Changing History; King of Horror Tackles Time Travel

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STEPHEN King is widely regarded as the master of horror, but in a new novel, 11/22/63, he conquers the time-travel genre. With a mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia, the new release charms the reader from the first page.

As Boomers know only too well, on November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.

The question King's novel poses is: If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it?

His main character, Jake Epping, is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine.

When his friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges that his storeroom is a portal to 1958, Jake is embroiled in an insane mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins his new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, and of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald.

11/22/63 is not only a nostalgic adventure, it is a classic hero's journey. …