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On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America — and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin...

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TWO #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERS AVAILABLE IN A BOXED SET

THE TALISMAN

“EXTRAORDINARY . . . MAKES YOUR HAIR STAND ON END.”

The Washington Post

On a brisk autumn day, a thirteen-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America–and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mothers life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . . .

“A CLASSIC . . . RARE AND DAZZLING.”

New York Daily News

BLACK HOUSE

“AN INTELLIGENT . . . SUSPENSEFUL PAGE-TURNER . . . Its a relief to find popular fiction that is as unpretentious yet rich in literary allusion and human detail as Black House.”

–The Wall Street Journal

Jack Sawyer is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the small hamlet of Tamarak, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of the events twenty years ago that led him to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother from certain death. When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin, Jacks buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find the killer. As cryptic messages in Jacks waking dreams become increasingly impossible to ignore, he is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he must find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest–and to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

“JACKS SAGA OVERFLOWS WITH DARK WIT, SLY LITERARY REFERENCES, SUSPENSE, AND HEARTACHE. What elevates Black House beyond ordinary horror novels is the richness of its cast.”

–The New York Times Book Review

“HUGELY PLEASURABLE . . . Black House allows us to see two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game.”

–The Washington Post Book World

COVER IIBLACK HOUSESEPTEMBER 2002 (MM)

About the Author

Stephen King is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of many novels, including Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Hearts in Atlantis, as well as the nonfiction book, On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft, also a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Maine with his wife, Tabitha.

Peter Straub is the author of fourteen novels, including Ghost Story, The Hellfire Club, Mr. X, and the recent story collection, Magic Terror. His books have been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. He is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, three Bram Stoker awards, and two World Fantasy awards. He lives in New York City with his wife, Susan.

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Kristina Mageau, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
Each character breathes life into this book, especially the main boy. It is hard to escape the essence that is him, and yet each of the other characters jump out onto the pages when their scenes are ready for them.
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lauriebrekke, January 15, 2009 (view all comments by lauriebrekke)
The Talisman ranks #1 on my top list of favorite books. This was the book I gave to my book-loving step-daughter and nephew when they each turned 11. It is filled with poignant emotion, plenty of suspense and the right amount of horror to keep anyone on the edge of their seat.
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Mike Halcomb, May 21, 2007 (view all comments by Mike Halcomb)
A great book! This is my personal favorite Stephen King book. I am not familiar with any of Straub's books except for this one. This is a thrilling adventure story that has some very emotional moments. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345444882
Author:
King, Stephen
Author:
Straub, Peter
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Talismans
Subject:
Quests (Expeditions)
Subject:
Quests
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 3 in a series
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
6.94x4.24x1.26 in. .78 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , TWO #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERS AVAILABLE IN A BOXED SET

THE TALISMAN

“EXTRAORDINARY . . . MAKES YOUR HAIR STAND ON END.”

The Washington Post

On a brisk autumn day, a thirteen-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America–and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mothers life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . . .

“A CLASSIC . . . RARE AND DAZZLING.”

New York Daily News

BLACK HOUSE

“AN INTELLIGENT . . . SUSPENSEFUL PAGE-TURNER . . . Its a relief to find popular fiction that is as unpretentious yet rich in literary allusion and human detail as Black House.”

–The Wall Street Journal

Jack Sawyer is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the small hamlet of Tamarak, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of the events twenty years ago that led him to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother from certain death. When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin, Jacks buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find the killer. As cryptic messages in Jacks waking dreams become increasingly impossible to ignore, he is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he must find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest–and to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

“JACKS SAGA OVERFLOWS WITH DARK WIT, SLY LITERARY REFERENCES, SUSPENSE, AND HEARTACHE. What elevates Black House beyond ordinary horror novels is the richness of its cast.”

–The New York Times Book Review

“HUGELY PLEASURABLE . . . Black House allows us to see two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game.”

–The Washington Post Book World

COVER IIBLACK HOUSESEPTEMBER 2002 (MM)

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