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With Stephen King's new novel The Outsider coming out on May 22nd, Stephen King has released what he describes as an "appetizer to the main course," the new short story "Laurie", for readers to enjoy for free, and we have it right here for Daily Dead readers to check out... just watch out for the hungry alligator that lurks within its pages.

A darkly humorous and altogether riveting look at one man's grieving process, reluctant friendship with a new canine companion, and a reptilian threat that waits patiently within the tall grass, Stephen King's new short story "Laurie" can be read in its entirety by clicking the cover art for The Outsider below (although just a reminder that "Laurie" is not an excerpt from The Outsider).

And for those unfamiliar with The Outsider, here's the synopsis:

Outsider synopsis (via StephenKing.com): "An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can."

Above photo from Stephen King's Facebook page.

Press the cover art to read "Laurie" (via StephenKing.com):

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