NEWS - JOYLAND

Pre-Order Your King

Posted: March 19, 2015, 01:07:15

Here is where you can pre-order King’s upcoming books for 2015.

- Finders Keepers (June 2)
- Joyland (Illustrated hardback) (Sep. 8)
- The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Nov. 3)

Hardcover Edition of Joyland Announced

Posted: March 18, 2015, 15:24:08

STEPHEN KING’S JOYLAND
COMING IN NEW ILLUSTRATED EDITION


Hardcover Edition from Hard Case Crime to Feature Never-Before-Seen Art by Glen Orbik, Robert McGinnis, Mark Summers and Pat Kinsella.

Hard Case Crime, the award-winning line of pulp-styled crime novels from editor Charles Ardai and publisher Titan Books, announced today that in September 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.

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Joyland in papaerback and eBook

Posted: January 27, 2014, 22:37:01

Hard Case Crime announced today that they will be releasing Joyland as an eBook edition in April 2014 and a "mass market" paperback format on May 27, 2014.

Early cover

Posted: June 10, 2013, 22:03:32

Here are two early drawings for the cover to Joyland.


Listen to Joyland

Posted: June 7, 2013, 02:38:47

Head over to Entertainment Weekley for an excerpt from the audio book edition of Joyland as well as an interview with it's narrator Michael Kelly.

UK Joyland promo

Posted: June 5, 2013, 08:38:46

HereJoyland promo in the UK this Friday.


Thanks to Keith B Walters

Interivew with Charles Ardai

Posted: June 4, 2013, 22:32:22

Here is an interview with Hard Case Crime founder Charles Ardai in which he talks Joyland novel, movie and more.

Meet the Hollywood Girls

Posted: June 4, 2013, 22:27:52

Meet the Hollywood Girls, promoting Stephen King's Joyland!

Here is a cool promotion for Joyland in the UK.

Joyland is out today and the winners are...

Posted: June 4, 2013, 11:25:26

Today Joyland is released and you can see what I think about the book here. Also the contest is over the two lucky winners of Joyland on audio is Jen Steven from the US and Nick Wansch from German, Congratulations!

The correct answer to the contest is either Joyland or Doctor Sleep. The year you should have gotten is 2013 and this is how you should have gotten it.

The Green Mile was released 1996
Sum = 1996

The month I started counting visitors at Lilja’s Library is March (3)
Sum = 1996 + 3 = 1999

The number of times I have interviewed Stephen King is 2
Sum = 1999 – 2 = 1997

The first two numbers of the followers of Lilja’s Library on facebook is 15
Sum = 1997 + 15 = 2012

The book version of Lilja’s Library was released in August (8)
Sum = 2012 + 8 = 2020

The most expencive edition of Joyland was released in 26 copies
Sum = 2020 - 26 = 1994

The number of the day when Lilja Says… joined facebook is 19
Sum = 1994 + 19 = 2013

King on The Today Show

Posted: June 3, 2013, 15:44:07

King visited The Today show today and talked about Joyland.

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Last chance to enter!

Posted: June 3, 2013, 13:56:33

Last chance to enter the Joyland contest. Enter today and I’ll publish the winners tomorrow when I publish my review of Joyland. Enter here.

Polish Joyland

Posted: May 31, 2013, 14:24:20

Here is a Polish trailer for Joyland.

Essay by Joyland editor

Posted: May 30, 2013, 14:22:54

Here is a great essay by Charles Ardai; founder and editor of Hard Case Crime about Joyland.

Joyland trailer

Posted: May 29, 2013, 13:43:18

Trailer for Joyland.

New interview with King

Posted: May 29, 2013, 12:03:26

Listen to an interview with King from Fresh Air here.


Thanks to Troy Tradup.

Joyland excerpt

Posted: May 24, 2013, 08:17:40

Here is an excerpt from Joyland. And when you've read it, don't forget to enter the contetst!


Thanks to Troy Tradup

Win Joyland on audio

Posted: May 21, 2013, 10:58:19

I got two copies of King’s upcoming book Joyland on audio that I want to send to two of you. And to get one you need to go through these steps, add/subtract the numbers, answer the question and send me the result.

Step 1: Following Lilja’s Library on Facebook.

Step 2: Add the year when The Green Mile was first released.

