(Riding The Bullet) Riding the Bullet isn’t really a whole book — I guess it’s a novella, and by King standards, I think it’s a pretty short one. It’s also collected later on — in Everything’s Eventual, I think. So I ordinarily wouldn’t even include it until I talked about that book. If I wanted … Continue reading I Loved Her When She Hit Me As Much As When She Kissed Me
(The Plant) Not that the universe of Stephen King works doesn’t have a variety of oddities in it already, but to the reader who is not privvy to much in the way of private, uncollected, or unpublished works, The Plant is a really singular story, simply because it’s not finished. Or at least not in … Continue reading The Dark Powers Have To Give Before They Can Take
(On Writing) We’ve reached one of those rare books that I’ve actually never read before. Except oddly, this one feels like something I have read before. I think it's just that familiar voice, the King voice, that I've grown very accustomed to over the years. I’ve seen this book extensively quoted, of course. You can’t … Continue reading We’re Having A Meeting Of The Minds
(Storm of the Century) Does the good of the many outweigh the good of the few? Is there always at least one “right” decision we can choose and are we always wrong if we don’t figure out what that decision is and choose it? I hope you don’t expect me to know these answers. I … Continue reading It’s A Cash And Carry World
(Hearts in Atlantis) I’m not sure exactly what this book is. Not going to lie, when I first got it and read it, probably sometime late in my teens or early in my 20s, I thought it was a novel. The characters and stories intersect, after all, and wrap up, kind of. There are common … Continue reading What If They Were All Still Snotty-Nosed Kids Inside Their Suits And Dresses?
(The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon) I’ve said before that I’d already read almost all of King’s bibliography before starting this project, and that’s true. This is also a book I’ve read before, but it’s one that I’m less familiar with than many of the others. This is only my second time reading The Girl … Continue reading You Could Get Used To Anything If You Had To
(Bag of Bones) Bag of Bones is not my favorite King story. Not by a long shot. If I try to reduce the plot down to its bones, what I come up with is this: a rich widower in his 40s relocates to his summer place to try to cope with his professional struggles (writer’s … Continue reading What If We Survive, But It Drives Us Insane?
(Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV) On a Reddit thread, I recently described Wizard and Glass as a book that I thought was “unfairly controversial”. And on re-read, I think I stand by that. This is a book I love. This is a book that quite a lot of Stephen King fans and Dark … Continue reading I Was Raised to Be Polite, But Not to Suffer Bullshit
(The Regulators) Richard Bachman was dead by this point in King’s career. Died around the time of Thinner. Cancer of the pseudonym. But are writers ever really dead if they’ve left their words behind? Maybe not. The Regulators is Richard Bachman’s “last” book. Sure, Thinner was also his “last” book, but then The Regulators was … Continue reading None Of This Was Real, After All
(Desperation) This must have been a period when Stephen King was just into experimenting with different forms of stories and releases of stories. Desperation was released in the same year as The Green Mile, which you’ll already remember as one that was released in an unusual form — chapbook installments — and Desperation is also … Continue reading In These Silences, Something May Rise