James Hibberd
June 11, 2014 at 02:22 PM EDT

As fans of his audiobooks know, the best way to experience Stephen King’s writing is to hear the author bring it to life with his own voice.

Below, the iconic novelist and screenwriter reads from his premiere script for season 2 of CBS’s sci-fi thriller Under the Dome. Be warned, this video is brief — just the start of the scene. For what happens next you’ll have to watch CBS when Dome returns on June 30.

As we’ve been teased, the premiere includes two characters’ deaths; the new season will also add Brett Cullen (Person of Interest) as Barbie’s father, actor-musician Dwight Yoakam as a Chester’s Mill barber, and Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY) as Big Jim’s brother-in-law. For more, check out these highlights from our recent conversation between the King and HBO’s The Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof.

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