King out with his latest book
The first book which Stephen King wrote in collaboration with Peter Straub
was The Talisman, about a 12 year old boy named Jack Sawyer, who
travels far away in a country called the Territories to seek out the
talisman that would save his dying mother's life. Now, he is out with his
next novel, Black House again with Peter Straub. The
protagonist is Jack Sawyer, locally known as "Hollywood", a
retired homicide detective from LA whose fight is with the villain,
Fisherman possessed by superhuman power.
King (1947-...), a popular American horror writer was born in Portland,
Maine. At, first he worked in a laundry shop. Then, he landed as a
schoolteacher in the American town of Hampden earning a salary of $6500 a
year before his first novel, Carrie (1974) was published by
Doubleday. He had a friend at Doubleday named William Thompson (who later
discovered John Grisham) who sent a telegram in late March or early April
of 1973 saying that his high school horror novel has been accepted for an
advance of $2500. Later, its paperback rights was sold to Signet Books for
$400,000. From there on, Stephen King has been writing one after another
great horror, supernatural and suspenseful books.
Many of King's novels deal with the supernatural. For example, vampires appear in
Salem's Lot (1975), and a haunted hotel is the setting for The Shining
(1977), The Stand (1978, revised 1990) describes a battle between good and evil that takes place after a plague has wiped out most of the human race. Several of his supernatural novels are set in the small fictional Maine town of Castle Rock. They include
The Dead Zone (1979), Cujo (1981), The Tommyknockers (1987),
The Dark Half (1989), and Needful Things (1991).
Stephen King even has written many realistic suspense books such as Misery (1987),
Gerald's Game (1992), Dolores Claiborne (1993), Rose Madder
(1995), and The Green Mile (1996). King has tried his
hands on writing science-fiction with four novels in Dark Tower series: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982),
The Drawing of the Three (1989), The Waste Lands (1991), and
Wizard and Glass (1997). His short fiction has been collected in Night Shift
(1978), Different Seasons (1982), Skeleton Crew (1985),
Four Past Midnight (1990), Nightmares and Dreamscapes
(1993) and Hearts in Atlantis (1999). He analyzed horror literature and films in
Stephen King's Danse Macabre (1981). He has even come out with his
first audio-only book (Blood and Smoke). On March, 2000, he
published his thriller, Riding the Bullet in e-book form and is
being sold for $2.50 at netLibrary. Amazon.com even distributed few free
copies of the book.
Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a largely non supernatural
novella about a lost child in the woods.
the Bullet is the story of a college student Alan Parker who
hitchhike through rural Maine as his car breaks down.
Hearts in Atlantis is a Anthony Hopkins starrer major motion
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