Featuring beady red eyes and little detail outside of a silhouette of a man holding an object in a field of tall grasses, the cover of The Outsider - the next novel from Stephen King - offers little insight as to the contents of the book, but it will most certainly intrigue fans.
Revealed by EW and shown below, the book is set to release on May 22, and figures to be a starting point for a promotional tour.
The synopsis reads as one that figures to be more of a crime mystery that will grip readers with the normal twists and details that only a living literary master could craft.
"An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can."
The new book is being released at what may be the height of the storied career of King, who has seen many of his works be turned into television shows, rebooted movies, or original takes.
King has claimed that nearly all of his stories are in development, but only a few have officially been ordered or will be released in the near future -- but that may be semantics at play, with the list of what is in the works and what has been delivered.
One of the biggest films of 2017 was the most recent adaptation of IT -- which crossed $700 million worldwide at the box office. Prior to the release of that remake, audiences knew that this chapter would only tell half of the story of a group of friends battling a supernatural entity lurking the town of Derry, Maine, but it wasn't until the film proved to be a huge hit that the sequel was officially announced. The sequel is in development and slated to hit theaters in September, 2019.
Mr. Mercedes debuted on the Audience Network this summer and proved to be enough of a success that it was renewed for a second season.
The new Pet Sematary is slated to hit theaters in April of 2019; a film based on King's novel Rose Madder is reportedly on the way, as well as The Breathing Method and N. being developed as TV miniseries' with Castle Rock being expecting to debut on Hulu in early 2018.