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The Dark Half - Stephen King
The Dark Half
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In 1985, 39-year-old Stephen King announced in public that his pseudonymous alter ego, Richard Bachman, was dead. (Never mind that he revived him years later to write The Regulators.) At the beginning of The Dark Half, 39-year-old writer Thad Beaumont announces in public that his own... show more
In 1985, 39-year-old Stephen King announced in public that his pseudonymous alter ego, Richard Bachman, was dead. (Never mind that he revived him years later to write The Regulators.) At the beginning of The Dark Half, 39-year-old writer Thad Beaumont announces in public that his own pseudonym, George Stark, is dead. Now, King didn't want to jettison the Bachman novel, titled Machine Dreams, that was he working on. So he incorporated it in The Dark Half as the crime oeuvre of George Stark, whose recurring hero/alter ego is an evil character named Alexis Machine. Thad Beaumont's pseudonym is not so docile as Stephen King's, though, and George Stark bursts forth into reality. At that point, two stories kick into gear: a mystery-detective story about the crime spree of George Stark (or is it Alexis Machine?) and a horror story about Beaumont's struggle to catch up with his doppelganger and kill him dead. This is not the first time that Stephen King has written a dark allegory about the fiction writer's situation. As the New York Times writes, Misery (1987) is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his audience, which holds him prisoner and dictates what he writes, on pain of death. The Dark Half is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his creative genius, the vampire within him, the part of him that only awakes to raise Cain when he writes, the fratricidal twin who occupies "the womblike dungeon" of his imagination." --Fiona Webster
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781444708158 (1444708155)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Edition language: English
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Jennifer's Books
Jennifer's Books rated it
3.0 The Dark Half
For the "Set in New England" square, I decided to go with a Stephen King book. I chose this one because I used to watch the movie all the time (had a HUGE thing for Timothy Hutton back in the day), and yet I had never read the book. My verdict? I liked it, but I didn't love it. I struggled with it...
I'm Reading Comeeks
I'm Reading Comeeks rated it
1.0 Unpopular Opinion
I don't like Stephen King's writing. It turns out I like his poetry even less. His poem goes at length to describe the doings and ramblings of The Dark Man, who wanders through desolate scenery, stuff common to King writings. Abandoned circuses, crawling spiders, misshapen scare-crows, etc. Fi...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
4.0 THE DARK HALF BY STEPHEN KING
“But writers INVITE ghosts, maybe; along with actors and artists, they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society. They make worlds that never were, populate them with people who never existed, and then invite us to join them in their fantasies. And we do it, don't we? Yes. We PAY to do it...
Wortmagieblog
Wortmagieblog rated it
3.0 Ein wahnwitziger Strudel der Absurdität
„Stark: The Dark Half“ ist der dritte Roman in Stephen Kings Castle-Rock-Zyklus. Er erschien erstmals 1989 (in meinem Geburtsjahr) und hat einen deutlich biografischen Hintergrund. Sicher wisst ihr, dass Stephen King nach den Erfolgen von „Carrie“, „Brennen muss Salem“ und „The Shining“ einige seine...
From Dark Places
From Dark Places rated it
4.0 The Dark Half by Stephen King
Thad Beaumont is a writer, not a very successful one it has to be said, not until he started to write under the Pseudonym George Stark, a definitive change in direction to something altogether darker and that's what brings the money in. Now it's time to out the Stark and via people magazine, the Pse...
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