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Black House (2001) [Novel]
by Stephen King Peter Straub Rating: Weighted - 7.4 / Average - 7.4 of 10 (30 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled 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, Wisconsin. 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 memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occurs 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 malign force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robin's 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 must 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.

Original title: Black House
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyAlternate and Parallel Worlds
FictionFantasyDark Fantasy
FictionHorrorDetectives and Horror


  • Dedication: "For David Gernert and Ralph Vicinanza"


Edition #1: Black House

Black House (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "An intelligent... suspenseful page-turner... It's a relief to find popular fiction that is as unpretentious yet rich in literary allusion and human detail as Black House." The Wall Street Journal
  • "Jack's saga overflows with dark wit, sly literary references, suspense, and heartache. What elevates Black House beyond ordinary horror novels is the richness of its cast." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Hugely pleasurable... Black House allows us to see two master craftsmen, each at the top of his game." The Washington Post Book World
  • "Extraordinary... hard to put down." People (Page-Turner of the Week)
  • "A darkly absorbing read... Black House may open the door to a hellish world of madness, but essentially it's a story of heroes and their response to tragedy, not a story of tragedy itself. In that respect, it could be a tonic for the times." Houston Chronicle
  • "Black House has an ending that almost ensures yet another sequel. And I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat looking forward to taking on a sequel. Which is a fine testament to the literary skills of King and Straub, and the relentless narrative of Black House, surely one of the finest novels yet." The Denver Post
  • "Delightfully creepy... A thrilling epic packed with horrifying monsters and a surprisingly potent emotional payoff." Entertainment Weekly
  • "A dark and disturbing book. I loved it.... In addition to an addictive plot, the authors treat us to a unique narrative device that makes the reader part of the story.... The 'Territories' [is] a fantasy land that has become as real to lovers of the genre as Frank Baum's Oz and J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth." Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News
  • "If you're a fan of either author's hernia-inducing chillers, then rock this house." Maxim
  • "The book's vivid, carefully detailed depiction of small-town life, its folksy, common-man characters confronted by supernatural evil, and even the plot's structure, which follows a group of characters as they band together for a life-and-death showdown against larger-than-life monsters, are all familiar tropes of King's novels. Straub's influence is felt mostly in the writing, which takes the kind of elegant, stylistic chances for which the author is known.... Black House reminds you that although King and Straub are best known for their abilities to tap into our collective nightmares, their true strength, and the quality that makes this novel so engrossing, lies in depicting ordinary situations with uncommon perception and understanding." The Miami Herald
  • "Fine fiction, elegantly crafted and exceptionally unnerving... What's left at the end is a profound hope that King and Straub won't take seventeen more years before thrilling us with the further adventures of Jack Sawyer." The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • "Engrossing and enjoyable... the writing crackles with life." Detroit Free Press
  • "A brilliant and challenging dark fantasy that fans of both authors are going to love.... There's so much here to revel in, from expertly executed sequences of terror, awe, or passion, to some of the most wonderful characters to spring from a page in years, to a story whose energy is so high and craft so accomplished that most readers will wish it ran twice its great length. What is probably the most anticipated novel of the year turns out to be its most memorable to date, a high point in both the King and Straub canons." Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)
  • "From its foundation on up, [Black House] is a solid piece of popular storytelling." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "The kind of book you can get lost in, only to look up at 5 A.M. and realize you only have a couple of hours to sleep—that is, if you can get to sleep after some of the scenes." The News-Star
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Black House (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345470638
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 x 1.2 in
Pages: 658

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Black House (September 2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780375504396
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.3 x 1.7 in
Pages: 624

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Black House (2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780007100422
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.2 in
Pages: 624

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