The iconic, "extraordinary" (The Washington Post) collaboration between bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub--an epic thriller about a young boy's quest to save his mother's life.
Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman--the only thing that can save Jack's dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.
In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away--and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers "Twinners," reflections of the people he knows on earth--most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack's own imperiled mother. As Jack "flips" between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.
An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.
A chilling tale from two of the greatest storytellers of our time...
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, and won a scholarship award to the University of Maine and later taught English. It was the publication of his first novel, CARRIE, and its subsequent adaptation that set him on the way to over twenty years of world-wide bestsellerdom and his acclaimed position as the master of horror and suspense. Stephen King lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife Tabitha. www.stephenking.com Peter Straub was born and educated in Wisconsin, and lived in Dublin and London before settling in New York. Author of a string of bestselling novels, he is the recipient of five BRAM STOKER AWARDS and the two-times winner of the International HORROR GUILD AWARD. www.peterstraub.net