Hit movie scares up new readers for Stephen King's 'It'

USA Today Lifestyle 9 months ago

The movie tie-in edition of 'It.'(Photo: Scribner)

Here’s a look at what’s new on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list…

'It' guy: Stephen King fans are staying up in anticipation of Sleeping Beauties, his brand-new fright-fest with the fairy-tale title, on sale Sept. 26.

But first, the horror master has a new/old hit with It, his 31-year-old horror tale that’s scaring up fresh business in bookstores thanks to the boffo movie adaptation. The 1,153-page (!) novel, which first landed on the list at No. 17 on April 6, is No. 4 this week, its highest ranking. (The full list will be published on Thursday.)

Originally released in 1986 (USA TODAY’s best-seller list didn’t launch until fall 1993), It is the story of a homicidal clown named Pennywise who terrorizes kids in Derry, Maine. The movie, which stars Bill Skarsgard as the creepy clown, made $123.4 million opening weekend.

Scribner published a movie tie-in edition of It on Sept. 5.

Sleeping Beauties, a horror tale about women who become feral because of a sleeping disorder in an Appalachian town, is co-written by Owen King, King’s novelist son.

Stephen King has had 19 No. 1 USA TODAY best sellers over the years, including End of Watch, the conclusion to his noir Mr. Mercedes trilogy, in 2016. In August, he told USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt he was a fan of the movie version of It, the first of a planned two-part series.

“I’ve seen the movie, it’s terrific,” King said. “I think people are going to enjoy it on a lot of different levels.”

'Secrets in Death' by J.D. Robb

'Secrets in Death' by J.D. Robb (Photo: St. Martin's Press)

All about Eve: J.D. Robb — aka Nora Roberts — has her second No. 1 "In Death" debut this year with the latest title in her futuristic crime thriller series. Secrets in Death lands at No. 1 this week; Echoes in Death made its debut in the top spot on Feb. 16.

Secrets is the 45th title in the long-running series. In the new book, Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a social media gossip columnist who was blackmailing A-listers on the side.

Secrets is the ninth Eve Dallas thriller to land in the top spot since 2011.

The prolific and popular Roberts also landed at No. 1 on June 8 with Come Sundown, written under her own name.

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