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The Dark Half
The Dark Half
Author: Stephen King
The protagonist of King's top-notch novel is literary novelist Thad Beaumont, whose greatest success has come with three gory thrillers written under the pseudonym George Stark. When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Stark's identity (planning his scheme, he finds a new use for PW 's "People" page), Beaumont and his li...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670829828
ISBN-10: 067082982X
Publication Date: 11/1/1989
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 207 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a great book.It puts you to think and it makes you ask yourself the question,could this be real?It is simply about a writer having a pen name which he writes under,but shortly after announcing the "death"of his pen name Killing starts to happen.The story is great there is a lot to it like for example when the writer(Tad Beaumont)was small he had surgery and this surgery proved that he had a twin brother!This fact however has a little or alot to do with the story,it depends on how you look at it or read it as the case may be...But the important thing to this is get started with this book because it is really good.The beginning might be a little slow but it is worth the read.I read this book over a year ago and it is still in mine mind,it is so tempting to write a review about it and share its greatness with other readers,sadly I cant remember all the details about the book,but I do know it is good and I would definitely recommend it for new and old readers alike...Enjoy.
lipslady avatar reviewed The Dark Half on + 101 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I think this might be one of my favorite King novels. Extremely origianl and very weird!
roarlady avatar reviewed The Dark Half on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
KING brings split personality to a new high on both mental and physical levels. The plot is entertaining and a real mind bender...
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Helpful Score: 2
King takes the classic "evil twin" story to a whole new level in this book. It's hefty, but a fast read -- I found myself carrying it everywhere so I could read it in restaurants, check out lines, etc. It's more of a thriller than a straight horror novel, though there are some pretty gross descriptions. Overall, The Dark Half is a great, addictive read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of my all time favorite Stephen King books. I have read it countless numbers of times. I'll probably keep pulling it out from time to time to read it again!
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beaconkat avatar reviewed The Dark Half on + 10 more book reviews
Readers will find themselves immersed in a story filled with suspense, delving into the world of the supernatural. Fans of King's work will not be disappointed and will smile wryly as they think of his series of Bachman books . . . . Many consider Stephen King a master of horror. Perhaps the most frightening thing we find when we explore his writing is the dark possibilities that lie within the workings of the human psyche. Sooner or later, we each have to come to grips with our own dark half.
scifimom avatar reviewed The Dark Half on + 48 more book reviews
a good scare!
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A great book for Stephen King fans.
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In 1985, 39-year-old Stephen King announced in public that his pseudonymous alter ego, Richard Bachman, was dead. (Never mind that he revived him years later to write The Regulators.) At the beginning of The Dark Half (1989), 39-year-old writer Thad Beaumont announces in public that his own pseudonym, George Stark, is dead.
Now, King didn't want to jettison the Bachman novel, titled Machine Dreams, that was he working on. So he incorporated it in The Dark Half as the crime oeuvre of George Stark, whose recurring hero/alter ego is an evil character named Alexis Machine.

Thad Beaumont's pseudonym is not so docile as Stephen King's, though, and George Stark bursts forth into reality. At that point, two stories kick into gear: a mystery-detective story about the crime spree of George Stark (or is it Alexis Machine?) and a horror story about Beaumont's struggle to catch up with his doppelganger and kill him dead.

This is not the first time that Stephen King has written a dark allegory about the fiction writer's situation. As the New York Times writes, "Misery (1987) is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his audience, which holds him prisoner and dictates what he writes, on pain of death. The Dark Half is a parable in chiller form of the popular writer's relation to his creative genius, the vampire within him, the part of him that only awakes to raise Cain when he writes, the fratricidal twin who occupies 'the womblike dungeon' of his imagination." --Fiona Webster--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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excellent reading and typical spellbinding storyline from Stephen King, this ones keeps you on the edge of your sit
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What a good book. I really enjoyed the read.
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This book was really on the gruesome side, but then we are talking about Stephen King. I prefer some of his books and stories where some of it is left to the imagination - but it sure leaves an impression!!
MistyDawnG avatar reviewed The Dark Half on + 3 more book reviews
one of his finest!!
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This book typifies the essential Stephen King. Very much like 'The Secret Window', this story has many things that surprise you. As always, Mr. King has done it once again. Thanks for the good read, Mr. King!


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