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The Talisman


Book Overview: The Talisman

Soon to be a Netflix series!

The iconic, "extraordinary" (The Washington Post) collaboration between bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub--an epic thriller about a young boy's quest to save his mother's life.

Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman--the only thing that can save Jack's dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.

In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away--and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers "Twinners," reflections of the people he knows on earth--most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack's own imperiled mother. As Jack "flips" between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.

An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.

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PublisherGallery Books
Publication Date2018
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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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