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  • 672 pages
  • Black House
  • Stephen King
  • 04 June 2016
  • 9781588360540

10 thoughts on “Black House

  1. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    What you love you must love all the harder because someday it will be goneTwenty years ago a young boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother's life Now a retired homicide detective Jack has no memory of these adventures There is a sick serial killer on the loose murdering and eating children and the local chief of police begs Jack to help his force catch himI love Stephen King I love serial killers Combine the two and you have a book that is right up jobis89's street The Talisman is an epic fantasy tale spanning across our world and The Territories as Jack Sawyer embarks on a mission to travel across the country to try and save his mother and her Twinner from death Black House however is darker much of a horror novel I feel and it focuses on one small town Coulee County The Talisman is a great great book but Black House is just to my slightly darker slightly murderous cannibalistic tastes sorrynotsorry evil laughThere's so much to love about Black House Other reviews I had looked at had pointed out the narrative style as something they did not like about Black House well I LOVED the narrative style It's a bit slow and hard to get into at the beginning but once I did I really enjoyed it The narrative style is as if you're flying over Coulee County and you're allowed little snapshots into the lives of the residents through a bird's eye perspectiveYet awesome characters we had Wolf in The Talisman and now we have Henry Leyden in Black House a blind guy who has a keen ear for voices and sounds I loved Henry so much And the bikers were cool additions too I generally really liked a lot of the characters in this one The villain in particular The Fisherman was fucking terrifying King's villains can sometimes be pretty grey they aren't always definitively evil However in this case he is evil incarnate which is no surprise given his similarities to the vile Albert Fish I could say but don't want to give away potential spoilers I had complaints while reading The Talisman that it felt like the Dark Tower without actually being the Dark Tower almost like a cheap imitation I guess And finally in Black House my suspicions are answered as connections to the Dark Tower are made Meanwhile I'm fangirling and getting all emotional over mentions of Roland Deschain and the rest of our beloved ka tet Link a book to the Dark Tower series and I WILL LOVE IT Well apart from Insomnia I did love the connections it just didn't save the rest of the bookAs most Constant Readers will know choosing your top 10 King books is pretty much possible but I do believe this has now earned a spot in my top 10 It might not be for everyone but it was really to my taste It's difficult to review books you really loved so I guess I'll wrap up here 5 stars


  2. Patrick Patrick says:

    I hate that the first thing you see of a review is the number of stars it's given Someone's feeling about a book is not easily reduced to a five point scale And even once that is done how do I know what five stars means to you How do you know what five stars means to me For me a five star book is a book that I believe is worth the time and energy you're going to spend reading it If and this is key you're into that sort of book Horror Mystery Fantasy Hardcore Gothic Gypsy Steampunk A six star book is a book that I believe is worth your time and energy even if it's not the sort of thing you're into Generally speaking this is the sort of book I'll give a promotional blurb for Unfortunately there isn't a six star option here on goodreads Generally speaking a four star book is one that irritates me or disappoints me in one or two moderate ways A three star book has several moderate irritations or one big one or or something that was irritating all the way through Keep in mind that I can be extraordinarily critical of my books Things that irritate me might not ever even show up on your mental radar Further complicating things is the fact that sometimes I'm willing to give a book a bonus star due to extenuating circumstances If the writer is doing something new and exciting for example If they're trying something really difficult or if it's their first book I'll often give an extra star So To the point Did I enjoy this book Yes I didn't know there was a seuel to the Talisman until I saw this in an airport a week ago I enjoyed reading it Held my attention Pleased me with its craft Is it for everyone No So here's the breakdown What I personally liked about this bookIt was told in present tense and done well Not a lot of folks can pull that off The narrator was almost an active character almost like a tour guide through the story Heshe speaks directly to the reader at points saying things like Let's see what's going on over at the old mill Again it worked well Extra points for that Also it was set in Wisconsin Which is kinda fun for me What you might like about this bookEverything that you normally like about Steven King's stuff Interesting characters Alternate worlds Nice tie in with the Talisman and the Dark Tower stuff Nice description Nice special effects Nice tension and suspense Nice characterization What you might dislike about this bookIt's a large rambly story A lot of the book is spent in atmospherics developing non essential characters and digressions rather than action and moving the story forward The Talisman was a cool adventure story A young boy goes out explores a strange world on a uest to save his mom This book isn't that There's no real adventure They don't even get into the other world until the last 80 pages or so Children in danger I'm sensitive to this having a kid now myself It can be a dealbreaker for some folks Extreme potentially even gratuitous violence and gore But again we're in the horror genre so So there you go Isn't that better than some arbitrary number of stars Now you can make your own choice about whether you want to read it Or not It's up to you


