stephen king c/d?

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I read "the mist" today and it was really scary!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 03:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

from the ages of 10-15 he was the C of C.

now, eh, i'm sure i'd enjoy rereading some of the good ones.

Viva La Sam (thatgirl), Monday, 23 February 2004 03:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i am looking forward to this new movie, "secret window" which stars johnny depp and john turturro.

oh yeah and know what's annoying? the american version of lars von trier's "the kingdom" is called motherfucking "STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL"!!! what the fuck is that shit?!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 03:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

like you'd think he'd be embarrassed about that!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 03:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

and "kingdom hospital" alone would be such a stupider title, even

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 03:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

he wrote secret window? that looks cool.

Viva La Sam (thatgirl), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

of course he wrote it, it's about a writer in maine haunted by a supernatural dude in a hat who accuses him of plagiarism!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

don't really get all of that from the commercials. just that it's spooky and has john turturro.

Viva La Sam (thatgirl), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i hope it's good but the last stephen king movie was "dreamcatcher," and whew boy, that was something else.

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

they aren't even advertising this film as by Stephen King, so maybe they've realized that his name attached to a film = box office death these days.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

then why "stephen king's kingdom hospital"?

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(which i presume he adapted)

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Dreamcatcher" had the worst ending I have ever seen in a film.

"I read the Mist today, and boy was it scary!"

If you can find it, there's a audio dramatization of the Mist available on cassete. The cool thing about it is that it's in three-dimensional sound, which gives the story an extremely spooky effect.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 23 February 2004 04:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

did you see the "original ending" on the dreamcatcher dvd? it was so much better, i have no idea why they chose to go with the alternate.

Emilymv (Emilymv), Monday, 23 February 2004 05:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it was! i liked that in the non-original ending the movie ended with dude saying "jonesy!" though.

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 05:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

from the ages of 10-15 he was the C of C.

This is so true. His were the first "adult" books I got into reading, as a kid. (I remember learning about most aspects of sex -- except the nuts and bolts, of course, which my mom taught me -- from Stephen King books.) And I think he made for a pretty good segue into the more usual fiction, when I became a preteen... (Because, y'know, he writes about couples and relationships and people musing about their lives and all that shit... just with monsters.)

And I remember "It," which I read in sixth grade, as being one heck of a great book.

morris pavilion (samjeff), Monday, 23 February 2004 06:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He was always somebody I knew of growing up -- he was that big by the late seventies when I first heard of him thanks to The Shining's adaptation, and he still is, Harlan Ellison called him sui generis and I think he nailed it. But I never really got into him -- it wasn't that I didn't like his work as I read it, I just tended to look elsewhere. But what few short stories I've read of his capture a certain beautiful atmosphere of the physical land itself are gripping, and it occurs to me that some of his greatest strengths aren't the obvious ones.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 23 February 2004 06:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I will throw in a few more cents: those Dark Tower books (the few that I read -- first three or four?) = disappointing dud; the first half of "The Stand" = awesome, but the 2nd half = dud; a few of those "Bachman Books" = Classic. "Eye of the Dragon" (is that what it's called?) = totally classic.

morris pavilion (samjeff), Monday, 23 February 2004 06:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Stand by Me = classic. No question. period. end. over. The Best.

sunjammerr, Monday, 23 February 2004 06:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, duh! Secret Window was in Four Past Midnight. I knew it looked familiar.

I think his stuff in the last decade or so is unbearable nostalgic crap, I still think his first 15 years had a few genuinely great novels (The Dead Zone and Pet Sematary seem to stand up the best) and a boatload of really scary scenes (the Lincoln Tunnel sequence in The Stand, Ben's Hubie Marston nightmare in 'Salem's Lot).

At this point, though, I'd wager that most of his stuff made for better movies, at least when real directors (as opposed to Frank Darabont) were at the helm. Carrie, The Shining, and Christine are all way beyond the source material. And Cujo, The Dead Zone and 'Salem's Lot are all great movies in their own right.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pet Sematary is a great horror novel, one of the few that has actually creeped me out.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I always liked his short stories. The one with the tiny army men, and the one about the kid's dad with the bad 6-pack of beer and the cats in the wall... I haven't read The Mist since I was in that 10-15 age range. I liked it a lot then. Does it hold up?

