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Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid Gets Gorgeous New Illustrated Edition

Prepare to see The Colorado Kid in a whole new way.

Stephen King’s best-selling mystery novel — and inspiration for the TV series Haven — is headed back to bookstores for the first time in 10 years, in a brand-new illustrated edition. The novel has been out of print for a decade; the re-release will feature 20 new interior illustrations by a stellar range of artists.

In The Colorado Kid, a rookie newspaperwoman learns the true meaning of mystery when she investigates a 25-year-old unsolved and very strange case involving a dead man found on an island off the coast of Maine. 

The novel was originally published in 2005, and served as a loose basis for Haven, the Syfy series which aired from 2010 to 2015.

King and Hard Case Crime, the imprint behind the new edition, have exclusively shared with Entertainment Weekly the new cover for The Colorado Kid, painted by Paul Mann, as well as a pair of eye-catching interiors. One note: The first of the illustrations below is by actress Kate Kelton, who starred in the third and fourth seasons of Haven. (The other by is by Mark Edward Geyer.)

The Colorado Kid’s new edition will publish June 4, and is available for pre-order.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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Hard Case Crime To Release Stephen King’s Joyland Illustrated Limited Edition On September 8, 2015

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Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels from editor Charles Ardai and publisher Titan Books, announced today that on September 8, 2015 they will publish a new illustrated hardcover edition of their bestselling title of all time, Stephen King’s Joyland. The acclaimed coming-of-age story set in a possibly haunted small-town amusement park spent more than 25 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List in paperback and ebook format. Aside from certain extremely limited editions for collectors, however, no hardcover edition of the book has ever been published.

The new edition will feature a brand new cover painting by popular Hard

Case Crime artist Glen Orbik, whose other covers for the series include books by Gore Vidal and Michael Crichton; a map of the Joyland amusement park illustrated in the classic ‘mapback’ style by Susan Hunt Yule; and more than twenty interior illustrations by acclaimed artists Robert McGinnis, Mark Summers and Pat Kinsella.

Since its publication, Joyland has won raves worldwide. The Washington Post called it “a moving, immensely appealing coming-of-age tale” while Canada’s National Post called it “a small marvel of a book, a novel of loss and heartbreak, of growth and discovery…one of the writer’s finest works.” Entertainment Weekly called it “some of King’s most graceful writing”; the New York Times wrote, “The book delivers chills [and] a mournful sense of life’s fragility”; and the Guardian in the U.K. called it “a far gentler, deeper, more thoughtful book…and all the more intriguing for it.”

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Hard Case Crime To Publish Two New Editions of Stephen King’s Joyland, A Mass Market Paperback On May 27, 2014 & An eBook In April 2014

Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books, today announced it will release two new editions of Stephen King’s Joyland, the acclaimed coming-of-age story set in 1973 in a small-town amusement park that is the scene of an unsolved murder. First published last June, and recently named a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award (the mystery genre’s most prestigious honor), JOYLAND has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller list for more than 24 weeks. On May 27, Hard Case Crime will publish the book for the first time in the classic rack-sized “mass-market” paperback format typical of pulp crime novels in the 1940s and 50s. The company will also release the novel for the first time in an e-book edition, in April 2014.

“Joyland is a look back at a long-gone time, and I wanted people’s initial experience of the book to be like my experiences reading crime stories when I was growing up, back when a book was always something made of paper and ink and glue,” said Stephen King, one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, with more than 300 million books in print. “I’m thrilled that Hard Case Crime is going back to its roots with a paperback edition that’ll fit in your jacket or the back pocket of your jeans. And now that Joyland is coming up on its second year, I’m also happy to bring it out as an ebook for people who prefer reading that way.”

Since its publication, Joyland has won raves worldwide. The Washington Post called it “a moving, immensely appealing coming-of-age tale” while Canada’s National Post called it “a small marvel of a book, a novel of loss and heartbreak, of growth and discovery…one of the writer’s finest works.” Entertainment Weekly called it “some of King’s most graceful writing”; the New York Times wrote, “The book delivers chills [and] a mournful sense of life’s fragility”; and the Guardian in the U.K. called it “a far gentler, deeper, more thoughtful book…and all the more intriguing for it.”

Described as “the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade” by Neal Pollack in The Stranger, Hard Case Crime revives the storytelling and visual style of classic pulp fiction. The line features an exciting mix of lost pulp masterpieces from some of the most acclaimed crime writers of all time and gripping new novels from the next generation of great hardboiled authors, all with new painted covers in the grand pulp style. Authors have included James M. Cain, Mickey Spillane, Pete Hamill, Madison Smartt Bell, Lawrence Block, Ed McBain, and Donald E. Westlake, to whom Joyland is dedicated. Stephen King’s first Hard Case Crime novel, The Colorado Kid, also became a national bestseller and inspired the television series “Haven” on SyFy.

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Stephen King’s New Novel, Joyland Is Available Today, June 4, 2013

Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels published by Titan Books, released Joyland, a new novel by Stephen King, today (June 4, 2013).

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Joyland is a brand-new book and has never previously been published.

Called “the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade” by Neal Pollack in The Stranger, Hard Case Crime revives the storytelling and visual style of the pulp paperbacks of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Stephen King commented, “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.”

Joyland features new painted cover art by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the artist behind the posters for the original Sean Connery James Bond movies and “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” and by Glen Orbik, the painter of more than a dozen of Hard Case Crime’s most popular covers.

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