  3. Tim Tim says:

    This is just further proof that Stephen King is a master author Lots of action in this 2001 500 page thriller and Frank Muller is incomparable as narrator 9 of 10 stars


  4. Neil Neil says:

    This review was originally published in the Washington Post in 2001Black House is a novel of slippage We learn about slippage a secondary definition of which we are told helpfully in the text is the feeling that things in general have just gotten or will shortly get worse at the beginning of the book as we travel invisibly through the town of French Landing Wisconsin early in the morning winding up in an abandoned shack where “limp flypaper ribbons hung invisible within the fur of a thousand fly corpses” and it is here that we encounter the mutilated body of ten year old Irma Freneau and watch a dog attempt to eat her severed foot out from its running shoeIrma is the latest victim of a serial killer whom the local paper has taken to calling the Fisherman after Albert Fish a real life child killer and cannibal Not far from the shack down a road behind a no entry sign is a house all painted black; and that house is a gateway to somewhere elseSlippage is what happens on the borders of things and places and the town of French Landing is on many borders one of which is the border between Stephen King country and Peter Straub countryThe plot itself will revolve around the struggle between two men the murderous Fisherman and our hero Jack Sawyer known locally as “Hollywood” a retired homicide detective from LA Jack Sawyer retired young and came out to Wisconsin in search of peace and uiet It is a truism and a genre obligation that retired cops in novels even novels with slippage must come out of retirement for their last case and Jack does although as we know from the off this will not be a simple police procedural or even a whodunnit the identity of the Fisherman is given to us early in the text the “hook of his nose” followed by the “wormy lips” are a dead giveaway if we’ve missed the hints about his awful deeds and secret pleasures; and it will have its roots in a previous novelThose who remember The Talisman Straub and King’s first collaboration have already met Jack Sawyer as a 12 year old boy who travelled a long way across the US and across a distorted magical version of America called the Territories to find the Talisman that would save his dying mother’s life The Talisman was a fantasy with dark elements a fat book that could comfortably have been even fatter with a winning young hero named after Tom Sawyer Black House is a seuel of sorts to The Talisman although it also draws upon the mythology that King has been building in his Gunslinger seuence and which surfaced most recently in his Hearts in Atlantis It is a book that exists on the borders of genre – it’s not a serial killer romance although the Fisherman is unuestionably a superhuman serial killer possessed of and by strange powers It is too dark to be a fantasy but too light too deeply sunny to be at its heart a horror novel Here also we experience slippageIt can be a mistake to play hunt the author in any collaborative text Collaborations work when two authors find a single voice for a story and fail when they do not and King and Straub create a mutual style that is clean and effective It is knowing without being arch and it does not read like either King or Straub That there are dead giveaways in the text – the obscure jazz references that Straub delights in for example or some splattery scenes with a hedgeclipper that could only have been penned by King – is no help in the who wrote what game In fact I’d be willing to bet that most of the jazz references come from King out to amuse his co author and confuse reviewers and that Straub took his turn at wielding the clipperInitially I found Jack Sawyer uncomfortable in his role as the book’s hero as he is in his retirement surrounded by a magnificent supporting cast of colourful characters Jack comes off as almost too pure too perfect; he might have wandered into this July Wisconsin Hell on Earth from a better place But as I read on I began to realise that in many ways Black House only one vowel away from Bleak House the foggy opening of which is uoted in the text is a Victorian novel The authors cited uoted from glossed in the book are popular writers who once were read and are now both read and respected particularly Dickens Twain and Poe The characters too have a Dickensian uality to them They are the forces of darkness – The Fisherman Wendell Green the grasping newspaperman Lord Malshun Sauron as used car salesman; forces of light – Jack Sawyer himself; Henry Leyden the blind man with the many voices; the magnificently filthy brewer biker gang who call themselves the Hegelian Scum; brave Judy Marshall who is being driven mad by her visions of the truth and her son Ty who will become the Fisherman’s victim and on whose rescue the fate of the universe uite literally depends And the plot which roller coasters forward through the Wisconsin July has the easy comfortable uality of something built by two authors who are perfectly well aware of how good they are even to the point of referring to themselves as a couple of “scribbling fellows” in the text “Always scribble scribble eh Mr King”Sometimes the collaborative process has its downside; on occasion the characters feel like counters being pushed back and forth across a board and there is a final plot twist which smacks less of inevitability than it does of the authors checking off the last item on their to do list The use of the present tense which could too easily get wearing over 600 pages for the most part keeps the narrative voice supple informal and fresh although it can on occasion make one feel as if one is reading a film script – and there is a seuence when Irma’s body is found and the authors retread the same half hour from a number of points of view in which it actively becomes a handicap Such uibbles aside in Black House one is watching two master craftsmen both at the top of their game collaborating with every evidence of enormous enjoyment on a summery heartland gothic The book is hugely pleasurable and repays a reader in search of horror adventure or of any of the other joys both light and dark one can get from the best work of either of these two “scribbling fellows”Whether King and Straub will reconvene for a final installment in another fifteen years or whether Jack Sawyer’s tale has been subsumed into King’s Gunslinger series only time will tell Either way it is hard not to look forward to the eventual outcome


