Author Stephen King and Humble Bundle are collaborating to release an exclusive short story called “Red Screen.” All pay-what-you-want continues (beginning at a $5 minimum) from “Red Screen” will help the American Civil Liberties Union while the story is accessible, from September 10th through September 16th.
Other than being prominent as one of the most up to date entries in King’s prolific body of work, “Red Screen” is additionally the first Humble Bundle Exclusive. In light of what little has been shared of the plot, it surely sounds…interesting. The description follows (emphasis mine): “The never before published story follows a cop who interrogates a deranged plumber who just murdered his wife, only to discover something far more insidious.”
King isn’t referring to Mario (of the brothers Mario) here — however his work has been supposed to have inspired the games — so this could include actual plumbing adjacent murder. Some way or another both more and less alarming.
As far as digital platforms are concerned, King has a bit of history of tinkering with various release strategies. The novella Ur was exclusive to Amazon’s second-generation Kindle at launch. Ruler’s relationship with Amazon would ultimately sour because of the organization’s aggressive strategies with publisher Hachette. Lord has likewise decided to skip ebook releases completely before. Essentially with this Humble Bundle experiment, throwing some literary spaghetti at the divider is helping a decent motivation.
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