The Stephen King Money


Emily Schultz published her novel, Joyland, eight years ago. Stephen King published a novel by the same name in 2013. Schultz’s novel suddenly started selling rapidly on Amazon as confused readers mistakenly purchased her book instead of King’s, and when many of these readers left behind negative reviews, Schultz became worried. Then, she received the first royalty check from the boosted sales. She launched a blog, $pending the $tephen King Money, to chronicle how she’s using the extra cash. King weighed in, telling Entertainment Weekly “I’m delighted for her, and I’m going to order her book.”

Schultz’s latest purchase with the King money? Joyland, by Stephen King.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →