Situé dans les montagnes Rocheuses, l'Overlook Palace passe pour être l'un des plus beaux lieux du monde. Confort, luxe, volupté.
L'hiver, l'hôtel est fermé.
Coupé du monde par le froid et la neige. Alors, seul l'habite un gardien.
Celui qui a été engagé cet hiver-là s'appelle Jack Torrance: c'est un alcoolique, un écrivain raté, qui tente d'échapper au désespoir. Avec lui vivent sa femme, Wendy, et leur enfant, Danny.
Danny qui possède le don de voir, de ressusciter les choses et les êtres que l'on croit disparus.
Ce qu'il sent, lui, dans les cent dix chambres vides de l'Overlook Palace, c'est la présence du démon. Cauchemar ou réalité, le corps de cette femme assassinéeoe ces bruits de fête qui dérivent dans les couloirs ? cette vie si étrange qui anime l'hôtel?
Un récit envoûtant immortalisé à l'écran par Stanley Kubrick.
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« salem est l'un de mes meilleurs romans, l'un des plus effrayants aussi. alors, éteignez la télévision, et parlons vampires dans la pénombre, je pense pouvoir vous faire croire en leur existence. » stephen king, juin 2005.
le maine, 1970. ben mears revient à salem et s'installe à marsten house, inhabitée depuis la mort tragique de ses propriétaires, vingt-cinq ans auparavant. mais, très vite, il doit se rendre à l'évidence : il se passe des choses étranges dans cette petite bourgade. un chien est immolé, un enfant disparaît, et l'horreur s'infiltre, se répand, aussi inéluctable que la nuit qui descend sur salem.
en bonus : deux nouvelles inédites sur le village de salem. de nombreuses scènes coupées que stephen king souhaitait faire
découvrir à son public.
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Under the Dome
Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured. On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mills, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the Dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens - town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a selectwoman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing - even murder - to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself.
Because time isn't just short. It's running out. With some of the most spectacularly sinister characters King has ever imagined and a driving plot, UNDER THE DOME is Stephen King at his epic best. This book will thrill every reader who's ever loved a novel by King.
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn't like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic. The brochure promised a moderate-to-difficult six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls. Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number 36, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake. A classic story that engages our emotions at the most primal level, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon explores our deep dread of the unknown and the extent to which faith can conquer it. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit.
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A supreme page-turner and a plot that will keep you awake at night - GQRalph's insomnia acts as the precursor to a disturbing presence in the town. Ralph's insomnia gets worse when Ed Deepneau gets out of control. Ed is obsessed with the notion that Derry is becoming the new Armageddon and that time is ticking away for the residents. An evil of unimaginable proportions has began and Ralph has one chance to beat it.A chilling tale of small-town horror from the world's best loved storyteller.
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Lord of the flies
Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.
William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.
"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
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To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing ...The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
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