Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Thrills and chills -- in monthly doses

  • Stephen King's new novella will be serialized in Esquire.
I love the strange irony of this, considering King's first story sales as a writer were to other, less well-regarded "men's magazines." This, of course, isn't his first shot at serial storytelling -- there was the The Green Mile, which read awfully well as a serial, despite its wanderings into gloppy sentimentality in the last section and its perpetuation of the odious Magic Black Man cliche. There was also "The Plant," which was published in installments on his official website (and, as far as I know, has yet to appear in a print collection).
According to Esquire, "The Gingerbread Girl" tells "the story of Emily, who flees to the secluded Vermillion Key off of Florida's coast after the death of her infant child. Her new neighbor also enjoys the privacy of the key, but the women he brings with him never return home. Emily's curiosity leads her right into the hands of the madman, but it's her legs that are her only hope for survival."

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