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    Stephen King has written some forty books and novellas, including CARRIE, THE STAND and RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (from the collection DIFFERENT SEASONS), BAG OF BONES, ON WRITING and most recently CELL, LISEY'S STORY and DUMA KEY. He wrote several novels under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, including BLAZE (June 2007). He won America's prestigious National Book Award and was voted Grand Master in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe awards. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.
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Stephen King

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.
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Doctor Sleep

By Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the 'steam' that children with the 'shining' produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant 'shining' power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes 'Doctor Sleep.'

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival . . .

King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted.

A powerful sequel to The Shining

King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beautyAll the virtues of his best workA gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfeltKing is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly . . . Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader.DOCTOR SLEEP is King expertly returning to the milieu of his most beloved novels, combining not just elements from the original THE SHINING but themes and imagery familiar from King's books, including CARRIE, SALEM'S LOT, FIRESTARTER and IT. It also has a structure King has often utilised before, with a group of essentially good people having to band against a gang of baddies but within this structure King works masterful variations, showing just with a brilliant storyteller he is. When King is on form, as he is in DOCTOR SLEEP, he has no rivals for sheer page-turning suspense. It is as addictive as anything he has written: a triumph from the world's finest horror novelist.It's a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt.DOCTOR SLEEP is a warm, entertaining novel by a man who is no longer the prisoner of his demons, but knows where to find them when he needs to call on them.Thirty-six years on from his horror classic, THE SHINING, Stephen King's sequel shows he still has plenty of creative steam.King has written a sequel, the tale of what happened to little Danny when he grew up. Need one say more? It cannot fail . . . the best thing to emerge from King's glittering, warped imagination is of mundane, small-town America corrupted by hidden forces . . . you cannot but respect his ruthless expertise as a storyteller . . . even those of us who would never freely pick up a Stephen King must genuflect to a master.Stephen King's frightscapes are among the most incredible in literature, yet one believes in them unquestioningly.Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared.A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written . . . Brilliant.Highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling 1977 novel THE SHINING.Hopeful and hugely humane.DOCTOR SLEEP has a tightness, an economy, after some of the lengthier novels of recent years, but also a lightness of touch. It reads less like a horror novel than a thriller and ends on a scene of intimate and intense human contact, a gift of consolation at the moment of death.King is too skilled a storyteller for DOCTOR SLEEP to be anything other than unputdownable.Both an excellent sequel to THE SHINING and a strong novel in its own right, this is one of King's best books in the last decade.Suspenseful, thrilling and packed with twists . . . an incredibly sincere piece of writing.It still grips, just differently than the originalKing still remains the daddy of them allThe novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils.For the truth is, there are few writers who have such a way with character (and that character delivered through authorial peeks into thought and feeling, is so important in his books) . . . Once his stories get their hooks into you, they're impossible to put down . . . The denouement of the novel takes place in autumn, and that's no coincidence. You can practically smell the leaf piles burning, their fragrant smoke mixed with that of funeral pyres.King [is] a genius at transforming the ordinary into the utterly horrific.This is the master on top form, drawing his readers in with his amazing storytelling power - first with the tension, then with the richness and details of the scene-setting and characterisation.

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King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty while avoiding spiritualist blather

[King] writes people and communities with searing acuity, and often touching compassion, coupled with tough and authentic understanding. The difference is, he also steps back, or sideways, through the gaps to hook out the slithery things and the creeping, gut-churning things at the corner of our vision.STEPHEN KING returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining.Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel'. He has written over 50 books including the seminal masterpiece The Shining about which he writes in his introduction: 'I think in every writer's career - usually early in it - there comes "a crossroads novel", where the writer is presented with a choice: either doing what you have done before, or try to reach a little higher'. In 2003, King was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.Millions of fans of The Shining - one of King's best-loved books ever - have been clamouring for a sequel and have already expressed their delight at the news.The novel works as a wonderful stand-alone and will satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.Millions of fans of the film The Shining will have an opportunity both to discover the original novel, and what happens to Danny when he has grown-up.The hardcovers of King's recent novels 11.22.63 and The Wind through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel went straight to Number 1 in the Sunday Times UK and the New York Times US bestseller lists.Hodder publish The Shining and are creating an exciting, inventive campaign for both titles.

