December 2017


Sleeping Beauties
Stephen King And Owen King
Book Review By: Lisa Lunney

n this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

This book is MASSIVE and worth reading every word.

A world where women have fallen asleep in cocoons, the men are left to figure things out…Imagine that…Take it in.

A world without women.

That premise enough pulled me in.

King x2 have crafted a very clever novel that dives into gender politics. You can't have a supernatural tree, a snake, and a woman called Eve and pretend not to notice the parallels. It is an absolutely stellar takedown of Donald Trump, sexism, those who are opposed to women’s rights and equality, sexual assault dismissed as “locker room talk”, police shootings of unarmed black men and women, and the belief in sensationalist news stories on the Internet.

A reminder as to why King is such a popular author among horror fans and lit snobs alike.

Skip the overly hyped Geralds Game and IT - check out this brilliant book instead.