What of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of it's own - and a five-year-old boy ofWhat of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of it's own - and a five-year-old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past? Behing every door of the Overlook's 110 empty rooms there is a chamber of horror. Little Danny knows of these things because he has the terrible power - The Shining. The first time I read the bathtub scene, my mom had to sleep in bed with me for a week. This book is scary as hell....more
Carrie was the odd one at school; the one whose reflexes were always off in games, whose clothes never really fit, who never got the point of a joke.Carrie was the odd one at school; the one whose reflexes were always off in games, whose clothes never really fit, who never got the point of a joke. And so she became the joke, the brunt of teenaged cruelties that puzzled her as much as they wounded her. There was hardly any comfort in playing her private game, because like so many things in Carrie's life, it was sinful. Or so her mother said. Carrie could make things move - by concentrating on them, by willing them ro move. Small things, like marbles, would start dancing. Or a candle would fall. A door would lock. This was jer game, her power, her sin, firmly repressed like everything else about Carrie. One act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious jokes of her classmates, offered Carrie a new look at herself the fateful night of her senior prom. But another act - of furious cruelty = forever changed things and turned her clandestine game inro a weapon of horror and destruction. She made a lighted candle fall, and she locked the doors. . ....more
When Stephen King issued his New York Times best selling novel The Green Mile in monthly installments, millions of hooked readers anxiously awaited eaWhen Stephen King issued his New York Times best selling novel The Green Mile in monthly installments, millions of hooked readers anxiously awaited each cliff-hanging episode. Now, for the first time, all six exciting parts come together in one volume to let you enjoy Stephen King's masterpiece uninterrupted, from gripping opening to shattering climax. At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are as depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the posessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentanced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being? There are more wonders in heaven and hell than anyone at Cold Mountain can imagine - as the truth emerges in shock waves that only Stephen King could create and a blastof revelation that will truly blow your mind....more
Summary: Can Stephen King scare even himselfd? Has the author of Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, and Christine ever conceived a story so horrifying that heSummary: Can Stephen King scare even himselfd? Has the author of Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, and Christine ever conceived a story so horrifying that he was for a time unwilling to finish writing it? Yes. This is it. Set in a small town in Maine to which a young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family have moved from Chicago, Pet Sematary begins with a visit to the graveyard in the woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. But behind the "pet sematary" there is another burial ground, one that lures people to it with seductive promises. . . and ungodly temptations. As the story unfolds, so does a nightmare of the supernatural, one so relentless you won't want. . .at moments. . .to continue reading. . .but will be unable to stop. You do it because it gets hold of you, says the nice old man with the secret. You make up reasons. . .they seem like good reasons. . .but mostly you do it because once you've been up there, it's your place, and you belong to it. . .up in the Pet Sematary - and beyond.
Absolutly disturbing, and fucked up beyond belief. But it's a classic. If dead children bother you, stay away....more
"Is horror all you write?" is the second most frequent question Stephen King encounters, (most frequent question: "Where do you get your ideas?") he t"Is horror all you write?" is the second most frequent question Stephen King encounters, (most frequent question: "Where do you get your ideas?") he tells us in the Afterward to this superlative quartet of novels. Although he is by now a world-class grand master of the horrific, he resists entombment in that genre. That he can transcend horror is proved triumphantly in these four works. At the same time, nobody in search of the utterly distinctive King brand of driving narrative, graphically rendered scene and character, and stamp-on-the-clinging-fingers cliffhanger plot will go away unsatisfied. Consider the four: Hope Springs Eternal Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption - the most satisfying tale of unjust imprisonment and offbeat escape since The Count of Monte Cristo. Summer of Corruption Apt Pupil - a golden California schoolboy and an old man whose hideous past he uncovers enter into a fateful and chilling mutual parasitism. Fall from Innocence The Body - four rambunctious young boys venture into the Maine woods and in sunlight and thunder find life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. A Winter's Tale The Breathing Method - a tale told in a strange club about a woman determined to give birth no matter what. If these tales turn out to have an interlacing of nightmarish elements after all, the reason is not the occult, but twentieth-century humanity's apparant determination to return to the Dark Ages, a time for which Stephen King is obviously the ideal bard....more
Cujo slept. He lay on the verge of grass by the porch, his mangled snout on his forepaws. His dreams were confused, lunatic things. It was dark, and thCujo slept. He lay on the verge of grass by the porch, his mangled snout on his forepaws. His dreams were confused, lunatic things. It was dark, and the sky was dark with wheeling red-eyed bats. He leaped at them again and again, and each time he leaped he brought one down, teeth clamped on a leathery, twitching wing. But the bats kept biting his tender face with their sharp little rat-teeth. That was where the pain came from. That was where all the hurt came from. But he would kill them all. He would- Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the beloved family pet of the Joe Cambers of Castle Rock, Maine, and the best friend ten-year-old Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo pursues a rabbit into a bolt-hole - a cave inhabited by some very sick bats. What happens to Cujo, and to those unlucky enough to be near him, makes for the most heart-squeezing novel Stephen King has yet written. Vic Trenton, New York adman obsessed by the struggle to hang on to his one big account, his restive and not entirely faithful wife, Donna, and their four-year-old son, Tad, moved to Castle Rock seeking the peace of rural Maine. But life in this small town - evoked as vividly as a Winesburg or a Spoon River - is not what it seems. As Tad tries bravely to fend off the terror that comes to him at night from his bedroom closet, and as Vic and Donna face their own nightmare of a marriage suddenly on the rocks, there is no way they can know that a monster, infinatly sinister, waits in the daylight, and that the fateful currents of their lives will eddy closer and faster to the horrifying vortex that is Cujo. Stephen King has never written a book in which readers will turn the pages with such a combination of anticipation and dire apprehension. Doing so, they will experience an absolute master at work....more