Stephen King joins William Golding centenary celebrations

The horror master jumped at request to write introduction for new, anniversary edition of Lord of the Flies, says publisher.

Both are famous for chronicling the darker side of adolescence, but where William Golding won a Nobel prize for his work, so far Stephen King has had to settle for bestsellerdom. Now King is writing a new introduction to Golding’s seminal novel Lord of the Flies, as part of celebrations later this summer to mark 100 years since Golding’s birth.

King rarely contributes introductions but, said publisher Faber & Faber, jumped at the chance to write one for Lord of the Flies when he was approached. The bestselling horror writer named Castle Rock, the fictional Maine town which features in many of his books, after the area that Jack makes his fort in Golding’s novel, while a copy of Golding’s book plays a role in King’s novel Hearts in Atlantis.

“The dark powers of childhood are what King has been so interested in writing about,” said Hannah Griffiths, who is publishing the book for Faber in August. “We only approached him because we knew he loved the book – writers like him must get 50 requests a day. [But] he was back on email really quickly and said ‘I don’t do a lot of these but this one I’ve got to do’.”

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