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Misery

By Stephen King

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

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.

Biographical Notes

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.

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  • ISBN: 9781444720716
  • Publication date: 07 Jul 2011
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
This terrifying story of imprisonment by a demented fan is one of the greatest thrillers ever written — James Smythe
Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat — Guardian
King'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. — Publishers Weekly
A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel — Sunday Times
One of the great storytellers of our time — Guardian
'America's greatest living novelist' — Lee Child
'[A] genius for storytelling' — Daily Mirror
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Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, P. D. Cacek, Stewart O'nan, Bev Vincent, Clive Barker, Brian Keene, Richard Chizmar, Kevin Quigley, Ramsey Campbell, Edgar Allan Poe, Brian James Freeman, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Authors:
Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, P. D. Cacek, Stewart O'nan, Bev Vincent, Clive Barker, Brian Keene, Richard Chizmar, Kevin Quigley, Ramsey Campbell, Edgar Allan Poe, Brian James Freeman, John Ajvide Lindqvist

Featuring Stephen King, Clive Barker, Stewart O'Nan, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Keene, and many others!Hans-Åke Lilja, founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand-new anthology of horror stories to celebrate 20 years of running the number-one Stephen King news website on the web! This anthology includes both original stories like a brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In), very rare reprints like 'The Blue Air Compressor' by Stephen King, and at least one classic tale that inspired Lilja's love of the macabre at a very young age! Now, let's join Lilja . . . He's already waiting for us, there ahead in the darkness . . . You see him, don't you? Just keep walking, you'll find him soon enough, we promise . . . He's there, shining and waiting for you . . . Take his hand and then you, too, will shine in the dark!Table of Contents:'Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Introduction)' by Hans-Åke Lilja'The Blue Air Compressor' by Stephen King'The Net' by Jack Ketchum and P. D. Cacek'The Novel of the Holocaust' by Stewart O'Nan'Aeliana' by Bev Vincent'Pidgin and Theresa' by Clive Barker'An End to All Things' by Brian Keene'Cemetery Dance' by Richard Chizmar'Drawn to the Flame' by Kevin Quigley'The Companion' by Ramsey Campbell'A Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe'A Mother's Love' by Brian James Freeman'The Keeper's Companion' by John Ajvide Lindqvist'Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (An Afterword)' by Hans-Åke Lilja(P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Stephen King
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Stephen King
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Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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