Step 3: Head over to www.Liljas-Library.com Add the number of the month for when I started counting visitors for the site.

Step 4: Follow me on Lilja Says on facebook .

Step 5: Subtract the number of times I have interviewed Stephen King.


Step 6: Take the first two numbers in the numbers of followers Lilja’s Library have on facebook and add them.

Step 7: Add the number for the month the book version of Lilja’s Library was released.

Step 8: Subtract the number of copies the most expensive edition of Joyland was released in.

Step 9: Add the number for the day when Lilja Says joined facebook.

Step 10: Tell me the name of one King book released in the year you get after adding and subtracting these numbers.

You need to send in the answer (by email info[a]liljas-library.com) before June 3 to be entered in the contest. The winners will be announced on Monday June 4.

Good luck! Oh, and the ontest is open to anyone anywere!

What cover do you like best

Posted: May 20, 2013, 16:01:08

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King skipping E-book on new novel

Posted: May 20, 2013, 15:29:32

Looks like there won't be an eBook version of Joyland according to Vulture.


Stephen King, e-book champion and veteran of roughly every major publishing format available, is opting to keep his new horror novel Joyland strictly as a paper book. "I have no plans for a digital version," King says. "Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one." Does King count Amazon as an "actual bookstore," though? Because Joyland is available for pre-order there. Also: What does "stir their sticks" mean?

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Joyland review

Posted: May 17, 2013, 09:01:52

Here is a first, mostley spoiler free, review of Joyland.

More international covers for Joyland

Posted: May 13, 2013, 16:37:19

Here are three international covers for Joyland.

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Thanks to those who send these in.

Lilja's Library Exclusive Joyland news!

Posted: May 13, 2013, 14:13:55

Here is some exclusive news from Lilja’s Library. Starting today you can pre-order three different hardcover editions of King’s upcoming book Joyland. Here is the press release:

STEPHEN KING’S JOYLAND
TO BE PUBLISHED IN SIGNED, LIMITED HARDCOVER EDITIONS


Hard Case Crime Announces Collectible Hardcover Editions
of Stephen King’s New Novel


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New York, NY; London, UK (May 13, 2013) – Stephen King’s new novel JOYLAND, which will be published as a paperback original on June 4 by the award-winning Hard Case Crime line from Titan Books, will also be released a week later in three hardcover limited editions for collectors, two of them signed by the author. All three hardcover editions will feature both a new cover painting and nine black-and-white interior illustrations by the legendary Robert McGinnis, the painter responsible for more than 1,000 classic book covers as well as the iconic movie posters for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the original Sean Connery James Bond movies. JOYLAND will be the first book ever fully illustrated by McGinnis, whose 70-year career includes induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame alongside Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. In a nod to the look of classic crime novels, the hardcover editions will also feature a map on the back cover, drawn by Susan Hunt Yule, of the Joyland amusement park where the story takes place.

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The three hardcover editions will be available from Titan Books and can be pre-ordered starting today from the following web page: www.titanbooks.com/joylandlimitededition. There will be a numbered edition of 724 copies signed by the author, priced at $75 (£55.99), as well as a rarer lettered edition of just 26 copies priced at $200 (£150) that will be signed by the author and packaged in a handmade collectible traycase. An unsigned gift edition of 1,500 copies will also be available for $40 (£29.99).

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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. One of the most beloved storytellers of all time, Stephen King is the world’s best-selling novelist, with more than 300 million books in print.

International covers for Joyland

Posted: May 13, 2013, 13:14:36

Here are three international covers for Joyland.

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Which cover do you like the best? Click on them to see where they are from.

Kelly to narrate Joyland

Posted: April 12, 2013, 02:55:04

Actor Michael Kelly will narrate the audiobook edition of Joyland.

Short review of Joyland

Posted: April 9, 2013, 16:35:55

Here is a very short review of Joyland from PW.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Joyland in the UK

Posted: February 18, 2013, 10:17:09

Who dares enter the King's funhouse of fear? Hodder & Stoughton will publish the audio digital download of King's Joyland. Here is the press release:


Hodder is proud to announce that they will publish the audio digital download of Stephen King’s JOYLAND on June 4, 2013. US imprint, Hard Case Crime, will publish the paperback original. Rights in the audio were acquired from Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff & Verrill for British Commonwealth, excluding
Canada .

