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review 2018-04-03 19:22
Die dunkle Seite
Stephen King "STARK THE DARK HALF", Weltbild Sammleredition - Stephen King

Schriftsteller Thad Beaumont will sich von seinem Pseudonym verabschieden. Doch nachdem er sich von dem Namen George Stark offiziell getrennt hat, geht ein blutrünstiger Mörder um, der ausgerechnet Thad Beaumonts Fingerabdrücke hat ...

Stephen Kings "Stark. The Dark Half" ist ein blutiger Horror-Roman, der im Stil von Robert Louis Stevenson mit den zwei Seiten der Medaille spielt. 

Auf der einen Seite gibt es den bekannten Autor Thad Beaumont, der es mit seinen Büchern zumindest zu Preis-Nominierungen und passablen Verkaufszahlen bringt. Im Gegensatz zum berüchtigten George Stark, schlagen seine Bücher aber nicht so in den Bestseller-Listen ein. Stark punktet durch Blutrünstigkeit und einem rasiermesserscharfen Protagonisten, dem keine furchtsame Regung entgeht.

Für Beaumont ist es an der Zeit dem bösen Stark offiziell "Adieu" zu sagen, weil er in der Hand eines Erpressers ist. Außerdem ist es ganz nett, auf diese Weise einen PR-Gag zu veranstalten und Stark im wörtlichen Sinn zu Grabe zu tragen. 

Doch was, wenn sich das fiktive Pseudonym dem inszenierten Tod widersetzt und zu mordgieriger Realität wird?

Meiner Meinung nach hat Stephen King hier mal wieder eine wahre Horror-Vision kreiert, die vielleicht manchem Autor das Blut in den Adern gefrieren lässt. King lässt Beaumonts Pseudonym auferstehen, haucht im Leben ein und dieser werkt wie eine Furie, um nicht als Fiktion begraben zu werden.

Beaumont holt die Realität schnell ein, weil seine Fingerabdrücke bei Mordopfern gefunden werden. Die Polizei hat ihn im Visier, George Stark sitzt ihm im Nacken und er selbst kann nicht begreifen, wie es überhaupt erst dazu gekommen ist.

Bei diesem Buch spritzt das Blut, verwest das Fleisch und stinkt der Eiter, wobei alles Geschehen von einer bedrohlichen Aura umgeben ist. Setzt sich das Böse durch oder wird das Gute siegen? Und wie ist es überhaupt dazu gekommen, dass zwei Seiten einer Person lebendig sind?

King geht auf etliche Themen ein, die sogar in natürlichen Vorkommnissen ihren Ursprung haben. Davon will ich hier allerdings nichts erzählen, weil man es beim Lesen selbst erfahren soll. Jedenfalls räumt er dem schriftstellerischem Schaffensprozess viel Platz in diesem Werk ein, was für versierte Kingleser bestimmt hoch interessant zu lesen ist. Meiner Meinung nach geht er mit "The Dark Half" auch die dunkle Seite des Schriftstellerseins an. Er reisst Sorgen sowie Probleme an, die mit dieser Berufung verbunden sind und wenig im Rampenlicht stehen.

Ich habe Stephen King erneut von einer anderen Seite kennengelernt, weil er in „Stark. The Dark Half“ relativ viel Blut einsetzt und dennoch das Mysteriöse zum Zug kommen lässt. Es hat mir gut gefallen! Besonders beim ersten Drittel bin ich an den Seiten geklebt. Danach lässt die Spannung etwas nach, weil die Handlung fast zu glatt über die Bühne geht. Schnell hat man den Dreh raus und ahnt sehr früh, wie das alles wohl enden wird. Dafür ist die Grundidee schaurig, grauslich und Furcht einflößend zugleich, und wird von King in blutige Details zerlegt.

Der Schreib- und Erzählstil ist gewohnt souverän und phänomenal. Von kleinen Details bis zu großen Zusammenhängen ist alles dabei, was das Horror-Herz begehrt. 

