Black House (Hardcover)
|Author: Stephen/ Straub King|
From the Publisher:
The bestselling collaboration between bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub?an epic thriller about a small American town held in the grip of unspeakable evil?and the spectacular follow-up to the classic The Talisman.
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her ?Twinner? from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and he was compelled to leave the police force when a happenstance event threatened to awaken those long suppressed and dangerous memories.
When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier, Jack's buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help find the killer. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams?if that is what they are?of robins' eggs and red feathers? As these cryptic messages becomes impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past.
Called out of retirement to hunt a copycat serial killer dubbed the Fisherman, Jack Sawyer must once again descend into the parallel world of the Territories. This is the sequel to THE TALISMAN.
"There are weaknesses....In the end, however, we forgive these faults, because the community and the men, women and children who suffer to preserve it are so well drawn." - Roz Kaveney 10/26/2001 Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] thrilling epic packed with horrific monsters...and a surprisingly potent emotional payoff....Writing fiction is generally a solo exercise, and collaborations often smack of gimmickry. Yet this partnership brings out both writer's strengths--King's down-and-dirty storytelling and Straub's more sweeping literary style." - Bruce Fretts 09/21/2001 Locus
It may be unsettling to the earlier novel's many acolytes, but I think that BLACK HOUSE is a BETTER novel than THE TALISMAN, one that is more wholly and comfortably what it is, and some kind of dark masterpiece. On the strength of what Straub and King have accomplished here, both in terms of narrative drive and genre manipulations--after all, this is a horror novel that couldn't really exist without the fantasy-novel template that THE TALISMAN provided--I'm ready for whatever the scribbling fellows are up to next." - Gary K. Wolfe September 2001 New York Review of Books
"BLACK HOUSE is a thriller, so let it thrill you. But notice the slippage, into chaos and bricolage. It's the usual Kingly mix of high, low, and middle-management cultures, a bouillabaisse of Moby Dick and Alice in Wonderland...." - John Leonard 02/14/2002