The Dark Half by Stephen King

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How do you kill something that was never born…

Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the twisted imagination that produced his bestselling novels.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the voice on the phone uttering its obscene threats and demanding total surrender.

But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it—and signs its crimes with Thad’s bloody fingerprints?
 

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 January 1, 1990 by New York, NY, U.S.A.: N A L, 1990. 484 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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But the strong accent here is on violent action, with matters reaching a ripping climax as Stark kidnaps Thad's family to force Thad to help him write one last novel--the writing of which will allow the crazed Stark, now decaying, to suck up Thad's life force.

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“From the start — even before a young man I can now hardly comprehend started writing ‘The Long Walk’ in his college dormitory room — I felt that the best fiction was both propulsive and assaultive,” Stephen King writes in a chatty afterword to “Full Dark, No Stars,” his new collection of longish...

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Publishers Weekly

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Viking has just published a revised edition of the Dark Tower series' first book, The Gunslinger, which could attract new fans to the series, and Scribner recently released Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance, Volume I, by Robin Furth, to give series readers a thorough refresher course o...

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King, in fact, intertwines his own life story deeper and deeper into the tale of Roland and his surrogate family of gunslingers, and, in this final installment, playfully and seductively suggests that it might not be the author who drives the story, but rather the fictional characters that contro...

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Publishers Weekly

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King's third volume on Roland the gunfighter's search for the Dark Tower offers charming bits of whimsy, some splendidly tense moments and one rip-roaring horror scene.

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The sixth installment of this magnum opus stops short with the biggest cliffhanger of King's career, but readers at the edge of their seats need only wait a few short months (Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower will be released on September 21) to find out how—and if—King's fictional universe will co...

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Entertainment Weekly

The Dark Half goes on for a preposterously self-important two hours, climaxing with a Thad-versus-George showdown — believe it or not, folks, it's a writing contest — that's like a duel between two Timothy Huttons trying to out-bland each other.

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SF Site

Unlike Thad's earlier books, Stark's novels were darker and more violent, something the public seemed to crave since Stark's books were much more popular than Thad's had been.

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Gather Books

In Stephen King's 1989 thriller, The Dark Half , Thad Beaumont is a successful writer whose most successful stories were written under his pen name, George Stark.

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People

Romero adapted the film from King's novel, which is another of his tales about how painful it is to make truckloads of money for writing schlock novels when you were really destined to write War and Peace.

May 03 1993 | Read Full Review of The Dark Half

People

The story describes Beaumont's blissful domestic life with his wife and twin babies and also tells of Beaumont's decision to "kill off' the successful but surly Stark.

Dec 18 1989 | Read Full Review of The Dark Half

Between The Covers

The only other book of Gaiman’s I’ve read is American Gods, and I definitely thought that book was a more solid read.

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