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Stephen King Has Written A Surprise Sequel To One Of His Scariest Books

Stephen King has written an astonishing number of bone-chilling books over the course of his half-century career as a novelist, but few are quite as brilliantly effective as Cujo. First published in 1981, it’s a claustrophobic tale about a woman and her son being trapped in a broken down car by a rabid Saint Bernard, and it features what is undeniably one of the most crushing conclusions in the King canon. It’s the kind of book that you can really only read once… which is in part why it’s eye-opening to hear that the author has finished work on a novella that he says functions as a sequel to the killer dog story.

Stephen King’s next novel, Fairy Tale, is set to be published in the fall, and he has confirmed that he has already written yet another book featuring protagonist Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, The Outsider, and “If It Bleeds”), but the prolific wordsmith confirmed to The Losers’ Club podcast that he has also finished a new novella titled “Rattlesnakes.” It sounds horrifying, and King noted that he sees it as a follow-up to Cujo. He said,

I just wrote a long story called ‘Rattlesnakes.’ And it involves, at one part, twins who are only four years old… falling into a rattlesnake pit. And the snakes get ’em. It’s a terrible scene… This novella that I’ve just written, ‘Rattlesnakes’… is actually a sequel to Cujo.


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