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They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror within their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name...
«Joyland es un libro impresionante, bello, desgarrador. Tiene misterio, tiene atracciones; es una historia sobre madurar y hacerse mayor, y sobre aquellos que no pueden hacer ninguna de las dos cosas porque la muerte viene a por ellos antes de hora. Hasta los lectores más insensibles se emocionarán.»Charles Ardal, editor de Hard Case Crime Verano de 1973. Carolina del Norte. El joven universitario Devin Jones consigue trabajo en un pequeño parque de atracciones llamado Joyland. Allí se encarga de las tareas de mantenimiento, se disfraza de la mascota del parque o entretiene a los niños. Y allí descubre también la historia de un cruento crimen que tuvo lugar en la Casa Embrujada y que nunca fue resuelto. Pero Devin no es el único fascinado por el parque y su leyenda negra. Cerca de su pensión vive Mike, un chico enfermizo con el que pronto traba una peculiar amistad. El chaval no ha visitado nunca Joyland y le encantaría hacerlo antes de morir. Es entonces cuando Devin planea una visita privada para el final de temporada. El día transcurre entre montañas rusas e historias de terror sobre lo que pudo haberle pasado a la joven asesinada. Sin embargo, las visitas indeseadas y las preguntas indiscretas pueden provocar reacciones imprevisibles. Sin saberlo, Devin se ha metido en un peligroso juego del que tal vez no saldrá nunca.
College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life--and what comes after--that would change his world forever. Life is Not Always a Butcher's Game. Sometimes the Frizes Are Real. Sometimes They're Precious. A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old-- and about those who don't get to do either because death comes for them before their time--JOYLAND is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, JOYLAND is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.
Stephen King -- who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies -- delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications. Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark. In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.," which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it. Just After Sunset -- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
A stunning collection from international bestseller Stephen King that displays his phenomenally broad readership (stories published in The New Yorker, Playboy, and McSweeney's and including the 25,000 word story "Gingerbread Girl" published in Esquire).Stephen King--who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies--delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications. Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating--and then terrifying--journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable--and resourceful--as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark. In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.," which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it. Just After Sunset--call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford. A deputy sheriff, Lou's known to the small-time criminals, the real-estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers--the low-lifes, the big-timers, and everyone in-between--as the nicest guy around. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he's the kind of officer you're happy to have keeping your streets safe. The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday.But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have seen. An urge that has already claimed multiple lives, and cost Lou his brother Mike, a self-sacrificing construction worker fell to his death on the job in what was anything but an accident. A murder that Lou is determined to avenge--and if innocent people have to die in the process, well, that's perfectly all right with him. In THE KILLER INSIDE ME, Thompson goes where few novelists have dared to go, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American Serial Killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.
One of King's most powerful books ever, the story of a writer's widow who must confront his demons after his death--a bookend to Bag of Bones, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptation of madness, and the secret language of love.<P><P> Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went--a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful novel, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.<P> Winner of Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
La llegada de los tres es el segundo volumen de la serie «La Torre Oscura». Roland de Gilead deberá encontrar a los integrantes de su ka-tet. Después de enfrentarse con el hombre de negro al final de El pistolero, Roland se despierta febril y debilitado en una playa. Al caer la noche le atacan unos seres monstruosos que salen del mar. Para eludirlos, Roland puede huir de la playa por tres salidas, tres puertas. Todas le llevarán a Nueva York, pero en tres momentos distintos; además, al otro lado de cada una de ellas Roland tendrá que atraer a una persona. Necesita a estas tres personas para seguir adelante en su búsqueda de la Torre Oscura: en el año 1987 encuentra a Eddie Dean, heroinómano desesperado; en 1964 a Odetta Holmes, la Dama de las Sombras, heredera afroamericana que perdió sus piernas en un accidente en el metro; finalmente, en 1977, da con Jack Mort, la propia muerte. ¿Serán ellos los que formarán su ka-tet? Este volumen incluye una nueva introducción del autor, además de las ilustraciones originales de la edición de Donald Grant de 1987. La crítica ha dicho...«El éxito de King es asombroso. Sus personajes, frescos. Su argumento, claramente dibujado, mágico.»Daily Express
On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...<P><P> On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...
