Any Stephen King fan will tell you that some of the master of horror’s most grisly, disturbing work can be found in his short fiction. Many are the precocious teenager who slips with the lights on after reading King’s short story collections “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” and “Different Seasons.” His newest short story looks to follow in that fine tradition.
“Finn,” a Scribd exclusive, is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young man, unlucky since birth, who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The darkly funny, unsettling tale takes Finn through existential and psychological crises in a world where bullies and madmen upend the lives of the innocent. “Finn” will be released May 25.
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King’s most recent short story collection, 2020’s “If It Bleeds” (Scribner, 448 pp.), received a ★★★½ (out of four) review from USA TODAY’s resident King expert Brian Truitt, who wrote, “King still owns the fright business like none other, but the iconic author will keep you up late at night engrossed in four tales about our dreams and our frailties.”
Most recently, King released “Gwendy’s Final Task,” the third novel in the “Gwendy’s Button Box” trilogy co-written with Richard Chizmar. A film adaptation of King’s short story “The Boogeyman” goes into production this summer – the film stars Marin Ireland, who narrates the “Gwendy’s Final Task” audiobook. And King’s next novel is “Fairy Tale” (out Sept. 6), about a teenage boy who discovers a shed that’s a portal to another world where good and evil are at war.
“Finn” will be released simultaneously in ebook and audiobook formats exclusive to subscribers of the reading subscription service Scribd. A subscription is $11.99 a month and offers access to ebooks, audiobooks and magazine articles.
Scribd has been building an impressive library of original literary fiction, including “Two Scorched Men” from “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, three-time National Book Award nominee Lauren Groff’s “Junket” and Kaitlyn Greenidge’s “Orgy: A Short Story About Desire”; as well as nonfiction by Roxane Gay, Chuck Palahniuk and Chris Gethard.
For more information, visit scribd.com.