Stephen King Novel Part of Hard Case Crime's Book List

Posted on March 25, 2005

Winterfall LLC, creator of the celebrated Hard Case Crime line of pulp-style paperback crime novels, announced that a new book by Stephen King will be the lead title of the line's second year. The Colorado Kid tells the story of two veteran newspapermen and their investigation into the mysterious death of a man on an island off the coast of Maine. The book was written specifically for Hard Case Crime and has never previously been published.

Launched in September 2004 by novelists and pulp mavens Charles Ardai and Max Phillips (and recently nominated for two Edgar Allan Poe Awards by the Mystery Writers of America), Hard Case Crime revives the storytelling and visual style of the great pulp paperbacks of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Authors range from current bestsellers such as Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Ed McBain, and Donald E. Westlake to Golden Age stars like Erle Stanley Gardner (creator of Perry Mason), Donald Hamilton (creator of Matt Helm), Wade Miller (author of Touch of Evil), and David Dodge (author of To Catch a Thief).

Cover artists include Robert McGinnis, creator of the posters for the original Sean Connery James Bond movies, as well as other award-winning painters chosen for their ability to work in the vivid and dramatic style seen on pulp paperbacks. After seeing samples of Hard Case Crime's books, Mickey Spillane -- creator of Mike Hammer -- wrote, "Those covers brought me right back to the good old days."

The Colorado Kid will be published in October 2005 in the classic pocket-sized mass-market paperback format that was popular during the heyday of pulp fiction. The book will be published through Winterfall's ongoing collaboration with Dorchester Publishing. The book will also be available in audiobook and ebook editions from Simon & Schuster, publisher of Stephen King's work since 1998.

"Steve is an extraordinary writer, and as much a fan of classic paperback crime fiction as we are," said Charles Ardai, Hard Case Crime's editor. "We originally contacted him to see if he'd be willing to write a blurb for our line, and he decided that what he really wanted to do was write a book for us instead. We're thrilled that he wanted to be part of Hard Case Crime and we're very excited to get to introduce the world to the baffling mystery of The Colorado Kid."

"This is an exciting line of books," Stephen King commented, "and I'm delighted to be a part of it. Hard Case Crime presents good, clean, bare-knuckled storytelling, and even though The Colorado Kid is probably more bleu than outright noir, I think it has some of those old-fashioned kick-ass story-telling virtues. It ought to; this is where I started out, and I'm pleased to be back."

Hard Case Crime is scheduled to publish nine books in 2005, increasing to a schedule of one title per month in 2006. The next two titles in the line, due in stores at the start of March, are Home is the Sailor by 1950s pulp master Day Keene and Kiss Her Goodbye, an original novel set on the mean streets of Edinburgh, by Scottish noir stylist Allan Guthrie.