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Curse of the Old Gypsy Man
Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.
Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the streetand her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him.
Thinner,” the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheeks like a lover. Just one word
but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. Hes terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble
that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
“Undeniable suspense.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Pulsating with evil…will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Publishers Weekly
“Genuine chills.”—Kirkus Reviews
When an old gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, six weeks later he's ninety-three pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
When heavy-set attorney Billy Halleck accidentally kills an old gypsy woman, his dreams of losing weight turn into a nightmare -- as an ancient curse threatens to eat him right down to the bone....
About the Author
Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.