The Dark Half (Oct 1989)

For years, Thad Beaumont has been writing books under the pseudonym George Stark (named after the 50s murderer Charlie Starkweather). When a journalist threatens to expose Beaumont's pen name, the author decides to go public first, killing off his pseudonym. Stark isn't content to be dispatched that easily, though. Beaumont's alter ego comes to life and begins to stalk those responsible for his demise. The police suspect Beaumont is responsible for these violent crimes.

Common King themes:

  • Main character is a writer (Thad Beaumont is a successful writer who publishes his more gritty/racy novels under the pen name George Stark.)

The Dark Half has connections to the following books:

Part 1 / Chapter 1 / Section 1 : Castle Rock, ME

Takes place in Castle Rock.

Liz had looked at Thad, questioning and a little horrified. Then they both had looked at the fake tombstone which had come from New York City (year-round home of People magazine) to Castle Rock, Maine (summer home of Thad and Liz Beaumont), with a mixture of amazement and bemused wonder.

Part 1 / Chapter 4 / Section 1 : George Bannerman

Alan Pangborn reminisces about his predecessor while considering a new murder victim he discovers in Castle Rock.

As if to prove that old saw about lightning and how often it strikes in the same place isn't always right, a number of bad things had happened in Castle Rock over the last eight or ten years — things bad enough to make the national news. George Bannerman was the local sheriff when those things occurred, but Big George, as he had been affectionately called, would not have to deal with Homer Gamache, because Big George was dead. He had survived the first bad thing, a series of rape—strangulations committed by one of his own officers, but two years later he had been killed by a rabid dog out on Town Road #3 — not just killed, either, but almost literally torn apart. Both of these cases had been extremely strange, but the world was a strange place. And a hard one. And, sometimes, an unlucky one.

Part 1 / Chapter 4 / Section 1 : Cujo

Alan reflects on the death of George Bannerman at the hands of Cujo.

George Bannerman was the local sheriff when those things occurred, but Big George, as he had been affectionately called, would not have to deal with Homer Gamache, because Big George was dead. He had survived the first bad thing, a series of rape—strangulations committed by one of his own officers, but two years later he had been killed by a rabid dog out on Town Road #3 — not just killed, either, but almost literally torn apart.

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