Heads up Stephen King fans! The King of Horror will be doing a road trip later this year to promote his latest book – Under The Dome. This one is another in a series of massive tomes from Mr. King coming in at a whopping 1,120 pages!
Dates and locations for signing tour update:
NYC – on stage, no book signing, 250 pre-signed books
D.C./Baltimore – book signing, no on stage event
Atlanta – book signing, no on stage event
Sarasota – on stage, no book signing, 250 pre-signed books
Minneapolis – on stage, no book signing, 250 pre-signed books
Toronto – on stage, no book signing, 250 pre-signed books
Portsmouth, NH – on stage, no book signing, 250 pre-signed books
Manchester Center, VT – on stage, no book signing, 250 pre-signed books
Details as to how each stop will be handled are still forthcoming.
Book summary is as follows:
“On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mills, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.”
There are over 100 characters in the book! That is staggering!! The ‘cast’ includes Dale Barbara, a Gulf veteran and now a cook, the town’s newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital and three children. They’re up against an evil politician, Big Jim Rennie – who’s desperate to hold onto power and will stop at nothing, even murder – and his son, who in classic King style, “is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry”. Meanwhile, time under the Dome is running out.
The book is said to cover the same territory in The Stand but in a more allegorical way.
As a life long King fan I will definitely do my utmost to make the Toronto date. I saw him when he made his first Canadian appearance in June of 2007 to accept an award and it was a highlight night. For one so famous, Mr. King has not lost touch with the common folk and he is hilarious. As he said that night about being so famous, ‘I never started out as a writer wanting to end up being a Paris Hilton.’
This could be King’s last epic work, though you never know, the man has an exceptional work ethic and consistently pumps out new content. I for one, certainly hope there is more after this but then when it comes to King, I am greedy!