Sane People Don’t Sacrifice Children On The Altar Of Probability

(The Institute) The Institute is one of those books that make me think, “wow, this would make a good movie.” I don’t think I do that too often — I’m more of a book person and these days also an “I’d like to see a TV series adaptation” person — but this one lends itself … Continue reading Sane People Don’t Sacrifice Children On The Altar Of Probability

Reality Is Thin Ice, But Most People Skate On It Their Whole Lives And Never Fall Through Until The Very End

(The Outsider) The beginning of The Outsider always makes me feel like I’ve just stepped into a John Grisham book by accident. I’m expecting a hungry young lawyer connected to the Maitland family somehow to come into town and prove Terry’s innocence by some combination of brilliant lawyering and hiring a smart (and pretty, probably) … Continue reading Reality Is Thin Ice, But Most People Skate On It Their Whole Lives And Never Fall Through Until The Very End

Repost for Halloween: We Make Up Horrors To Help Us Cope With The Real Ones

(Stephen King) It seems like a Stephen King blog should have a Halloween post. After all, we associate King with horror, and what day of the year do we most associate with horror? Halloween, of course. No doubt there will be a selection of King adaptions available on TV or streaming today — heck, maybe … Continue reading Repost for Halloween: We Make Up Horrors To Help Us Cope With The Real Ones

I Don’t Bite. Except… We’ve Known Each Other For A Very Long Time, And I Suspect You Know That’s Not Entirely True

(The Bazaar of Bad Dreams) The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is another collection. It’s got short stories and novellas. We’ve been through some of it already — this collection has both Ur and Blockade Billy in it, and we’ve already covered those in their standalone forms (Ur is revised here, but I don't think it's … Continue reading I Don’t Bite. Except… We’ve Known Each Other For A Very Long Time, And I Suspect You Know That’s Not Entirely True

You’re The Only Ghost That’s Left In That Cabin

(Ghost Brothers of Darkland County) This is not a book. Or a short story, or a poem, or a movie, or a teleplay, or any of that. It’s also not a solo King project. It’s a musical. Stephen King, along with John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, made a musical. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County … Continue reading You’re The Only Ghost That’s Left In That Cabin

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

We Make Up Horrors To Help Us Cope With The Real Ones

(Stephen King) It seems like a Stephen King blog should have a Halloween post. After all, we associate King with horror, and what day of the year do we most associate with horror? Halloween, of course. No doubt there will be a selection of King adaptions available on TV or streaming today — heck, maybe … Continue reading We Make Up Horrors To Help Us Cope With The Real Ones