It Was A Dirty World, And The Longer You Lived, The Dirtier You Got

(Blaze) Richard Bachman is pretty prolific for a dead guy, isn’t he? He died in 1985, of cancer of the pseudonym, having published Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man, and Thinner. Yet, we saw him pop up again in 1996, with his “newly discovered” book The Regulators (coincidentally an alternate universe to Stephen … Continue reading It Was A Dirty World, And The Longer You Lived, The Dirtier You Got

I’m So Afraid That All I Can Reach Will Lead Me To All I Dare Not See

(Lisey's Story) I… really don’t think I get it. I don’t say that lightly. I hate to not get it. I usually pride myself on getting it, even if I don’t especially like it. But I’m not totally sure that I get this one. I’m aware that this is the one King refers to as … Continue reading I’m So Afraid That All I Can Reach Will Lead Me To All I Dare Not See

Our Core Is Madness. The Prime Directive Is Murder.

(Cell) Here’s a controversial opinion: I think Cell is a better book than it gets credit for. Oh, sure, I think the actual cell phone thing aged terribly. Had probably aged terribly by the time the book was published, even. But you have to think about how quickly cell phone technology spread. I’m in my … Continue reading Our Core Is Madness. The Prime Directive Is Murder.

How Long Do You Think It Takes For A Man To Choke On A Piece of Meat And Be Dead Forever?

(The Colorado Kid) It’s funny how we all know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” but still do a lot of that anyway. Stephen King likes to write the occasional crime novel. Most of the time, crime novels aren’t my thing, so I tend to avoid them — at least until I … Continue reading How Long Do You Think It Takes For A Man To Choke On A Piece of Meat And Be Dead Forever?

Unless Dead or Insane, I Will Be Writing About Tomorrow’s Game

(Faithful) I love horror. Even stories that I don’t necessarily love tend to interest me on a concept level. You know what I don’t love? Sports. Do you know what sport I particularly don’t love? Baseball (well, and also football, but that’s not relevant here.) If Stephen King and a friend had teamed up to … Continue reading Unless Dead or Insane, I Will Be Writing About Tomorrow’s Game

The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

(The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII) We’re here. To steal a quote from another epic series, one that this series owes a lot to: here, at the end of all things. Except it’s not, not really. After seven books (plus an eighth that I won’t be able to touch on for a while yet) … Continue reading The Trip Has Been Long And The Cost Has Been High… But No Great Thing Was Ever Attained Easily

It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

(Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI) I’m of the opinion that Song of Susannah is hugely underrated. And I think I know why. It’s that slide effect the last three books have. Wolves of the Calla takes you up the stairs and onto the slide, then pushes you to start the sliding. The Dark … Continue reading It’s Wonderful How Everyone Seems to Think They Know Just What Ka Means for Them

Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

(Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V) Before I get too into the story, I want to announce, for anyone who might be following along in real time, a change to the timeline. When I got the idea to start writing this, it was a couple of months after I decided to read all … Continue reading Head Clear. Mouth Shut. See Much. Say Little.

Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

(From A Buick 8) I feel like From A Buick 8 is one of those King books that gets overlooked entirely or just isn’t much liked. And that sort of makes sense — after all, didn’t he already write the evil car story with Christine? And if that wasn’t enough for you, you could always … Continue reading Tonight, However, The Impossible Was Selling Cheap

Ka Was A Wheel; It Was Also A Net From Which None Ever Escaped

("The Little Sisters of Eluria", Everything's Eventual) Everything’s Eventual is one of those books that I like just as much for the notes King adds about each story as I do for the stories themselves. I always like to see that kind of information about his thought processes and story ideas. Hopefully, should I ever … Continue reading Ka Was A Wheel; It Was Also A Net From Which None Ever Escaped