Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine
Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 New York Times bestseller about a mysterious store than can sell you whatever you desire—but not without exacting a terrible price in return.
The town of Castle Rock, Maine has seen its fair share of oddities over the years, but nothing is as peculiar as the little curio shop that’s just opened for business here. Its mysterious proprietor, Leland Gaunt, seems to have something for everyone out on display at Needful Things…interesting items that run the gamut from worthless to priceless. Nothing has a price tag in this place, but everything is certainly for sale. The heart’s desire for any resident of Castle Rock can easily be found among the curiosities…in exchange for a little money and—at the specific request of Leland Gaunt—a whole lot of menace against their fellow neighbors. Everyone in town seems willing to make a deal at Needful Things, but the devil is in the details. And no one takes heed of the little sign hanging on the wall: Caveat emptor. In other words, let the buyer beware…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Stephen King’s 1991 horror epic is an ingeniously macabre ode to rural America’s secret depravities. Set in Castle Rock, Maine—King’s oft-revisited version of Peyton Place—Needful Things introduces shadowy shopkeeper Leland Gaunt, who grants invaluable material wishes and charges next to nothing…unless you count his seemingly innocuous assignments to play small pranks on neighbors. But this is Stephen King, and Gaunt’s juvenile tricks somehow escalate into grotesque acts of interpersonal violence. Long before the first axe falls, King’s gift for conjuring a creeping sense of unease is on full display.
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This is the very first book by Stephen King I read. It is my favorite book by him and the reason I became an avid reader & fan of King, in general.
Currently reading The Institute, 12/13/19. 👍🏽👍🏽
Stephen King is one of the best authors of all time and proves it in this novel.