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Stephen 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.

 


 

stephenking.jpg (13189 bytes)Stephen 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.

 The Girl Who Loved Tom GordonThe Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a largely non supernatural novella about a lost child in the woods.

stephenking1.jpg (13088 bytes)Riding 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 picture.

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