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  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA; Reprint edition (Oct. 4 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067082982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670829828
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3.5 x 16.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #479,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By M Sockel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 6 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a great story of darkness and fear.

The true strength of this tale is that it continues to influence authors today, from the amazing A Gathering of Twine (The Spirals of Danu) to the sublime Echoes of the Fall

Thad Beaumont thought that he had created the perfect pen name... but it turns out that his alter ego will not be killed off so easily.

Gritty, and terrifying, this book whose legacy endures today. Fantastic.
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This is one of my favorite books by Stephen King but I think sometimes its gets overlooked. The Dark Half is about author Thad Beaumont who has made many fans and $$ with his books using a pen name, George Stark. When Thad decides he wants to "kill" Stark off and write on his own again, that's when the trouble begins. Stark doesn't want to die and in a sense comes to life and starts killing people who helped in his destruction and all this leads back to Thad. There's lot's of murder/gore and Stark is a frightening character that you'll have to read to find out more about. This book is really creepy and well written and it has Sheriff Pangborn, from Needful Things, is an earlier role which was fun to read. I really like this book and it still remains what of my favorites.
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The Dark Half(1989). Stephen King's Nineteenth Novel.
In many ways, 'The Dark Half' is King at his most personal, and his most revealing. As any of his "Constant Readers" know, he wrote under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman for many years. Richard Bachman, very much like Thad Beaumont's Dark Half, was in many ways, Stephen King's Dark Half, where the world was in a state of pessimism, and the endings were never happy. So, in many ways, Stephen King's alternate personality is the direct inspiration for this book, Richard Bachman being in direct relation to George Stark, a pessimistic alternate personality of Thad Beaumont. The Dark Half has gone on to become one of Stephen King's most admired novels of the 80's, right along novels such as IT, The Talisman, and Misery.It is one of his most memorable, telling the reader a grisly fact they will never forget: 1 Out of Every 10 Women have twins, but one of them sucks up the other In Utero. At its time of release, The Dark Half debuted at #1 on the New York Times List, and showed Stephen King's popularity was fully intact, and gave him his Ninth Bestseller. The Dark Half was also made into a movie, and it still stands as one of the best. Read on for my review of The Dark Half-
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Thad Beaumont, Husband of Liz Beaumont, and Father of Two Twins(Liz and Wendy), appears appears to be normal to the outside world, a humble Writing Professor and a Novelist(Popular with critics, but poorly selling), living his life alone with his family in Ludlow without a care in the world. But he has a secret, that few people know about, and that secret is that he is George Stark, Bestselling Author of Dark Grisly Thrillers, Thad Beaumont's Alternate Personality, or in this case, his Dark Half.
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This was the first king book I've read, And at the time, the best book I've had the pleasure of reading, (until I read Green Mile by King), from the minute you find out whats in Thad's head(more way than one) your glued to it, I mean, this book was great.
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By chris kent on May 28 2004
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THE DARK HALF reviewed by CHRIS KENT
In Stephen King's The Dark Half the main conflict is between a writer named Thad Beaumont and his alter ego, which Beaumont has used as his pen name to get other books published. King has had personal experience in writing under a pen name. That name was Richard Bachman. King wrote five novels under this name including Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man, and Thinner. Little was known about Bachman except were he came from and what other work he had done, which is also the case with Beaumont and his alter ego George Stark. When both King and Beaumont decided that they no longer needed the alter egos they killed them off. That is were the similarities end.
King uses a variety of complex characters throughout the novel. Of course one is Thad Beaumont who has to figure how he was going to be able to defeat Stark. Next there is Thad's wife Elizabeth (Liz) who has to try to stay calm and sane, while watching out for her twin children. Third, is Sheriff Pangborn who is trying to rationalize everything that is happening, and eventually he changes his thoughts and thinks about impossible. Finally there is George Stark. Stark is portrayed as the "bad guy," but he is fighting for his survival. As pointed out several times in the novel Stark asks Thad if he would do everything needed to insure survival. You can imagine what Thad's answer was.
A struggling author who needed to get himself out of writers block finds that he can escape his problems by writing under a different name, but when this alter ego becomes a physical being will Thad Beaumont be able to escape? It seems like a far-fetched idea for a novel, but King really came through. Giving more than enough insight to details of every character makes it possible to believe.
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