THE DARK HALF
by Stephen King
Viking; 431 pages; $21.95
Another Stephen King blood leaker is loosed upon the world, this one in a record first printing of 1.5 million copies. The ghost of Gutenberg, calling feebly for beer from the gridiron of some Germanic hell, must be wondering whether movable type was really a good idea.
That is snobbery, of course, and a reader addicted to another sort of trash -- detective stories, say -- must distrust his instinct to ridicule horror novels. But in each genre there is good trash and bad trash, and King's does not seem very...