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Needful Things (1991) [Novel]
by Stephen King Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (49 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

With a demonic blend of malice and affection, Stephen King says goodbye to the town he put on the map -- Castle Rock, Maine... where Polly Chalmers runs You Sew and Sew and Sheriff Alan Pangborn is in charge of keeping the peace. It's a small town, and Stephen King fans might think they know its secrets pretty well; they've been here before.

Leland Gaunt is a stranger -- and he calls his shop Needful Things. Eleven-year-old Brain Rusk is his first customer, and Brian finds just what he wants most in all the world; a '56 Sandy Koufax baseball card. By the end of the week, Mr. Gaunt's business is fairly booming, and why not? At Needful Things, there's something for everyone.

And, of course, there is always a price. For Leland Gaunt, the pleasure of doing business lies chiefly in seeing how much people will pay for their most secret dreams and desires. And as Leland Gaunt always points out, at Needful Things, the prices are high indeed. Does that stop people from buying? Has it ever?

For Alan and Polly, this one week in autumn will be an awful test -- a test of will, desire, and pain. Above all, it will be a test of their ability to grasp the true nature of their enemy. They may have a chance... But maybe not, because, as Mr. Gaunt knows, almost everything is for sale: love, hope, even the human soul.

With the potent storytelling authority that millions of readers have come to prize, Stephen King delivers an Out Town with a vengeance, an inimitable farewell to a place his fiction has often and long called home.

Original title: Needful Things
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorSatanism, Demonology, and Black Magic


  • Illustrations by Bill Russell
  • Dedication: "This is for Chris Lavin, who doesn't have all the answersójust the ones that matter."


Edition #1: Needful Things

Needful Things (1991)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Tremendous... wonderful... King in top form... one of his best!" Kirkus Reviews
  • "Brilliant... magnificent... grand... ranks with King's best." Publishers Weekly
  • "Sharply realized... juicy... every word King writes is worth reading... a read in the tradition of The Stand." Booklist
  • "King's best... fast-paced, well-constructed... cleverly plotted." Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Needful Things (2008)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340952764
Dimensions: 4.3 x 7 x 1.8 in
Pages: 800

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Needful Things (1992)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 0451172817
Pages: 736

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Needful Things (1991)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780670839537
Pages: 690

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