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh and the one where the evil oil slick pulls the guy through the CRACK between the BOARDS on the RAFT holy SHIT.

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's an audio-CD of the Mist that's great. You have to listen to it with headphones, but they did a great job with the surround sound (for ~1993 when I heard it).

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The raft scared the pants off me.

luna (luna.c), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Just keep your hair out of the water and you'll be fine.

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 07:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"There's an audio CD of the Mist..."

Dude, did you see my post upthread?

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 23 February 2004 08:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Haha, no. Amazon still had the CD as of a couple of years ago.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 23 February 2004 08:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

At 15, C of C, OTM. The Shining, Christine, The Stand, and It. And Misery.

I stopped caring before the first chapter of Delores Claiborne ended (tho that movie was good).

weather1ngda1eson (Brian), Monday, 23 February 2004 08:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Bachman books - classic. The 4 stories in "Different Seasons" are pretty good. The only one not made into a movie was my favourite - The Long Walk. Basically a near-future-reality-show concept piece. Very simple: 100 people (mostly young) start walking down a highway. If you drop below 4 miles per hour, you get a warning. After the 3rd warning, you are shot dead (the military follow your progress). Last one alive "wins" (you get whatever you want). I almost hope reality TV goes this way someday...

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Monday, 23 February 2004 10:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Salem's Lot and The Mist scared the piss out of me as a young'un.

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Monday, 23 February 2004 10:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You could just take them out of the running instead of shooting them. Some people might argue that only the threat of death can provide sufficient motivation to determine the "real" winner. Anyway, 4mph isn't very fast.

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Average normal pedestrial walking speed is like 3.375 mph.

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Are you getting Different Seasons confused with The Bachman Books, Rob? The Breathing Method is the only story out of DS that wasn't filmed: The Running Man is the only one of BBs that was.

Short stories: great. Dark Tower also good in principle (the first one was only good enough to get me vaguely interested in the seond one, which was great), but if it turns out that I'd have to read all his other books to understand the next volume, I'll be pissed off.

You have to reckon he's jumped the shark when he starts making TV miniseries of all his longer stories, including The Shining. Apparently the film was fine, but not what he was looking for.

And Christine to thread!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good things about Stephen King:

1. The Shining
2. The Strand was good as I recall though the middle 500 pages dragged a bit
3. He wrote some book about dragons. I forget what it was called but dragons are so awesome.
4. His short stories I think are generally excellent, and much different from his fiction. They're published in the New Yorker and other such magazines quite often. He had an excellent one about highway restroom graffiti.
5. Also he got hit by a truck, which is so crazy. Then he wrote lots of memoirs about being hit by a truck. The one celebrity we have in the whole state of Maine gets mauled by a drunk driver. I thought we should have put his giant creepy head on our state quarter, but apparently that wasn't taken into consideration.

j c (j c), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Stand I mean. The Strand is a bookstore I have to go to this afternoon. Apologies.

j c (j c), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

least scary element in a bad s.k. novel: killer coke machine in the tommyknockers. course, he was high on coke at the time, so it makes sense. i kinda love the fact that he doesn't remember writing cujo. If you had asked me what the great american novel was 20 years ago i would have said The Stand. I love everything up until the novel he doesn't remember writing. it was touch and go after that. hate when he takes a short story idea and adds an extra 700 pages a la Insomnia.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Eye of the Dragon - about the prince locked up in the tower who steals threads from napkins and weaves them into a rope using the tiny loom in his doll house.

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>Are you getting Different Seasons confused with The Bachman Books, Rob
Yes. Yes I am. It's been a while...

>Anyway, 4mph isn't very fast

True. This is the beauty of the contest. The 100 starters can go on for quite a while before the 1st person is shot, which is obviously a sobering event for the remaining 99. Only after about 48 hours things start to go a bit crazy. People start to freak out, as one would expect. Dunno why that story stuck with me for so long - it's a disturbing concept.

