I despise Stephen King’s politics. The vomit he continuously spews on Twitter is mind-bogglingly obtuse and his constant virtue-signaling makes my hair follicles stand on end. An odd dynamic to have for someone whose work you have enjoyed for almost four decades. In the past few years politics has put a strain on the relationships between creators and their audience like nothing I have seen before. With that said I do try to divorce the man’s personal beliefs from that of his work. Is suspect his next novel will be the test to see if we can continue on as producer and consumer.

King released a picture of the cover of his new novel “The Outsider” on twitter :

The upside down place…are my immediate thoughts. Salem’s lot-type vampire is my second. The suggestion is that this being is supernatural, the red eyes tell me, that they are not benevolent.

The novel’s synopsis from Amazon:

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Sounds interesting enough. Crossing my fingers that he writes this one straight. And for God’s sake if he must add something political it is done in an unabrasive, nuanced fashion.