‘I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,’ says Stephen King who has combined these elements into a wonderful new novel.

JOYLAND is both a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss and your first heartbreak. As Devin reflects: 'That fall was the most beautiful of my life. Even forty years later I can say that. And I was never so unhappy, I can say that, too. People think first love is sweet, and never sweeter than when that first bond snaps.'

King's UK editor, Philippa Pride, says: ‘JOYLAND is a beautifully written, sometimes joyous, sometimes heartrending, always gripping story, the ending of which will move you to tears as you
listen. It is part of a bumper year for Stephen King and Hodder in 2013 in both audio and print form.’

February sees publication of the mass market paperback of The Wind through the Keyhole, the new Dark Tower novel which the Guardian describes as ‘a gem of a novel, enchanting and
enchanted’, cinema goers viewing the highly anticipated remake of Carrie in the autumn will be racing to buy a tie-in paperback edition and audio, and readers and listeners are already queuing for September’s giant hardcover, Doctor Sleep, in which King revisits the territory and characters of The Shining. Bag of Bones is due to be seen on UK television within the next year.

Joyland on audio

Posted: November 26, 2012, 16:03:32

On June 4, 2013 Simon & Schuster Audio will release Joyland. No info on who'll narrate it yet though.

Joyland press release

Posted: September 21, 2012, 11:28:17

New Stephen King Novel
From Hard Case Crime
COMING JUNE 4TH 2013


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. 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 range from modern-day bestsellers such as Pete Hamill, Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Block and Ed McBain to Golden Age stars like Mickey Spillane (creator of “Mike Hammer”), Erle Stanley Gardner (creator of “Perry Mason”), Wade Miller (author of Touch of Evil), and Cornell Woolrich (author of Rear Window).

Joyland by Stephen King - Coming June 4th 2013 (Link to Large Cover Art

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.”

King’s previous Hard Case Crime novel, The Colorado Kid, became a national bestseller and inspired the television series “Haven,” now going into its third season on SyFy.

“Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book,” said Charles Ardai, Edgar- and Shamus Award-winning editor of Hard Case Crime. “It’s a whodunit, it’s a carny novel, it’s a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time. Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves moved. When I finished it, I sent a note saying, ‘Goddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.’"

Nick Landau, Titan Publisher, added: “Stephen King is one of the fiction greats, and I am tremendously proud and excited to be publishing a brand-new book of his under the Hard Case Crime imprint.”

JOYLAND will feature 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, including the cover for The Colorado Kid.

Since its debut in 2004, Hard Case Crime has been the subject of enthusiastic coverage by a wide range of publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Time, Playboy, U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Houston Chronicle, New York magazine,the New York Post and Daily News, Salon, Reader’s Digest, Parade and USA Weekend,as well as numerous other magazines, newspapers, and online media outlets. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “Hard Case Crime is doing a wonderful job publishing both classic and contemporary ‘pulp’ novels in a crisp new format with beautiful, period-style covers. These modern ‘penny dreadfuls’ are worth every dime.” Playboy praised Hard Case Crime’s “lost masterpieces,” writing “They put to shame the work of modern mystery writers whose plots rely on cell phones and terrorists.” And the Philadelphia City Paper wrote, “Tired of overblown, doorstop-sized thrillers…? You’ve come to the right place. Hard Case novels are as spare and as honest as a sock in the jaw.”

Other upcoming Hard Case Crime titles include The Cocktail Waitress, a never-before-published novel by James M. Cain, author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity, and an epic first novel called The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter that has won advance raves from authors such as Peter Straub, James Frey, Alice Sebold, John Banville, David Morrell and Stephen King.

For information about these and other forthcoming titles, visit www.HardCaseCrime.com

About Hard Case Crime
Founded in 2004 by award-winning novelists Charles Ardai and Max Phillips, Hard Case Crime has been nominated for or won numerous honors since its inception including the Edgar, the Shamus, the Anthony, the Barry, and the Spinetingler Award. The series’ books have been adapted for television and film, with two features currently in development at Universal Pictures and the TV series “Haven” going into its third season this fall on SyFy. Hard Case Crime is published through a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Titan Publishing Group.

