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The Dark Half

The Dark Half Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent He d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home But how can Thad disown the ultimate embod

  • Title: The Dark Half
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780450524684
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent He d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it and signs its crimes with Thad s bloody fingerprints ________________________Alternate cover editions New English Library, 199Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent He d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it and signs its crimes with Thad s bloody fingerprints ________________________Alternate cover editions New English Library, 1990

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      “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.” Thad Beaumont wanted to write from the time he discovered that a person could make a living as a writer. He pounded away at the typewriter so much that his parents were beginning to fear that s [...]

    2. Chelsea Humphrey on said:

      A totally wild ride! Something I likely wouldn't have picked up on my own as I'd somehow missed this King novel. So glad I did as I enjoyed it much more than expected. As always, SK is a genius at creating characters who are flawed, intriguing, and yet somehow redeeming. I now need to hunt down the film version to compare notes on how it varies from the book. Buddy Read with Amber and Kelly! Woot and double woot.

    3. Carol on said:

      This REALLY is one hell of a crazy-ass read, and it all begins with an eleven year old boy's excruciating headaches that lead to surgery, bizarre results and the freakish sparrow phenomenon afterward.Now this young boy Thad began writing weird stories at an early age, and as he grew up decided to use a pen name for a period of time.und familiar?Anyway, the time came to bury the alias and one George Stark with full honorsave, headstone and publicity to boot.As the story progresses, a grown up Tha [...]

    4. Dan Schwent on said:

      When someone discovered literary writer Thad Beaumont was also crime writer George Stark and tried to blackmail him, Beaumont and his wife decided to go public and kill off George Stark themselves. But when the pseudonym takes on a life of his own and starts killing people connected to Thad, can anything stop him?I read this sometime in that hazy dawn of time before . Since we had a trip to Maine coming up, I decided to read it again.The Dark Half is an underrated book. Thad Beaumont had a paras [...]

    5. Sr3yas on said:

      3.5 StarsWhat inspires an author to write a story?Without question, King is a man with tremendous imagination. He took inspiration for The Shining when he stayed in a deserted hotel along with his wife, and he wrote Pet Sematary after King and his family stayed a year near an actual Pet Sematary in Orrington.But for The Dark Half, his inspiration was a lot closer to home.King wrote couple of novels under pseudonym Richard Bachman in 70s and 80s. But in 1985, a bookstore clerk figured Bachman is [...]

    6. Kemper on said:

      Stephen King once wrote some books under the pen name Richard Bachman, but the gag was blown by a book store clerk in 1985. In The Dark Half, a writer using a pen name is exposed and a murderous rampage occurs as a result with numerous victims getting killed in a variety of gruesome ways, including one guy getting beaten to death with his own prosthetic arm. Uh…Mr. King? I can assure you that I have no interest at all in revealing any secret of yours that I may accidently come across someday. [...]

    7. Delee on said:

      Before and after reading THE DARK HALF, I read some reviews of this book usual, some I liked, and some I didn't. I don't normally argue with someone about their thoughts on a novel- because everyone has a right to their own opinion, but I will say - I really dislike when people call Stephen King a hack. Fine I get it, you don't like himyou will never read another word he writes, but name calling is really unnecessary, and it not only insults the author, but it insults the people who enjoy his wo [...]

    8. Shanti on said:

      Short read and my first Stephen King book. I used to regard King as a pop-writer. I had a neighbor who couldn't get enough of him about 20 years ago. I just rolled my eyes at her. Now I'm her. LOL. This book is a great gate-way drug to King. It was left in my apt. laundry room in the giveaway pile. I picked it up whilst waiting for my laundry to finish and stayed in the laundry room for the next hour. Character development from page 1. I have to admit now I have a bit of a problem. Is there a s [...]

