What to Expect From 'Castle Rock,' Stephen King’s Upcoming Horror Series

What to Expect From 'Castle Rock,' Stephen King’s Upcoming Horror Series

What to Expect From 'Castle Rock,' Stephen King’s Upcoming Horror Series

Some of the characters and storylines should be familiar.

Some of the characters and storylines should be familiar.

Text: Thomas Freeman

First conceived in his 1979 novel The Dead Zone, the fictitious Maine town Castle Rock has served as the setting for Stephen King’s most chilling works, such as Cujo and Salem’s Lot. A forthcoming Hulu series created by the horror maestro himself will center on the quaint town that hides so much terror.

King recently announced the series on Twitter, where it was accompanied by a short teaser. The teaser flits through the many recognizable names and locations of King’s universe, hinting that the series may reintroduce familiar stories, scares, and characters (Here’s Johnny!).

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the series will weave together his novels that are set in or that mention Castle Rock. The show has been developed as an anthology series that will “follow a different set of characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.” Hulu has officially picked up the concept although it offers no timeline on production or release date.

While comparisons to the comical ‘80s throwback series Stranger Things are inevitable, the approach of Castle Rock appears to be entirely different. The fictional town has served as a nebulous representation of Americana, with the boogeymen of King’s universe reflecting common social and familial horrors. So expect some highbrow horror.

Castle Rock will be created in collaboration between King and J.J. Abrams, who co-produced King’s recent Hulu miniseries 11.22.63.

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