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Nineteen (19)

First line :
On a very hot day in August of 1994, my wife told me she was going down to the Derry Rite Aid to pick up a refill on her sinus medicine prescription - this is stuff you can buy over the counter these days, I believe.

Notes :
Bag of Bones is important in that it is one of the first of King's books to have been given in-depth literary analysis beyond that of the horror genre by critics.

Places :
Dark Score Lake
Take a look at the towns for more info...

Quotes :
  • "Murder is the worst kind of pornography."
  • "What if death drives us insane? What if we survive, but it drives us insane? What then?"

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  • Written : Center Lovell, Maine; May 25, 1997 – February 6, 1998
  • Bag of Bones takes place in Derry, Maine in 1994...
  • King has stated that he wanted to return to his Maine turf to write one more scary novel before he turned fifty. Fair enough - here, King certainly returns to Maine...
  • Synopsis :
    Several years after his wife's death, novelist Mike Noonan still suffers writers block. A dream inspires him to return to the couple's summer retreat in western Maine, a lakeside house called Sara Laughs. Shortly after arriving, Noonan is caught in the middle of a custody battle involving the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child's enormously wealthy grandfather. He also discovers that Sara Laughs is haunted and that his late wife, Joanna, still has something to tell him.

    In Bag of Bones is partly inspired by Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca, but there's more than homage in this novel of horror and romance. Like du Maurier's Manderley, King's scary old place (on the shore of Maine's remote Dark Score Lake) is haunted by the late lady of the manor. There are many gory ghosts afoot, though: men, women, and wailing kids. The hero, a thriller novelist, stirs up hell's plenty of angry shades while investigating his wife's death. It turns out she either had a dark secret herself or was onto some dread scandal lurking in Dark Score Lake. As in King's previous book, Wizard and Glass, the fabric of reality is thin, and nosy narrators are in peril of plunging right out of this world and into a rather hostile otherworld.


    Scribner 1998.

    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    1.3 million copies.
    Dust Jacket price: $28.00


    Hodder and Stoughton 1998.
    ISBN 0 340 71819 6.
    516 pages.
    10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on Copyright Page

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1998.
    Fiction: Horror


    This is for Naomi. Still.


    Consists of 29 chapters +



    DERRY, MAINE. Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly. After this tragic loss, the bestselling writer suffers acute writer's block, unable even to face the blank screen of the word processor without being shaken by nausea and panic

    The the nightmares and the voices stat ... nightmares of Sara Laughs, their beautiful lakeside retreat. Still Mike is drawn inexorably to their once happy home; drawn to his old typewriter and the urge to write again.

    But the once familiar Western Maine town has changed. It's now in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore and his terrifying skeletal bookkeeper. Devore is determined to obtain custody of three-year-old Kyra, his deceased son's child, and is twisting the community to his purpose.

    When the girl and her young mother turn to Mike for help, he finds himself powerless to resist them. But there are other more sinister forces at Sara Laughs determined to stand in their way...


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