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Stephen King announces release date, details for new novel 'Revival'

Stephen King at a 2009 reading
Stephen King at a 2009 reading
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Stephen King is one of the most famous and prolific authors in history, but he still knows a thing or two about the art of subtlety. On Feb. 12 the iconic author quietly issued the announcement of an upcoming novel entitled "Revival" via his official site.

The no-frills announcement consists of a single sentence announcing the title, release date and publisher accompanied by the following plot synopsis:

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

"Revival" will be published by Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton on Nov. 11 of this year. It sounds as if King and his camp have been anxiously awaiting the greenlight to announce "Revival" as the post begins with, "We now have permission to official announced the release of the novel..."

"Revival" will not be King's only novel published in 2014. June 3 will see the release of "Mr. Mercedes", also to be published by Scribner. "Mr. Mercedes" focuses on a "mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time" in which "three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands."

The 66-year-old scribe has been consistently churning out works ranging from suspense, horror and terror to fantasy, drama and dystopian fiction since selling his first professional short story in 1967. His first novel, "Carrie", was published by Doubleday in 1974.

40 years on King is still captivating audiences with his wildly inventive tales. With its small town New England setting and a return to some familiar themes, "Revival" looks to be a new dose of classic King.

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