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

How Many Have To Die Before We Will Give Up These Dangerous Toys?

("Guns") “Guns” is… an essay, I guess. I guess it was published as an ebook first, or maybe a Kindle single? If it’s called an ebook, it’s only because “e-essay” is not really a word. It’s not long enough to be a book. It could probably be someone’s tragedy-inspired Facebook rant, except the author is … Continue reading How Many Have To Die Before We Will Give Up These Dangerous Toys?

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

Life Was A Wheel, Its Only Job Was to Turn, And It Always Came Back Around to Where It Started

(Doctor Sleep) Before this book came out, did you wonder a lot about what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining? Because… I did not. Doctor Sleep is not a bad book and I don’t dislike it, but I do have to wonder why, of all the things, King chose to revisit this story so … Continue reading Life Was A Wheel, Its Only Job Was to Turn, And It Always Came Back Around to Where It Started

The Last Good Time Always Comes, And When You See The Darkness Creeping Toward You, You Hold Onto What Was Bright and Good

(Joyland) I remembered Joyland as a ghost story, but it’s not. Not really. There is a ghost. Some characters see the ghost (though our point of view character does not). But it’s really a mystery… and also a coming-of-age tale. When I looked it up, I found that a reviewer compared it to "The Body", … Continue reading The Last Good Time Always Comes, And When You See The Darkness Creeping Toward You, You Hold Onto What Was Bright and Good

You Could Have Cut The Lack of Surprise and Spread it On Bread

(In the Tall Grass) This story is neither a book, nor a collection of shorter fiction, nor the first short e-story of King’s to appear online. It’s just a Kindle Single, with one important distinction — it’s an example of something that we’ll see again, a collaboration between King and one of his sons. I’m … Continue reading You Could Have Cut The Lack of Surprise and Spread it On Bread

The Stories We Hear in Childhood Are The Ones We Remember All Of Our Lives

(The Wind Through The Keyhole) I don’t know if Stephen King will return to the Dark Tower again, or if he wants to, but we know that he at least did at one point, because this is part of the main Dark Tower series. Although it came years after the end of the series, it … Continue reading The Stories We Hear in Childhood Are The Ones We Remember All Of Our Lives

Take My Hand, Constant Reader, And I’ll Be Happy To Lead You Back Into The Sunshine

(Full Dark, No Stars) So this is one of King’s collections of novellas. It contains four of them: 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage. The title of the collection is definitely accurate because these are some seriously dark stories. Not even so much in the scary sense as they are dark in … Continue reading Take My Hand, Constant Reader, And I’ll Be Happy To Lead You Back Into The Sunshine

God Turned Out To Be A Bunch Of Bad Little Kids Playing Interstellar XBOX

(Under the Dome) I’ve been waiting to get to this one since I started this project. Oh, not because I think I have anything profound to say, just because I’ve been waiting to re-read this book since then. I’m sort of always waiting to re-read this book. I just finished it and I’m already waiting … Continue reading God Turned Out To Be A Bunch Of Bad Little Kids Playing Interstellar XBOX