‘You Like It Darker’ – Next Year’s New Book from Stephen King Will Feature a ‘Cujo’ Sequel Story!

We told you last year that Stephen King was writing a new short story set in the world of his classic horror novel Cujo, and now we know that you can expect to read it in early 2024.

The short story, which is titled Rattlesnakes, will debut in Stephen King’s You Like It Darker, a brand new collection of 12 short stories being released on May 21, 2024!

Entertainment Weekly details this afternoon that Rattlesnakes tells the tale of “a grieving widower [who] travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance — with major strings attached.” You can find an excerpt from the story over on EW now.

The website’s exclusive excerpt from Rattlesnakes reveals that the new short story centers on Vic Trenton, the husband of Donna and the father of Tad in the classic tale of Cujo!

You Like It Darker will also feature the following King stories…

  • “Two Talented Bastids”
  • “The Fifth Step”
  • “Willie the Weirdo”
  • “Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream”
  • “Finn”
  • “On Slide Inn Road”
  • “Red Screen”
  • “The Turbulence Expert”
  • “Laurie”
  • “Rattlesnakes”
  • “The Dreamers”
  • “The Answer Man”

EW previews, “The other tales include “Two Talented Bastids,” which explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills, and “Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream,” about a brief and unprecedented psychic flash that upends dozens of lives. In “The Dreamers,” a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored while “The Answer Man” asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful.”

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