Shelf Control #257: Thinner by Stephen King

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Title: Thinner
Author: Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)
Published: 1984
Length: 188 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer…but he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, edging into heart attack country.

Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street–and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgement on him.

“Thinner,” the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheek, like a lover. Just one word…but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. He’s terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble…that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away. And away. And away…

How and when I got it:

I picked up a used copy about a year ago.

Why I want to read it:

Sooner or later, I want to read everything by Stephen King! I remember hearing about Thinner for years and years, and after reading King’s more recent book Elevation, I saw a lot of reviews comparing it to the concepts from Thinner. I need to see what I’ve been missing all these years!

What do you think? Would you read this book?

Please share your thoughts!


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8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #257: Thinner by Stephen King

  1. I bought Thinner the year it was released and it was right when the news got out that Bachman was King, so my copy doesn’t even have King’s name on it. Its a very good, creepy tale!

  2. I haven’t read King yet, somehow very sceptical that he will be too creepy for me. In fact I was just looking at Cujo among my parents’ books, but did not feel tempted to pick it up. Thinner does sound intriguing though

      • I don’t mind a scary story but the thought of King’s books alone is chilling. I don’t actually plan on picking up Cujo–my mom who brought it years ago had long warned me off it. But Thinner does sound interesting, who knows, may be I’ll pick up a copy if it comes my way!

  3. I have yet to read a Stephen King as Richard Bachman book, but my next King read will be Bachman’s ‘Rage’. I’m intrigued by the collection of books he wrote as Bachman, see if they’re differ much from his King work.

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