The Tommyknockers is one of the horror novels for which Stephen King is famous: Its descriptions beg to be turned into visual formats.
It’s no surprise that Tommyknockers was made into both a TV miniseries and a film.
The story is about a writer who literally trips over a space ship that eons before had crashed with enough force to bury most of it in the Maine woods.
Something makes Bobbie determined to uncover the ship, despite signs that the remains are lethal.
Bobbie’s friend and ex-lover, Jim Gardener, intuiting that Bobbie needs him, pulls himself out of his alcoholic stupor and hitch-hikes to the rescue.
Jim finds that the minds of the entire community of Haven, Maine, are controlled by a sinister force.
King churns out episode after episode that are variations on one pattern: The residents of Haven are turning everyday objects into lethal weapons running on batteries.
They’re unstoppable because they can read the mind of anyone who wants to stop them. Visitors to Haven are left as piles of puke, blood, and lost teeth.
Jim very much wants to stop the murder and mayhem.
Chapters of the Tommyknockers would have been interesting presented as short stories. The book, at 558 pages, seemed interminable.
Tommyknockers by Stephen King
Putnam, © 1987. 558 p.
1987 bestseller #1; my grade: C-
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