    9. Amber on said:

      Book-Buddy Buddy Read with Book Buddies Chelsea and Kelly . Thad Beaumont is a writer who wrote under a pen name known as George Stark who wrote terrifying thrillers and was a very bad man. Not wanting to write those types of books anymore, Thad buries George Stark and decides to write his own work. What happens when the pseudonym comes to life as its own entity and decides to go on a murder spree to take revenge and take over Thad's life? All Thad knows is that The Sparrows are flying again an [...]

    10. Abbie | ab_reads on said:

      My first King of 2017 and it certainly did not disappoint! Thaddeus Beaumont (what a great name) is a writer of average success; George Stark is a writer of wondrous success; but Thad and George are the same person. And what happens when your pseudonym that you've tried to lay to rest somehow claws his way up from the grave and goes on a murderous rampage? King's here to tell you!.Based (hopefully loosely) on his own experience of writing as Richard Bachman, King once again delivers a great read [...]

    11. Paul Nelson on said:

      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 Pseudonym is finally laid to rest, fake grave and all.The only problem, George Stark isn't quite ready to rest in peace.As with my other early King reviews I'll talk about what I liked and disliked about [...]

    12. Bill Khaemba on said:

      I Promised you a review :)“he was, after all, a novelistd a novelist was simply a fellow who got paid to tell lies. The bigger the lies, the better the pay.”First of all with any Stephen King book the reader must understand that they will be freaking traumatised to some extent and you won’t be able to put down his book until the end. So it’s the best conundrum or maybe the worst. The book itself has the classic King vibe to it, a malevolent haunting story which features a protagonist who [...]

    13. Edward Lorn on said:

      Stephen King aficionados might get a kick out of this geekgasm disguised as a review. It's not all new info, but I didn't know about Guy Pilsbury. If you know who that is (or should have been), you get a cookie. Also, I cannot promise there won't be spoilers, but I will try my best.Okay, we're all clear that Stephen King once wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman, right? Good. And if you didn't know, now you know. Bachman is probably one of the most famous pseudonyms ever created. King didn't [...]

    14. Mara on said:

      Brace yourself for some layers of authorship! Ready? This book was written by Stephen King as Stephen King not too long after the "death" by exposure of his pseudonym Richard Bachman. The story is about an author, Thad Beaumont, who, under similar circumstances, has just laid to rest his own successful pseudonym, George Stark. Trouble is, George Stark isn't too keen on going quietly into the night. And George Stark can be one high toned son of a bitch. I love it when King writes about writers (J [...]

    15. Ruth Turner on said:

      Audiobook – Narrated by Grove Gardner – Excellent narration.I enjoyed this audio very much. Gardner is an excellent narrator and the voice he gave to “George Stark, that high-toned son of a bitch from Oxford, Mississippi” was perfect!***Ebook:This was another of King’s books that I didn’t much care for the first time I read it. But, neither I feel the need to destroy it like I did The Tommyknockers, after reading that for the first time. Even so, I never really felt the urge to read [...]

    16. Phrynne on said:

      A very readable piece of gory horror from the master of the art Stephen King. I loved the idea about the sparrows and also the brilliant part about the twin being absorbed into his brother's body, which of course can really happen but never in the way this author visualises it! King writes good books and he writes excellent books but so far he has never let me down by writing a bad book. This is a good one. If you enjoy horror then this book is for you.

    17. Leo . on said:

      When the story was made into a TV series, Gary Busey, should have played the role of George Stark. 🐯👍

    18. Cody | codysbookshelf on said:

      Here it is, at last: I've reached the end of the '80s in my Stephen King reread project. It took me longer than expected, but I made it. Overall, I had a damn good time. The 1980s was, arguably, King's most successful decade — at least as far as commercial appeal goes. He was a literary Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, et cetera. He was at the top of the bestselling lists and hit movie after hit movie adapted from his works was being released in theaters. He was, officially, a household name. [...]

