Misery is the 25th book published by Stephen King; it was his 22nd novel, and the 17th written under his own name. The book was released by Viking on 8 June 1987.
Fiction author Paul Sheldon has made a living by writing a popular series of novels featuring a heroine by the name of Misery Chastain. After finishing the last book in the Misery series he goes on a trip to a cheap motel where he enjoys a bottle or two of alcohol. On the drive back to New York City, Paul goes off of the road in a horrifying crash. He is later discovered by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. By the time Paul wakes up, he is already in Annie's ranch house in the middle of nowhere, on Novril, an addictive drug that has kept Paul from realizing that his legs had been crushed in the crash.[wikia]