last September, celebrated his first 73 years!





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