Joe Hill is taking his talents to vinyl.
The best-selling author’s next project is kicking off an exciting new series, EW can exclusively announce. Hill’s new short story is called Dark Carousel, a “vinyl-first” audiobook being published by HarperAudio on April 20; it’s narrated by actor Nate Corddry (Mom) and features a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded expressly for the record by musician Matthew Ryan. The Dark Carousel vinyl package includes original artwork, two colorful “splattered” records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.
“My hard rockin’ fantasies are pretty well documented at this point — the hero of my first novel was, after all, a world-famous heavy metal rocker,” Hill (Strange Weather) said in a statement. “I’ve always wanted to have my own LP, and the idea that one of my stories is being released as an audiobook on vinyl blows my Beatles-quoting, Stones-fixated, Zeppelin-obsessed mind. Even better, I’m on the record with Matthew Ryan, a great American rocknrolla. His cover of ‘Wild Horses’ is the best version of the song since the original. I’m so excited for readers and listeners to drop the needle on this story and Matt’s song.”
Written about a balmy summer night in 1994, Dark Carousel is the tale of four teenagers out for an evening of fun on the boardwalk who take a ride on the “Wild Wheel” — an antique carousel with a shadowy past — and learn too late that decisions made in an instant can have deadly consequences. What begins as a night of innocent end-of-summer revelry, young love, and (a few too many) beers among friends soon descends into chaos, as the ancient carousel’s parade of beasts comes chillingly to life to deliver the ultimate judgment for their misdeeds.
Dark Carousel is the inaugural project in a new vinyl-first series. EW can also announce that HarperAudio, in partnership with vinyl label Wax, will publish a vinyl edition of the full cast recording of Lemony Snicket’s first A Series of Unfortunate Events book, The Bad Beginning, on Oct 23.
Hill’s Dark Carousel will become available for vinyl on April 20. The first printing will be for a limited 2,500 copies. Check out the cover and listen to a clip exclusive to EW below.