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

they aren't even advertising this film as by Stephen King, so maybe they've realized that his name attached to a film = box office death these days.

-- anthony kyle monday

then why "stephen king's kingdom hospital"?

-- s1ocki

Stephen King signing on to the Kingdom remake is the only thing that got it made; it's been in and out of production for years, so I assume they're tagging it with his name because they aren't confident in it except as a King vehicle (whereas a Johnny Depp movie is a Johnny Depp movie, and you really don't need the Inspector 13 tag.

I haven't seen Dreamcatcher and don't know if I will, but coming so soon after the extended discussion of "trunk novels" in Bag of Bones (which, love it or hate it, is considerably different in scope, tone, and approach), and King's subsequent accident and public difficulties with returning to writing, I half-assumed it was a trunk novel itself. It certainly reads like one.

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I recall something about the first story in the Bachman books (Rage) causing a stir because it depicted a fed-up high school kid coming to school with a gun and having a little kill-fest. Apparently it was reading material for a real-life high-school-rage-murder tragedy, but don't recall when/where.

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's great at writing a near-perfect example of a sub-genre. IE Rage is a great "high school shooting" story, The Long Walk is just one beautiful idea, "Survivor Type" is a great cannibal story..


Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Incidently, 'Rage' is the only novel that King admits he wishes he never wrote. Several similar incidents have occured across the United States, and Rage has been mentioned in connection with them. Considering how sympathetic King is to his protagonist, it's easy to see how disillusioned teens could come to identify with its themes"

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh, but classic! cuz even though i don't read his new stuff i still dig him. he's such a kook, and he never makes me cringe really. which is more than i can say for most people who have been in the public eye as long as he has. search:Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, Rage, Night Shift, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Danse Macabre, Firestarter, Different Seasons, Needful Things, The Dark Half, Pet Semetary, Misery, Skeleton Crew, and Thinner (even if you are older than 10-15)

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 23 February 2004 14:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

he never makes me cringe really

No, we have Dean Koontz for that.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 23 February 2004 15:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, what a way with a trashy yarn! Search: THE LANGOLIERS esp part one of the TV novella. Destroy: Cujo. I mean, it was a bit shit wasn't it.

Sarah (starry), Monday, 23 February 2004 15:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That Mist dramatization is floating around on soulseek.

Stuart (Stuart), Monday, 23 February 2004 16:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The best Stephen King audio I've heard -- although the person I heard it with says The Mist one is great, too -- is "1408," the haunted hotel room story from Blood and Smoke, his audio-only thing. The first time I heard it was in the middle of the night, in the middle of a ten hour road trip through east Texas and southern Louisiana, which probably added a lot to the overall effect.

Tep (ktepi), Monday, 23 February 2004 16:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the langoliers is really cool too.

i mean the thing with stephen king is he's really good at writing really readable stuff, and he has some neat ideas, but man oh man does he repeat himself. which is kind of interesting in a way, i guess. it's like he applies whatever good idea he has to the basic mold of "writer in maine" and lets it rip.

(obviously that applies more to the novels)

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 17:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you know what else is good? "the juant"

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 23 February 2004 17:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Just finished On stuff. I found Misery in the street a while back, worth a go? I've not read ANY of his fiction.

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Misery's probably my favorite (haven't read it since age 18-19) because it's all psychological and no supernatural.

only dogg forgives (Eazy), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Misery is great

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:08 (three years ago) Permalink

I re-read Misery a few years ago while proctoring exams at a local college. I was on the edge of my seat (literally!), despite already knowing the story.

Sara R-C, Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:16 (three years ago) Permalink

misery always kind of bored me tbh, even the movie

book and movie objectively great, but like dolores claiborne i just wasnt drawn. not supernatural enough for me i guess

"fear of putting out" in one's early thirties (darraghmac), Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

The movie version of Misery is definitely a Rob Reiner movie, for worse and worse. The book, though, is top 5.