  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Black House The Talisman #2 Stephen King Peter StraubBlack House is a horror novel by American writers Stephen King and Peter Straub Published in 2001 it is the seuel to The Talisman This is one of King's numerous novels which also include Hearts in Atlantis and Insomnia that tie in with the Dark Tower series After the events of The Talisman Jack Sawyer has repressed the memories of his adventures in The Territories and his hunt for the Talisman as a twelve year old boy though the residue of these events has served to subtly affect his life even after he has forgotten them Jack grew up to become a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department where his professionalism and uncanny talent have helped him establish a nearly legendary reputation When a series of murders in Los Angeles are traced to a farm insurance salesman from French Landing Wisconsin Jack cooperates with the French Landing Police to capture the killer While in Wisconsin Jack is irresistibly enraptured by the natural beauty of the Coulee Country echoing his reaction to The Territories as a child When he later intrudes upon a homicide investigation in Santa Monica certain aspects of the crime scene threaten to revive his repressed memories He subseuently resigns from the LAPD and he moves to French Landing to enjoy his early retirementتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و نهم ماه می سال 2009میلادیعنوان خانه سیاه؛ نويسنده استیون کینگ؛ پیتر استراب؛ مترجم کتایون نصیری مجد؛ ویراستار علیرضا عامری؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، زهره، 1386، در 766ص؛ شابک 9789642981045؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 21مداستانی ناباورانه، درباره ی پسر جوانی، به نام «جک سایر» است؛ «جک» با درجه ی ستوانی، در اداره ی پلیس «لس آنجلس» پذیرفته شد، جاییکه حرفه ای بودن، و توانایی کم مانند او، به او یاری رساند، تا نامدار و نام آوری افسانه ای شود؛ هنگامی که یک سری از قتلها، در «لس آنجلس» رخ داد، «جک» با پلیس «ویسکانسین»، همکاری خویش را آغاز میکند؛ تا قاتل را شناسایی و دستگیر نمایدتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 06091399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  6. Baba Baba says:

