The Dark Half

The Dark Half is Kindle But writers INVITE ghosts maybe along with actors and artists they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society They make worlds that nev

The Dark Half is Kindle “But writers INVITE ghosts, maybe; along with actors and artists, they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society. They make worlds that never were, populate them with people who never existed, and then invite us to join them in their fantasies. And we do it, don't we? Yes. We PAY to do it.” Thad Beaumont wanted to write from the time he discovered that a person could make a living as a writer. He pounded away at the typewriter so much that his parents were beginning to fear that something was wrong with him. They were right... something is wrong with Thad, but to fully understand what is wrong will take decades to figure out. Birds, thousands of them, chittering and flapping their wings, a cacophony of noise. Sparrows in particular. The sounds of them are a precursor to setting off a lightning storm in Thad’s head that leaves him flopping on the ground like a fish trying to find its way back to water. His parents take him to a doctor, and scans show that something is in his head. The surgeon takes that something out of Thad’s head. It is something so unusual that he decides not to tell Thad or his parents. He has saved Thad’s life, and for now that is enough. Thad goes on to write a couple of critically acclaimed books which unfortunately do not do well financially. He teaches to make ends meet, but there is something nagging at him like he has left some unfinished business. He decides to create a pseudonym that will allow him to get these increasingly dark thoughts out of his head and put them on paper. He becomes George Stark, or George Stark becomes him. The separation between them creates no daylight. While writing as George Stark, he transforms into someone else, someone meaner, someone who likes seeing blood. ”Cut him. Cut him while I stand here and watch. I want to see the blood flow. Don't make me tell you twice.” Thad Beaumont writes with a typewriter, but George Stark don’t write with no faggoty typewriter; oh no, it is Black Beauty pencils or nothing. The words are etched into the paper like words carved over the doors of the ”stone hotels” in which Stark has spent so much time incarcerated.The sparrows are back. The sparrows are flying.Stephen King shares some interesting thoughts about sparrows. Sparrows are so common here in Kansas that they have about the same significance as a blade of grass or a tree leaf. ”Gatherings of sparrows are rather more ominous…. Sparrows are said to be outriders of the deceased. Which means their job is to guide lost souls back into the land of the living. They are, in other words, the harbingers of the living dead.”Living dead? Like zombies you might ask? Well, not exactly. When Thad decides to retire George Stark and go back to writing as Thad Beaumont, things start to get weird and not in a wow isn’t that kind of weird way, but more in a OMG someone is killing everyone Thad knows kind of way. And Thad is the number one suspect. It doesn’t take long for Thad to realize that he is involved, that he is the source of the problem. ”I am the knower. I am the owner. I am the bringer.”George Stark doesn't like being dead. He wants just what everybody else wants. He wants to live. ”When you fuck with him you are fucking with the best.” As things become clear, crazy clear, Thad realizes that he can’t share these revelations with his wife Liz. ” I’m not going to tell Liz this time, he thought. Be damned if I will. And not just because I’m scared, either...although I am. It’s perfectly simple--not all secrets are bad secrets., Some are good secrets. Some are necessary secrets, and this one is both of those.”George Stark drives a 1966 Black Oldsmobile Toronado. In college I drove a 1969 White Oldsmobile Toronado. There are differences between the years, but let's just say I understand the power that Stark felt when he was driving that Black Beauty down the road. My father has a 1966 Black Toronado he is having restored. I hope he doesn’t turn into George Stark!!!When Stephen King writes about writers, it is simply irresistible. I don’t know if there is another writer on the planet who understands all the nuances of being a writer, a famous writer, better than King. He conjures things out of his mind that scare the hell out of millions of people every time he releases a new book. His nightmares have nightmares. As King taps into the dark side of himself to find those horrors, I think he has met his George Stark. This evil doppelganger feeds him with the images that become words that become horrors made out of the worst of human impulses. I guess the question he has to ask himself is will these feathered soul catchers come for him someday. The day after I finished reading this book I opened the garage to take out a bag of trash before heading to work, and hundreds of birds exploded over my head flying just a few feet over the top of my house. They were sparrows, providing me with one last bone deep chill that brushed skeletal fingers down my spine. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten. Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent He d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it and signs its crimes with Thad s bloody fingerprints ________________________Alternate cover editions New English Library, 199Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent He d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it and signs its crimes with Thad s bloody fingerprints ________________________Alternate cover editions New English Library, 1990. Popular Ebook The Dark Half A totally wild ride! Something I likely wouldn't have picked up on my own as I'd somehow missed this King novel. So glad I did as I enjoyed it much more than expected. As always, SK is a genius at creating characters who are flawed, intriguing, and yet somehow redeeming. I now need to hunt down the film version to compare notes on how it varies from the book. Buddy Read with Amber and Kelly! Woot and double woot.
The Dark Half Apr , It s hard to know who is a fault here certainly Dark Half despite its intriguing premise is one of King s weaker novels but Romero s screenplay is little than a rather one dimensional collection of deaths There is some suspense and some good effects but overall a rather dull affair of people found this review helpful. The Dark Half The Dark Half Rotten Tomatoes Apr , In the brooding The Dark Half , the devalued Timothy Hutton stunningly plays both Thad and George in quaking dual performances George is a The Dark Half A Novel King The Dark Half is an underrated book Thad Beaumont had a parasitic twin removed from inside his skull when he was Since then, he s become a critically acclaimed literary writer and a blockbuster crime writer under the pseudonym George Stark, who goes on a murderous rampage when Thad kills him off. The Dark Half by Stephen King Oct , But for The Dark Half, his inspiration was a lot closer to home King wrote couple of novels under pseudonym Richard Bachman in s and s But in , a bookstore clerk figured Bac The Dark Half Kindle edition by King, Stephen Stephen King s evil Dark Half moves at high speed, the best white knuckle read since Pet Sematary.

