Acclaimed horror author Stephen King is releasing a new novel this summer and official details, cover art and an exclusive excerpt are now available.

An excerpt from acclaimed horror author Stephen King’s latest book Billy Summers has arrived, detailing a plot about a killer for hire who assassinates bad people. The new book marks King’s sixty-third standalone novel, a remarkable achievement for an author who has been highly prolific for over forty years.

Not only has King’s work been a key jumping off point for so many horror fans, but a huge number of his books/stories have been adapted into feature films over the years. Some of these films, such as Stanley Kubrick’s take on The Shining as well as Brian De Palma’s Carrie have helped elevate horror filmmaking beyond the short-sighted stereotypes that have plagued the genre for so long. And, at age 73, King still shows no signs of slowing down or running out of ideas any time soon. This is excellent news for fans, who still continue to anticipate the release of each new book the so-called “King of Horror” releases. There has long been word that King will publish two novels in 2021, and so far it looks like at least one of those works will be released by summer.

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In an exclusive report from EW, King’s latest upcoming novel, Billy Summer is officially announced, with a rundown of the plot and an excerpt for fans to read. The new novel follows the life of the eponymous Summers, a U.S. military vet who spends his return to civilian life as a paid assassin who only kills bad people. An exclusive image of the book’s cover can be seen below, along with a brief synopsis that is sure to get fans counting down the days until its release on August 3:

Billy Summers is “part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.”

The idea of a protagonist who spends his days taking money in exchange for assassinations of bad people might not sound all that original to some. Films like Kill Bill and Leon have toyed with the concept to a certain degree, but after so many years creating riveting plots and fascinating characters, it’s very likely that King’s latest work is going to have plenty of its own twists and turns. At present there’s still a large selection of King’s past works that are being adapted into television and film, and Billy Summers also sounds like it could potentially make an interesting big screen adaptation. The probability of this occurring will likely depend on how successful the novel is upon its release, but for now at least, Bill Summers does seem to have all the earmarks of a classic King story.

Over the years, King’s books have also been adapted into feature films haven’t always fared well at the box office. Aside from the aforementioned game changing hits, there have been plenty of the acclaimed author’s work that hasn’t quite hit the mark, cinematically speaking. But for fans of King, a film adaptation isn’t the most important thing. Instead, it’s the hope that yet another solid story from one of the greatest horror writers of all time is on its way with Billy Summers.

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Source: EW

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