Boven is het stil (Eric H.), Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:37 (three years ago) Permalink

I can now talk a little more freely about DOCTOR SLEEP. It's a real letdown, folks. It has a fantastic opening that dives right into the Overlook aftermath, and then jets ahead to Danny as a shiftless drunkard adult -- great stuff because of how heartbreaking it is to see Danny that way. And then, man oh man, does the book turn into mush. Basically Danny becomes the typical SK earthy-yet-perfect protagonist and the action is relegated to two characters duking it out physically, which is about as interesting on the page as computer hacking is on screen. The are virtually no stakes. After a string of very good books from SK, this is big clunker.

The Thnig, Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:53 (three years ago) Permalink

a shame to hear that

balls, Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:18 (three years ago) Permalink

glad to hear you can talk freely about it tho

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Crap. They don't duke it out *physically*, they duke it out *psychically*. Big difference.

The Thnig, Thursday, 15 August 2013 22:13 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Does anyone else think that Joe Hill's Locke & Key employs a shitloada the same tropes his father used to great effect, only with Joe's own spin?

Your Own Personal El Guapo (kingfish), Monday, 16 September 2013 07:56 (three years ago) Permalink

I was recently re-reading The Dark Half, which I probably haven't read in 20 years or more, and noticed the clever (or "clever") trick he pulls in the opening chapter. He gets all the exposition/back story out of the way by having the main character in the book you are reading read a magazine article about himself.

Marlo Poco (Phil D.), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 02:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Currently reading Under The Dome and it's fairly entertaining as long haul King epics go, but his occasional attempts to speak directly to the reader and guide him to the next part of the story are jarring and terrible and have no place in this book.

"Let us go then, you and I, while the evening spreads out against the sky."
"We'll stop for a quick check on Barbie and Rusty shall we?"
"Let us float through certain half-deserted streets..."

He even goes so far as to tell us we are invisible and the people we drift past will only feel a faint draft from us. Awful stuff.

We don’t have a Paul McGrath (onimo), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:05 (three years ago) Permalink

The first of those is T.S. Eliot.

how's life, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Still, the conceit of the readers floating around invisibly sounds pretty terrible.

how's life, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Last, too

Øystein, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:12 (three years ago) Permalink

(xp obv)

Øystein, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:12 (three years ago) Permalink

Is it? Like a tribute or homage or a direct lift?

I remember reading a Terry Pratchett book that employed the same "let us float over" technique and hated it then too. I'm generally opposed to any "dear reader" breaking of walls.

Also jarring and off-putting "One fisted hand is pressed between the scant nubs of her breasts as she looks at that pink freak of a moon." - do we, dear readers, really need to know the size of this 13-year-old girl's breasts?

We don’t have a Paul McGrath (onimo), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh lord no.

how's life, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Like a tribute or homage or a direct lift?

nm found it
(i should read more poetry and I'd spot such things straight off)

We don’t have a Paul McGrath (onimo), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:21 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Rooty toot.

how's life, Friday, 18 October 2013 17:34 (three years ago) Permalink

would be awesome if "We'll stop for a quick check on Barbie and Rusty shall we?" was in Prufrock too

brio, Friday, 18 October 2013 21:14 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Loved Absentia. Missed Oculus in theaters, but will pick it up the second it's available in a home format. Never read Gerald's Game, but from what I gather, it's more hated than loved.

how's life, Sunday, 18 May 2014 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

ughhh i hate gerald's game so much. i wish i could unread it

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 18 May 2014 17:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Am I the only one silly enough to be reading Doctor Sleep? Can't decide if it's decent entertainment or complete garbage.

Darin, Sunday, 18 May 2014 19:06 (two years ago) Permalink

I read Doctor Sleep. Its def second or maybe third tier King, but was entertaining enough. I wish he hadn't associated it with The Shining.

sofatruck, Sunday, 18 May 2014 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I just recently got Insomnia from the library. Wow, did that suck.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 18 May 2014 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Bc of that site name I excitedly thought for a moment it was gonna be a round up of the film scores for all the SK films over the years.

