Needful Things by Stephen King #AtoZChallenge

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Needful Things by Stephen King


Castle rock, Maine, where Polly Chalmers runs You Sew and Sew, and Sheriff Alan Pangborn is in charge of keeping the peace. It’s a small town, and Stephen King fans might think they know it’s secrets pretty well: they’ve been here before.

Leland Gaunt is a stranger – and he calls his shop Needful Things. eleven year old Brian Rusk is his first customer, and Brian finds just what he wants most in all the world: a 1956 Sand Koufax baseball card. By the end of the week, Mr. Gaunt’s business is fairly booming. At Needful Things there’s something for everyone.

And of course, for everyone, there’s a price. For Leland Gaunt, the pleasure of doing business lies chiefly in seeing how much people will pay for their most secret dreams and desires. And at Needful Things, the prices are high indeed.

For alan and Polly, this autumn week will be an awful test – a test of will, desire, and pain. Above all, it will be a test of their ability to grasp the true nature of their enemy. they may have a chance……

But maybe not, because, as Mr. Gaunt knows, almost everything is for sale: love, hope – and even the human soul.

With a demonic blend of malice and affection, Stephen King says farewell to the town he put on the map – and delivers another spellbinding testament to his dark genius. – blurb

My Thoughts

This is my second reading of this book. It became one of my favourite Stephen King books when I first read in when it was a new release in 1991. This second reading had me falling in love with the story and especially the characters, all over again.

In my mind King is intending this book to be a warning about materialism. Every thing that you want can be bought at Needful Things. But every thing comes with a price. The shelves may look empty, but every thing you need or want is there.

Needful Things has everything that fans have come to expect from a Stephen King – suspense – humour , action, the unbelievable that is believable, and really great characters. Stephen King is the master of characterisation.

As often happens in a King novel, you will come across people you know from earlier novels. I love that about his novels.

Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

About the author

King at the 2007 Comic Con

Stephen King is a No. 1 Best Selling Author many times over. He is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Many of his books have been adapted into major films and TV series. King received the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2007, he won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and in 2015 he received America’s National Medal of Arts.

He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist, Tabitha King.

Published 1991 by Hodder and Stoughton
Hardcover, 698 pages

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4 thoughts on “Needful Things by Stephen King #AtoZChallenge

  1. I read it also when it first came out. I have thought about rereading a lot of his stories. I used to have most of them but gave them away when I had my house on the market. I can always get them at the library or at a used book store. Have you ever used Better World Books? They have 1000s of books, mostly used but for super cheap! All proceeds go to Literacy education around the world.

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  2. Yes and an inexpensive way to by books. They also take books back. Sometimes, but very rarely, I have gotten a copy that is really “well read” but I don’t mind.


  3. I actually haven’t read a lot of his books as horror isn’t something I typically read but my brother is a big fan. I’ve seen most of the movie adaptations of Stephen King’s stories though so feel like I’ve read many of them. I also follow him on Twitter. Weekends In Maine


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