Check Out Some Images From Stephen King’s JOYLAND: ILLUSTRATED EDITION

Titan and Hard Case Crime are giving Stephen King's JOYLAND the illustrated treatment.

Between Meredith's taste in tattoos, Devin's deep and abiding love for train-related IT jokes, Britt's boner catalogue, and my ongoing insistence that a Dark Tower film franchise will never (and probably should never) happen, I think it's fairly evident that we're all big Stephen King nerds here at Birth.Movies.Death. We get excited about anything King-related, often unreasonably so, and we are not shy about sharing that excitement with others. It is, truth be told, one of my favorite things about my BMD co-workers.

And now we have some new King-related stuff to get excited about: Titan and Hard Case Press recently teamed up for an illustrated edition of Stephen King's Joyland, featuring artwork from pulp fiction legends like Robert McGinnis, Glen Orbik, Mark Summers and Pat Kinsella. Titan was cool enough to send along some images from the edition for us to share with you, our fellow King fans, and we think you'll be just as impressed with 'em as we are. Take a look!

These are, obviously, Glenn Orbik's final and sketch images for the cover, but check out some of these interior drawings: 

Art by Mark Summers

More art by Robert McGinnis.

More from the press release:

The new edition will feature a brand new cover painting by popular Hard Case Crime artist Glen Orbik, whose other covers for the series include books by Gore Vidal and Michael Crichton; a map of the Joyland amusement park illustrated in the classic ‘mapback’ style by Susan Hunt Yule; and more than twenty interior illustrations by acclaimed artists Robert McGinnis, Mark Summers and Pat Kinsella. 

You hear that? It's even got a map! Awesome!

Titan and Hard Case Crime's illustrated edition of Joyland arrived back when the rest of us were knee-deep in Fantastic Fest, but we're glad to be catching up with this now. The illustrations look great, and the book they're attached to - one of King's leanest, "classic King" tales of recent years - is absolutely worth reading. If, like us, you didn't already have this one on your radar, you do now, and can pick one up via the Amazon link below. Got one headed to me even as we speak and can't wait to flip through it!

Bonus question for the comments: what King book would you like to see given the "Illustrated Edition" next (don't worry if there's already been one), and who would you like to see handling the art? I'll kick things off by saying I'd love to see João Ruas' take on Wizard and Glass, and would pay a pretty penny for such a thing were it to exist. 

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