  1. Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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  1. But writers INVITE ghosts, maybe along with actors and artists, they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society They make worlds that never were, populate them with people who never existed, and then invite us to join them in their fantasies And we do it, don t we Yes We PAY to do it Thad Beaumont wanted to write from the time he discovered that a person could make a living as a writer He pounded away at the typewriter so much that his parents were beginning to fear that something was [...]


  2. A totally wild ride Something I likely wouldn t have picked up on my own as I d somehow missed this King novel So glad I did as I enjoyed it much than expected As always, SK is a genius at creating characters who are flawed, intriguing, and yet somehow redeeming I now need to hunt down the film version to compare notes on how it varies from the book Buddy Read with Amber and Kelly Woot and double woot.


  3. This REALLY is one hell of a crazy ass read, and it all begins with an eleven year old boy s excruciating headaches that lead to surgery, bizarre results and the freakish sparrow phenomenon afterward.Now this young boy Thad began writing weird stories at an early age, and as he grew up decided to use a pen name for a period of time.und familiar Anyway, the time came to bury the alias and one George Stark with full honorsave, headstone and publicity to boot.As the story progresses, a grown up Tha [...]


  4. When someone discovered literary writer Thad Beaumont was also crime writer George Stark and tried to blackmail him, Beaumont and his wife decided to go public and kill off George Stark themselves But when the pseudonym takes on a life of his own and starts killing people connected to Thad, can anything stop him I read this sometime in that hazy dawn of time before Since we had a trip to Maine coming up, I decided to read it again.The Dark Half is an underrated book Thad Beaumont had a parasitic [...]


  5. 3.5 StarsWhat inspires an author to write a story Without question, King is a man with tremendous imagination He took inspiration for The Shining when he stayed in a deserted hotel along with his wife, and he wrote Pet Sematary after King and his family stayed a year near an actual Pet Sematary in Orrington.But for The Dark Half, his inspiration was a lot closer to home.King wrote couple of novels under pseudonym Richard Bachman in 70s and 80s But in 1985, a bookstore clerk figured Bachman is Ki [...]


