Bag of Bones
Stephen King
Cover artist
Frank Oudeman
Publication date
September 22, 1998
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Bag of Bones is a 1998 horror novel by Stephen King. As is common in King's works, the protagonist is a writer; in this case one who is experiencing severe writer's block.

Brief SynopsisEdit

Mike Noonan is a writer suffering from severe writer’s block. His wife, Jo, has just died. Mike begins to have nightmares of his summer house, Sara Laughs, and decides to go there to confront his fear in the hope that it will help with his writer's block. Mike begins to help Mattie Devore and her daughter, Kyra, win a custody suit that would send Kyra to her grandfather, Max Devore. Mike and Mattie begin to experience hauntings in their homes. The ghost of Jo is trying to help Mike solve the mystery of the death of Sara Tidwell. Mattie is killed in a drive-by shooting and Mike, under the influence of Sara Tidwell, attempts to kill Kyra and commit suicide. Jo stops him and helps him uncover the truth of how people in the town who have children whose names begin with a "K" or "C" have a tendency to die by drowning. This is Sara's curse, after Max Devore's grandfather and others killed her and her son, Kito. Meanwhile, Kyra has been kidnapped by the Sara-possessed Rogette. Mike is able to protect Kyra and Rogette dies in the lake. The novel ends with the suggestion that Mike is going to be successful in his effort to adopt Kyra.

Connection to the Dark Tower SeriesEdit

Bag of Bones features a house named Sara Laughs. This house is the Twinner of Cara Laughs, the house on Turtleback Lane that was the center of the walk-in activity. By extension, Mike Noonan is also the Twinner of Stephen King, both being writers who own a summer house name Sara/Cara Laughs.

The number 19 is used various times.

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