SUMMER FUN MEETS HARD BOILED CRIME

To my surprise, a birthday gift provided me with my most bittersweet reading this summer: Stephen King’s Joyland. Though I’m not a fan of his horror fiction, I am a huge admirer of the rest of King’s work.  The cover of Joyland, published by Titan Books as part of its wonderful HARD CASE CRIME series (can’t you just feel the hard-boiled pulpiness?) evokes the sounds, sights and smells of a second rate amusement park, of warm summer days and nights, as well as something dark and menacing. But I was pulled in by the tenderness at the story’s center, and … Continue reading SUMMER FUN MEETS HARD BOILED CRIME