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La voce delle cose & La donna del faro

“Deviazioni” è il nome che Ed McBain ha deciso di dare a questa raccolta, dopo aver invitato dieci fra i più grandi nomi del suspense, del mystery e del thriller a misurarsi con una storia più lunga di un racconto e più breve di un romanzo. Questo volume raccoglie “Le voci delle cose” di Stephen King e “La donna del faro” di John Farris. Le voci delle cose: Se Scott, ex impiegato di una compagnia assicurativa con sede alle Torri Gemelle, è ancora vivo, deve ringraziare lo spiritello tentatore che quella maledetta mattina gli suggerì di darsi malato in ufficio. Nell’agosto del 2002, diversamente dagli ex colleghi – puntuali sul lavoro e all’appuntamento con la morte – può ancora divertirsi a corteggiare una graziosa condomina. Ma, appena riapre la porta del suo appartamento da single, nota sul tavolino dell’ingresso un paio di eccentrici occhiali e a stento soffoca un grido di orrore. Perché quegli occhiali erano il portafortuna della sua collega Sonja, la disgraziata che si è gettata da una delle torri in fiamme. In breve tempo si materializzano in casa di Scott altri oggetti – una mazza da baseball, un cuscino, una conchiglia tutti appartenuti agli ex compagni d’ufficio e dati per distrutti nell’attentato. E sembrano volergli parlare… La donna del faro: Prossima alle nozze con un poliziotto, Eco Halloran lavora per una casa d’aste di New York con l’intima speranza di sfondare come pittrice. Ma, a colpire John Ransome, famoso e influente ritrattista, non sono tanto le sue opere quanto la bellezza insolita e stupefacente che la contraddistingue. Vedendo in lei la modella ideale, l’affermato artista la invita a un suo vernissage. Passo dopo passo, Ransome si insinua con invadenza nella vita di Eco, giungendo persino a regalarle per l’imminente matrimonio uno splendido cottage. A una condizione: che, per un anno intero, lei si isoli con lui nel suo atelier in cima a un faro, senza poter vedere nessuno, neppure il fidanzato…

Plein gaz

Sur une route désolée du Nevada, un gang de motards est pris en chasse par un camion fou, apparemment bien décidé à les éliminer un à un. Il n’existe qu’une seule issue pour sauver sa peau : ne jamais ralentir… Inspiré par le désormais classique *Duel* , de Richard Matheson, adapté au cinéma par Steven Spielberg dans son premier film, *Plein Gaz* marque la première collaboration entre Stephen King et Joe Hill. *Traduit de l’anglais par Antoine Chainas*

The Outsider

La sera del 10 luglio, davanti al poliziotto che lo interroga, il signor Ritz è visibilmente scosso. Poche ore prima, nel piccolo parco della sua città, Flint City, mentre portava a spasso il cane, si è imbattuto nel cadavere martoriato di un bambino.
Un bambino di undici anni. A Flint City ci si conosce tutti e certe cose sono semplicemente impensabili. Così la testimonianza del signor Ritz è solo la prima di molte, che la polizia raccoglie in pochissimo tempo, perché non si può lasciare libero il mostro che ha commesso un delitto tanto orribile. E le indagini scivolano rapidamente verso un uomo e uno solo: Terry Maitland. Testimoni oculari, impronte digitali, gruppo sanguigno, persino il DNA puntano su Terry, il più insospettabile dei cittadini, il gentile professore di inglese, allenatore di baseball dei pulcini, marito e padre esemplare. Ma proprio per questo il detective Ralph Anderson decide di sottoporlo alla gogna pubblica. Il suo arresto spettacolare, allo stadio durante la partita e davanti a tutti, fa notizia e il caso sembra risolto. Solo che Terry Maitland, il 10 luglio, non era in città. E il suo alibi è inoppugnabile: testimoni oculari, impronte, tutto dimostra che il brav’uomo non può essere l’assassino.
Per stabilire quale versione della storia sia quella vera non può bastare la ragione. Perché il male ha molte facce. E King le conosce tutte.
« *L’It dell’era Trump… notevole e veramente bello.* » **The AV Club**
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La sera del 10 luglio, davanti al poliziotto che lo interroga, il signor Ritz è visibilmente scosso. Poche ore prima, nel piccolo parco della sua città, Flint City, mentre portava a spasso il cane, si è imbattuto nel cadavere martoriato di un bambino.
Un bambino di undici anni. A Flint City ci si conosce tutti e certe cose sono semplicemente impensabili. Così la testimonianza del signor Ritz è solo la prima di molte, che la polizia raccoglie in pochissimo tempo, perché non si può lasciare libero il mostro che ha commesso un delitto tanto orribile. E le indagini scivolano rapidamente verso un uomo e uno solo: Terry Maitland. Testimoni oculari, impronte digitali, gruppo sanguigno, persino il DNA puntano su Terry, il più insospettabile dei cittadini, il gentile professore di inglese, allenatore di baseball dei pulcini, marito e padre esemplare. Ma proprio per questo il detective Ralph Anderson decide di sottoporlo alla gogna pubblica. Il suo arresto spettacolare, allo stadio durante la partita e davanti a tutti, fa notizia e il caso sembra risolto. Solo che Terry Maitland, il 10 luglio, non era in città. E il suo alibi è inoppugnabile: testimoni oculari, impronte, tutto dimostra che il brav’uomo non può essere l’assassino.
Per stabilire quale versione della storia sia quella vera non può bastare la ragione. Perché il male ha molte facce. E King le conosce tutte.
« *L’It dell’era Trump… notevole e veramente bello.* » **The AV Club**

