The Black House


Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories “twinner” from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “The Fisherman” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.


28 thoughts on “The Black House”

  1. This book is wonderful! One of my faves and One of the scariest king passages I have ever read! Yes, the Talisman isn’t as good. It gets a little bad in the middle and finishes strong and then Black House is just completely over powering in a great way. Worth it to get through Talisman guys!

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      1. It’s funny you ask because I don’t think I’ve ever read a complete book of his. However, I really like the TV movie for The Storm of the Century with Tim Daly. I also like the Stand, but I like Storm of the Century better. I also really like the TV show that came out for The Dead Zone (the movie was good too) and I love the show Haven! I’m embarrassed to say though that I’ve never finished one of his books…

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  2. It’s funny that I came across this post now; I actually just finished re-reading Black House for about the umpteenth time; it really is one of the better “hidden gems” in King’s back catalogue (and a lot better than Talisman, if you ask me.)

    I just wish King and Straub had gone somewhere with the implied ties to the Dark Tower series. Ah well. Can’t have everything, I guess. XD

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