In this #1 national bestseller, "master storyteller" (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner--the one that survives.In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules--keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out--permanently. With an introduction by Stephen King on "The Importance of Being Bachman."
Cuarto volumen de la serie «La Torre Oscura». El ka-tet consigue vencer al tren y sigue su camino hacia la Torre Oscura mientras Roland desvela la trágica historia de su juventud. Roland y su ka-tet han conseguido escapar de la ciudad de Lud a bordo de Blaine, el tren enloquecido. Vencen a este último en un concurso de adivinanzas y siguen su camino hacia la Torre Oscura. Roland ahora cuenta su historia, una historia trágica de traiciones y de destierro, sin hogar, entregado a una búsqueda quizá imposible. Pero lo que fundamentalmente narra Roland es la historia de su primer amor, Susan Delgado, y probablemente el único verdadero de su vida, y de las maniobras para separarlos. Y es que Roland era demasiado joven para defenderse de las fuerzas naturales y sobrenaturales que conspiraban contra e´l... Este volumen incluye una nueva introducción del autor y todas las ilustraciones que Dave McKean creó para la edición original limitada publicada por Donald M. Grant en 1997. La crítica ha dicho...«Un King pletórico, está en su mejor momento y se perfila como un experimentado explorador del lado sombrío de la humanidad.»Publishers Weekly
Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine--the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who's supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play "paratroopers over the side." Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says "closed, no services." The driver's door opens but nobody gets out. Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls "the ultimate insurance manual," but it isn't going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton's cracked cell phone near the wagon door - and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids - Rachel and Blake Lussier - and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.
Publicada originalmente en seis partes, la novela gótica de King sobre la pena de muerte, envuelve a tres personajes: un guardia de seguridad, un asesino acusado de matar a dos niñas y un ratón con poderes sobrenaturales dentro de una prisión durante la época de la Depresión económica.
Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader--she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident.<P><P> But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house. <P> Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work--just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty.
The #1 national bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his "number one fan" and suffering a frightening case of writer's block--that could prove fatal. One of "Stephen King's best...genuinely scary" (USA TODAY).Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader--she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house. Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life--just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty. "Terrifying" (San Francisco Chronicle), "dazzlingly well-written" (The Indianapolis Star), and "truly gripping" (Publishers Weekly), Misery is "classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense" (The Boston Globe).
In the wake of a summer storm, terror descends. . . New York Times bestselling author Stephen King suspends a small town in a haze of terror-as humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction. . . .
The Green Mile, Stephen King's #1 New York Times bestselling novel, was first published twenty years ago in six original paperback installments. Inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Hanks about an innocent man on death row, The Green Mile is now available for the first time in e-serial form. The Mouse on the Mile is Volume Two.Paul Edgecombe's story continues with the addition of two characters, one a new prisoner awaiting his own date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. He's William "Wild Bill" Wharton, a killer with an aim to cause as much trouble as he can before his execution date. The other newcomer is a mouse. Called Steamboat Willy by the guards who first noticed him, he's later renamed Mr. Jingles by Eduard Delacroix, another of the death row inmates who eventually takes in the mouse and makes him his pet--a bit of cold comfort for a man condemned to walk the Green Mile.
