Jake Epping – a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine – has five years to stop the assassination of John F Kennedy. Mr Epping has been granted a good head start on Lee Harvey Oswald (or whoever), making his chances of saving the president favourable, but in the world of Stephen King life is never that simple. Or so we hope!
The premise of the next tantalising King tale is time travel. In a book entitled 11/22/63 the aforementioned Jake Epping is transported, through a portal inhabiting the storeroom of a local diner, back to 1958 where he becomes immersed in a world of Elvis, big American cars and sock hops; falls in love with a young librarian; and embarks on an insane mission to play hero to JFK. Interesting?
Sounds like a ‘been there, done that’ scenario to which King will have to add a whopping chunk of shizzel manizzel to spice up this rehashed plot. Always prepared to take a risk with readers, the maestro of story-telling certainly has the goods to deliver the magic. Fingers crossed this one’s a goody.
11/22/63, a mammoth 1,000 pages, is set for a November 2011 release. Bring it Mr King, your fans shiver with antici… pation!