Joyland

by Stephen King

Part of the Hard Case Crime Series

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Joyland

One of Maxim Jakubowski's Books of the Year 2013.

Maxim Jakubowski's September 2013 Highly Recommended.

A rare incursion of the master of horror into the crime genre, albeit with a understated ghost story, this is also a wonderful melancholy tale about growing up, fun fairs, the bond between mother and son and first love. Don't be put off by Stephen King's reputation if you are a mystery lover; he respects the genre and treats it with love and care and this short novel is all the more satisfying.

Maxim Jakubowski

Joyland Synopsis

A stunning new novel from one of the best-selling authors of all time!


'I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.' - Stephen King

Joyland Press Reviews

'This one's a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers.' - Library Journal


'...period murder mystery with a heart...King brings his usual finesse to this tale's mystery elements' - Publishers Weekly


'Undeniable...charm [and] aching nostalgia...[JOYLAND] reads like a heartfelt memoir and might be King's gentlest book, a canny channeling of the inner peace one can find within outer tumult.' - Booklist


'Wrapped in a gloriously pulpy cover, Joyland is a coming-of-age story set in 1973 at a North Carolina amusement park -- creepy! -- that's haunted by a murderer.' - Time Magazine


'Stephen King's carny-saturated Joyland evokes the ghosts of summers past -- literally. - New York Magazine

'Joyland, by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, June). An old-school, pulpy paperback ghost story set in a North Carolina amusement park.' - Departures Magazine

'King's latest thriller, a PG-13 pulp paperback crime novel takes place at a remote carny park where college kid Devin is desperate to see the ghost of a girl whose murderer might still be
lurking around the hot dog stands.' - Cosmopolitan Magazine


'From horror authority Stephen King comes some hard-boiled action, with all the elements of a good crime novel--including the early '70s, southern secrets, carnivals, and a meddling college kid.' - The Daily Muse


'If you're a King fan you may want to set this on your wishlist' - Bookmuch

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ISBN: 9781781162644
Publication date: 07/06/2013
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781162644
Publication date: 7th June 2013
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books ...

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