STEPHEN KING returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining.
An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special twelve-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the `steam` that children with the `shining` produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father`s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant `shining` power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes `Doctor Sleep.`

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan`s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra`s soul and survival . . .
Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as `one of the greatest storytellers of our time`, by the Mirror as a `genius` and by The Sunday Times as `one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel`. He has written over 50 books including the seminal masterpiece The Shining about which he writes in his introduction: `I think in every writer`s career - usually early in it - there comes `a crossroads novel`, where the writer is presented with a choice: either doing what you have done before, or try to reach a little higher`. In 2003, King was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.

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Revival

By Stephen King

A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Decades later, Jamie is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

Scary and profound.King at his regal best, fully in command of a terrifying story, a great cast and page after page after page of top-notch writing . . . the darkness of genuine horror. Absolutely superb.There are few writers able so effortlessly, so naturally and so intimately to lay out the details of a life. Perhaps that's why, when the book begins to slide away from our own reality, we're happy to follow where Jamie leads.He shows he can still pull off scenes with a characteristic combination of intensity and oddity.The strongest thing he's written for a decade, with the nastiest ending of any book this year.Simply superb . . . classic King: intimate, readable and convincing . . . tastier than most bestsellers out there.A serious book by a major writer.King returns to his more familiar horror genre with a bang in this book and what makes Revival so genuinely scary a read is his uncanny skill in juxtaposing the minutiae of ordinary suburban or rural American lives with another, scarcely glimpsed, parallel world of chaos, darkness and monstrous evil.From 'The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature' (Guardian), comes a spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than 50 books. His recent work includes MR MERCEDES, DOCTOR SLEEP and UNDER THE DOME, recently a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.

Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.

Following the June 2014 publication of King's riveting suspense thriller MR MERCEDES comes an electrifying novel from the No. 1 bestseller
Witness the power..

REVIVAL

Stephen King talks about his 2011 novel

11.22.63

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The Shining

By Stephen King

One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King's masterpieces.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine . . .

Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred yearsAs a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens classObviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred yearsAs a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens classOne of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King's masterpieces.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.
His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Mr Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best novel) and Sleeping Beauties co-written with his son Owen King. Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures in 2017. He 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.

Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features five of King's most compelling and terrifying novels.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a dedicated website to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.When Hodder last rejacketed the backlist, they saw a SIGNIFICANT boost in sales.Published now in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King.Introduction by the author.
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The Stand

By Stephen King

'THE STAND is a masterpiece' (Guardian). Set in a plague-decimated US, King's thrilling American fantasy epic, is a Classic.

First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams.

Dark dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.

His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.

When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn't take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world.

A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens'.A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens'.'THE STAND is a masterpiece' (Guardian). Set in a plague-decimated US, King's thrilling American fantasy epic, is a Classic.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.
His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Mr Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best novel) and Sleeping Beauties co-written with his son Owen King. Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures in 2017. He 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.

An all-time classic from the master - this edition is the Complete and Uncut editionIn 2003, Stephen King won America's prestigious National Book Award - Stephen King has achieved classic status in his own lifetimeStephen King's books are perennial classics - timeless and topical, some are on the syllabus of schools and universities
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Carrie

By Stephen King

Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates, is a Classic. CARRIE is the novel which set him on the road to the Number One bestselling author King is today.

Carrie White is no ordinary girl.

Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis.

To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie - the first
step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.

But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she
is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her . . .

[A] genius for storytellingOne of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep[A] genius for storytellingOne of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creepStephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates, is a Classic. CARRIE is the novel which set him on the road to the Number One bestselling author King is today.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.
His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Mr Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best novel) and Sleeping Beauties co-written with his son Owen King. Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures in 2017. He 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.

Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features five of his chilling classics.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a dedicated website to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.King's classic debut novel is also a powerful film starring Sissy Spacek.Published in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have come on board recently with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through the films including The Shawshank Redemption.
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The Wind through the Keyhole

By Stephen King

For readers new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller The Wind through the Keyhole is a perfect bridge between the fourth and fifth novels in Stephen King's epic masterpiece. A story within a story which features both the younger and older gunslinger, it is also a wonderful introduction to The Dark Tower series.

As Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet leave the Emerald city, a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. While they shelter from the starkblast, Roland tells a story about his younger days, when he was sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-changer.

At the scene of the crime he had tried to comfort a terrified young boy called Bill Streeter by reciting a story from The Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, 'The Wind through the Keyhole'.

'A person's never too old for stories,' he said to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.'
And stories like these, they live for us.

