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In one of his most haunting and suspenseful works to date, Stephen King proves once again why he is the reigning master of dark fiction. Dreamcatcher is King's first full length novel since Bag of Bones, and it marks his return to his own style of spellbinding horror as he tells a story of four men, the defining moment of their childhood, and how that act bound them together for the rest of their lives.
I have a simple warning for you: Do not start Dreamcatcher late at night unless you're prepared to read straight through until daybreak. I learned this the hard way. With just the first few carefully crafted pages King had captured me in his grasp, and I knew I was trapped. The prose is beautiful, haunting, and terrifying all at the same time. This novel is Stephen King at the top of his game, and I just couldn't put it down.
Every November, like clockwork, four men reunite at a cabin in the Maine woods to hunt and reminisce about their past. As children in Derry they stood up against an appalling attack. They also made a special friend who would change their lives forever.
This year's reunion is like any other until the storm comes, and with it arrives a man named Richard McCarthy, who is lost and delirious. Not only does he have a strange red mark on his face, but his teeth are falling out and he's lost all sense of how long he's been wandering. Although the men do not know it yet, McCarthy has brought something with him. Something that is very hungry.
The storm also brings reports of strange lights in the sky and rumors of a downed spacecraft in the woods. The military is quickly involved, led by a man who just might be insane. His troops come to kill the aliens and clean up the mess as quickly as possible, but once the existence of the "gray men" is confirmed, it becomes obvious that no one involved in the project will ever be the same again.
If they even live, that is.
Readers who enjoyed It (and The Tommyknockers) will find some familiar themes in Dreamcatcher, but those ideas are explored by an author with 15 additional years of writing and living under his belt. Most of all, the personal details gleaned from King's firsthand experience with alcoholism and his terrifying accident in the summer of 1999 help bring the book's characters to life.
In classic fashion, Dreamcatcher is a powerful tale of the battle between good and evil on an epic scale. There are scenes of gut-wrenching horror blended with a quiet sophistication that only King can achieve.
In many ways Stephen King has returned to his roots with Dreamcatcher. Fans of horror and his Constant Readers will not be disappointed. (Brian Freeman)
Brian Freeman is a novelist and online publicist who also runs one of the most popular Stephen King web sites and fan lists on the Internet.