Mr Mercedes es la historia de una guerra entre el Bien y el Mal. Un retrato inolvidable de la mente de un asesino obsesionado y demente. Justo antes del amanecer, en una decadente ciudad americana, cientos de parados esperan la apertura de la oficina de empleo para reclamar uno de los mil puestos de trabajo que se han anunciado. Han hecho cola durante toda la noche. De pronto, invisible hasta que lo tienen prácticamente encima, un Mercedes surge de la fría niebla de la madrugada. Su conductor atropella y aplasta a todos los que encuentra a su alcance. Acto seguido, el coche da marcha atrás y vuelve a arremeter contra ellos. El asesino huye dejando atrás ocho muertos y quince heridos. Meses después, Bill Hodges, un policía jubilado que sigue obsesionado con este caso sin resolver, recibe una carta anónima de alguien que se declara culpable de la masacre. Brady Hartsfield vive con su madre alcohólica en la casa donde nació. Disfrutó tanto de aquella sensación de muerte debajo de los neumáticos del Mercedes que ahora quiere recuperarla. ¿Quién es el cazador y quién la presa? Bill Hodges:policía jubilado. Brady Hartsfield:asesino multiple cuya culpabilidadBill Hodges nunca logró demostrar. Ahora vuelven a encontrarse y cientos de vidas están en juego. Un thriller sin par del gran maestro Stephen King.
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
YOU'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE....A wonderful new store has opened in the little town of Castle Rock, Maine. Whatever your heart's secret desire--sexual pleasure, wealth, power, or even more precious things--it's for sale. And even though every item has a nerve-shattering price, the owner is always ready to make a bargain.In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless.
Now available for the first time in a mass-market premium paperback edition--master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 New York Times bestseller about a mysterious store than can sell you whatever you desire--but not without exacting a terrible price in return."There are two prices for this. Half...and half. One half is cash. The other is a deed. Do you understand?" The town of Castle Rock, Maine has seen its fair share of oddities over the years, but nothing is a peculiar as the little curio shop that's just opened for business. Its mysterious proprietor, Leland Gaunt, seems to have something for everyone out on display at Needful Things...interesting things that run the gamut from worthless to priceless. Nothing has a price tag in this place, but everything is certainly for sale. The heart's desire for any resident of Castle Rock can easily be found among the curiosities...in exchange for a little money and--at the specific request of Leland Gaunt--a whole lot of menace against their fellow neighbors. Everyone in town seems willing to make a deal at Needful Things, but the devil is in the details. And no one takes heed of the little sign handing on the wall: Caveat emptor. In other words, let the buyer beware...
The Green Mile, Stephen King's #1 New York Times bestselling novel, was first published twenty years ago in six original paperback installments. Inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Hanks about an innocent man on death row, The Green Mile is now available for the first time in e-serial form. Night Journey is Volume Five.Prison Warden Hal Moores isn't just Paul Edgecombe's boss--Hal and his wife Melinda are also friends with Paul and his wife Janice. When Paul learns that Melinda has a brain tumor, he realizes that John Coffey can use his astonishing gift to heal her. Though Paul understands that the warden would never allow John to leave the prison, and Melinda can't enter it, he also knows that John is Melinda's only hope for survival. And so Paul and other E Block guards devise a dangerous plan that risks their jobs--not something to take lightly in 1932--as well as their lives. They decide to spirit John away into the night and beyond the confines of the Green Mile.
Twenty excursions into horror-from the master. From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.
New to Pocket Books' Stephen King backlist--the short story collection containing the story "Dolan's Cadillac," soon to be released as a feature film starring Christian Slater and Wes Bentley. With numerous unforgettable movies based on his short stories--including Shawshank Redemption, 1408, and The Green Mile--readers will be delighted to rediscover this classic collection, also released as a television mini-series and on DVD. Featuring twenty short horror stories, a television script, an essay, and a poem, Nightmares and Dreamscapes contains unique and chilling plots including everything from dead rock star zombies to evil toys seeking murderous revenge. It will be treasured by King fans new and old.
Charlie es un niña rubia, de ojos azules, educada y cariñosa. Pero también es piroquinética. Sí, puede encender fuego a distancia, desde inofensivas fogatas hasta hogueras voraces. Y si posee estas capacidades a los siete años, horroriza pensar en sus poderes destructores cuando sea adulta. Aunque, la verdad, tiene pocas probabilidades de llegar a la edad adulta. Porque el servicio secreto norteamericano encargado de realizar investigaciones científicas y paracientíficas para su aplicación militar ha decidido estudiar a Charlie y luego eliminarla, tal como estudió y eliminó a sus padres después de haberlos utilizado en sus experimentos.«King ha creado una pequeña joya.»Chicago Tribune
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