DUTCH Revival Cover

source: liljas-library.com

This is the Dutch cover for Revival. I found this at Lilja's Library.  Lilja is currently seeking obscure foreign editions of Stephen King's work.  It's a pretty neat project.  Of course, Dutch isn't obscure.  AND -- I like this cover A LOT.  It may be just the complete let down of the American edition.

I  wrote to Cemetery Dance and asked them if they would be producing a special edition of Revival.  I opted for the CD edition of both Doctor Sleep and Full Dark, No Stars, over a First Edition.  Their books are always beautiful.  However, the publisher emailed back to say that they did not have plans for a special edition of Revival.

What exactly is Revival?  There is a book description out, that still doesn't reveal much.   King said it was a nasty little novel.  Are we in for a treat?


  1. I got to admit, this Dutch cover is a lot closer (almost) to the Revival cover in my mind. Actually, this might be the best cover I've seen so far.

    As of the meaning of the title, the first thing it puts me in mind of is the Tent-Revival services. However I don't know where or even if that'll come into play.

    King's British Publisher, Hodder & Stoughton have their own synopses of the book up and it gives a few more details about the plot. The H & S Revival page can be found here:


    The two bits of extra info are from these three descriptions:

    "With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

    "Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town."

    Later on, Jaimie " sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price . . ."

    King ha also said that this novel is very much in the vein of Pet Sematary, so with all this I think some idea can be formed of the book.

    The tragedy at it's center may revolve around the town main characters (self-absorbed?) interest in electricity that maybe kills both the wife, child, and the main character's sister.

    That bit about magic shows conjures up the idea of the Tent Revival with the concept of traveling carnivals. This is starting to sound like a more intellectually challenging book.


  2. I do think it is referring to tent revival services.