Two of the greatest storytellers of our time join forces to create an epic thriller of unsurpassed power; a twisting, compelling story of a small American town held in the grip of evil beyond all reason.
French Landing, Wisconsin. A comfortable, solid middle-American town inhabited by comfortable, solid middle-Americans… and a serial killer.
Three children have been lost – taken by a monster with a taste for child’s flesh nicknamed ‘The Fisherman’ after a legendary murderer. It’s all way beyond the experience of the local police, whose only hope lies with ex-detective Jack Sawyer, the man who cracked their last case for them. But, plagued by visions of another world, Jack has retired to this rural retreat precisely to avoid such horrors – and, having recognized the touch of madness on this case, he’s keeping well away.
Soon, he’ll have no choice. Young Tyler Marshall, left behind one afternoon by his bullying friends, pedals past the local old folks’ home and is accosted by a crow. ‘Gorg,’ it caws, and ‘Ty.’ What ten-year-old could resist a bird that speaks his name? Not Ty, that’s for sure. And as he follows the mysterious crow, he’s grabbed by the neck and dragged into a hedge.
The Fisherman has made another catch…
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Black House is the second collaboration by Stephen King and Peter Straub, two of the most important writers in genre fiction, and the expectations of their first team-up were considerable. But despite its impressive sales, many were disappointed by The Talisman. Rather than a truly chilling epic, what we got was a rather derivative and by-the-numbers fantasy saga. So fans were reluctant to be too hopeful about their second collaboration... but we needn't have worried. Black House is much more like it, although even here King and Straub have not quite delivered the ultimate horror marathon--this is a psycho-thriller in the vein of Thomas Harris, but none the worse for that. And there are supernatural elements.
This is the tale of a small American town held in the grip of evil. Three children have vanished, abducted by a monster called The Fisherman (after a legendary murderer) with a craving for children's flesh. Ex-detective Jack Sawyer, dealing with his own personal problems (in which he is tormented by visions of another world), is keen to stay away from the horrors of this case, recognising how bad involvement will be for him. But--guess what?--Sawyer is soon supping full on the horrors, and the reader is in for an exhilarating (and highly disturbing) experience. Jack is a powerfully realised protagonist, and his journey into the dark world of The Fisherman is genuinely unsettling. Although more of King's fingerprints are on this one than Straub's (notably the conflicted hero, struggling with his own demons), the co-authors' individual styles merge indivisibly in this highly impressive chiller. --Barry ForshawReview:
‘One of the most brilliant and chilling thrillers of modern times. Black House is a thrill-a-minute ghost train ride of a novel, filled with astonishingly vivid characters. Reading it is like holding on to a live electric wire. You may want to put it down, but you find that you can’t.’
‘Fabulous… It’s the best of the best. No argument… The ultimate in storytelling by two masters of the craft.’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
‘A new horror epic… impossible to put down once you’ve started.’
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