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

[A] phantasmagorical folk tale . . . King's ability to entertain and unsettle cannot be denied. The skill with which he delivers a shock or sense of gothic terror is simply unmatchedPerfectly balanced: another excellent example of King's sheer skill as a storyteller.Like John Steinbeck, he's an unfussy writer whose voice is rooted equally in the rhythms of everyday speech and the mythic made manifest in everyday life. Indeed, reading King, you often sense the presence of the dustbowl America of The Grapes of Wrath . . . a King novel has a sparse elegance that most novelists never achieve in a whole career. Put it down to the insistent, economical and wholly distinctive authorial voice.A frantic-paced puzzle-box adventure that encompasses gunslinger Roland Deschain's early years, werewolves and powerful storytelling.King is one of the great popular artists of our time.Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plotSuperbly energetic, it's King at his best.Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of seven books and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game ofThe Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film.
The latest in the Dark Tower series - now in paperback

THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

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Firestarter

By Stephen King

'You're a firestarter honey....just one big zippo lighter'

A year ago, he was an upstanding instructor of English at Harrison State College. Now Andy is on the run with his daughter. A pigtailed girl named Charlie. A girl with an unimaginably terrifying gift.

A gift which could be useful to corrupt authorities. Soon Charlie will be caught up in the menace of a fateful drug experiment and a sinister government ploy . . .

Let the reader beware: FIRESTARTER is Stephen King at his most mesmerising . . . and menacing.

Stephen King's finest novel yet...the most tightly plotted of King's chillers, it is also the most terrifyingOne of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creepKing's imagination is vastStephen King's classic thriller about a young girl with a terrifying gift.Stephen King has written some forty books and novellas, including CARRIE, THE STAND and RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (from the collection DIFFERENT SEASONS), BAG OF BONES, ON WRITING and most recently CELL, LISEY`S STORY and DUMA KEY. He wrote several novels under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, including BLAZE (June 2007). He won America`s prestigious National Book Award and was voted Grand Master in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe awards. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features five of his chilling classics.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a dedicated website to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.When Hodder last rejacketted the backlist, they saw a SIGNIFICANT boost in sales.Published in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have come on board recently with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through the films including The Shawshank Redemption.
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Cujo

By Stephen King

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine . . . He was not a werewolf, vampire, ghoul, or unnameable creature from the enchanted forest or snow wastes; he was only a cop . . .

Cujo is a huge Saint Bernard dog, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. Then one day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole. Except it isn't a rabbit warren any more. It is a cave inhabited by rabid bats.

And Cujo falls sick. Very sick. And the gentle giant who once protected the family becomes a vortex of horror inexorably drawing in all the people around him . . .

King is unbeatableStephen King's classic tale of survival, as a young mother fights to protect her child against a horrifyingly familiar monster.Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features five of King's most compelling and terrifying novels.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a dedicated website to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.When Hodder last rejacketed the backlist, they saw a SIGNIFICANT boost in sales.Published now in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have come on board recently with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through the films including The Shawshank Redemption.
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Pet Sematary

By Stephen King

A perennial classic from Stephen King - timeless and topical.

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed.

Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.

But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.

A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.

King can make the flesh creep half a world awayKing can make the flesh creep half a world awayA perennial classic from Stephen King - timeless and topical.Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features five of King's most compelling and terrifying novels.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a dedicated website to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.When Hodder last rejacketed the backlist, they saw a SIGNIFICANT boost in sales.Published now in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have come on board recently with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through the films including The Shawshank Redemption.
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It

By Stephen King

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE - Stephen King's terrifying classic.

'They float...and when you're down here with me, you'll float, too.'

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

One of the greatest storytellers of our timeA writer of excellence . . . King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.Film tie-in for the new 2017 film, which will be in theatres from September 8th.Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a dedicated website to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.When Hodder last rejacketted the backlist, they saw a SIGNIFICANT boost in sales.Published in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have come on board recently with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through the films including THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.
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The Tommyknockers

By Stephen King

Everything is familiar. But everything has changed.

Coming back to the little community is like walking into a nightmare for Jim Gardener, poet, drunk, potential suicide.

It all looks the same, the house, the furniture, Jim's friend Bobbi, her beagle (though ageing), even the woods out at the back.

But it was in the woods that Bobbi stumbled over the odd, part-buried object and felt a peculiar tingle as she brushed the soft earth away.

Everything is familiar. But everything is about to change.

