"Joyland" is something different for Stephen King: a hard-boiled detective novel ... despite the absence of a hard-boiled detective.
The main character, Devin Jones, goes to work at Joyland, a carnival with a reputation for being haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered on a dark ride. In the process, he meets a couple of people who know more about him than they should ... and whose predictions have a habit of coming true.
There's none of the typical King supernatural creepiness, although at least a couple of characters claim to see the spectre of the murder victim. Instead, there's a good, old-school crime novel set in a world that few of us know from the inside: that of the carny.