Elevation Is Stephen King’s Second Book of 2018

Stephen King will release a second book this year, a novella titled "Elevation," which is out in October.

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This shouldn’t come as shocking news: Stephen King will publish yet another book this year. The prolific writer announced on his official website that a new novella, “Elevation,” will be published on Oct. 30, just a few months after The Outsider, which is set to release in May.

“Elevation” sounds quite a bit different from the upcoming crime novel, though. In fact, judging from the synopsis, it might be King’s version of a feel-good story…

See for yourself:

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face – including his own — he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

The site even describes the novella “as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as It’s a Wonderful Life,” which almost sounds like a joke. Either way, it’s always nice to get different flavors of King. With “Elevation” he seems to be tackling certain social issues more head on than usual, too.

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It’s probably no accident that this novel is set in King’s infamous fictional town of Castle Rock, which will soon become the subject of Hulu’s new horror series, which is out this summer. So, two new books, a new TV series, and the second season of Mr. Mercedes. There’s a lot more King to look forward to this year and we’re not complaining. 

More on “Elevation” as we learn it.