Stephen King & Peter Straub
Jack Sawyer, hero of “The Talisman”, is forced to remember the summer he
was twelve years old and traveled to a parallel world called the
Territories, when a series of child abductions and murders disturbs the
town he has settled in two decades later.
None of the characters
we met the first time appear except Speedy Parker, but we are introduced
to new and equally interesting characters – Henry Leyden, the blind man
who could see, and the Thunder Five, bikers who happen to be college
graduates and brew great beer. The novel begins slowly but picks up
after the first hundred pages, and despite it being written by King and
Straub, it is almost purely King’s voice we hear. Most reminiscent of
another King work “It”, “Black House” is ultimately about a quest to
save the world, and like King’s other novels, tells us that despite the
horror one may encounter along the way, one needs only to believe in
good for good to triumph in the end.