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Uncle Creepy at Dread Central posted this an insightful bit from Neil Gaiman’s recent interview with Stephen King.
King praised his son, Joe Hill’s work, saying that Joe could finish Joyland if something happened to him, because their writing styles are “almost indistinguishable.” He went further, indicating that he thought his sons ideas are better than his own. The two have collaborated before on shorter works, and we know that Joe played an important role in the final chapters of 11.22.63 – Man Of The Century.
It is kind of strange for King to be thinking the "what if something happened to me" question. First, it doesn't take him long to hammer out a novel, so it's not like he'll be working on this thing for the next few decades. Actually, King's website posted news today that the work "has been completed" but still needs to be edited.
And, it turns out there has been some “dickering” with King’s publishers about Dr. Sleep. I wonder if this is why there is not a November (fall) release of a King novel. I know that I am super excited about Dr. Sleep, and now Joyland. King's website also says that Joyland does not currently have a publisher.
The full quote:
“So if I got hit by a taxi cab, like Margaret Mitchell ... 'Joyland' wouldn’t be done but Joe could finish it, in a breeze. His style is almost indistinguishable from mine. His ideas are better than mine. Being around Joe is like being next to a Catherine Wheel throwing off sparks, all these ideas. I do want to slow down. My agent is dickering with the publishers about 'Dr. Sleep,' that’s the sequel to 'The Shining,' but I held off showing them the manuscript because I wanted time to breathe.”The Dread Central article is HERE.
King's full interview is ablaze at The Fire Wire
King's website published this today:
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.So, tell me, all ye who have read Mr. Hill's work -- how like King's is it? I do know he is very good, but I do not know so from personal examination. I must say that it is really neat to see King's pride in his children's work.