Simon & Schuster's US imprint Scribner has acquired rights to almost the entirety of Stephen King's body of work from Viking Press, in what it has called a "landmark" deal.
The 27 backlist titles in the agreement include classic King novels such as IT, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Christine, Cujo, The Dead Zone, and Firestarter; the novella collections Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight; and the first four volumes of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
King said: “It’s a no-brainer, really. Good publishing and good relationships equals happy writers and long shelf life. I know from experience that this group of people—at Scribner, at Pocket, at Simon & Schuster Audio, and throughout the company - values the work I do, and wants to find as many readers as possible for the books I write, both now and in the future. Trusting them with this large body of work is my pleasure. We are excellent allies and good friends.”
Carolyn Reidy, president and chief executive officer of S&S, said: “Since we first began publishing Stephen King with Bag of Bones, he has continually challenged and inspired us, bringing to us new and exciting books of astonishing range and variety, that are each and every one an event for reader and publisher alike. So after nearly twenty years in which he has energized and touched nearly every part of our company, we well know and understand the strength and power of his backlist, and are simply overjoyed to have this rare opportunity to bring to Simon & Schuster this vibrant and vital catalog of Stephen’s earlier works.”
Nan Graham, senior vice president and publisher of Scribner, acquired North American and open market print, e-book, and audio rights to 27 titles by King from literary agent Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff & Verrill.
Graham, also King's editor, said: "As we are daily grateful to Scribner’s Max Perkins for F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, our successors will be grateful to us for Stephen King, whose books will get under the skin of readers long after we are gone. Scribner is honoured and thrilled to have published Steve for two decades, to look forward to a future of publishing him, and to take on this magnificent backlist. In addition to being one of the greatest storytellers of all time, Stephen King is a stellar citizen of the book world. We love his writing. We love him."
In the two decades since Scribner became King’s publisher, he has written many of his most "critically-acclaimed" books, from Lisey’s Story to On Writing, from the culmination of the Dark Tower series to Under the Dome and 11/22/63. In this time, he has also won numerous literary honours including the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts, recently presented by President Obama.
King’s short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be published by Scribner on 3rd November.
E-book and e-audio editions of the acquired titles will be available from Scribner and S&S Audio beginning on 1st January 2016. Print editions in trade and mass market paperback from the Scribner, Pocket Books, and Gallery imprints will follow.
Hodder & Stoughton is King's UK publisher.