(The Stand) The Stand looms in my mind as one of the most important King works. It’s also probably my favorite. It’s strange to think that it was written a couple of years before I was even born. I mean, I probably knew that, but it just seems like something that was written later, even … Continue reading May We Have Happy Days, Satisfied Minds, and Little or No Low Back Pain
Month: August 2021
The Ladder Had Always Held Us Before, We Thought It Would Always Hold Us Again
(Night Shift) Night Shift is one of a number of short story collections that Stephen King has published. Honestly, I love these. They call King all kinds of things – The Master of Horror, the King of Horror, etc – and some of his biggest – in volume, I mean -- books are the ones … Continue reading The Ladder Had Always Held Us Before, We Thought It Would Always Hold Us Again
It’s Only a Little Secret, But Having a Secret Makes Me Feel Better
(Rage) When I was in high school, I owned a book called The Bachman Books. It was a collection of four novellas written by Stephen King under his pen name of Richard Bachman. By this time, it was well-known that Bachman was King, of course. I believe that Rage appeared first among those novellas collected … Continue reading It’s Only a Little Secret, But Having a Secret Makes Me Feel Better
This Inhuman Place Makes Human Monsters
(The Shining) The Overlook may not be the most comfortable place to spend the winter, but after exiting ‘Salem’s Lot, I personally find the place a welcome relief. We may as well discuss the Kubrick movie right off bat. I don’t know the stats on who’s seen the movie vs. read the book, but a … Continue reading This Inhuman Place Makes Human Monsters
Small Towns Have Long Memories
(‘Salem’s Lot) I have read ‘Salem’s Lot several times, including during my recently begun attempt to read the works of Stephen King in roughly the order of publication. I want to like it. While Carrie might not have really been part of the multiverse, ‘Salem’s Lot definitely is. The Lot pops up again in King … Continue reading Small Towns Have Long Memories
They’re All Going to Laugh at You!
(Carrie) Do you read Stephen King books? Have you ever read the foreword? Do you listen to or read Stephen King interviews? Do you talk to Stephen King fans? If you do any of that, you’ve probably heard a version of the story about his first novel, Carrie. If you haven’t heard it, it boils … Continue reading They’re All Going to Laugh at You!
Books are a Uniquely Portable Magic
-Stephen King Stephen King I’m a Stephen King fan. I’ve read most or all of the books at this point. I read the new ones as soon as they come out. I’ve read the novellas, too. And the short stories. And the stuff written under pseudonyms. And the collaborations. I am not the biggest fan … Continue reading Books are a Uniquely Portable Magic