    The weirdest thing about this and The Talisman is Peter Straub's involvement as the books are so completely entrenched in the Stephen King universe especially this oneThe beams are breaking the end of the world could be nigh Roland has formed a new Ka tet meanwhile in French Landing someone is kidnapping eating and killing children and the local authorities and FBI have no clue; enter Mr 'all grown up' since The Talisman and also a retired hero cop Jack SawyerA uintessential Stephen King and Peter Straub read a small town is under siege by a monster living among them; there's an outsider Sawyer who some love and some hate; there's a White Hat with a disability; there's kids in peril oh and at least one dumb cop More horror focused than The Talisman and compelling with a freer flowing story the Detective Columbo esue approach of identifying the killer very very early on fits well in the context of this story All in all a very good read further enhanced by huge Dark Tower ties 8 out of 12


  7. Ron Ron says:

    Each time I pick up a Stephen King book I am struck by the different writing voice I find Truth is I had expected it with Black House sort of being co written with Peter Straub and yet I was struck all the same KingStraub narrate much of this tale from a moving bird’s eye perspective floating in and out of each character’s stance and location with a twinge of humor on the side They don’t even try to hide the fact that this account has been written in a book by two writers even I thought this was funny and I thought the style of writing was unlike many of the other King works before it Believe me I tried to deduce who wrote what Was this King’s chapter or was it Straub’s “King ism’s” came through of course They always do But overall I could not tell Then I found the reason why while watching an interview of Stephen and his son Owen no less Even they could not tell who had written what when looking back at their new book Sleeping Beauties During their collaboration they had edited and rewritten one other’s work along the way thereby melding it There was the answerHow did Black House fare compared to The Talisman Pretty well I’d say Here’s the part where I admit that I cannot remember much of The Talisman I am bummed about that but just a little Although I think it’s than a good idea to read The Talisman first it’s not going to kill the story if you happened not to Black House looks back at the twelve year old Jack Sawyer and his uest across America while creating a whole new chapter in the process Jack is now an adult with no memory of the long ago journey to save his mom’s life Don’t worry Jack I forgot too But his memory will return and with it will come the recollection of that other world called The Territories And as I read about his recollection these words came through ”There are other worlds than these” That is not a line taken from Black House although it could easily be one The uote belongs to Jake Chambers from The Gunslinger I bring this up because the story of Black House fits so well with The Dark Tower series I don’t think there’s another book outside of the series that is closer to it than this one The Talisman may be in some ways but it seems to me that half the purpose of Black House is to tell a story of The Dark Tower that needed telling Fine by me Some of the things in those other worlds are a little bit “out there” so to speak Weird creatures Wild ideas And that’s fine too cause the stories are always strong Like this one