A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel...brilliantly doneSplendid entertainment...Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easyKing's imagination is vast . . . one of the great storytellers of our timeJim Gardener goes back to the little community. He finds that whilst everything is familiar, everything is about to change.Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.The hardback of 11.22.63 went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list at Number 1.Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features two non-fiction titles and two fiction titles in the science fiction, adventure and fantasy realms.Each category has a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering and published in B format.Hodder has a new website, www.stephenking.co.uk, and an active Facebook page dedicated to Stephen King's titles.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have recently come on board with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through films such as THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.Will appeal to everyone who loves science-fiction, from Star Wars to Independence Day.
Hodder Paperbacks

Misery

By Stephen King

King's Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan.

Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her - with relief, with joy. Misery has made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing.

That's when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in pain in a strange bed. But it isn't hospital. Annie Wilkes has pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.

The good news is that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news is that she has long been Paul's Number One Fan. And when she finds out what Paul had done to Misery, she doesn't like it. She doesn't like it at all.

Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he's writing to stay alive.

This terrifying story of imprisonment by a demented fan is one of the greatest thrillers ever writtenNot since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throatKing'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.A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novelOne of the great storytellers of our time'America's greatest living novelist''[A] genius for storytelling'King's Classic bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his Number One Fan

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.
His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Mr Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best novel) and Sleeping Beauties co-written with his son Owen King. Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures in 2017. He 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.

Which King title should I read first, and which next? Hodder answer the question by grouping the backlist into categories of 5-7 titles, published over a year; this category features five of his most powerful suspense novels.Each category will have a distinct cover style so readers can identify the sort of books they want to read, all unified by the new classic author brand lettering.Hodder will have a website dedicated to Stephen King's titles featuring King on King, an Introductory Guide by King's editor, 'If You Like, You'll Love', and fans recommending their favourite books.When Hodder last rejacketted the backlist, they saw a SIGNIFICANT boost in sales.Published in B-format.Designed to hook a new generation of readers to Stephen King's perennial Classics and to appeal to readers who have recently come on board with UNDER THE DOME or have discovered him through films such as THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.If you saw the film with Kathy Bates, don't miss the original book.
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Dreamcatcher

By Stephen King

Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry (site of Stephen King's IT and INSOMNIA), four young boys stood together and did a brave thing; something that changed them in ways they hardly understand.

A quarter-century later, the boys are men who have gone their separate ways although they still get together once a year, to go hunting in the north woods of Maine. But this time a man comes stumbling into their camp, lost, disoriented and muttering about lights in the sky. Before long, these old friends will be plunged into the most remarkable events of their lives and a terrible struggle with a creature from another world. Their only chance of survival is locked in their past and in the boy they once rescued as a child.

King has inspired a whole generation to read. He's made them read good, witty prose...a fabulous teller of stories who can create an entire new world and make the reader live in it...Dreamcatcher must be one of his best...difficult to forgetKing-readers will be wholly satisfied by DreamcatcherNobody does it betterKing retains his crownClassic King...The characters here have a rare vitality and depthSuspenseful, frightening, and sometimes howlingly funny, Stephen King's first full-length novel in three years is a story of invasion and battle, survival and heroism. It is a story of how men remember ... and how they love.Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than thirty books of which the most recent are THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS and his non-fiction book ON WRITING (October 3, 2000). He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.Following the phenomenally exciting short story competition promoted with The Observer for the ON WRITING competition, King's profile and readership will increase further yetKing wrote this novel long hand in old-fashioned accounting ledgersThis is King's first full-length novel since BAG OF BONESKing's profile has never been higher, as the overwhelming press for RIDING THE BULLET and THE PLANT attest
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Duma Key

By Stephen King

DUMA KEY is the engaging, fascinating story of a man who discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm.

He moves to a 'new life' in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast; a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Duma Key is where out-of-season hurricanes tears lives apart and a powerful undertow lures lost and tormented souls. Here Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous. Freemantle knows the only way forward is to discover what happened to the twin sisters - and what is the secret of the strange old lady who holds the key?

The story is about friendship, about the bond between a father and his daughter. And about memory, truth and art. It is also is a metaphor for the life and inspiration of a writer, and an exploration of the nature, power and influence of fiction.

