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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stephen King as original as ever

Yet another innovative idea

The Bookseller reports that Hodder & Stoughton is to publish an original audio digital short story by bestselling author Stephen King, with plans to release through and iTunes on 23rd February.

Editor Philippa Pride bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the title, Mile 81, through Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff and Verrill in the US. It will be priced £7.99 and will include a bonus story, The Dune, which was originally published in Granta's October 2011 issue, as well as an excerpt from 11.22.63, King's latest full-length novel.

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded-up rest stop where Pete Simmons, along with other high school students, goes to get drunk and get into trouble. He has drunk a whole bottle of vodka when a mud-spattered station wagon veers into the Mile 81 rest area, and the driver's door opens but nobody gets out . . .

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