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From a Buick 8

by Stephen King

Category: Ghost & Horror / General
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 28 August 2002
Number of pages: 416

For twenty years the officers in Pennsylvania State Police Barracks have kept a secret in Shed B. A vintage Buick which lures the troopers to come and take a look. Now young Ned Wilcox, son of the recently deceased officer Curt, has started hanging around the Barracks. One day he can't resist peeking through the windows. And it's time to share the secret. So the veteran troopers sit Ned down on the smoking bench and tell him every skin-curdling detail - from the Buick's arrival to the terrifying light-shows and what it sucks in and breathes out. For the Buick is a conduit to another world. As King puts it, "when we confront the deep and authentic unknown, we glimpse that place where our familiar universe stops".

Stephen King rarely disappoints his readers and this is no exception. Since 1979, when state troopers Curt Wilcox and his partner were called to investigate the disappearance of a driver from a gas station, a curious vintage Buick has been kept hidden in a shed within the Pennsylvania State Police barracks. Rumours about the car and its true nature have long intrigued police and locals alike, but few know the truth. Twenty years after the discovery of the Buick, Curt dies and his teenage son Ned takes to hanging around the police barracks mourning his father. One day Ned sneaks a look through the windows of the shed containing the car, and the veteran troopers decide to share with him the Buick's strange history. As the men reveal what they know, Ned learns that the vehicle that his father brought in was no ordinary car, but something far stranger. King has crafted an enthralling, eerie tale. Like all the best horror writers, he holds the supernatural elements of the story within the framework of the mundane and everyday, making the gradual revelations about the mysterious car all the more effective. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
'Still on top of his game...An unusual and disturbing mix that no other modern writer could pull off' The Times on EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL 'Stephen King is blessed with an apparently inexhaustible imagination and a talent for storytelling that shows little sign of waning. In his hands at least, the art is far from being lost' Daily Mail on EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL Another masterpiece from Stephen King...Not only does he write better than anyone else in this genre, he also produces a narrative that never loosens its grip Evening Standard on DREAMCATCHER King has inspired a whole generation to read. He's made them read good, witty prose...a fabulous teller of stories who can create an entire new world and make the reader live in it Express on DREAMCATCHER Absolutely fascinating The Sunday Times on ON WRITING Astonishingly good Independent on HEARTS IN ATLANTIS Accomplished...unputdownable...his mesmerising best Observer on BAG OF BONES

Author's Biography:
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than thirty books of which the most recent are HEARTS IN ATLANTIS, DREAMCATCHER and his non-fiction book ON WRITING. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.

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