From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8 is a novel by horror writer Stephen King (ISBN 0743211375). Published in September 24, 2002, this is the second novel by Stephen King to feature a car (the first one being Christine, which like this novel is set in Pennsylvania). According to the book sleeve: "From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable."
Stephen King says that he was inspired to write this book on a car trip he took in 1999. During the trip he stopped at a gas station in western Pennsylvania. While looking around he slipped and almost fell into a stream of water. The thought that he might not have been discovered until a much later time, led him to the plot of the story. In the novel King describes a fatal automobile accident, and coincidentally King himself was the victim of a bad accident that almost killed him late in 1999. However, he said that he did not change any of the details in the novel to match his accident.
The novel is a series of recollections by the members of Troop D, a police barracks in western Pennsylvania. After Curt Wilcox, a well-liked member of Troop D is killed by a drunk driver, his son Ned begins to visit Troop D. The cops quickly take a liking to him, and soon begin telling him about the "Buick 8" of the title.
The Buick 8 resembles a vintage 1954 Buick Roadmaster, but it is not an actual car. It was left at a gas station by a mysterious man, who disappeared soon after leaving the car to be refueled. The "car" is later held by the Troop D police of rural Pennsylvania in one of their sheds. The members of Troop D have long discovered that the Buick 8 is really a type of portal to another world. Throughout the time that the car is held in the shed, it produces out of this world light shows that are completely silent. Every once in a while it transports objects and living things between the worlds.
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