Books From the Backlog [2]: Pulp Fiction Series


Joyland by Stephen King
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Hard Case Crime

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

I discovered Hard Case Crime books in 2013. I bought a series of them when they were at my local bookshop. Nowadays, I'll be hard pressed to find them. Unsurprisingly, I haven't read any of them aside from one -- Chokehold by Christa Faust. According to Goodreads, I own 10 of them but I can only find 6 in my shelves. Lol. Anyway, if you want to know more about Pulp Fiction, I feel like I should refer you to the expert in these type of reads:  Greg of Book Haven. She regularly features stunning covers of this lost art. One of these days, I'm going to tackle my pile of pulp fiction novels. 

What about you? Have you read any Hard Case Crime books lately?

Books from the Backlog is a regular feature from Carole's Random Life in Books


  1. I love this cover! And I'm so curious about Hard Case- I've seen them around for a few years but never read them!

    Oh, and thanks for the shout out! I used a few Hard Case novels in the past for Bookcover Spotlights and whatnot- I may need to revisit!

  2. I really enjoyed this one! I really liked the characters and the mystery was very well done. I do love these Hard Case Crime pulp covers, too.

  3. Yes, this is exactly the kind of cover Greg would feature. Hope you love the story, too!

  4. Cool cover! I'm not much into crime fiction, but used to love reading humorous mystery/crime fiction - pretty much all I read while in college. These days it's mostly romance for me.

  5. I used to see this a lot back then when I don't care about reading Stephen King but now that I want to read it, I can't seem to stumble upon it on bookstores. just weird. haha. Greg definitely gave me a new appreciation for pulp covers!
    Would love to know your thoughts when you do get to this!!

  6. I've read Joyland but I think that's the only one!



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