About Titan Publishing Group
Titan Publishing Group is an independently owned publishing company, established in 1981, comprising three divisions: Titan Books, Titan Magazines/Comics and Titan Merchandise. Titan Books, recently nominated as Independent Publisher of the Year 2011, has a rapidly growing fiction list encompassing original fiction and reissues, primarily in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk and crime. Recent crime and thriller acquisitions include Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins’ all-new Mike Hammer novels, the Matt Helm series by Donald Hamilton and the entire backlist of the Queen of Spy Writers, Helen MacInnes. Titan Books also has an extensive line of media and pop culture-related non-fiction, graphic novels, art and music books. The company is based at offices in London, but operates worldwide, with sales and distribution in the US and Canada being handled by Random House. www.titanbooks.com

Cover for Joyland released

Posted: September 20, 2012, 16:30:21

Here is the cover for Joyland.


Not only is King going retro with the setting of his upcoming novel, he’s also sticking to a tried-and-true format. “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” he said in the press release. “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.”

Charles Ardai, editor of Hard Case Crime, promises a layered, genre-crossing story. “Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book,” he said. “It’s a whodunit, it’s a carny novel, it’s a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time. Even the most hard-boiled readers will find themselves moved. When I finished it, I sent a note saying, ‘Goddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.’ ”

Joyland related?

Posted: September 20, 2012, 10:33:41

Charles Ardai posted the following on twitter just now. Could it have something to do with Joyland? I hope and think so...

Joyland; King's next book

Posted: September 20, 2012, 10:14:41

Charles Ardai talks Joyland and Haven:


CA: Yes, JOYLAND. It’s coming out in June 2013, and it’s perfect summer reading. It’s actually set partly on a beach, in the summer, so you have no excuse not to buy a copy and take it with you to the beach next summer. (I do realize that by the same reasoning you should only read FRANKENSTEIN in a castle during a lightning storm, but never mind.) We’re keeping the book under wraps until we’re closer to the publication date, so you won’t get any spoilers from me, but I’ll tell you it’s about a college student who gets a summer job working at a small-town amusement park and discovers some very strange things going on. Anyone who wants more info can find a bit on our website, www.hardcasecrime.com. I’ll tell you this: I’m a hardboiled sort of guy, but I was crying by the end of JOYLAND. Anyone who can read this book without shedding a tear shed is made of stone.

More about Joyland

Posted: May 30, 2012, 13:47:05

A new novel by Stephen King, Joyland, is to be published by Titan Books imprint Hard Case Crime in June 2013.

The book will be released as a paperback first, with e-book to follow at a later date. King said: "I 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."

The title, set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, 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.

Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai bought world rights in the title, with King's novel The Colorado Kid previously released under the imprint. The deal does not affect King's relationship with his usual UK publisher, Hodder.

Ardai said: "Joyland is a breathtaking, beautiful, heartbreaking book. It's a whodunit, it's a carny novel, it's a story about growing up and growing old, and about those who don't get to do either because death comes for them before their time.

"Even the most hardboiled readers will find themselves moved. When I finished it, I sent a note saying: 'Goddamn it, Steve, you made me cry.'"

Source The Bookseller
Thanks to Neil Cumming

Joyland in June 2013!

Posted: May 30, 2012, 12:43:49

Hard Case Crime that published King's Colorado Kid will publish Joyland in June 2013!


JOYLAND, a new novel by Stephen King, in June 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.

Read more here

Thanks to Herbert West

Official news on Joyland

Posted: April 11, 2012, 00:18:44

Here is the official comment on Joyland from King's official site:


Following up on Neil Gaimain's interview in the (UK) Sunday Times mentioning a new novel to be titled Joyland about an amusement park serial killer, Stephen has given the thumbs up to officially report that this is indeed a work in progress that has been completed but will need to be edited. There is no official publisher or publication date set at this time. We will update you as more official news becomes available.

King's interview in The Times

Posted: April 10, 2012, 08:39:43

The full interview with King from The Sunday Times can be found here.

Joyland; new book by King

Posted: April 8, 2012, 19:31:06

In today's The Times there is an interview with King by Neil Gaiman in which we can read the following:


Right now he's writing a book called Joyland, about an amusement-park serial killer.

sounds like there is another good book in the works...

Thanks to Ariel.