Pet sematary

In una limpida giornata di fine estate, la famiglia Creed si trasferisce in un tranquillo sobborgo residenziale di una cittadina del Maine. Non lontano dalla loro casa, al centro di una radura, sorge Pet Sematary, il cimitero dei cuccioli, un luogo dove i ragazzi del circondariato, secondo un’antica consuetudine, usano seppellire i propri animaletti. Ma ben presto la serena esistenza dei Creed viene sconvolta da una serie di episodi inquietanti e dall’improvviso ridestarsi di forze oscure e malefiche.

Christine

Arnie Conningham, un pedante studente di liceo; Dennis Guilder, suo amico e talvolta protettore; Leigh Cabot la ragazza di Arnie che anche Dennis desidera, vivono la loro adolescenza in una tranquilla cittadina di Pittsburgh. Il solito “triangolo”? Non proprio. C’è un quarto personaggio, una seconda presenza femminile, la dama oscura della vicenda. “Le macchine sono ragazze”, sostiene Leigh Cabot, e la potenza tenebrosa creata da Stephen King è proprio una Plymouth del 1958 che si chiama Christine. Ma non è un’automobile qualsiasi, questa superstite bicolore di un epoca in cui la super costava dieci cents il litro e i tachimetri erano calibrati per toccare i novanta chilometri all’ora. Arnie vuole Christine a qualsiasi costo e a poco a poco Dennis e Leigh cominciano a sospettare che il prezzo della sua crescente ossessione possa diventare incredibilmente alto e le conseguenze spaventose.

Los ojos del dragón

Stephen King convierte un clásico cuento de hadas en una obra maestra del género de terror. Los ojos del dragón es un apasionante relato de aventuras, con héroes arquetípicos, dragones, príncipes y hechiceros… El joven príncipe Peter, hijo del difunto rey, da la talla de monarca y espera heredar el reino. Pero el mago de la corte dispone que sea ungido el príncipe Thomas, un muchacho al que manipula de acuerdo con sus siniestros propósitos. Sin embargo, Thomas posee un secreto que nadie ha sido capaz de adivinar.

La llegada de los tres

Después de enfrentarse con el hombre de negro al final de «El pistolero», Roland se despierta febril y debilitado en una playa. Al caer la noche le atacan unos seres monstruosos que salen del mar. Para eludirlos, Roland puede huir de la playa por tres salidas, tres puertas. Todas le llevarán a Nueva York, pero en tres momentos distintos; además, al otro lado de cada una de ellas Roland tendrá que atraer a una persona. Necesita a estas tres personas para seguir adelante en su búsqueda de la Torre Oscura: en el año 1987 encuentra a Eddie Dean, heroinómano desesperado; en 1964 a Odetta Holmes, la Dama de las Sombras, heredera afroamericana que perdió sus piernas en un accidente en el metro; finalmente, en 1977, da con Jack Mort, la propia muerte. ¿Serán ellos los que formarán su ka-tet? Este volumen incluye una nueva introducción del autor, además de las ilustraciones originales de la edición de Donald Grant de 1987.

The Tommyknockers

“Stephen King never stops giving us his all” (Chicago Tribune) in this #1 national bestseller about the idyllic small town of Haven, Maine, and its encounter with a deadly evil out for a diabolical invasion of body, soul—and mind.Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in Haven powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a deathtrap for all outsiders. Something that is buried in the woods behind Bobbi’s house. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, they uncover an alien spaceship. And as they learn more about this strange discovery, the citizens of Haven begin to change: The townspeople are being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in thrall to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship. In Tommyknockers, “Stephen King at his best” (San Francisco Chronicle), King has given us a “brilliant, riveting, marvelous” (The Boston Globe) novel. “You will not be able to put this down” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.

Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil by Tim Pratt, Michael Chabon, Holly Black, Kelly Link
The Devil is known by many names: Serpent, Tempter, Beast, Adversary, Wanderer, Dragon, Rebel. His traps and machinations are the stuff of legends. His faces are legion. No matter what face the devil wears, Sympathy for the Devil has them all. Edited by Tim Pratt, Sympathy for the Devil collects the best Satanic short stories by Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Stephen King, Kage Baker, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, China Mieville, Michael Chabon, and many others, revealing His Grand Infernal Majesty, in all his forms. Thirty-five stories, from classics to the cutting edge, exploring the many sides of Satan, Lucifer, the Lord of the Flies, the Father of Lies, the Prince of the Powers of the Air and Darkness, the First of the Fallen… and a Man of Wealth and Taste. Sit down and spend a little time with the Devil.
Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a *New York Times* bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Poe’s Children

