King co-wrote Sleeping Beauties with his son, Owen King, and published the novel in 2017. The book revolves around the Aurora plague, which causes the female population to become encased in cocoon-like shells and traps them within their own minds. If their slumber is disturbed, they descend into an animalistic rage in a world that has already devolved into brutality.
IDW is obviously no stranger to the King family. The publisher previously released Joe Hill’s acclaimed Locke & Key series; which might be making a comeback at San Diego Comic-Con. This won’t be the first time that a Stephen King book has been turned into a comic. Both The Dark Tower series and The Stand have been adapted by Marvel.
The Sleeping Beauties miniseries will be written by Rio Youers and illustrated by Alison Sampson. Youers is a Canadian novelist whose works include The Forgotten Girl and last year’s Halcyon. Sampson worked with Image Comics on Winnebago Graveyard and has also made a name for herself as an architect.
“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties,” said Owen King in a statement. “We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing.”
“We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format,” added Stephen King.
IDW is targeting an early 2020 release for their Sleeping Beauties miniseries. You can view cover art for the series below, then tell us what you think in the comment section!
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