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Second Stephen King novel for 2014 announced

Second Stephen King novel for 2014 announced (AFP)

Second Stephen King novel for 2014 announced (AFP)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Stephen King announced Thursday a second novel to hit bookstores this year, a tale of God and the Devil that starts in a small New England town in the mid-20th century.

On his website, the best-selling American suspense novelist said “Revival” would be published on November 11 by US publisher Scribner and Britain’s Hodder and Stoughton.

It finds a young rock musician, Jaime Morton, grappling with his demons, crossing paths with a preacher from his hometown, Charles Jacobs, who curses God in the wake of a family tragedy.

“Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings,” according to a blurb on www.stephenking.com.

King, 66, has another novel, the thriller “Mr. Mercedes,” slated to be published on June 3 — on the heels of an ebook version of last year’s potboiler “Joyland” to appear sometime in April.

The prolific author has more than 60 novels to his name, several of which — like “Carrie” and “The Shining” — went on to become major motion pictures. More than 350 million copies of his works have been sold.