Needful Things by Stephen King

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Needful Things is truly one of the best works of horror ever written.


Now available for the first time in a mass-market premium paperback edition—master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 New York Times bestseller about a mysterious store than can sell you whatever you desire—but not without exacting a terrible price in return.

“There are two prices for this. Half…and half. One half is cash. The other is a deed. Do you understand?"

The town of Castle Rock, Maine has seen its fair share of oddities over the years, but nothing is a peculiar as the little curio shop that’s just opened for business. Its mysterious proprietor, Leland Gaunt, seems to have something for everyone out on display at Needful Things…interesting things that run the gamut from worthless to priceless. Nothing has a price tag in this place, but everything is certainly for sale. The heart’s desire for any resident of Castle Rock can easily be found among the curiosities…in exchange for a little money and—at the specific request of Leland Gaunt—a whole lot of menace against their fellow neighbors. Everyone in town seems willing to make a deal at Needful Things, but the devil is in the details. And no one takes heed of the little sign handing on the wall: Caveat emptor. In other words, let the buyer beware…

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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 January 1, 2016 by Scribner. 948 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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on May 20 2010

Editing here is supreme. King braids perhaps a dozen storylines...into ever briefer takes that climax in a hurtling, storm-ripped holocaust whose symphonic energies fill the novel's last third.

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King, like Leland Gaunt, knows just what his customers want.

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on Jul 18 2011

Needful Things is truly one of the best works of horror ever written.

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Above average

The tale is a good, fan-pleasing read that most resembles King’s postapocalyptic fantasy The Stand.

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on May 18 2009

This is the final of the Castle Rock novels and a book that is both horrifying and believable at the same time.

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on Mar 10 2009

Stephen King is known as the Master of Horror and in his book, "Needful Things" he delivers enough creepy things and terrifying situations that you would only expect from the Horror King.

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