The Dark Half (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Dark Half (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Stephen King

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Bestselling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has committed a series of monstrous murders. But he can't—because he created it.


Bestselling author Thad Beaumont would like to say he has nothing to do with the evil that has committed a series of monstrous murders. But he can't—because he created it.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The protagonist of King's top-notch new novel is literary novelist Thad Beaumont, whose greatest success has come with three gory thrillers written under the pseudonym George Stark. (King himself wrote five novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.) When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Stark's identity (planning his scheme, he finds a new use for PW 's ``People'' page), Beaumont and his literary agent decide to foil the plan and capitalize on Stark's ``demise.'' But Stark, who of course was never alive, will not stay dead either. Beaumont's alter ego (for Stark is obviously more than just a pen name) seeks revenge against all those involved in killing him off, and his murderous rampage, gory and gripping, systematically reduces the ranks of his enemies to Thad, his wife and two children. Stark's aim--to force Beaumont to write another Stark novel--is basically a variation on King's Misery , in which a deranged fan held a writer captive until he wrote another novel featuring the heroine whose life he had terminated in his previous book. But this new King thriller is so wondrously frightening that mesmerized readers won't be able fault the master for reusing a premise that puts both Misery and The Dark Half among the best of his voluminous work. 1,500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection. (Nov)

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4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.50(d)
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Meet the Author

Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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The Dark Half 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorte book. It has a great story line and is typical king gruesome. Couldnt put the book down when i read it first. Nooks version, however, is laced with errors that are distracting from how wonderfully great the book is. A must read whether on nook or old fashioned with a paper book.
Akeman More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it is another great by Stephen King. However, the NOOK Book or eBook is not worth the money. The nook copy has a lot of problems that do not exist in the real copy, the worst of which is the spelling errors on every page that uses the wrong words. To me this book looks like someone used a bad OCR to scan the book and no one checked what had been scanned. For exammple, in the book the word "closed" is used many times, but in the NOOK book it reads "dosed" every time. Unfortunately, this happens with a number of letter combinations leading to wrong words on every page. So, my recomendation for anyone wanting to read this great book is to go buy a hard copy rather than wasting your money on an eBook with so many errors.
ArmyRPh More than 1 year ago
This is truly one of King's finest works. It is also however the worst quality ebook I have paid for yet. The number of typographical errors is staggering. Nothing that actually affects the readability...but enough to make you question how Penguin could have the nerve to charge $7 for such a shoddy product. I've downloaded Internet Project free books with fewer typos! They should be ashamed. Despite their attempts(Penguin's) to make this an unpleasant experience...the book is a must read/must own for any true Stephen King fan! Thanks Stephen...I'm your biggest fan! ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself is absolutely enthralling, but there are constant spelling errors throughout this version of the ebook that are continually ruining the experience for me. Half of the time every h is replaced with b. Every cl is replaced with a d. This desperately needs proof reading and corrections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrendous typos. The publisher should be ashamed. It reads like someone used auto correct without reading the sentence first. It detracts from the story when the word From is now Prom, almost ever instance of the word closed is dosed. Cleared was deared and he was now be.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a hugh King fan but reading this Nook Version of The Dark Half was frustrating. Is this a black market item or was it skipped over from editing?
Malcolm53 More than 1 year ago
Stephen King at his best, had me hooked from the firt word, not the ending I expected but even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story as usual. However you should buy a regular copy because the typos are just too much in the nook version. No excuse for such sloppy editing.
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Wonderful read.
Mac Hamilton More than 1 year ago
Great book . . . another one of King's classic reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dark half is trulcreepy novel and and one of kings best. My only gripe is that the nook version is full of typos.
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Camboron More than 1 year ago
This review may not be the most objective, seeing as how it's a re-read for me, but I still enjoyed it. Here we have another Stephen King book about a writer, most of which include some of my favorites characters (write what you know). There is another parallel; the "death "of a pseudonym, similar to the revelation that Richard Bachmann and Stephen King are the same person. Stephen King gives us his amazing voice here. I think one should always read his books aloud. He always uses great vernacular, funny stuff, and I prefer to call him a storyteller, instead of an author. He also taps into the edging out of that rational voice in our heads whenever we face something inexplicable. I think that's why people can get sucked into his stories; they start off so "normal" . Characters don't become immediately converted to belief in whatever monster or horror is in front of them. They take as long to come around as any of us would. There's also some good meta-references here--like when the s*** hits the fan, Thad Beaumont talks about how he's not reacting how the people do in the kind of books he reads and writes. Kind of a dig from Stephen King to writers who don't care about realism in their books, especially in regards to the unbelievable stuff. Just when I thought I was desensitized to violence, out comes a scene, like the one with Donaldson, and delivers all the visceral thrills you'd expect from King. In additional to the traditional thrills and expected gore, this is also a book about keeping secrets from the ones you love to spare them, a writer's struggle with books he wants to write and the books his public wants him to write. Also, [SPOILER] it made me want to rent Cheech and Chong's THE CORSICAN BROTHERS I felt the spell was broken, for some reason, when the story switched to Stark's voice. There were some mistakes in the digital transfer. "h" becoming "b", "t" becoming "f", "e" becoming "c", "l" becoming "t" and "cl" becoming "d". Also, some words or phrases in either bold or italics, and where they began were not transferred correctly. Other than that, a good Stephen King read with a clever concept and conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I didn't want to put it down. I could read it again and again, even as viciously gruesome as it is, which in my opinion gave it more of a sinister memory scar.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The publishor of this book needs to do a better job of editing this was a great book. But the errors were too much....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down...King strikes again!!