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First line :
umber whunnnn
yerrrnnn umber whunnnn

These sounds: even in the haze.

Notes :
Paul Sheldon's
- typewriter described as having "Insolent Gunslinger-voice"...

...and we all know who the Gunslinger is, right (red.)

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Quotes :
  • “I’m your number one fan.”

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  • Written : 1987
  • Intended original titles : The Annie Wilkes Edition
  • Misery takes place in Colorado, during the winter...

  • King Said: 'I wrote most of Misery by hand, sitting at Kipling’s desk in Brown's Hotel in London. Then I found out he died at the desk. That spooked me, so I quit the hotel.'...

  • Synopsis :
    Novelist Paul Sheldon has plans to make the difficult transition from writing historical romances featuring heroine Misery Chastain to publishing literary fiction. Annie Wilkes, Sheldon's number one fan, rescues the author from the scene of a car accident. The former nurse takes care of him in her remote house, but becomes irate when she discovers that the author has killed Misery off in his latest book. Annie keeps Sheldon prisoner while forcing him to write a book that brings Misery back to life.

    The inspiration for Misery was a short story by Evelyn Waugh called "The Man Who Loved Dickens." It came to me as I dozed off while on a New York-to-London Concorde flight. Waugh's short story was about a man in South America held prisoner by a chief who falls in love with the stories of Charles Dickens and makes the man read them to him. I wondered what it would be like if Dickens himself was held captive."

    In Misery (1987), as in The Shining (1977), a writer is trapped in an evil house during a Colorado winter. Each novel bristles with claustrophobia, stinging insects, and the threat of a lethal explosion. Each is about a writer faced with the dominating monster of his unpredictable muse.
    Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.
    He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.

    Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" bestselling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever.


    Viking 1987.

    "First Published in 1987 by the Viking Press"
    on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $18.95


    New English Library 1988.
    370 pages.
    ISBN 0 450 41739 5.

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1987.

    Fiction: Horror


    This is for Stephanie and Jim Leonard,
    who know why.

    Boy, do they.


    Part I

    Part II

    Part III

    Part IV


    Mouth-to-mouth, the woman had forced him back to life, pumping great sickly-sweet gusts of bad breath into him. Sickly-sweet she smiled down at him, pushing the painkillers into his dry mouth with her big, work-coarsened fingers. Coyly, smilingly, she pillow-plumped and nursey-talked and made sure he finished up every last little scrap.

    He was a writer. She was his Number One Fan. She'd pulled him out of the car-wreck, brought him home, splinted and set his mangled legs. All he had to do in return was to write: a very special book, just for her, all about her favorite character from his novels. One he'd killed off and now had to bring back to life.

    Because if he didn't, if he was Bad and Didn't Do What Nurse Told Him, she would be cross - very cross - and do things that would make him scream and scream...

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