The Talisman 2-Book Series by Stephen King & Peter Straub (Paperback)
This 2-book set of paperback novels includes the below titles:
The Talisman (ISBN 9781501192272):
Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman — the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories. In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away — and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth — most notably Queen Laura DeLosessian, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step. An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.
Black House (ISBN 9781501192296):
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories in order to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to his own world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in a small Wisconsin town, with no recollection of his adventures in the Territories… and having been compelled to leave the force when a fateful event threatened to awaken those long-suppressed and dangerous memories. As a series of gruesome murders strikes the region — slayings reminiscent of heinous crimes committed several decades earlier — Jack’s friend, the local chief of police, begs him to help find the killer. But is this new bloodshed merely the work of a disturbed individual… or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet little town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams — if that’s what they truly are — of robins’ eggs and red feathers? As these cryptic messages become impossible to ignore. Jack finds himself drawn back to the Territories — and to the treacherous secrets of his own hidden past…