Despite its title, Joyland is not a treatise on existential malaise, or maybe it is depending how you feel about unrequited first love, noir stories and carnivals. It is a breezy tale well told that includes a dark and stormy night, a murder pleading to be solved, a serial killer and a lot of cool carny culture stuff including the Talk. It is also a Stephen King story and that means the haunted funhouse is haunted, the psychic fortune teller is psychic and the boy with muscular dystrophy has the vision. So all you coneys step up to the chump board and give it a shot - it can lift you up like a Ferris wheel, where the air is rare.
— Richard, Pittsburgh
Stephen King’s #1 Bestseller As You’ve Never Seen It Before
Featuring more than 20 illustrations by acclaimed artists Pat Kinsella, Robert McGinnis, and Mark Summers, this brand new edition of JOYLAND brings the carny world to life in all its bright and sinister glory.
College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.
A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time— JOYLAND is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all the emo- tional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, JOYLAND is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled of readers pro- foundly moved.
About the Author
Stephen King has written dozens of bestselling books including The Shining, The Stand, and The Green Mile. Film adaptations of his work include "Misery" and "Stand By Me". In 2003, King received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
"It's one of King's better recent works and now done up all fancy-like!" - Aint it Cool