New Stephen King Novel "The Institute” Officially Announced
The latest terrifying story from Stephen King is coming this September.
By Jay Gervais
It’s been speculated for the last several months, but we now have confirmation that New York Times bestselling author Stephen King has a new book on the way, titled The Institute. The famous author is all the rage right now in Hollywood, from the fast-approaching release of Pet Sematary, to It: Chapter Two returning us to that frightening world in September.
Add in Doctor Sleep coming our way later this year and the recent announcement of a Creepshow television series, which King helped craft with the late George. A Romero, along with another adaptation of Dark Tower for television… The list goes on and on!
The Institute is expected to release in bookstores everywhere later this year on September 10th. The novel will have a total page count of 576 pages, which is about the average size for a book of this type. This might, however, feel uncommon for fans of King, who are undoubtedly accustomed to his usual big books. You can have a look below for the official synopsis for The Institute as well as the book's cover, which was released by EW on Friday.
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering Stephen King’s new book, The Institute, head on over to Amazon today! As mentioned above, King’s new book is expected to release later this year on September 10th.
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