Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. In 1973, King's novel Carrie was accepted by publishing house Doubleday. Carrie was King's fourth novel, but it was the first to be published. In his later fiction, exemplified by Dolores Claiborne, King departed from the horror genre to provide sharply detailed psychological portraits of his protagonists, many of them women, who confront difficult and challenging circumstances. In The Tommyknockers, the story starts when Bobbi Anderson, a reclusive novelist, uncovers the hull of a spaceship buried near her home in Maine. She calls upon her closest friend, alcoholic poet Jim Gardener, to come and take a look. Gardener arrives to find that Bobbi has somehow acquired the ability to build, out of household odds and ends, machines that will type out the manuscript of her next novel while she sleeps, power her entire house, and perform other mysterious functions. Bobbi herself is in no great shape; she has lost weight and her teeth are falling out. In the nearby town of Haven, the populace is suddenly seized by an evil “mass consciousness” referred to only as “The Becoming.” They, too, at the Tommyknockers’ behest, build strange machines, suffer from the symptoms of radiation poisoning, and prepare for the Tommyknockers’ arrival. Meanwhile, only a few brave souls dare to try to stop the madness that threatens to destroy them all… You can listen online to free English audiobook “The Tommyknockers” by Stephen King on our website.