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From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from twenty-five writers representing today’s most talented voices in the genre.**
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Horror writing is usually associated with formulaic gore, but New Wave horror writers have more in common with the wildly inventive, evocative spookiness of Edgar Allan Poe than with the sometimes-predictable hallmarks of their peers. Showcasing this cutting-edge talent, *Poe’s Children *now brings the best of the genre’s stories to a wider audience. Featuring tales from such writers as Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll,* Poe’s Children *is Peter Straub’s tribute to the imaginative power of storytelling. Each previously published story has been selected by Straub to represent what he thinks is the most interesting development in our literature during the last two decades.
Selections range from the early Stephen King psychological thriller “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet,” in which an editor confronts an author’s belief that his typewriter is inhabited by supernatural creatures, to “The Man on the Ceiling,” Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem’s award-winning surreal tale of night terrors, woven with daylight fears that haunt a family. Other selections include National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon’s “The Bees”; Peter Straub’s “Little Red’s Tango,” the legend of a music aficionado whose past is as mysterious as the ghostly visitors to his Manhattan apartment; Elizabeth Hand’s visionary and shocking “Cleopatra Brimstone”; Thomas Ligotti’s brilliant, mind-stretching “Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story”; and “Body,” Brian Evenson’s disturbing twist on correctional facilities.
Crossing boundaries and packed with imaginative chills, *Poe’s Children *bears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction.
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Pet Sematary

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A perennial classic from Stephen King – timeless and topical.

Soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount.

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.

(source: Bol.com)

The Long Walk

Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman. Travel a road of horrors with the world’s bestselling author. ‘The Long Walk’ is the newly repackaged novel of a terrifying journey originally published under the Richard Bachman pseudonym. In the near future, a young boy has been one of 100 selected to take the Long Walk–a deadly contest of endurance and determination, in which each step can literally be your last. Follow in the contestant’s tortured footsteps as they struggle with each other, and themselves, to survive the race. This harrowing tale is vintage King at his finest!

Full Dark, No Stars

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“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger . . .” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
Like *Different Seasons *and *Four Past Midnight, *which generated such enduring films as *The Shawshank Redemption *and *Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars *proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
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Duma Key

Don’t miss the thrilling novel from undisputed King of Horror and #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King about what happens when the barrier between our world and that of the supernatural is breached…
No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through…
A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle’s right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn’t survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a “geographic cure,” a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.
“Edgar, does anything make you happy?”
“I used to sketch.”
“Take it up again. You need hedges…hedges against the night.”
Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth’s past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural—Stephen King gives us yet another novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
**Recensie(s)**

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. * Sunday Telegraph * This is a powerful piece of work and once the horrors kick in, the pace is relentless. Fresh and frightening and highly recommended. * Peter Guttridge, Observer * 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. * Daily Mail * In many ways this is classic King, a thriller with agressively credible characters. * The Times * ‘As with all Stephen King novels, this book is sinister and surprising. You feels as though the individual characters are actually real. Another masterpiece.’ * The Sun * Very clever and brilliantly written . . . you won’t use your mobile for days. * Guardian on CELL * Thrilling, genuinely terrifying, beautifully textured and full of wonderful invention * Daily Mail on LISEY’S STORY * The 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. * The Times on CELL * The 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 all * TheLondonPaper * The 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-turning * Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday * He has become a fascinating paradoxical figure, still seen as ultra-commercial but, in fact, increasingly highbrow and self-conscious * Sunday Times *
(source: Bol.com)

Desperation

Stephen King, the world’s bestselling author, that you do not want to visit…because it’s pure hell to live there! In the desolate mining town of Desperation, Nevada, there is something very wrong. The local lawman is besieged by delusions of murderous grandeur, dead animals decorate the landscape, and visitors are few and far between. But when an unlucky group of travelers is waylaid in the desert anti-oasis, the battle lines are drawn against an ancient and unholy evil, determined to be born again! Praise for “Desperation”: “[ “Desperation” is] astonishing…the terror is relentless”.– “Publishers Weekly” ” “Desperation” builds to a climax reminiscent of “The Stand”.”– “Washington Post Book World” “A double dose of ghostly horror. “Desperation” is pure King, a rollicking good tale skillfully told of repugnance and godliness doing high-screech battle”.– “San Francisco Chronicle”

Les yeux du dragon

L’ombre de Flagg plane depuis quatre siècles sur le royaume de Delain… Le jour où la silhouette du sinistre magicien se glisse derrière le trône du roi Roland, c’est en vue d’accomplir son noir dessein : assurer le triomphe du mal. La machination se met en marche, vénéneuse comme le poison. Mais c’est compter sans une antique maison de poupée, quelques milliers de serviettes de table, les yeux d’un vieux dragon empaillé et, bien sûr, le courage de ceux qui refusent la tyrannie. On sait que les contes de fées sont les premiers récits de terreur. En écrire un à l’intention de sa fille Naomi était donc pour Stephen King une sorte de retour aux sources.