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During the course of The Dark Half we learn that the killer is actually George Stark, an alter ego that Thad Beaumont invented in order to publish books not to be brought in relation with his name. When Thad decides to put an end to this alternate carreer, this alter ego turns real, though more as a figment of Alexis Machine, the antihero from George Stark's books, and embodies something like Thad's dark evil side and tries to push Thad into writing a new story about George in order to make him completely real. But then there is also the story about the "tumor" that Thad got removed from his brain when he was a child, which is revealed to actually have been the remnants of Thad's unborn twin that Thad absorbed (yet incompletely) into himself pre-birth.

But I am not completely sure how to bring those characters into relation. If Thad's evil side was bound to and removed with his unborn twin and now comes to life, then why is this George Stark whom Thad only invented years later, and why didn't it break out earlier? But if it is George Stark representing Thad's hidden evil side and created by him, turning to real life after Thad's attempt to metaphorically "kill him", then how is he related to the twin? Why even need the story about the twin then if he isn't related to Stark at all (though the sparrows, which are repeatedly used as "soul escorts" in the story, appearing at the surgery suggest that even back then the twin already had some kind of soul or a part of Thad's soul)? So what is the connection between George Stark and Thad Beaumont's unborn twin and what is the real nature and background of the killer? Did I miss anything in the movie or is this explained further in the novel?

And as a side question, why is it that George Stark's real emanation is actually more like Alexis Machine, Stark's book hero, but wants to turn to full life by Thad writing about him, while Stark has never been a book figure but someone writing books? (Though, that may just be a minor iconsistency/mixup, but could also have a better explanation or be related to the above questions.)

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In the book, they were conjoined twins, in which Thad absorbed George in the womb. So he was always there...just dormant. –  Ben Plont Dec 5 '13 at 0:13
After thinking about it for awhile I (think I) remember that Stephen King connected George to Pennywise from IT somehow, so there was some sort of supernatural force at work. –  Ben Plont Dec 5 '13 at 5:58

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This is spelled out much more explicitly in the novel.

The connection is that Thad's parents insisted that the pieces of the unborn twin that were removed be buried in the Beaumont family plot. Years later, when Thad metaphorically kills George Stark, he does a photo shoot with a fake tombstone -- right on top of the family plot. Just before Stark begins his killing, Thad is notified that someone desecrated the cemetery plot, digging a big hole right where the photo shoot had been. It's observed that it almost looks more like someone had dug their way up rather than down.

The implication is that by staging that photo shoot on top of the twin's remains, Thad unwittingly imbued the essence of George Stark into those remains which then grew into Stark, who dug his way out of the grave and proceeded to kill everyone instrumental in his "death".

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Thanks for the answer. So George Stark manifested himself inside the buried body of Thad's twin, sounds reasonable. But then what is the significance of the sparrows when the twin was removed from Thad in his childhood. There already has to have been something with the twin back then, given that the sparrows were "soul escorts" or something the like. It cannot just have been some dead remains. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 6 at 21:23
George Stark was only ever an aspect of Thad Beaumont, possibly an aspect that he absorbed from his twin. By staging the fake funeral over those remains, he could have transferred some of that aspect back into the twin, allowing it to manifest. Possibly the sparrows were there in such numbers because they were trying to carry away the twin's soul, but couldn't find it because it had already been absorbed into Thad. –  Roger Feb 6 at 21:28
This can be backed up more by noting that Thad's books under his own name never did anywhere near as well as his books under Stark's name. Stark was the better writer, and when he begins to take over writing the book, he becomes stronger and Thad weaker, as he is taking back what Thad originally absorbed from him. –  Roger Feb 6 at 21:30
Makes sense, I guess. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 6 at 21:36

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