Meiner Ansicht nach ist „Stark. The Dark Half“ ein Horror-Roman für den blutliebenden Leser geschrieben, der sich für Schreibprozesse von Schriftstellern interessiert und sich gern vom Mysteriösem fesseln lässt. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-03-21 13:15
The Dark Side of an Author
The Dark Half - Stephen King

Well I haven't read "The Dark Half" since I was a teen. I realize now why that was, probably because teen me was bored reading parts of this as adult me was now. I do think that parts of the book are fairly good (I loved the sparrows and the growing realization of who George Stark was)  but think that the book gets bogged down a ton with way too much talking that goes nowhere and an ending that kind of fizzles. You end up having to read the other Castle Rock books in order to find out what happens to the characters mentioned in this one which is okay, but does make it that "The Dark Half" is not a true standalone book. 

 

"The Dark Half" was written in response to when Stephen King was outed as writing as Richard Bachman. I have to say that "The Dark Half" really does read like a Bachman book (go read "The Long Walk," "The Running Man," and "The Regulators"). Most of those works seemed to have violence for violence sake. Not my favorite of King's works, but still interesting. "The Dark Half" is mostly brutal with parts broken up by characters talking to each other about things we as readers are already privy to. So most of the book you are just waiting for everyone to figure out things and for the ending to come. 

 

"The Dark Half" is about author Thad Beaumont who has recently come out and admitted that he has written under the name of  George Stark for years. Thad and his wife decide to declare George Stark dead after a man tries to shake them down for money to keep their secret hidden that he really is George Stark. Thad has started to find some success writing under his own pen name and thinks now is a good time to lay Stark to rest. Unfortunately, someone takes significant pains to go out and murder anyone connected with the "death of George Stark." When all signs point to Thad or someone close to him being responsible for these deaths, Thad starts wondering if someone is delusional enough to think that they are really George Stark.

 

The character of Thad intrigued me in this one. I do feel bad about what ends up happening to him (see "Needful Things" and "Insomnia"). Thad has a good life and when you realize his connection to "George Stark" I ended up being moved to mostly pity for the guy.


The other characters in this one come in and out and don't really sing to me. We have Thad's wife Liz that felt like an afterthought after the first couple of hundred pages. I wished for more from that character.


Sheriff Alan Pangborn I honestly didn't care for in this one. I liked him much better in "Needful Things" he is also referenced down the line in "Bag of Bones." I think the issue for me is that the sheriff blames Thad for what has occurred, but I didn't and thought it was weird how the book ended. 

 

We also get a plethora (not really but it felt like it) of characters who ended up being murdered by George Stark and reading all of their bad ends was gruesome after a while.


The writing was okay, but as I said, there was way too much talking going on. I found myself really bored after we get to Part II: Stark Takes Charge. Also since I had this in paperback format, it was hard to read some of the writing that was included in this book that was in cursive and showing what Thad and Stark's writing looked like. I honestly wish I had a magnifying glass.


The setting of this book is pretty familiar to Constant Readers. We are back with Castle Rock, Maine the site of some insanity that has gone on in many a King book. I always wonder why people never move away from that place. The first book in the Castle Rock series would be "Cujo". After "The Dark Half" you can read "Needful Things" where you can follow up with Sheriff Alan Pangborn and hear about Thad Beaumont again. 

 

The ending was a meh to me. I mean I liked how King dealt with the problem of George Stark. It sounded awesome and terrifying (I will never look at sparrows the same way again) but it just took way too long to get there. 

 

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text 2018-03-21 13:00
Reading progress update: I've read 592 out of 592 pages.
The Dark Half - Stephen King

Eh. This was okay. Not the best King or the worst, it was definitely a middle of the road book. I honestly think reading about what become of Thad in "Needful Things", "Insomnia", and I think he is even mentioned in "Bag of Bones" makes you wish that King had ended this story a bit stronger. 

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text 2018-03-21 01:57
Reading progress update: I've read 354 out of 592 pages.
The Dark Half - Stephen King

The book is dragging a bit for me. This also reminds me why I was kind of meh towards most of KingsK works as Bachman. It's not bad, but we have George Stark murdering and Thad Beaumont, his wife's and the sheriff (Alan Pangborn) just sitting around talking everything to death.

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text 2018-03-20 13:25
Reading progress update: I've read 221 out of 592 pages.
The Dark Half - Stephen King

So far so good. I recall now that at the time this book was kind of scary to me when I read when I was a kid. As an adult, it's not scary, just gruesome. We have a mysterious man with a connection to Thad Beaumont who seems hell bent on murdering people who harmed the author in some way. I recall Sheriff Alan Pangborn from "Needful Things", but honestly forgot he was in this one. 

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