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I hope Bachman was never like this!,
This review is from: The Dark Half (Paperback)
George Stark is the pen-name of "serious" Maine author, Thad Beaumont. Dreamed up while Thad was suffering from writer's block, Stark writes the sort of pulpy, violent thrillers that fly off the shelves. But when Thad decides it's time to retire Stark for good to concentrate on literary fiction, his problems begin. Because George Stark has other ideas; and he's not a very nice guy.
Like most of King's novels, The Dark Half is a "what-if" story. What if an author's pseudonym came to life? Well, if that pseudonym is as violent and unhinged as George Stark, then the result is a very dark and bloody tale indeed.
Tightly-plotted and fast-paced, The Dark Half is a gripping read. Thad is sometimes not a particularly likeable hero, but Stark makes up for that by being a truly despicable baddie. Relentless and resourceful, Stark revels in his villainy, so much so that you can't help but have a sneaking admiration for the guy.
All in all, this is another great book from Stephen King, with very little padding, a satisfactory ending, and plenty of gore along the way.