Fairy Tale - Stephen King

Fairy Tale

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2022-09-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,776 Ratings


A #1 New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice!

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

Magnificent, terrifying, and “spellbinding…packed with glorious flights of imagination and characteristic tenderness about childhood, Fairy Tale is vintage King at his finest” (Esquire).

“Good, evil, a kingdom to save, monsters to slay—these are the stuff that page-turners are made from.” —Laura Miller, Slate


  • A great story from a master story teller

    By jackpine lane
    Wonderful read
  • Excellent Book

    By Captain Hoosier
    Classic King. Great story telling, great characters. Makes you wanting more.
  • There are other worlds than these

    By SassyCakes BananaFace
    Good book. Loved it.
  • don’t waste your time

    By dmitrimom
    just crap
  • Tugs at your heart

    By FrankenRead
    Really loved this book. I read almost all of King and this was absolutely one of my favorites. Brings joy to the heart.

    By B00KW0RM92
    I absolutely adore every single one of Stephen King’s works, this one really hit home. This book will always have a special hold on my heart. This is the kind of story that both warms the heart but also challenges everything we see and believe. And with that said, ‘long live Empis!’
  • Absolutely Brilliant

    By Typh5000
    This story is one that I have thought about for many weeks after finishing. King weaves an epic adventure of true friendship and the power of our connections in Fairytale. Could not put this down and did not want it to end. I will love Radar til the end of time.🐕
  • I missed this King

    By Dodged21
    One of King’s better works of late. There are some classic King tropes that will bring a smile to fans of the King of the 90’s. His recent foray into the overly political seems to have subsided a bit. Overall, true fans of King will appreciate the book as a testament to why they read King.
  • Disappointed

    By Dissatisfied 456781
    I’ve read over 30 King books (some two times) and this by far was my least favorite. All throughout, I thought someone else must have written it because it was lacking what I typically enjoy in his novels.
  • Fantastic!

    By LooseeJ
    It’s Stephen King. What more can I say? I loved it!