The Outsider Review: NEW Mystery-Horror Hybrid Book by Stephen King and Where the Idea Came from


The Outsider is a novel by American writer , published on May 22, 2018. Check the review and critics thoughts on the new King’s horror book.


Source: Scribner

A mystery-horror hybrid

The story reveals the mystery around the fictional town of Flint City, Oklahoma. Police detective Ralph Anderson arrests teacher and coach Terry Maitland in front of a crowd of people, charging him with raping, killing, and mutilating an 11-year-old boy.

The character claims he is innocent and hasn’t heard about those crimes, but the police officer has witnesses and DNA and fingerprints as an evidence. Starting with the police investigation, the novel turns into fascinating horror mystery.

The book was inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe short story called “William Wilson.”

“The guy is at school, another guy comes to school who looks just like him, dresses like him, and has the same name,” King said. “And the thing that came to my mind is, what would a story be like if the evidence that somebody committed a horrible crime was ironclad.” ”

But if the evidence that the person had a perfect alibi, what if that was ironclad? You know, kind of an immovable object, an irresistible force,” the author added.

Washington Post stated,  “The twists and turns make for a fantastic read, but there is also the underlying fugue of displacement. Readers should take warning: The characters in the mirror are younger than they appear,” underlying that new King’s book is the mystery-horror hybrid.

The book is similar to all King’s works, but this time something new happens, now it “is at its heart an exploration of good and evil; except this time, skepticism blurs the lines between the two”

“The Outsider”  shows a lot of case of police procedural at the beginning of the book, but shifts to a horror novel closer to the end.

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The Outsider is a novel by American writer Stephen King, published on May 22, 2018. Check the review and critics thoughts on the new King's horror book.

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