The Dark Half
Books | Fiction / Horror
Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine A “wondrously frightening” (Publishers Weekly) tale of terror and #1 national bestseller about a writer’s pseudonym that comes alive and destroys everyone on the path that leads to the man who created him.Thad Beaumont is a writer, and for a dozen years he has secretly published violent bestsellers under the name of George Stark. But Thad is a healthier and happier man now, the father of infant twins, and starting to write as himself again. He no longer needs George Stark and so, with nationwide publicity, the pseudonym is retired. But George Stark won’t go willingly. And now Thad would like to say he is innocent. 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 series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home. But how can Thad deny the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it—and signs its crimes with Thad’s bloody fingerprints? The Dark Half is “a chiller” (The New York Times Book Review), so real and fascinating that you’ll find yourself squirming in Stephen King’s heart-stopping, blood-curdling grip—and loving every minute of it.
Simon and Schuster
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"It was a great book and I thought they did a very good job on the movie (with Timothy Hutton)."
"I have read this one many times. I would have to say it is my favorite SK book"
"I read, and attempted to read, several Stephen King novels and shorter works when I was younger, but none of them resonated with me quite so much as The Dark Half. Back when I read it, it was an almost mystical experience for me, but now I recognize it as the author at one of his most authentic and vulnerable and it spoke to my own unprocessed trauma I harboured at the time. I also enjoyed Needful Things, The Green Mile, and The Mist, and but several of the film adaptations I enjoyed more than the books, which is unusual for me. However, I prefer a different sort of Gothic novel that simply doesn't perfectly coincide with Stephen King's style. However, if I were to read another Stephen King work, it would probably be Four Past Midnight, which features The Langoliers, or his very early work The Night Shift, which features Jerusalem's Lot (not to be confused with 'Salem's Lot!), the style of which would seem to reflect more of my literary interests."