‘The Dark Half’ by Stephen King


The Dark Half

When novelist Thad Beaumont dreams up pseudonym George Stark, he allows a different side of his imagination to emerge and, weirdly, the books ‘Stark’ writes turn out to be way more successful than Thad’s usual fare. However, when the writer decides to get rid of his other half, things don’t go to plan, and a series of gruesome murders threaten to land Thad in jail, if not the nearest asylum.

Whenever I read a Stephen King novel, I’m always rewarded with great writing and sharply-drawn characters, and this one is no different. King’s own foray into the world of pseudonyms (as alter-ego Richard Bachman), was the inspiration for this tale of dark deeds and deadly doings. Taking the idea of ‘killing off’ the Bachman side, King has his hero Thad Beaumont put out press releases and stage photographs at the dead writer’s graveside. Unfortunately, that’s when things begin to go wrong.

I loved this book – it kept me guessing all the way through, wondering if King’s hero was just completely mad, or if his belief in the reality of George Stark was justified. As always, the writing is tight and clever, though it also had me laughing out loud in places, which is nice.

A must for fans of horror, murder and imaginary authors coming to life and killing loads of folk.

 
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  10 comments for “‘The Dark Half’ by Stephen King

  1. November 5, 2017 at 14:04

    My husband has been telling me for years I should read this, as he loved it. Perhaps I’ll find time to read it one day.

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    • November 5, 2017 at 19:32

      It’s definitely worth a look, Jules, and not too scary. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. November 4, 2017 at 17:12

    One of my favourite books, thanks from the reminder to read it again. 😁

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  3. November 4, 2017 at 15:25

    One of my favourite books, thanks for reminding me it’s time to read it again.

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    • November 5, 2017 at 09:16

      Indeed, though I’ve also got King’s ‘Under the Dome’ glaring down at me from my bookshelf (in a when-ya-gonna-read-me way). So many books, so little time…

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      • November 5, 2017 at 09:19

        Have you read 22/11/63 ? Well worth it. Possibly one of his best works…. in my humble opinion. 😊

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      • November 5, 2017 at 09:34

        I Have, and totally loved it – sheer brilliance, as usual.

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      • November 5, 2017 at 09:39

        I thought so too 😊

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  4. November 4, 2017 at 15:21

    I also liked this book, Colin. A lovely review. Have you read Dead Zone? For some reason the Trump regime reminds me of this book.

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    • November 5, 2017 at 09:13

      I have read The Dead Zone, though it was years ago so don’t recall much about it (apart from the movie version with Christopher Walken). Another one to re-read, I think, bearing in mind the idiot in charge of the US just now!

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