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DARK (THE) HALF

King, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0451167317 / ISBN 13: 9780451167316
Published by Signet Books, New York, 1990
Condition: Fair Soft cover
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Color illustrated paper wrapper, edge wear, comers thumbed, heavy rubbing, creasing at back, small tear to top edge at front. Signed by Jay Leno on inside front cover, description and date of autograph written in pen below, former owner's name written in pen at first page, several loose pages at back. Signed By Actor. Bookseller Inventory # 35533

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Title: DARK (THE) HALF

Publisher: Signet Books, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fair

Dust Jacket Condition: N/A

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

How do you kill something that was never born...

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.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the twisted imagination that produced his bestselling novels.

He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the voice on the phone uttering its obscene threats and demanding total surrender.

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?

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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

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