Fairy Tale - Stephen King

Fairy Tale

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2022-09-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 651 Ratings)


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.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”

“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell.”


  • Awesome Book!

    By FayRaven
    I loved this twisted “Fairy Tale”! It truly had me glued to each page! It was a Roller Coaster ride from beginning to end!!
  • Another great SK story

    By Kraftygg
    Excellent. This story hooked me until the very end.
  • The Evolution of A King

    By 123readtome
    Another brilliant, magical and beautifully woven story… from Carrie to the Institute and everything in between, Mr. King has somehow outdone himself yet again.
  • A grim fairy tale

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    The 17 year old was a bit too brave to be real seeing what he saw in the Other. Radar is one of the best characters in the story, need more of him. A lot of lessons to glean from this dark, twisted tale
  • The Best got Better

    By Mr. Sting
    I have been a constant reader and fan of Stephen King since the 1970’s. Somehow this story feels like it has broken ground that only belonged to J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin. It is a complete work of fantasy that begs for a sequel or dare I hope, a trilogy? This is the best escape book I have read in decades. The best got better.
  • All Hail the King!

    By big-bee-righ
    Just when you think Stephen King might be past his prime, out comes Fairy Tail and dumps that theory in the trash. This book is yet another testament to Kings seemingly timeless ability as a story teller. He’s the best in the game, and this newest work solidifies that fact. I could not put down this book for even a minute, I’d be surprised if you can.
  • Dark Young Adult Novel

    By Alabam
    This is essentially a YA novel, but leans a little dark and demented. Only Stephen King could have written something so silly at times, but kept the reader rapt the entire time. Hard to put down. Great read
  • Fairy Tale (no spoilers)

    By TFM42
    This is an absolutely phenomenal book. Remember the fairy tales of your childhood? This book is a combination of those, told as only Stephen King could tell them. It is not the pretty versions Disney gives the world, it’s like the original versions. Combining our real world with “The Other”, you follow Charlie and Radar down the rabbit hole. Well worth the trip. Fairy Tale will be added to my list of reading again and again books. To Stephen King - thank you for another wonderful book. Since the start of my journey reading your works (Pet Sematary was my first, probably too young, but I didn’t care), your words have taken me on many adventures, given me laughs and nightmares, and set the bar high for me for what a good book needs to be. Thank you. Love, One of your Constant Readers
  • A Tale Well Told By The Master

    By asapr212
    King did not disappoint in this book of fairy tale fantasy for adults. I especially liked the illustrations which helped show his mind’s eye’s view. I will read it again (and probably again) for the nuances I may have missed in the first read. Great book to read in front of a fireplace or on an airplane - dissolve into it!
  • Fantastic Stephen King

    By BBC_American
    I‘ve been a Stephen King fan since I was very young (starting with Night Shift). One recent book had too much Trump political snark, but this one goes back to the original Stephen King whose books I have loved for decades, and who got me through some dark days of childhood. I like the Stephen King who kindly talks to his Constant Readers…of which I am proudly one.