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Books: Darkness legible

Kim Newman enjoys an eerie voyage into blindness

Books: Get rid of the ghouls

Charles Shaar Murray opts for reality over fantasy

Stephen King run down by distracted driver

THE HORROR novelist Stephen King, one of America's best selling authors, was recovering in hospital yesterday with a broken leg, hip and a punctured lung after being hit by a car near his home in Maine.

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He who sells best, sells fast

The 10 bestselling writers of the decade were announced last week. And there were no prizes for guessing who they were. The list went: Catherine Cookson, David Hessayon, Terry Pratchett, Danielle Steel, Delia Smith, Stephen King, John Grisham, Dick Francis, Maeve Binchy and Wilbur Smith. If you are wondering who David Hessayon might be, well, you have heard of him, really. He's the author of all those paperback gardening expert books, the man behind our shrubs and pot plants, our roses and lawns. His books are stacked next to the Baby Bio, and are just as useful. He has sold 10.5 million of them, and it is no use pointing out that we could have planted 50 million snowdrops for that kind of money. In one sense it is almost unfair to include him (and Smith) in this list, which is otherwise made up of works we do not need. They really ought to move up a division, to take on the Bible, the dictionary, the A-Z, and the Highway Code.

Books: The Great and Secret Donny and Marie show

Nick Hasted meets Clive Barker, the cult horror writer with three homes in Beverly Hills

Orion's knockout pounds 9m bid captures Cassell

ORION, the UK publishing arm of the French publisher Hachette, snatched control of Cassell, the ailing UK publishing house, from Macmillan yesterday with a knockout bid of 125p a share.

Literary Notes: Horror fiction is about more than monsters

IT HAPPENS quite often. I find myself among a group of people gathered around a dinner table and at sometime during the evening the stranger in the next seat will turn and ask, "So, what do you do?"

Investment: Hodder result is a good read

Investment: Hodder result is a good read

Hodder on takeover trail

HODDER HEADLINE, the book publisher whose authors include Stephen King and John le Carre, is looking for acquisitions, the company's chief executive, Tim Hely Hutchinson, said yesterday.

Bloody hell! Stephen King's quitting

He's conceded that 35 novels ought to be enough for anyone; not least, enough for the author

Books: Don't mention the king

Kim Newman sees a besieged bestseller look in the mirror once again; Bag of Bones by Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 16.99, 516pp

Rate rise boosts chances

The chances of EMU going ahead on time have on balance improved in the past week, according to our panel of experts, although the reaction was not unanimous.

Why young readers turn to little horrors

"It's simple," said Gary at the kids' publishing party. "Girls stop reading after 11, and boys after eight. Unless." Unless?
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