As the women of the world sleep, the world awakens to a new and frightening reality…
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze.
If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place…
The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing novel. Although Stephen has collaborated before, notably with Peter Straub for the bestselling novels The Talisman and Black House, this is the first full-length collaboration between father and son writing partnership, Stephen King and Owen King.
Known to many as the father of modern horror writing, Stephen King is the voice of the underbelly of small-town America for a generation of readers. Making his name as the author of cult classics (with an equally strong legacy of film adaptations) including Carrie, The Shining, The Green Mile, IT, The Stand, Pet Sematary, Under the Dome and The Tommyknockers as well as the bestselling Dark Tower series.
Owen King is best known as the author of the short story collection We’re All in this Together which the Independent called a ‘stupendous’ analysis of America’s angry pulse in a collection where ‘no one gets out… unscathed.’
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 1078 g
Dimensions: 241 x 176 x 58 mm
"No longer content with dominating the horror genre for decades, Stephen King now seems set on creating top-notch chillers as a family business....kick-started by a very Kingish high concept...made immersively believable by the usual Kingian control of a vast cast of brilliantly drawn characters. Bravo!" - Daily Mail
"A beauty of a horror tale...The first epic collaboration between Stephen King and son Owen King is ambitious, heartbreaking and, when it comes to its central horrors, all too timely...The Kings create a thought-provoking work that examines a litany of modern-day issues." - USA Today
"A bulging, colourful epic; a super-sized happy meal, liberally salted with supporting characters and garnished with splashes of arterial ketchup." - Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Easily devoured, and I look forward to the next book from either or both Kings eagerly....One of my favourite books of the year." - Sci-Fi Bulletin
The prose never loses its vitality and humour; the ideas are always intriguing; and there's no gainsaying the adventurousness and ambition - The Times
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Awesome as usual in the style of king with his sons influence which is quirky. Loved it and couldn't put it down
“Very pleased with this book.10/10.”
As usual a fantastic book by Stephen King all the better for the collaboration of this son.10/10.
“Too long ”
This was a book I was heartily glad to reach the end of. I didn’t dislike it completely, but compared with all the previous Stephen King novels I’ve read over the years, I found it to be unexiting and predictable. I... More
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