A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life...
In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls - including Jamie's mother and beloved sister - feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.
Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men.
Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price...This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. King - for a reason.
The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. - GuardianAmerica's greatest living novelist.Scary and often profound - Mail on Sunday, Horror Book of the MonthKing's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited.King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly . . . Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. - ObserverThere are few writers able so effortlessly, so naturally and so intimately to lay out the details of a life. Perhaps that's why, when the book begins to slide away from our own reality, we're happy to follow where Jamie leads. - GuardianHe shows he can still pull off scenes with a characteristic combination of intensity and oddity. - Sunday TimesSimply superb . . . classic King: intimate, readable and convincing . . . tastier than most bestsellers out there. - Independent
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 11th November 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1