by Stephen King
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Late last night and the night before,
at the door.
I want to go out, don't know if I can,
'cause I'm so afraid
of the Tommyknocker man.
It begins with nothing more frightening than a nursery rhyme; yet in
Stephen King's hands it becomes an unforgettable parable of dread, a threat from an
unimaginable darkness that drags the practical inhabitants of a New England village into a
hell worse than their own most horrible nightmares ... and yours.
It begins with a writer named Roberta Anderson, looking for firewood in
the forest that stretches behind her house. Bobbi stumbles over three inches of
metal, which unusually heavy spring runoff has left sticking out of the soil. A
logger's beer can, she thinks at first, but "the metal was as solid as
It begins with Bobbi's discovery of the ship in the earth, a ship buried
for millions of years, but still vibrating faintly, still humming with some sort of life
... faint ... weak ... but still better left alone.
Bobbi then begins to dig -- tentatively at first, then compulsively -- and
is joined by her old friend (and onetime lover), Jim Gardener. Aided by a weirdly
advanced technology, their excavation proceeds apace. And as they uncover more and
more of an artifact both familiar and so unbelievable it is almost beyond comprehension,
the inhabitants of Haven start to change.
There is the new hot-water heater in Bobbi's basement -- a hot-water
heater that apparently runs on flashlight batteries. The vengeful housewife who
learns of her husband's affair ... from a picture of Jesus on top of her TV, a picture
that begins to talk. Not to mention the ten-year-old magician who makes his little
brother disappear ... for real.
The townspeople of Haven are "becoming" -- being welded into one
organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in fatal thrall to the Tommyknockers.
In this riveting, nightmarish story, Stephen King has given us his
tautest, most terrifying novel to date. And the next time someone raps at your
door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.
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