And When It Came – KAPOW – It Lit Up The Landscape For Miles Around

(Hearts in Suspension) If you’re an ebook reader like I am, you should know that Hearts in Suspension isn’t available that way. I could only find it in hardback. It’s also not a story. Or maybe it is, but if so, it’s not a fictional story. Mostly. It does include "Hearts in Atlantis", which you … Continue reading And When It Came – KAPOW – It Lit Up The Landscape For Miles Around

The Monster Is Always Scarier When It’s Still Under The Child’s Bed

(Six Scary Stories) Six Scary Stories isn’t a Stephen King book at all, but the stories were selected by him and published by Cemetery Dance, which is a specialty horror press that releases a lot of special Stephen King books. There’s also an introduction by King, in which he explains how this book came to … Continue reading The Monster Is Always Scarier When It’s Still Under The Child’s Bed

Don’t Ask Me Simple Questions, I Won’t Play Silly Games

(Charlie the Choo-Choo) Charlie the Choo-Choo is a children’s book written by Beryl Evans, also sometimes known by what I believe is her pen name, Claudia y Inez Bachman. Why am I writing about a children’s book by some woman in my Stephen King blog? Well, if you know the Dark Tower, you know that … Continue reading Don’t Ask Me Simple Questions, I Won’t Play Silly Games

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

Even Two Bits In A Bum’s Upturned Hat Mattered

("Cookie Jar") So, remember I said that The Bazaar of Bad Dreams had an extra story in the paperback version that wasn’t in my Kindle? That it was published in a magazine, apparently open to the public, but that I couldn’t access the story or the magazine? And that the only version I could find … Continue reading Even Two Bits In A Bum’s Upturned Hat Mattered

Payback Is A Bitch And The Bitch Is Back

(End of Watch) In End of Watch, we return to the villain from the first part of the trilogy, Brady Hartsfield. Kind of, anyway. It’s definitely him, but in this installment of the series, he’s not just a murderous dick; he’s… psychic? Able to astral project? He has some kind of mental magic powers, anyway, … Continue reading Payback Is A Bitch And The Bitch Is Back

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

I Think Different. And I Can Think Different If I Want To

(Finders Keepers) You know, I didn’t really remember that the middle of this series didn’t really have much to do with Brady Hartsfield, AKA Mr. Mercedes. Or that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson — the heroes of the previous story and of the trilogy — didn’t even come into it until late in … Continue reading I Think Different. And I Can Think Different If I Want To

Any Day Could Be The Day We Go Down, And We Never Know

(Revival) Revival gets my vote for the most frightening King book of all time. It’s probably the most a King book has scared me since encountering Thinner around the age of 13. And unlike Thinner, Revival scared adult me and still has the power to scare me on re-read. I’ve only read Revival once before … Continue reading Any Day Could Be The Day We Go Down, And We Never Know

That’s All History Is, After All: Scar Tissue

(Mr. Mercedes) To me, Mr. Mercedes feels like the mark of a new era in King's books. That sounds grander than I actually mean it to, but I don’t know how else to put it. It differs from what came before, though, in some ways that seem important. Mr. Mercedes (taken alone — this is … Continue reading That’s All History Is, After All: Scar Tissue