Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton
A spectacular father/son collaboration like no other, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent...
In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women's prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep - and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?
The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling's Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.
And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether...
There is plenty of Kingian horrific, almost apocalyptic, violence, larded with the supernatural and his usual easy command of character and dialogue. Seven-hundred fat pages of King heaven - and hell. - West Australian
This delicious first collaboration between Stephen King (Doctor Sleep) and his son Owen (Intro to Alien Invasion) is a horror-tinged realistic fantasy that imagines what could happen if most of
Easily devoured, and I look forward to the next book from either or both Kings eagerly.... One of my favourite books of the year. - Sci-Fi Bulletin
No longer content with dominating the horror genre for decades, Stephen King now seems set on creating top-notch chillers as a family business....kick-started by a very Kingish high concept...made immersively believable by the usual Kingian control of a vast cast of brilliantly drawn characters. Bravo - Daily Mail
The first epic collaboration between Stephen King and son Owen King is ambitious, heartbreaking and, when it comes to its central horrors, all too timely...Beauties melds the elder King's talent for exploring the darker sides of human nature when people are thrust into terrifying situations with his youngest son's gift for juggling multiple genres and complex characters. The final chapters bring all their skills together in a fast-paced, explosive finale and emotional aftermath. - USA Today
A bulging, colourful epic; a super-sized happy meal, liberally salted with supporting characters and garnished with splashes of arterial ketchup. - Guardian
Sleeping Beauties is an intriguing spin on the Grimm fairytale, ably balancing the supernatural, religion and gender politics. - Science Fiction Commentary
The identifiable everyday and the supernatural are fully meshed in SLEEPING BEAUTIES and it's a testament to the writers skill that soon we don't question when the otherworldly inclusions appear. - Murder & Mayhem Book Club
A SPECTACULAR father/son collaboration like no other - Mildura Midweek
While this book contains a fascinating plot device and an imaginative examination of how the world would react to it, at its heart it is an intriguing examination of the relationship between genders. Thought provoking and intense, this is one of the must-reads of 2017. - Canberra Weekly
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.
Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America's bestselling and best-loved writers
He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.