This terrifying story of imprisonment by a demented fan is one of the greatest thrillers ever written — James SmytheNot since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat, GuardianKing’s new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed “number-one fan,” is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon,
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This terrifying story of imprisonment by a demented fan is one of the greatest thrillers ever written — James SmytheNot since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat, GuardianKing’s new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed “number-one fan,” is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances, is in a car accident; rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, he slowly realizes that salvation can be worse than death. Sheldon has killed off Misery Chastain, the popular protagonist of his Misery series and Annie, who has a murderous past, wants her back. Keeping the paralyzed Sheldon prisoner, she forces him to revive the character in a continuation of the series, and she reads each page as it comes out of the typewriter; there is a joyously Dickensian novel within a novel here, and it appears in faded typescript. Studded among the frightening moments are sparkling reflections on the writer and his audience, on the difficulties, joys and responsibilities of being a storyteller, on the nature of the muse, on the differences between “serious” and “popular” writing. Sheldon is a revealingly autobiographical figure; Annie is not merely a monster but is subtly and often touchingly portrayed, allowing hostage and keeper a believable, if twisted, relationship. The best parts of this novel demand that we take King seriously as a writer with a deeply felt understanding of human psychology., Publishers WeeklyA writer of excellence…King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel, Sunday TimesOne of the great storytellers of our time, Guardian’America’s greatest living novelist’, Lee Child'[A] genius for storytelling’, Daily Mirror
King’s Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, and shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award). Many of King’s books have been turned into celebrated films, television series and streamed events including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald’s Game and It.King is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.