Stephen King has signed an agreement to publish a pop-up book. Last week, the horror book master inked a deal with Robin Corey, publisher for novelty and media tie-ins at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, to do an abridged, pop-up edition of his 1999 bestseller The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

Corey said that King has long been one of her favorite authors. When she approached him about a project, "he fell in love with the idea of doing a pop-up book." After talking things through with King, Corey said that Tom Gordon "made the most sense" to make the transition to a pop-up. Although written for an adult audience, Tom Gordon did very well among young adults; it was nominated for the Washington State Evergreen Young Adult Book Award and was named a 2000 Young Adult Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.

Corey, who will edit the book for the Little Simon imprint, said she is close to selecting an artist and paper engineer for the project. Because of the long lead time needed to create a pop-up, the title will not be released until fall 2004 at the earliest. Corey said she expects King to be "very involved" with the project and hopes that Tom Gordon "is just the first of many" pop-ups King will do.