  8. Becky Becky says:

    It's been a long time since I read this book I remember reading it when it first came out when I was in my late teens and really enjoying it but it's clear that I forgot sooo much about this book I remember this one having to do with the Dark Tower but just how much and in what detail surprised me I almost wish that I hadn't read it now that I'd waited until later on in my upcoming Dark Tower re read with my bookclub so I could read it at a appropriate place within the Dark Tower timeline But oh well Sometimes one must live with the choices that are made It's not really fair to call this book a seuel to The Talisman I don't know what else to call it because it IS that but it sets the expectation that it will be similar to The Talisman and it's not at all that Talisman was an adventure a uest and yes there was some dark and grim stuff in there The Elroy Thing Sunlight Gardener Morgan Morgan etc and but it never felt hopelessly grim and depraved This does Not that I'm complaining I loved it But this is the evil twin that has been kept in the attic and fed fish heads making its appearance after 20 years It came from the same stock but it's not friendly or altogether sane This is a dark book It's a slow burn of a book It's a character study book It's a police procedural in hell book It's a Dark Tower book It's a Stephen King book so I don't know why anyone would expect anything less than the previous statements We pick back up with Jack Sawyer 20 years after we left him and he has made a career and a life for himself as a homicide detective He's forgotten or blocked all memories of his previous uest to save his mother and has tried to live as normal and mundane a life as possible despite the fact that he had touched the Talisman and it conferred a lasting good luck on him that made everything he wanted to do that much easier However Jack has pulled the plug on his career after seeing a black man murdered on the Santa Monica Pier and it dredges up some memories of Speedy Parker and he gets the hell out of dodge Moves to an idyllic little town in Wisconsin and never plans to be a cop again Except of course for the fact that Ka is a wheel and he doesn't have a choice Someone is killing children in his new hometown and of course nothing is ever what it seems when King's writing What follows is a grim but excellent story that builds and builds We encounter some old friends make a lot of new ones and than a few enemies as well and shit gets real And surreal I don't really want to talk too much about the plot or the story because it's best if one experiences it for themselves It is a great book and can stand alone though you will get much out of this if you are familiar with Jack's history I loved most of the characters in this book even the ones I detested Wendell Green and Charles Burnside I'm looking at you In that order Charles is what he is and he does what he does and there's no punishment harsh enough for that But for some reason my disgust and rage really homed in on Green and I felt like he was the most shitty person in this whole book All of the other evils were evil pure and simple They wanted to kill and destroy and tear down the walls of the universe because that's what evil does But fucking Wendell Green is just a shitty human who thinks way too highly of himself and is out for blood because he thinks that he's King Shit of Turd Hill only nobody else recognizes that yet He's the Rita Skeeter of French Landing The shitty fucker Shoulda been left for the Sisters Just sayin' ANYWHO I loved Henry and Beezer and Mouse and Jack and Dale All of these guys make me so proud of them Even Bear Girl in her small small bit part impressed me and kind of broke my heart She's a rock that girl I would have liked a bit about Mr Munshun and The Big Combination I wanted a bit about what that was FOR Obviously it was EVIL but just what was it powering Still this is a great book if a little tiny bit draggy at times Like I said it's a slow burner of a book It takes a bit of patience as often King's books do but I think they pay off in the end If I had ONE complaint it would be the romantic element of the story Ugh Come on It was unnecessary and so obvious and blah blah blah skim Yeah I get it she's pretty he's pretty they are interesting and now instalove Gag me Leave out the instalove and I'm golden I could not care less Otherwise excellent stuff


  9. Kenny Kenny says:

    What you love you must love all the harder because someday it will be goneBlack House Stephen King Peter StraubLast year I finally made my first trip to Stephen King's universe by reading THE TAILISMAN I wish I had read King's works in my teens They would have been amazing trips for a 13 year old boy to take Since visiting the Territories I have journeyed to 'SALEM'S LOT now French Crossing I have many trips planned with King Once I was completely absorbed in the worlds King createdStephen King Peter Straub collaborated on THE TAILISMAN a story about the fantastic travels of a young boy named Jack Sawyer In BLACK HOUSE King and Straub tell the tale of the adult Jack Wisely they revisited Jack Sawyer decades later in life making him a creature of this earth due to an understandable but selective amnesia where the Territories are concerned Exhausted by the horrors he's encountered as a successful homicide detective Jack has retired uite young to the hoped for peace and obscurity of small town Wisconsin life He's found a dear friend in an older blind man an oddly elegant music buff who anonymously channels a handful of divergent personalities to whom radio listeners for miles tune religiously think of him as Wolf in human form And now Jack is beginning to feel at home in his new surroundingsThe older Jack is a fascinating complex protagonist He is intelligent compassionate and confused relying on intuition and luck to resolve conflicts Once he understands what he must do he never waivers exuding confidence and leadership ualities around his companions Jack’s numerous memories from the Territories though rarely complete set him apart from other humans His fearlessness is both exaggerated and inspiring yet he is impatient at times losing his temper and hiding his pastWhile BLACK HOUSE is considered to be a seuel to THE TAILISMAN I’d be reluctant to describe it this way The story line is loosely connected to THE TAILISMAN in that it contains recurring characters Jack Sawyer ParkerParkus features a few trips to the Territories but that's it BLACK HOUSE uses an unusual distinctive narrative point of view The story is initially written from the viewpoint of a crow a familar the serial killer calls Gorg that lures children for him so everything’s written as if you’re flying above the action and swoop into to take a closer look moving towards the sun we glide away from the river Once Jack enters the story the narative changes the story becomes easier to followPart of the brilliance of BLACK HOUSE is how it works on several levels murder mystery character study fantasy horror story; it is both separate from bound to THE TALISMAN BLACK HOUSE is an exciting read uite scary as well One of the most intreguing aspects of BLACK HOUSE is in its references to classic literature THE TALISMAN relied heavily on the work of Mark Twain; here King and Straub reference both Poe Dickens The titles similarity to Bleak House is not incidental; the scarier sections of BLACK HOUSE parallels the foggy damp descriptions of Dickens' ghost stories Also similar to Dickens is the techniue of establishing places in which the sprawling cast of characters is introduced With Jack being introduced late in the story we grow attached to these people instead of being shown who they are in relation to JackBLACK HOUSE is a challenging complex read much challenging than THE TALISMAN 'SALEM'S LOT Readers are richly rewarded with an engrossing tale written by two masters at the top of their game