  6. Stephen King once wrote some books under the pen name Richard Bachman, but the gag was blown by a book store clerk in 1985 In The Dark Half, a writer using a pen name is exposed and a murderous rampage occurs as a result with numerous victims getting killed in a variety of gruesome ways, including one guy getting beaten to death with his own prosthetic arm Uh Mr King I can assure you that I have no interest at all in revealing any secret of yours that I may accidently come across someday I promi [...]


  7. Before and after reading THE DARK HALF, I read some reviews of this book usual, some I liked, and some I didn t I don t normally argue with someone about their thoughts on a novel because everyone has a right to their own opinion, but I will say I really dislike when people call Stephen King a hack Fine I get it, you don t like himyou will never read another word he writes, but name calling is really unnecessary, and it not only insults the author, but it insults the people who enjoy his work So [...]


  8. Short read and my first Stephen King book I used to regard King as a pop writer I had a neighbor who couldn t get enough of him about 20 years ago I just rolled my eyes at her Now I m her LOL This book is a great gate way drug to King It was left in my apt laundry room in the giveaway pile I picked it up whilst waiting for my laundry to finish and stayed in the laundry room for the next hour Character development from page 1 I have to admit now I have a bit of a problem Is there a support group [...]


  9. Book Buddy Buddy Read with Book Buddies Chelsea and Kelly Thad Beaumont is a writer who wrote under a pen name known as George Stark who wrote terrifying thrillers and was a very bad man Not wanting to write those types of books any, Thad buries George Stark and decides to write his own work What happens when the pseudonym comes to life as its own entity and decides to go on a murder spree to take revenge and take over Thad s life All Thad knows is that The Sparrows are flying again and all hell [...]


  10. My first King of 2017 and it certainly did not disappoint Thaddeus Beaumont what a great name is a writer of average success George Stark is a writer of wondrous success but Thad and George are the same person And what happens when your pseudonym that you ve tried to lay to rest somehow claws his way up from the grave and goes on a murderous rampage King s here to tell you.Based hopefully loosely on his own experience of writing as Richard Bachman, King once again delivers a great read centred a [...]


  11. Thad Beaumont is a writer, not a very successful one it has to be said, not until he started to write under the Pseudonym George Stark, a definitive change in direction to something altogether darker and that s what brings the money in Now it s time to out the Stark and via people magazine, the Pseudonym is finally laid to rest, fake grave and all.The only problem, George Stark isn t quite ready to rest in peace.As with my other early King reviews I ll talk about what I liked and disliked about [...]


  12. I Promised you a review he was, after all, a novelistd a novelist was simply a fellow who got paid to tell lies The bigger the lies, the better the pay First of all with any Stephen King book the reader must understand that they will be freaking traumatised to some extent and you won t be able to put down his book until the end So it s the best conundrum or maybe the worst The book itself has the classic King vibe to it, a malevolent haunting story which features a protagonist who is a writer si [...]


  13. Stephen King aficionados might get a kick out of this geekgasm disguised as a review It s not all new info, but I didn t know about Guy Pilsbury If you know who that is or should have been , you get a cookie Also, I cannot promise there won t be spoilers, but I will try my best.Okay, we re all clear that Stephen King once wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman, right Good And if you didn t know, now you know Bachman is probably one of the most famous pseudonyms ever created King didn t do a ve [...]


  14. Brace yourself for some layers of authorship Ready This book was written by Stephen King as Stephen King not too long after the death by exposure of his pseudonym Richard Bachman The story is about an author, Thad Beaumont, who, under similar circumstances, has just laid to rest his own successful pseudonym, George Stark Trouble is, George Stark isn t too keen on going quietly into the night And George Stark can be one high toned son of a bitch I love it when King writes about writers John Irvin [...]


  15. Audiobook Narrated by Grove Gardner Excellent narration.I enjoyed this audio very much Gardner is an excellent narrator and the voice he gave to George Stark, that high toned son of a bitch from Oxford, Mississippi was perfect Ebook This was another of King s books that I didn t much care for the first time I read it But, neither I feel the need to destroy it like I did The Tommyknockers, after reading that for the first time Even so, I never really felt the urge to read it again But Doing a Kin [...]


