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The Dark Half This is not the first time that Stephen King has written a dark allegory of the fiction writers situation Misery 1987 is a parable in chiller form of the popular writers relation to his audience which holds him prisoner and dictates what he writes on pain of death Mr Kings new novel The Dark Half is a parable in chiller form of the popular writers relation to his creative genius the vampire within him the part of him that only awakes to raise Cain when he writes the fratricidal twin who occupies the womblike dungeon of his imagination Thaddeus Beaumont is the writer in question At age 11 he writes his first story Around the same time he begins to get excruciating headaches which culminate in a convulsion Surgery reveals something startling - first an eye then other small fragments of an incompletely absorbed twin thats lodged in his brain This sort of in utero cannibalism according to his doctor is not unusual although rarely is anything left undigested as it is in Thad Beaumonts case The operation is a success and Thad grows up to be a mild-mannered professor of creative writing a doting husband and the father of twins a modestly successful writer of novels with titles like Purple Haze But under the pen name of George Stark he is the best-selling author of ferocious thrillers like Sharkmeat Pie the protagonist of which is named Alexis Machine because he kills like one Circumstances force Thad to own up to his pseudonym which in any case has become irksome He has decided to go it on his own to lay his fictional self to rest He and his wife even hold a mock burial service for George Stark papier-mache tombstone and all But one morning a man-sized cavity is discovered at the site Footprints lead away Very soon people begin to die horribly in particular everybody associated
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