He has become a fascinating paradoxical figure, still seen as ultra-commercial but, in fact, increasingly highbrow and self-consciousThe scenes following Freemantle's physical recovery, of his anger and suicidal depression, are the author writing at his absolute best, immediately gripping the reader and putting him on the protagonist's side...King has become such a sophisticated writer that this novel is never less than page-turningThe theme of an artist enslaved and driven to madness by his own talent is not a new one for King, but the parallels with his own injuries and recovery - and his uncanny ability so spin a good yarn - mean the story always feels fresh...despite the pace and the pyrotechnics, the book still has a heart, which makes the idea of King's retirement the scariest prospect of allThe true narrative artist is a rare creature. Storytelling - the ability to make the listener or the reader need to know, demand to know, what happens next - is a gift...Stephen King, like Charles Dickens before him, has this gift in spades.Thrilling, genuinely terrifying, beautifully textured and full of wonderful inventionVery clever and brilliantly written . . . you won't use your mobile for days.'As with all Stephen King novels, this book is sinister and surprising. You feels as though the individual characters are actually real. Another masterpiece.'In many ways this is classic King, a thriller with agressively credible characters.If King is a modern-day Dickens, as some critics have suggested... then this is his David Copperfield, a book written with a deftness of touch and a sure command of the material that is breathtaking... at almost 600 pages, it's a doorstop of a book. But the story is so elegant and wide-ranging, and the three central characters so delicately evoked, that it feels far shorter.This is a powerful piece of work and once the horrors kick in, the pace is relentless. Fresh and frightening and highly recommended.Its moments of authentic terror and unease - which are good enough to rival anything else in King - spring from the author's deft command of pace and tone, from his evocation of the island's deceptive calm, and from the folky texture of his dialogue ... hard not to be gripped, which is testament to the propulsive power of the writing.DUMA KEY combines the appeal of CELL and LISEY'S STORY - two of Stephen King's most successful hardbacks of all time - to take the legendary author to a whole new level.Stephen King was awarded the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and was voted Grand Master at the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. He is the author of more than forty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent stand-alone novels include DREAMCATCHER, CELL and LISEY'S STORY. Stephen King also wrote novels under the psdeudonym Richard Bachman. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.Stephen King's last two hardcover titles have been record breakers - CELL was a global No. 1 bestseller, and LISEY'S STORY was Hodder's bestselling ever King hardcoverCombines the narrative drive of CELL with some of the fascinating themes of LISEY'S STORY and will appeal to everyone who loved BAG OF BONES and RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.First novel to be set in Florida - guaranteed a lot of review coverage, as painter's life metaphor for life of writerKing's promotional tour in 2007 boosted his profile, readership and fascination from the mediaLaunched with an unmissable consumer campaignFull publicity campaign with notes to key reviewers in every newspaper from broadsheets to tabloids, women's magazines to film and art magazinesTrumpeted in major King profile in October Paris Review
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Under the Dome

By Stephen King

Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as 'the dome' comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet, teams up with a few intrepid citizens against the town's corrupt politician. But time, under the dome, is running out....

UNDER THE DOME is King at his epic best and will capture a brand new readership as well as thrilling his existing fans.

'Spooky, mysterious, gripping and satisfyingly scary''King has the ability to capture the reader's imagination from the first page'His most accomplished work: 13 beautifully turned tales, no two of which are alike

On the heels of the stunning success of Under the Dome, Hodder's bestselling Stephen King title this decade, comes a collection of four brand new, darkly riveting and intimate stories.

Stephen King is the highly acclaimed author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are: Under the Dome, Just After Sunset, Cell, and Lisey's Story. His acclaimed non-fiction book On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

This is King's first new novel in two years - and his biggest since THE STAND.Stephen King's books are perennial classics and this is no exception - both universal and a parable of our times.The hardcover of his recent fiction title JUST AFTER SUNSET was a runaway bestseller reaching No. 2 in the charts - this is set to exceed it.Published at the same time of year which was so successful for JUST AFTER SUNSET - the ideal Christmas slot. The read is the perfect escape and will make a great gift. An entertainment bargain and King at his best'.
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The DOCTOR SLEEP author talks to the BBC

"Love creates horror."

In this fantastic video, Stephen King talks to BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz about his upcoming book DOCTOR SLEEP, his sequel to THE SHINING.
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In the Guardian: Stephen King enthusiast James Smythe is revisiting each of Stephen King's novels in chronological order, and discussing each novel as he goes. Follow his journey on the Guardian website...
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30 Pieces of Wisdom from Stephen King Novels

Shortlist magazine has compiled 30 of what they believe to be the most inspiring pieces of wisdom from a variety of Stephen King's bestselling novels. Read their choices and see if they've missed any gems out.