Black House by Stephen King

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The acclaimed #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling horror novel from the undisputed King of Horror, Stephen King’s Black House is now reprinted for a modern-day audience.

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Territories “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades ago by a madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “the Fishman,” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find him. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams—if that is what they are—of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As this cryptic message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
Published November 6, 2012 by Pocket Books. 852 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Black House Stephen King and Peter Straub HarperCollins £17.99, pp624 In George A Romero's zombie horror film, The Night of the Living Dead, a terrified character comments: 'It doesn't take long for the world to fall apart, does it?' It is exactly this sentiment that Stephen King has always unde...

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Publishers Weekly

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It's to blighted End-World, via the portal of the Black House—a creepy local house painted black—that Jack and others travel to rescue Ty, in the novel's frantic conclusion.The book abounds with literary allusions, many to the King-verse, and readers not familiar with King's work and particularly...

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BC Books

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It's no secret that I'm a "Tower junkie," which is to say, I really enjoyed the entirety of Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

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Frank reads in a whispery hoarse, overly dramatic voice that grates on the ears and tears at the mind, making any kind of effort to follow the story and the characters extremely difficult and tiring, just the opposite of what an audiobook is supposed to do.

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Book Reporter

Jack Sawyer is back, older and, perhaps sadly, much wiser.

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Entertainment Weekly

It's no coincidence that the title of Black House, Stephen King and Peter Straub's bloody good sequel to their 1984 best-seller The Talisman, echoes Bleak House.

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Two decades have passed since Jack Sawyer saved a different world from destruction, but remembers nothing about his heroism.

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