The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer--My Life at Rose Red
, a spin-off from the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red
, provides the interested reader with some terrifying back stories to Rose Red
's tales of doomed psychics and Dr Joyce Reardon's expedition into the dark rooms of a house that is another of King's great Bad Places. At the beginning of the 20th century, magnate Rimbauer builds Rose Red as a present and prison for his young wife, a place in which she is to be displayed as a trophy and have her will broken. He does not know his woman--Ellen fights back with all the means at her disposal, which progressively come to include the attributes of the house he ill-advisedly built on a cursed site; people disappear in Rose Red, vanishing between one room and another, and are never seen again except as blood-smeared wraiths. They are especially likely to disappear if they are the women with whom Rimbauer humiliates his wife. This is a powerful story of a woman developing power and learning little from that responsibility except that she likes the infliction of pain and terror; we come to empathise enough with Ellen that her slow corruption is as terrifying as the nightmares that occasionally surface in her narrative. --Roz Kaveney
The American No.1 bestselling "diary", the book that unlocks the secrets behind STEPHEN KING'S ROSE RED - the television series that took the US by storm and will be available on DVD/video in December 2002.