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By Stephen King

The number 1 nationwide bestseller a couple of recognized novelist held hostage by way of his “number one fan” and agony a daunting case of writer’s block—that may well turn out deadly. one in all “Stephen King’s best…genuinely frightening” (USA TODAY).

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has ultimately met his no 1 fan. Her identify is Annie Wilkes, and he or she is greater than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered physique after an vehicle coincidence. yet she can also be livid that the writer has killed off her favourite personality in his most recent booklet. Annie turns into his captor, conserving him prisoner in her remoted house.

Annie wishes Paul to jot down a e-book that brings distress again to life—just for her. She has loads of how one can spur him on. One is a needle. one other is an awl. And in the event that they don’t paintings, she will get particularly nasty.

“Terrifying” (San Francisco Chronicle), “dazzlingly well-written” (The Indianapolis Star), and “truly gripping” (Publishers Weekly), Misery is “classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense” (The Boston Globe).

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Roman D. Sandpiper, whose given identify used to be Virginia, had grew to become an upstairs room of her domestic into Misery’s Parlor. She integrated Polaroids of Misery’s Spinning Wheel, Misery’s Escritoire (complete with a half-completed bread-and-butter word to Mr. Faverey, asserting she will be in attendance on the university corridor Recitation on twentieth Nov. inst. —done in what Paul suggestion used to be an eerily apt hand for his heroine, no longer a around and flowing girls’ script yet a half-feminine copperplate), Misery’s sofa, Misery’s Sampler (Let Love coach You; don't Presume to educate Love), and so forth. , and so on. The furniture, Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper’s letter acknowledged, have been all actual, no longer reproductions, and whereas Paul couldn't inform needless to say, he guessed that it was once the reality. if that is so, this dear little bit of make-believe should have price Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper hundreds of thousands of bucks. Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper hastened to guarantee him that she was once now not utilizing his personality to earn cash, nor did she have any plans in that direction—heaven forbid! —but she did wish him to work out the images, and to inform her what she had improper (which, she was once definite, has to be an excellent deal). Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper additionally was hoping for his opinion. those images had given him a sense which was once unusual but eerily intangible—it were like taking a look at images of his personal mind's eye, and he knew that from that second on, at any time when he attempted to visualize Misery’s little mix parlor and examine, Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper’s Polaroids may jump instantly into his brain, obscuring mind's eye with their cheery yet one-dimensional concreteness. inform her what was once improper? That was once insanity. any further he could be the one to ask yourself approximately that. He had written again, a short be aware of congratulations and admiration—a word which hinted by no means at definite questions bearing on Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper which had crossed his brain: how tightly wrapped was once she? for instance—and had got one other letter in go back, with a clean slew of Polaroids. Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper’s first conversation had consisted of a two-page handwritten letter and 7 Polaroids. This moment consisted of a ten-page handwritten letter and 40 Polaroids. The letter was once an exhaustive (and eventually laborious) handbook of the place Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper had came upon every piece, how a lot she had paid, and the recovery techniques concerned. Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper advised him that she had chanced on a guy named McKibbon who owned an previous squirrel-rifle, and had gotten him to place the bullet-hole within the wall by way of the chair—while she couldn't swear to the historic accuracy of the gun, Mrs. Roman D. (“Virginia”) Sandpiper admitted, she knew the quality used to be correct. the images have been as a rule shut element pictures. yet for the handwritten captions at the backs, they can were images in a single of these what's THIS photograph? positive factors in puzzle magazines, the place maxi-photography makes the straight-arm of a paper-clip appear like a pylon and the pop-top of a beer-can like a Picasso sculpture.

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