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Black House by Stephen King
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Apr 25, 11

Read from April 16 to 25, 2011

This continuation of The Talisman is a masterpiece by King and Straub. Although I liked its predecessor better, because of the journey and the new characters introduced at every stop, along with the truly terrifying 'Territories,' this book is superbly crafted. Black House itself, although not in very much of the story, is a central character, and quite possibly one of the scariest haunted houses in any literary story. The basic plot is that Jack Sawyer, now 31, is a retired hot-shot L.A. detective, known as 'Hollywood,' who chose to retire to the country in Wisconsin at the same time one of the most vicious serial killers known to man has begun to kill and devour small children , and bring an ultimate reign of terror with him. Not wanting to help at first, Jack ultimately revisits his past, after have forgotten about the journey from his past that saved his mother, who has now passed on. With haunting imagery, subtle humor, and very in-depth characters, this story is quite gruesome, but has enough interesting characters and events to keep you guessing and reading on. Speedy Parker returns, and brings with him news that I as a reader guessed, but was not sure. *Spoiler* Jack and the reader learn together that the alternate universe is the same world of The Dark Tower and the gunslingers, and although those characters are not introduced, they are known of. The Crimson King is not seen in this story, but villains and monsters most likely summoned by him are the culprits for the murderer known as 'The Fisherman,' because of his copy-cat techiniques similar to Albert Fish, who may also have been controlled by the same evil entities. With an ending that may piss you off, it nevertheless is a fantastic read that gave me goose bumps, especially once Black House is finally reached, and explained. I also highly recommend to 'listen' to the audio book versions of both 'The Talisman' and 'Black House,' as Frank Muller reads with an amazing voice that brings every single character to a life that is probably more imaginative than most readers would breathe life into. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2008, so if part 3 ever does get released, it will be sad to have to listen to someone else read after probably the greatest speaker of stories did such great justice to these stories.
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