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The Dark Half
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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 somet ...more
If another author, without King´s amazing characterization skills, would have written a book with hardly a real plot or characterization, it would have pretty certainly failed, but so it´s a solid, average read. I wouldn´t recommend reading it, King should truly have considered leaving more unfinished manuscripts like this one and C ...more
The Dark Half was my fourth Stephen King Reread in 2019 and it was just as brilliant as I remembered!
Equal parts warped, dark and brutal, this story is a must read for any King fan.
I won't get into the connections between this and King's own life and experience with Richard Bachman.
Let's just hope this twisted tale of a 'pseudonym gone rogue' is 100% a work of fiction.
I mean, a man gets beaten to death with his own prosthetic arm!
That's rough and that doe ...more
Buddy Read with Amber and Kelly! Woot and double woot. ...more
...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.....sound familiar?
...Anyway, the time came to bury the alias and one George Stark with full honors....grave, headstone and publicity to boot.
...As the story progr...more
I read this sometime in that hazy dawn of time before Goodreads. Since we had a trip to Maine coming up, I decided to read it again.
The Dark Half is an underrated book. Thad Beaumont ha ...more
“Inside him a voice whispered for the first time: Who are you when you write, Thad? Who are you then?I discovered this book when I was fourteen or so, a teenager safe in the invincibility of youth. It grabbed me then, had me glued to its pages, enthralled by King’s storytelling. Rereading it now, I was a bit worried to see if the magic is lost as the wrinkles are gained — but I still loved it. The story is relatively snappy (it’s definitely not one of tho ...more
And for that voice he had no answer.”
What 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 Bac ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A writer decides to bury his pen name after being outed. But his alter ego has no intentions of staying in the land of the dead and comes back with a vengeance.
I had to laugh a little when I saw King dedicating this book to “the late Richard Bachman”. But maybe there are some autobiographical parts in here as well. I certainly hope not, but Stephen King has his own dark half, for sure. Maybe all of us have.
As far as SK novels go this one is pretty straightforward. There isn’t much o ...more
Based (hopefully loosely) on his own experience of writing as Richard Bachman, King once again delivers a great read ...more
I read the Dark Half in my teen years and was utterly enthralled by the premise. A young boy who is believed to have a tumour, has his brain operated on. They find teeth and an eyeball in his brain. - a parasitic twin of sorts.
The main character, whose name I have now forgotten (and it doesn't matter, the premise applies to all of us) later receives a visit from his Dark Half - a physical manifestation of his parasitic twin.
Looking back, I think I understand ...more
“...he was, after all, a novelist...and 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 whic ...more
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 ...more
I just don't know how Stephen King does it!
I read the synopsis for The Dark Half and I had an idea of how this story would unfold.
I was wrong about everything.
This book took so many unexpected turns that I just had to stop thinking about what might come next.
I always love it when Uncle Stevie bases a book off of something from his real life.
Carrie was inspired by 2 girls he went to school with.
The Shinning was written about a scary haunted hotel after he stayed at a scary haunted ...more
This was a middle of the road King read for me. His books are always entertaining and he has a real strength in character building. That said, I didn't find this quite as compelling as I ...more
Thad Beaumont is an author that's not very successful, however under his pen name "George Stark" he writes highly successful books about a violent killer called Alexis Machine. Following an article in People magazine in which he admits to being George Stark and taking part in a photo shoot with a fake grave, Stark himself comes to life and goes on a killing rampage before targeting Beaumont himself.
This book is clearly a reference ...more
I love it when King writes about writ ...more
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!
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 it again. Bu ...more
I 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 day...but being the forever optimist I just trudged ahe ...more
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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.”