Fairy Tale

By Stephen King

Fairy Tale - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2022-09-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,425 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 horrific accident when he was seven, 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


  • 5 out of 5 Stars

    I have read this book twice now and it is still my favorite. I have read hundreds of books but this one has a special place in my heart. Here’s a secret: the first time you read it, its amazing, but the second time: it solidifies that this is the best book you will have read. This book will rip your heart out and you’ll thank it for a job well done. Plus, who doesn’t love dogs?
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By MistahJ916
    This is such an incredible book, I could’ve finished it sooner but really didn’t want it to end. Stephen King has outdone himself with this one. Could definitely be a show!
  • AMAZING read

    By iliketoreadalotmorethanyouhaha
    I read this book in less than a week and it was so amazing! For once I actually enjoyed all of the descriptors because I could imagine everything in my head. Super fun book!
  • Loved it!

    By rusty00155
    I won’t go into details, for I might spoil the magical wonder that I couldn’t put down.
  • Very good

    By 1guytoanother
    Would recommend
  • One of the best Stephen King novels!

    By AlIcia529
    This by far one of the best Stephen King novels I have ever read. He should definitely write more fantasy novels!!
  • Excellent

    By Evil Deej
    Easily one of the best King books I’ve ever read. I was riveted the entire way through.
  • Fairy Tale is an excellent book!

    By WD- N-ATL
    Fantastic story! vivid language throughout the story. I saw the sky in Empris , felt the wind blow as the monarch’s fluttered in the sky and wished I could’ve sat by the fireplace at Dora’s cottage. Thanks Mr. King for another classic novel.
  • Only S King Book I Stopped Reading

    By nonicknameabailable
    Always love S King’s book from his 1st published book. I could not get into this story at all, just bored with it. Moved on to Holly and loved it.
  • Misleading title…kinda

    By Boocr
    Such a better book than I anticipated. The title is misleading…and yet not. I can find a way to like all his books, but this one was easy to fall into and enjoy, only to be sad when it ends just because it ends.