There Was Magical Thinking; There Was Also Magical Doing

("The Gingerbread Girl", Just After Sunset) I had that strange experience with Just After Sunset — the one where I know I’ve read this book, I am pretty sure that I owned a hard copy of this book at some point and read it immediately upon acquiring it, as I do with most Stephen King … Continue reading There Was Magical Thinking; There Was Also Magical Doing

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

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.

I Loved Her When She Hit Me As Much As When She Kissed Me

(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

We’re Having A Meeting Of The Minds

(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

Reality Can Go Take A Flying Fuck At A Rolling Donut

(Nightmares & Dreamscapes) I could almost skip doing a post on Nightmares & Dreamscapes and tell y’all to just go read the foreword and the notes at the back of the book. As with other short story collections, these are some of my favorite parts of the book, when King talks directly to the reader … Continue reading Reality Can Go Take A Flying Fuck At A Rolling Donut

Everyone Loves Something For Nothing… Even If It Costs Everything

(Needful Things) Needful Things was written well in the past. So clearly, it’s not about now, nor even about the recent past. And yet… who do we know who came to a new town and spent his time there riling up the prejudices, grudges, odd conspiracies and paranoias, and hatred of anyone that he could? … Continue reading Everyone Loves Something For Nothing… Even If It Costs Everything

Fear is An Emotion Which Encloses and Precludes Change

(Four Past Midnight, "The Library Policeman") It’s just my observation, but when I see Four Past Midnight come up in Stephen King groups or subreddits or whatever, it’s not very well liked. Usually, people will say that there are one or two stories they can’t stand, and that the others are OK. And the funny … Continue reading Fear is An Emotion Which Encloses and Precludes Change

No One Gets Taken Who Doesn’t Want To Be Taken

(The Tommyknockers) I’m going to get this out of the way up front — I don’t like The Tommyknockers. It took me multiple tries to read through it the first time, and when I was done, I used the book to prop something up in my kitchen because I was just never going to read … Continue reading No One Gets Taken Who Doesn’t Want To Be Taken