Written when King’s addictions were at their height, this novel is something of a mess – but the pain on the page is importantWhen I was a teenager, the concept of addiction – of something being a need, not a want – was foreign to me. I didn’t understand the many ways that Paul Sheldon in Misery was reliant on Annie; I simply understood that the pills were keeping his pain away, but of course there’s more to it than that. So when I first read The Tommyknockers, the same themes of addiction didn’t sit with me as they should. Probably more than any other novel in this rereading project, The Tommyknockers is a different book to me now, because I can see it for what it is: a book about addiction, and probably the best example in the canon of King writing metaphorically.Published at the tail end of 1987, the last of four books King released that year, it stands as one of King’s longest novels. The paperback is a brick. The story is simple, and hugely in debt to Lovecraft, Quatermass and the Pit and Invasion of the Body Snatchers: a spacecraft is discovered buried in the woods, …read more

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