Fairy tales are delightful to read about, but the elements of such stories would be much scarier if they materialized in real life. Such was the concept of Stephen King and Owen King's 2017 novel Sleeping Beauties, about women coming down with a sleeping sickness that also caused strange plant growth around their sleeping bodies. Characters in the book even christen the disease "Aurora" after the princess of the Sleeping Beauty myth, but in typical King style this fantasy element has disastrous consequences for the real-life characters encountering it.
This month kicks off the 10-part comic adaptation of Sleeping Beauties from IDW Publishing, written by Rio Youers and illustrated by Alison Sampson. You can check out an exclusive preview page below in inked, colored, and final versions.
"It's been fascinating and delightful to see the smart and adventurous alterations that Rio has made to compress the storyline," Owen King tells EW. "We wanted him to make the story his own, to tell his version of it, and that's exactly what he's done. It’s like a great cover of a song in that way. He’s added some amazing new riffs. I also love the 'look' that Alison has given the characters. In the novel — like in most novels — characters are rarely described from top to bottom. It's extraordinary to literally see all these people."
Sleeping Beauties #1 hits stores on Wednesday.