INSOMNIA by Stephen King - FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Stephen King.
Ralph Roberts hasn't been sleeping well lately. Every morning he wakes
just a little bit earlier until pretty soon, he isn't sleeping at all.
It wouldn't be so bad if not for the strange hallucinations--and the
nightmares that keep coming to life....
With this dark fantasy based on the conception of a multilevel ultimate reality, he returns to the massiveness of The Stand and It and The Tommyknockers.
On one of the long, exhausting walks old Ralph Roberts starts taking as
a brain tumor slowly kills his wife, he witnesses a friendly young
neighbor, Ed Deepneau, behaving totally out of character--indeed, like
someone possessed. About a year later and after his wife's death, Ralph
begins waking early and then earlier and earlier. He also starts seeing
things--intense colors streaming off people and animals. Meanwhile, Ed
has turned into an antiabortion fanatic and wife-beater. Ralph
intervenes to help Helen Deepneau escape from Ed, for which Ed threatens
him. Or is it Ed? Ralph senses that someone or something else is in
control of the troubled man. Ralph's right, of course. Ed has been
involuntarily recruited on one side, and, it develops, Ralph and his
also-widowed neighbor, Lois Chasse, on the other, of a supercosmic
struggle the import of which King reveals with deliciously tantalizing
gradualness. This is a yarn so packed with suspense, romance, literary
reference, fascinating miscellaneous knowledge, and heart that only
Stephen King could have written it. Marvelous--that is, full of marvels.