(Maybe I'll do that)

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 18:20 (two years ago) Permalink

If they managed to actually pull this off, I'd be totally into it. My guess, though, is that the rights for the various works lie in different hands. And that any attempt to actually pull this off would be ham-fisted and awful.

Scrumptuous Morsels For Your Tummy! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 18:22 (two years ago) Permalink

That's a lot of potentially awful movies/series to greenlight. But I am living for the idea of Stu Redman played by Scoot McNairy.

Eric H., Wednesday, 3 December 2014 18:30 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

koogs, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

it's weird that I loved horror novels/short stories so much as a teen but could not abide horror movies at all unless they were pitched as "science fiction" or "psychological thriller" or "action movie"; something about the connection of the concept "horror" to actual visuals short-circuits something in my brain and stampedes directly to an unpleasant place in my brain

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RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I read the bookstop version of "The Stand" in 2001, ravenous. Some of the incidental end-of-days shit from that book haunts me even now.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Did anyone else give Mister Mercedes a go? I did the audiobook version - the ending was meh but everything building up to it was so gripping (and so well read by Will Patton) that I didn't listen to anything else for a few days.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:08 (two years ago) Permalink

I've been reading the kindle version on my phone. It's entertaining. King at his airport-thriller breeziest.

Punny Names (latebloomer), Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:12 (two years ago) Permalink

OK, reading the various plot summaries from that Consequence of Sound post: people will eat up any old ludicrous shit King puts out, won't they?

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Mister Mercedes struck as something that might have been a leftover from the Richard Bachman days, but overall I liked it.

Οὖτις Δαυ & τηε Κνιγητσ (Phil D.), Thursday, 22 January 2015 03:17 (two years ago) Permalink

i gave up on mr mercedes v early

i know its supposed to be couched in hard-boiled cliches but i found it almost intolerably cliched from the beginning

idk. maybe i was just in a bad mood

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 January 2015 03:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Mr. Mercedes -- a nice, kind of humble everyday detective story. It's the start of a series -- two more are coming.

Revival is pretty good, despite a mid-book 200 pages or so that was, like, so unnecessary, but in SK fashion, readable anyway.

The Thnig, Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Revival has its share of typical SK lapses -- some poor editing, odd pacing, and laughable OTTness -- but overall I enjoyed it. Usually I expect his books to start strong and fall apart in the last act, but this was the opposite ... the first chapter or two are so wholesome and bucolic I was tempted to bail, until some gore was splattered; the final chapters, while derivative, are intense, creepy, and ultra-dark.

I enjoyed those Guardian posts linked upthread but was sad the writer stopped with Gerald's Game ... it's the books after that I'd like more help to sift through.

Brad C., Monday, 26 January 2015 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

11/22/63 so far is really good!! The show, haven't read the book.

JacobSanders, Thursday, 25 February 2016 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

The ending of Revival scared the bejeezus out of me. It's the first time in quite a while I genuinely regretted finishing a book before lights out. For a while there it actually really upset me, until I just thought, "Well, of course that doesn't happen". I think SK tapped into a certain fear really effectively there.

Duane Barry, Thursday, 25 February 2016 22:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Enjoying mr Mercedes

calstars, Wednesday, 2 March 2016 00:32 (one year ago) Permalink

any word on who will play Stephen King in the Dark Tower film? presumably won't play himself but who do you even cast to play him...might have to get Johnny Depp or something...

also mr mercedes and the sequel are great, if you like stupid hard boiled detective novels, not exactly King's wheelhouse but he's pretty good at it

sheesh, Friday, 4 March 2016 01:37 (one year ago) Permalink

he wrote a sequel?

carly rae jetson (thomp), Friday, 4 March 2016 01:44 (one year ago) Permalink

yep, called finders keepers, strays a little bit more into weird/supernatural King territory near the end, which is probably a good thing

though if you like mr mercedes at all I implore you to check out the "hard case" trilogy by dan simmons, another horror writer trying his hand at the hard boiled detective thing and doing a much better job imo, he could churn one of those out every month and I'd gobble it up like so much nasty candy

sheesh, Friday, 4 March 2016 06:34 (one year ago) Permalink

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