Black House

Black House

by Stephen King, Peter Straub
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Black House by Stephen King, Peter Straub

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories "twinner" from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed "The Fisherman" and Jack's buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins' eggs and red feathers? It's almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

Author Biography Stephen King is the author of more than thirty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Peter Straub is the author of fourteen novels which have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375504396
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2001
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than thirty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Peter Straub is the author of fourteen novels which have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He lives in New York City.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of The Talisman and The Dark Tower series, this is the book for you. I agree with most of the people on here, it does start a little slow in the beginning, but if you continue past that then you are most definitely in for a treat. The plot is dense and gruesome, each twist and turn completely unexpected. By the time I finished I was unable to sleep with some terribly gruesome images spinning in my head. A great tale, possibly even better than The Talisman (which I absolutely adored).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait til it is cheaper. Not worth 12 bucks. Not at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can understand other people's thoughts (it's moving too slow and the jargon), but actually after the first chapter, which I had to urge myself to get through, it starts to pick up a litte. A lot of it is truly gruesome and this is the first book to hit me on such an emotional level. The Marshall wife's torment and the sinister Charles Burnside only start it off. Four stars only because of the extremely slow beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You're never going to go completely wrong when buying a book written by Stephen King, but this one isn't one of his better efforts. His collaboration with Peter Straub worked much better with The Talisman. Here, the voice of the narrator is so odd, it's off-putting.  I just couldn't lose myself in the story. It also takes quite awhile to get going, taking a very leisurely time setting up the characters and town. If you want to try King at his best, go with something like It, 'Salem's Lot, or The Stand instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very slow at first and dare I say a tad boring but if you can get bast the first 100–150 pages it is well worth it.
greenjab More than 1 year ago
Well kind readers I'de just like to say that this Stephen King book is sub-par as far as I'm concerned....You start reading and you get to abut page 100 and you find yourself saying "WHERE IS HE GOING WITH THIS"....THE STYLE OF WRITING SEEMS TO BE IN THE 3RD PERSON ABOUT HALF THE TIME WHICH SEEMS A LITTLE MIXED UP TO ME....And I'm telling you by the time you get to around page 200 you may just put the book down for good....King and Straub may have had an idea where they were going but to me they were just writing plain old filler....I read a lot fokes and flat out this is not an easy read, you almost haft to write down on a piece of paper all the people they have in this book, just try to keep track of 25 people in this book and you will see what I mean....Oh well to each there own I guess.
DogsitterKA More than 1 year ago
I've told a few of my friends to get this book as it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I hated to put it down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Excellent reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid King reader and have recently gone back to read books I missed over the years. I read Talisman and was thrilled was Black House (Talisman #2). Both excellent. I won't rehash the story here. Read both, you'll be glad you did. I was hoping there is a Talisman #3. Enjoy!
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Answered so many questions from so many stories. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost 4 bucks for a book with less than 60 pages? Would have been nice to know before I wasted my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading it even as I could'nt keep my eyes open. Scared the bejeebas out of me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 3/4 through it, but I find myself skipping a lot. Good story, but long. Normally love all of King's stuff.
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Connection to dark tower. I likey
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Pretty twisted!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great read! But read The Talisman first or you will have no idea what is going on! Lots of dark tower tie ins too! Perfect blend of murder mystery, fantasy, & stephen kings dark tower mythos! \m/-_-\m/ a must read!
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