Watch Stephen King read the first chapter from his new Holly Gibney novel If It Bleeds
Stephen King's terrific new story collection If It Bleeds (out April 21) is comprised of three novellas and a novel. Of the novellas, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone further highlights King’s ambivalent attitude toward technology (see also his novel Cell and Kindle-centric novella UR) in a tale about the benefits and dangers of burying someone with their favorite Apple product; Rat finds the author returning to the subject of the hardships endured by, well, authors, and centers on a writer striking a Faustian bargain so he can finish his book; and The Life of Chuck is a story of choreography and global catastrophe — told backwards!
The titular novel, meanwhile, details a solo adventure for King's OCD-suffering sleuth Holly Gibney (memorably portrayed by Cynthia Erivo in HBO’s recent adaptation of The Outsider) who is drawn into danger after becoming obsessed with a vanishing mole on a TV news reporter’s face.
All of that should be enough to whet the appetites of King fans. But, just in case, Uncle Steve has just released a video of his good self reading the first chapter of If It Bleeds. You can watch that clip above.