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Black House


Book Overview: Black House

From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Talisman, "an intelligent...suspenseful page-turner" (The Wall Street Journal) from "two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game" (The Washington Post).

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Territories "Twinner" from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades ago by a madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed "the Fishman," and Jack's buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find him. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams--if that is what they are--of robins' eggs and red feathers? It's almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As this cryptic message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

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Peter Straub is a recognized figure in the world of contemporary literature, specifically in the genre of horror and supernatural fiction. Born on March 2, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Straub discovered his passion for writing at a young age. He honed his skills at the University of Wisconsin, Columbia University, and later at the University College, Dublin. Several of his novels have become international bestsellers and he is a recipient of multiple esteemed honors such as the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and International Horror Guild Award. Straub’s breakthrough came in 1975 with the publication of his novel "Ghost Story", which hit the bestseller list and was later made into a film. His distinctive narrative style, characterized by its engaging blend of psychological insight, supernatural elements, and captivating storytelling, has continued to charm readers and garner critical acclaim. Another signature achievement includes his collaboration with Stephen King on "The Talisman" and its sequel "Black House", which reinforced his standing in the genre and expanded his fan base. Despite his considerable success, Peter Straub remains a humble and devoted artist. He continues to captivate audiences with his powerful imagery, suspenseful plotlines, and complex characters that often explore the interaction of the ordinary world with the paranormal. Straub's vital contributions to literature persist in shaping the landscape of contemporary horror and supernatural fiction.
Stephen King
Stephen King is an acclaimed American author, known for his extensive works in the horror and supernatural fiction genres. Born on September 21, 1947, King has published over 60 novels and around 200 short stories, many of which have been adapted into movies, miniseries, and television series. Some of his most famous novels include "The Shining," "It," "The Dark Tower" series, and "Carrie," his debut novel which catapulted him into the global spotlight. Recognized for his prolific writing and significant contribution to literature, King has received awards such as the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and the National Medal of Arts. Despite his focus on terror-inducing scenarios, his works often delve into the complexity of human nature, showcasing his keen understanding of character development.


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