I Can't Wait for... Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Fantasy Books Coming Soon!

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine. 

My pick for this week is Stephen King's return to fantasy, a book that may or may not be connected to the world of The Dark Tower, but which promises to convey to Constant Readers the same happiness he found writing it ...

 Fairy Tale
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: Sept 6, 2022
Genres: Fantasy

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes deep into the well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher--for their world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself--and his dad. Then, when Charlie is 17, he meets a dog named Radar and his aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King's storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale about another world than ours, in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy - and his dog - must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: "What could you write that would make you happy?"

"As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city--deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn't know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. I saw a magic sundial that could turn back time. Those images released the story I wanted to tell."


  1. I'm tempted to give this book a shot even though I haven't loved Stephen King in the past.

  2. Knowing Stephen King, there's going to be a connection to something, right? Super excited for this as well.

  3. I did not know that Stephen King wrote fantasy. I have not read him in many years. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/02/cant-wait-wednesday-edgewater-road.html

  4. I'm super excited for this book. I'm slowly working my way through everything King has written.

  5. I'm picky about new Stephen King releases, but this one actually sounds pretty interesting!

  6. I'm also really excited for this one! Hope you enjoy it!!


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