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Black House
First Edition Cover
Cover artist
Mary Steinbacher
Fantasy, Horror
Random House
Publication date
September 15, 2001

Black House is a horror/fantasy novel written by Stephen King and Peter Straub. It is the sequel to their previous collaboration, The Talisman. There are rumors of a third Jack Sawyer novel to be completed in 2012.

The novel continues the story of Jack Sawyer, who is now a retired police detective.

Brief SynopsisEdit

Jack Sawyer, who has repressed the events of The Talisman, is haunted by a murder that occurs in Santa Monica. He retires to French Landing in Wisconsin, living off of his parents' money. Unfortunately, the town is home to a serial killer named the Fisherman, who is called that because he uses similar methods to Albert Fish. The Fisherman is actually possessed by a servant of the Crimson King who goes by several names including Mr. Monday and Munshun. Like Jack, the Fisherman is able to flip over into the Territories and hide his victims there. The Fisherman captures Tyler Marshall, a local boy, who is one of the most powerful Breakers ever to exist. Jack, along with the town sheriff, pursues Mr. Monday into the Territories and kills him with a baseball bat. Tyler is returned safely to his parents.

Connection to the Dark Tower SeriesEdit

The Crimson King is explicitly mentioned as well as his goal of tearing down the Beams and the Dark Tower itself.

The "Black House" may be an analogue of the Dark Tower.

The use of the word, "opopanax". In Black House, its definition is given as "describing a word that cannot be found in the dictionary." In Wolves of the Calla, it is the feather that is passed around Calla Bryn Sturgis by children, thereby calling a town meeting.

In The Dark Tower, Walter wears a metal cap when confronting Mordred Deschain similar to the one the Fisherman puts on Tyler Marshall; Flagg describes the cap as being "borrowed from a certain deserted house in the town of French Landing, Wisconsin", presumably Black House. 

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