Stephen King Announces New Novel About JFK AssassinationMar 3rd, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
Author Stephen King announced Wednesday that his next novel 11/22/63 will be a time travel story about a chance to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
The novel revolves around Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine. Shortly after receiving a disturbing essay from one of his GED students, Jake’s friend Al reveals that his diner conceals a time travel portal to 1958. Al enlists Jake in a plot to travel back in time and prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. Jake travels back to the era of Elvis and goes undercover as “George Amberson.” In his new identity, his path crosses with that of a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, and a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald.
King fans will recognize parallels with King’s earlier novel The Dead Zone, where psychic Johnny Smith faces a moral dilemma over whether to assassinate a Presidential candidate he foresees will cause World War III. King’s longtime fascination with serial killers, triggered by Texas Tower sniper Charles Whitman and dating back to his early novel Rage, is also evident. Other King stories featuring similar themes include Carrie and “Apt Pupil.”
11/22/63 will be available from booksellers November 8, 2011.