  10. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    45 stars rounded up Spoiler free review Spoiler discussion Thursday Theorist episode and spoiler free review coming to YouTube this weekNot being a fantasy fan is it any wonder that I like this book than its predecessor The Talisman This one is far engaging and interesting to me due to the characters and setting not to mention it's written in one of my favorite styles third person omniscient Not many books are written in this style any An editor once told me it's because people don't like reading books written using that POV I can dig it but I've always enjoyed it when done right and King and Straub did it right hereNote If you liked the intro and outro of Needful Things and wished there was an entire book written in that style look no further friends and neighborsOne of the first glaring differences you'll notice when jumping into this book if you're as much of a fan of the craft as you are of stories is that the book's written in present tense This tense suits the omniscient POV and lends an air of urgency to the proceedings You rarely find present tense outside of the literary world these days which is another shame I've grown to enjoy it than past tense over the years and it seems that's going to be the theme of this review liking antiuatedodd thingsThe third thing I noticed is how much our storytellers here have matured since The Talisman's release Their styles are mostly lost despite a glimmer of King here and there and I rarely caught myself saying Yup so and so definitely wrote this part There are passages that are 100% King and uite a few that are no doubt Straub but in the previous book those differences were everywhere Every time the authors passed the baton in The Talisman I felt jarred shaken thrown out of sorts Herein I only felt that way two or three times I never once wanted to put this book down whereas the previous book was a chore after the first 100 pages until the final 100 pages Here the book glides along sometimes literally taking to the air to give the reader a god like view of things This is thanks to the third person omniscient I noted in the first paragraph I've stuck to reviewing the mechanics of this book because the story is a doozy and I fear talking about any piece of it would reuire a spoiler warning Also and probably importantly the mechanics were what I didn't like about the last book All of that is fixed here and I only removed half a star for some needless meandering during the scene at Ed's Eats A tense scene felt less tense because of some obese narrative but it's the only criticism I haveThe popular consensus in the community is that if you liked The Talisman you'll dislike Black House and I think that's fair But I'd say the opposite is true too Hate The Talisman There's a good chance you'll love this one But that's just the opinion of a simple fanboy


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Black House[BOOKS] ✬ Black House By Stephen King – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Twenty years ago a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories twinner from a premature and agonizing death that would have bro Twenty years ago a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories twinner from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack WI He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd happenstance event threatened to awaken those memoriesWhen a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real life madman named Albert Fish the killer is dubbed The Fisherman and Jack's buddy the local chief of police begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this uiet town What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams if that is what they are of robins' eggs and red feathers It's almost as if someone is trying to tell him something As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past where he may find the soul strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.


About the Author: Stephen King

Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologiesIn the fall of Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy the public high school in Hampden Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.