Scribner has officially added the new Stephen King novel, Under The Dome, to their 2009 publication list. This is an epic novel (1500 pages in manuscript form) die hard Stephen King fans first heard about in the 1980s, when King tried twice to write it without much luck, but apparently he took another shot at it earlier this year and “it’s going to end up being comparable to IT and The Stand in length at the rate it’s going.”

King read from the beginning of the first draft at “The Three Kings” reading event at the Library of Congress back in April and he described the novel as “very, very long.” The manuscript for Under The Dome was finished in August and it reportedly came in twice as long as Duma Key, at over 1,500 pages, and “deals with some of the same issues that The Stand does, but in a more allegorical way.”

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