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Stephen King is a favorite author of mine so any review is going to be coloured by this. I will try to be as objective as possible, Synopsis: The story centers on Thad Beaumont, a successful writer of horror stories, who just so happens to have had a twin brother. The twin brother however died in his mother’s womb, and was incorporated into the tissue of Thad's brain. When Thad starts to get painful migraines and periods of time he cannot account for he starts to believe that maybe *he* is the one stalking his family, ringing at night, sending parcels anonymously. The trouble is, he isn’t the only one......... My opinion Although The Dark half is a gripping read I wouldn’t say that it is up to Kings usual standard as I did not feel as much part of the story as I normally do with his work. The story flows well for most of the book but occasionally borders on being sluggish. The characters feel overdone and rehashed with little insight as to what makes them tick, but with that said: An inspired use of imagery brings you to the only satisfying portion of the book a very gruesome finale that some would say is a little hitchcock-eque. If only it had been this good all the way through If you like King and are looking for a filler between “major” novels then I would recommend this book, but if your new to King, he can do a whole lot better.
The Dark Half is one of the goriest books I’ve read by Steven King. The story is about a writer, Thad Beaumont, who was relatively unsuccessful. He tries writing a different story under the pseudonym of George Stark. These novels are hugely successful, and after a while he ‘kills off’ George and comes clean about who he really is. The problem that arises is that when Thad was still and embryo, he had a twin brother. Whilst still in the womb, he ‘absorbed’ his brother, and so only Thad was born. In my eyes this is who George Stark is, Thad’s brother. When Thad kills George off, George comes back, he wants to take his brothers place in the world, and send Thad to the grave. The ‘Sparrows’ that seem to be forever flying are pyschopomps, according to Steven King. These birds are here to guide the undead back to the underworld. I find this book very interesting, and have a small theory behind it. I did a very small amount of research, and found that this book was written around or just after the time when Stephen came public about writting under the Pseudonym of Richard Bachman. I like reading this book as It always makes me think of a scenario of Stephen coming public and something like this happening to him, I might eb completely wrong, but if you read the book and notice this, I'm glad I'm not alone! I like the way the stories written as you slowly start to think that George Stark is one of the main characters in his violent and bloody books. At various places in the book there are snippets from the books that George wrote, showing how much George stark is alike to Machine, the main character in the books. Another thing is that a snippet from one of the books, where it talks about a hitman in a wedding cake about to kill off the reception, is extended and made into a full short story in ‘Nightmares and Dreamscapes’. This book is good if y
ou like true horror, with extra gore, and an ounce of supernaturalism thrown in.
An author's unborn twin brother returns for vengeance.