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The Tommyknockers

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1987
1987
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© 1987 by Stephen King, Tabitha King and Arthur B Greene, trustee
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My friend Jon gave this book to me on my 22nd birthday.  A good book with a weak ending.
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Added: 17-Dec-2002
Last Updated: 09-Apr-2020

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 01-Jan-1987
G P Putnam's Sons
Hardback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-1987
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
558
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Once
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Internal ID:
33
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-399-13314-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-399-14394-6
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Late last night and the night before,
    Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers,
        knocking 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 mother-rock."

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 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 husbands 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.

Stephen King's most recent works are It, The Eyes of the Dragon, and Misery.  He and his wife Tabitha King, live in Bangor, Maine, with their three children.
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My friend Jon Derrick gave this book to me.
 01-Dec-1994
Signet
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Dec-1994
Pages*:
752
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
140
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-451-15660-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-451-15660-0
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Author(s)

Stephen King  
Birth: 21 Sep 1947 Portland, Maine, USA
Notes:
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland Maine.  His parents were Donald Edwin and Ruth Pillsbury King.  Stephen King's father, Donald, went out for cigarettes and never came back.  In January 1959 Stephen King and David King, his brother, began publishing their own newspaper named Dave's Rag

Stephen King went to Lisbon High School in 1962.  In 1963 they he and a friend, Chris Chesley, published a 18 short stories called People, Places, and Things - Volume I.  Stephen King graduated from high school in 1966 and took a went on to the University of Maine.  During his first year at college he finished his first novel entitled The Long Walk.  He submitted the novel for publication but it was rejected.

Stephen King sold his first story The Glass Floor for $35.00.  Stephen King graduated from the University of Maine in June 1970 with a BA in English.  On January 2, 1971, Tabitha Jane Spruce and Stephen King were married.   later that same year Stephen King began teaching at Hampden Academy.

In January 1973, Stephen King submitted Carrie to Doubleday and in March, they bought the book.  Stephen King has had numerous short stories and novels published.  His books have been translated into 33 different languages and have been published in over 35 different countries.  He lives in Bangor, Maine with his wife Tabitha.

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