  16. A very readable piece of gory horror from the master of the art Stephen King I loved the idea about the sparrows and also the brilliant part about the twin being absorbed into his brother s body, which of course can really happen but never in the way this author visualises it King writes good books and he writes excellent books but so far he has never let me down by writing a bad book This is a good one If you enjoy horror then this book is for you.



  17. Here it is, at last I ve reached the end of the 80s in my Stephen King reread project It took me longer than expected, but I made it Overall, I had a damn good time The 1980s was, arguably, King s most successful decade at least as far as commercial appeal goes He was a literary Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, et cetera He was at the top of the bestselling lists and hit movie after hit movie adapted from his works was being released in theaters He was, officially, a household name During those [...]


  18. 2 1 2 StarsI wil preface this review by stating I am a big Stephen King fan Actually I m a huge Stephen King fan, so giving this only 2 1 2 stars went against a lot of the personal feelings and experiences I ve had over the years reading his amazing novels.I really wanted to enjoy this book, and just like anything else in life sometimes you just have to listen to your instincts and after 150 pages in the bucket I should ve called it a daybut being the forever optimist I just trudged ahead.The bo [...]




  19. I was a little disappointed with this It s interesting because of the obvious King Bachman thing One thing that this story doesn t contain that all other King books thrive on interesting and great characters Our main character is a clumsy, cold and serious writer who s just a bit of a dullard really I also made this mistake of reading this alongside IT which I m currently about 500 pages into which is littered with amazing characters Still an interesting read but there are so many other King boo [...]



  20. Ovo je bilo dobro George Stark nije duh , ni zombi niti neka druga vrsta udovi ta on je ne to svojstveno , o ivljeni pseudonim stvoren od Kinga li no Pseudonim koji nikad nije ni postojao ali opet ne eli umrijeti Iako je Stark dosta brutalan , moram re i da , u jednu ruku , i razumijem motive njegovog pona anja ak mi ga je na kraju bilo ao , kada nije mogao rije i prenijeti na papir , jer li no znam kako je to Pri a oko Thada je dosta zamiljiva , ali one scene oko vrapaca su nezaboravne.Tamna po [...]


  21. I don t like Stephen King, and this book is a great example why He is, at best, a hack writer While many people consider him a master of horror, there is nothing horrific here What King does seem to be a master of is gore With his attention to detail, and need to describe every bloody act down to the last audible pop, you ll have quite a picture painted for you, but you won t feel fear Here s a clue he needs to get If you want me to feel terror, paint the landscape, and place a few images in it [...]



  22. While I still enjoyed this book quite a bit, it did not hold up on the re read as well as I remembered it The premise of an author s abandoned pseudonym coming back from the grave to claim it s own glory is still rather awesome and I find this to be an extremely entertaining story, but it s not nearly as riveting as I had in mind Thad Beaumont and the rest of the cast of characters are fantastic as is par for the course for almost any King novel and I would read stories about his characters even [...]


  23. 3.5 5Not Mr King s best work, but not his worst either of which, there are very few in my experiences But, even an average Stephen King book, is better than most authors best work.


  24. True fact I have owned multiple copies of The Dark Half in my life, but have always somehow lost those copies without reading the book I bought thisird copy, I believe, and I finally committed myself to reading it I really wish I hadn t.King is typically known for monsters that are abstract and fuzzily defined I get that, and I m okay with it most of the time because he makes up for it with characters I want to follow But Thad and Liz Beaumont are severely flat cardboard characters who I can t b [...]


  25. I had a best friend when I was growing up As we entered highschool we discovered we had different interests, were living in different towns, and didn t have the same sort of friends However, up until that point we were virtually inseparable We would sleep over at each others houses and stay awake all night making up all manner of crazy stories, playing pranks on friends and enemies, and sometimes, reading books.I remember we listened to the audiobook of this one I m pretty sure it was the first [...]


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