Sleeping Beauties: A Novel
by Stephen King & Owen King
(Scribner, Sept 26, 2017)


In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

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 father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel – Praise

Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement In a Novel and Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Horror

“Entertaining. . . Sleeping Beauties is a bulging, colourful epic; a super-sized happy meal, liberally salted with supporting characters and garnished with splashes of arterial ketchup. This epic feels so vital and fresh.” — The Guardian

“It’s a violent, dystopian thrill ride that will leave you horrified – and hooked.” — People

“Stephen King and son team up for a beauty of a horror tale [that is] epic, ambitious, heartbreaking and, when it comes to its central horrors, all too timely.  Sleeping Beauties melds the elder King’s talent for exploring the darker sides of human nature when people are thrust into terrifying situations with his youngest son’s gift for juggling multiple genres and complex characters. The final chapters bring all their skills together in a fast-paced, explosive finale and emotional aftermath. A thought-provoking work that examines a litany of modern-day issues.” — USA Today

“The novel provides enough action, thrills and humor to keep readers burning the midnight oil….There’s comfort to be found in tales such as this… Sleeping Beauties is a well-tooled horror thriller, a worthy venture from a productive family business.” — San Francisco Chronicle  

“A blood-splattered pleasure.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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