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Misery: A Novel

Misery: A Novel

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by Stephen King

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Return to the gripping, suspenseful classic #1 New York Times bestseller by master storyteller Stephen King!

Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But


Return to the gripping, suspenseful classic #1 New York Times bestseller by master storyteller Stephen King!

Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery, and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants....

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Misery had me on edge for days after I’d finished it… the novel is something else — an airless, claustrophobic portrait of an egotistic writer pushed to the edge of madness by pain, pills,incarceration, the expectations of his reading public and a deadline like he’s never known before. In the book, our hero is as threatened by the demons within as he is by the madwoman beside his bed. Like him, you the reader can’t wait to escape; yet you can no more walk away from Mr. King’s tightly spun yarn than Paul can walk away from his captor.”
Houston Chronicle
“Undiluted horror…wonderful…A primal storyteller writing about a primal scream.”
USA Today
"Suspenseful, entertaining, genuinely scary.”
The Washington Post
“Solid character delineation and terrifying insight. In addition to being able to scare the reader breathless, King says a tremendous amount about writing itself. We delight in his virtuosity.”
The Indianapolis Star
“Dazzlingly well-written.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Terrifying…King is a terrific storyteller.”
Boston Globe
"Classic King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense."
Chicago Sun-Times
“Page-turningly effective, stringing out every scene to the screaming point.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Stephen King at his best…frighteningly good.”
Cincinnati Post
“Vintage King…a masterpiece of horror…creates a level of tension that makes it difficult to keep your eyes from jumping to the next page to escape sooner.”
The Boston Herald
“Deft psychological horror…easily one of King’s best novels.”
San Diego Tribune
“As is his genius, King never relaxes the oh-my-god tension until the final paragraph.”

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7.50(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. 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. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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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Misery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 489 reviews.
MyReviewsMatter More than 1 year ago
I can't type fast enough to explain why people should read this book. I made this account just to comment on Misery. First off, Annie is one crazy psycho chick..and Stehpen makes her seem so...real. I got chills reading about how she tormented Paul because it seemed like Annie was right there with me with a sledgehammer in her hands or something. For those who would rather watch the movie first, it wouldn't affect their decision because they are both epicly rad...excuse my language. Misery is just...I can't eplain it. You'll just have to read it for yourself and decide if you want it or not because you've got the reciept; if you don't like it, take it back and don't waste your time writing a bad review about this faultless book...or Annie will find you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! Its filled with intensity and suspense! The "hobbling" scene left me with nightmares for days! A MUST READ!!!!
Leasara More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Stephen King, and I loved it. I enjoyed the story so thoroughly I pressed on through the ridiculous amount of typographical errors I found in the eBook version I downloaded from B&N. I think this was likely due to the process of converting the book to an electronic edition, as most of the errors could be attributed to OCR inaccuracies, punctuation and numbers thrown in at random where scanning software mistook imperfections in the printed page for relevant data.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually just kind of liked the tales from King but this one has to be the most scary; because it could actually happen. Instead of a monster dog or ghosts or raging car, its just Annie. And she, without a doubt, is one of the scariest villians I've read in a long time. However, I feel that Annie is far more interesting than the main character, Paul. He seems quite one sided in the start of the novel, just a subject for Annie's torture. But as it progresses, and the story moves on, you start to get into the world he's in, and root for him to survive. The sections with the Misery novels are fun, too! It was written in a different style, as it should due to Paul writing it, and I found myself excited to read those as well. Paul even had typewriter mistakes and it made it seem all the more real. However, there are a variety of errors and typos throughout the ebook version that I found quite distracting. These were outside of Paul's writing and where it was supposed to be written correctly - in the actual novel. It took me out of the world of the novel to realize that "surely" was mispelled and that the name Annie isn't spelled with one N. Overall, great story and a quick read! Its 400 or so ebook flips but it goes by so quickly!
Selina_Kyle More than 1 year ago
Okay, so to start off with, I LOVED this book. It was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. Stephen King is truly one of the best horror writers out there. Now for the bad part. The only problem I had with this book was the Nook formatting. It was HORRIBLE. Words were missing letters, there were sometimes numbers in the middle of words, many things were misspelled, and there were random periods in the middle of sentences. If it only happened a couple of times it could be easily ignored but this was a constant staple throughout the whole book, it became very distracting. Like I said, this book was really good and I enjoyed it, I just wish the formatting had been a little better. If you're going to buy this book, I'd go with paperback until they fix all the bugs.
Rose_of_Turbansk More than 1 year ago
This is the most terrifying book I've ever read. The scariest part was that Annie was a character you felt sympathy for at times, and then all of a sudden she would go completely insane. Stephen King really outdid himself with this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT! I love the horror genre. Perhaps a little too much. Felt like every other page I was laughing and saying "This b**** is f***ing CRAZY!" The end was quite satisfying. Now I need to see the film! I wonder how it compares. I'm told it's quite good as well! :)
nancybout More than 1 year ago
Paul Sheldon,a writer gets into an accident and Annie his #1 FAN happily goes to rescue him.She is strong,stocky,and worse of all a complete sick psychopath. She keeps him prisoner,and through that many things happen to Paul that made this novel captivating and a great read. I read this AFTER watching the movie,(a few years ago),i must say the book is 100 times better!! Stephen King..you did it again.Hands down,one of most favorite authors:)
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
I don't usually go for these "FRIGHT TALES", but...WOW! A writer becomes a victim of obsession, "chained" to his work, add a mean psychotic woman and being held prisoner...OH! MY WORST NIGHTMARE!
kingpita More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a great book by the King but don't have the patience for one of his longer ones, read Misery. It's not long, but a hell of a lot of fun. King never dissapoints.
mandadanyele More than 1 year ago
This is a classic Stephen King book. I have read of a few of his books so far and this is by far my favorite SK book at the moment. It's very thrilling and you never know what is going to happen next. Highly Recommnd this book.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be held captive and tortured by an extremely unbalanced ex-nurse then you should read Misery. Even if you've never wondered what it would be like you should still read Misery. I was kept on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what awful torment Annie would visit upon poor Paul next. Misery is a good movie and an even better book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily the smoothest reading king book I've read so far. Grest story. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me right from the start. One crazy woman. Just felt like I was right there watching it all front row. Might even read it again sometime.
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This book is fantastic!!! I love Stephen King and he did not fail me at all!! I couldn't put the book down!!!
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One of my FOAT! It was hard to put down and easy to pick up. Annie Wilkes is one of the best characters ever devised by Stephen King. Brilliantly Insane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Stephen King and all his books. This is another great story by the horror master
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Griping, well-told, suspenseful tale by the writer who knows how.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did this backwards. I was searching on B&N looking for something to read. I saw the movie Misery years ago. I have read most of Steven Kings books but not Misery. In the movie Annie is your worse nightmare come true. People always say the book is better then the movie. This is very true in this case. I loved the book. I knew I would because I am his number one fan!
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I love Annie Wilkes in the movie and in the book.