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Currently reading: Stephen King’s Next Novel: ‘The Institute’

Stephen King’s Next Novel: ‘The Institute’

Stephen King‘s next novel was announced recently, and has this particular constant reader excited. Get ready to step through the doors of The Institute this September.

Breakers in the Blue Heaven?

Oh Discordia! To any fellow Dark Tower junkies reading this, is it just me, or does this sound like a Keystone Earth version of Devar-toi?


In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.

“You check in, but you don’t check out.”

To me it sounds very much like a variation on The Dark Tower‘s Low Men. At it again, capturing kids with a little “shine” for a sinister agenda. As the synopsis says: “…the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.”

The Institute will hit bookshelves and tablets on 10th September 2019.

All things serve the beam?

Sorry but my inner Sai King geek is making me write this now…

That’s a release date of 10/09/19 in the U.K. or 09/10/19 in the U.S., but either way I can’t help but see 19/19.

If you’re wondering what I’m on about, then it’s time you read The Dark Tower series.

Related: Why ‘The Dark Tower’ Is A Must-Read


Do you think this will be connect to King’s other works? Are you looking forward to The Institute?

Drop a comment below, and let me know what you think.

New to Sai King?

Although unlikely given you are reading this, if you haven’t yet read any of Stephen King‘s works, there are a plethora novels and short stories from which to choose.

Each of his works are perfect and quite often terrifying gateways to other worlds. Although I would strongly recommend starting with The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger; as I did many years ago, you can browse his full library of works on his official site: StephenKing.com.