Stephen King partners with charity website Humble Choice to sell his new short story Red screen. Fans can name their own prize and all proceeds will go to the ACLU. The story won’t be available until next week.
“In this disturbing short story, a cop interrogates a deranged plumber who has just killed his wife,” one short story caption reads, “to uncover something far more insidious.”
It is not the first time that Stephen King has released one of his works in an unconventional way. His 1996 book The green mile was originally divided into six separate parts over the course of six months.
His novella was published in 2000 Riding on the bullet was released online as the world’s first mass-market e-book. Later that year, he offered The plant directly to fans on his website. The work was not encrypted, but he said future parts of the story would only appear if at least 75% of readers paid a dollar for it. He eventually left the experiment when interest waned after the early parts.
In August, King released the novel Billy Summers, which revolves around a killer who takes on one last job before retiring. He told rolling stone that the story reached him over the course of a few nights while he was trying to fall asleep.
“I started thinking about this problem, from a [hitman] who had to take a shot and get away from the fifth floor, or the high floor, of a building,” he said. “I started to ask myself, ‘How is he going to do that?’ And I put myself to sleep, many a night, thinking about different possibilities, different ways that might work, and little by little the story started to come out of that.”
The huge success of the 2017 big screen adaptation of It has spawned a plethora of other films based on classic King books. Movies based on Christine, the dark half, The running man, revival, and The Tommy Knockers are all in different stages of development.