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Desperation / Regulators

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A notice to those who feel that Stephen King has lost his magic touch: Desperation is the genuine goods. The ensemble cast of ordinary Americans thrown together by chance, including a disgruntled alcoholic writer and a child who is wise beyond his years, may be a bit too familiar. But the nearly deserted Nevada mining town with an enormous haunted mine pit and an abandoned movie theater where the survivors hang out makes for a striking battleground, and the grisly action rarely flags. Best of all, though, are the characters of "Tak," the ancient, body-hopping evil who emerges from the mine, and of "God"--whom the New York Times describes as "the edgiest creation in Desperation. Remote, isolated, ironic, shrouded behind disguises, perhaps 'another legendary shadow,' this deity forms a sly foil, and an icy mirror, to Tak."

In The Regulators, an evil creature called "Tak" uses the imagination of an autistic boy to shift a residential street in small-town Ohio into a world so bizarre and brutal that only a child could think it up. It's as two-dimensional and gaudy as a kid's comic book, but for this reviewer, The Regulators is a gripping adventure tale about what happens when a mind fixated on TV (especially old Westerns and a cartoon called MotoKops 2200) runs amok. As Michael Collins writes in Necrofile, "[Stephen] King offers his readers a glimpse of the true evil of popular culture ... which has no design or intent, only an empty need to sustain itself. King is, I think, about the canniest observer of what America is, and that he generally writes horror ought to give us pause from time to time." --Fiona Webster

Genre: Horror

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Hardback Editions

September 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: Desperation, the Regulators
Author(s): Stephen King, Richard Bachman
ISBN: 0-670-77605-X / 978-0-670-77605-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

September 1997 : USA Paperback

Title: Desperation/Regulators
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 0-451-93565-9 / 978-0-451-93565-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Amer Library
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