    19. ChopinFC on said:

      2 1/2 StarsI wil preface this review by stating I am a big Stephen King fan. Actually I'm a huge Stephen King fan, so giving this only 2 1/2 stars went against a lot of the personal feelings and experiences I've had over the years reading his amazing novels.I really wanted to enjoy this book, and just like anything else in life sometimes you just have to listen to your instincts and after 150 pages in the bucket I should've called it a daybut being the forever optimist I just trudged ahead.The b [...]

    20. Tom Swift on said:

      Really good. Been on a King family spree the last week. I have read End of Watch, The Fireman, and now this.1600 pages of fun. This was really good.

    21. Adam Light on said:

      King was hitting on all cylinders in this high toned son of a bitch. Still one of my faves.

    22. Paul O'Neill on said:

      I was a little disappointed with this. It's interesting because of the obvious King/Bachman thing. One thing that this story doesn't contain that all other King books thrive on - interesting and great characters. Our main character is a clumsy, cold and serious writer who's just a bit of a dullard really. I also made this mistake of reading this alongside IT (which I'm currently about 500 pages into) which is littered with amazing characters. Still an interesting read but there are so many other [...]

    23. Kells Next Read on said:

      Buddy Reading this with these lovely ladiesAmber and Chelsea Humphrey Can't wait!! ; ))

    24. Amar on said:

      Ovo je bilo dobro !George Stark nije duh , ni zombi niti neka druga vrsta čudovišta on je nešto svojstveno , oživljeni pseudonim stvoren od Kinga lično . Pseudonim koji nikad nije ni postojao ali opet ne želi umrijeti . Iako je Stark dosta brutalan , moram reći da , u jednu ruku , i razumijem motive njegovog ponašanja . Čak mi ga je na kraju bilo žao , kada nije mogao riječi prenijeti na papir , jer lično znam kako je to . Priča oko Thada je dosta zamiljiva , ali one scene oko vrap [...]

    25. Kent on said:

      I don't like Stephen King, and this book is a great example why. He is, at best, a hack writer. While many people consider him a master of horror, there is nothing horrific here. What King does seem to be a master of is gore! With his attention to detail, and need to describe every bloody act down to the last audible pop, you'll have quite a picture painted for you, but you won't feel fear. Here's a clue he needs to get. If you want me to feel terror, paint the landscape, and place a few images [...]

    26. Asghar Abbas on said:

      A personal favorite. And King surprised me when he mentioned Noam Chomsky. Yah!

    27. Stefan Yates on said:

      While I still enjoyed this book quite a bit, it did not hold up on the re-read as well as I remembered it. The premise of an author's abandoned pseudonym coming back from the grave to claim it's own glory is still rather awesome and I find this to be an extremely entertaining story, but it's not nearly as riveting as I had in mind. Thad Beaumont and the rest of the cast of characters are fantastic as is par for the course for almost any King novel and I would read stories about his characters ev [...]

    28. Jason Schneeberger on said:

      3.5/5Not Mr King's best work, but not his worst either (of which, there are very few in my experiences). But, even an average Stephen King book, is better than most authors best work.

    29. Zoe on said:

      True fact: I have owned multiple copies of The Dark Half in my life, but have always somehow lost those copies without reading the book. I bought thisird copy, I believe, and I finally committed myself to reading it. I really wish I hadn't.King is typically known for monsters that are abstract and fuzzily defined. I get that, and I'm okay with it most of the time because he makes up for it with characters I want to follow. But Thad and Liz Beaumont are severely flat cardboard characters who I ca [...]

    30. Jean-marcel on said:

      I had a best friend when I was growing up. As we entered highschool we discovered we had different interests, were living in different towns, and didn't have the same sort of friends. However, up until that point we were virtually inseparable. We would sleep over at each others' houses and stay awake all night making up all manner of crazy stories, playing pranks on friends and enemies, and sometimes, reading books.I remember we listened to the audiobook of this one. I'm pretty sure it was the f [...]

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