Despite Stephen King's popularity/success in literature, I've long subconsciously believed that he writes ghost stories. Paranormal stuff that gives yDespite Stephen King's popularity/success in literature, I've long subconsciously believed that he writes ghost stories. Paranormal stuff that gives you the jelly tummies. And this is also despite of having watched a lot of movies adapted from his stories. I don't know why; I just always thought he wrote about ghosts.
Well, did this book prove me wrong. For people who are starting on Stephen King, this one is a good place to begin. You could see how Stephen King really writes in different settings, voices, and tones. You could pick out the redundancies (he likes the Red Sox, he lives in New England, he likes demon-stuff, he has some catchphrases that were repeated in two stories or so). But you can't deny his imagination. Man, is it running wild.
He has a calling to write about raw evil. In this collection, he covered possessions, monsters, mutism, an apocalypse, murders, vampires, sick bastards, mercy killing. Everything that the mind basically wants to shove out. I honestly like reading about ghost stories myself, but I won't say no to the usual devil-stuff. I've watched enough exorcism movies to be able to say that I enjoy it and the defilement it does to organized religion.
One thing I didn't like about the stories, though, and sadly they're on almost all of them, was that there's a certain recipe that King follows, and it's the beginnings that I hate. At the start of the stories, he makes you GROPE AROUND for where your bearings are. Literally grope around. He puts you in the middle of shit happening and you have no idea what's going on. I especially noticed and hated it in "Trucks." I was rereading back and forth, trying to figure things out. It's by the middle that you start getting it, and at that point I sometimes have to read back again to piece things together better. The endings are always good. He cliff-hangs just to make you thirsty for a bit more but won't leave you parched.
Which can I pick as a favorite? I really liked "Sometimes They Come Back." It was heartbreaking more than it was scary, though in some levels creepy, too. In every one of them, he sets the mood so brilliantly you really feel like you're in the middle of all the gore.
This being my second Stephen King, I'm positive I'll be reading more....more
I'd hate to call it that because it started out as not half-bad. We all know the story of Gulliver, the normal-sizedFinally I've finished this drivel.
I'd hate to call it that because it started out as not half-bad. We all know the story of Gulliver, the normal-sized man who got shipwrecked in an island full of little people. At least that's the only interesting part that popular media has inclined to share. (Unfortunately,) there's more to Gulliver's travels than being held captive by six-inch people.
There are also the island inhabited by giants, a flying island, then an island where horses are the dominant species. Man, Gulliver just keeps on running into strange lands every time he sets his foot onto a ship.
As I got nearer the end I got sick of where Gulliver ended himself up this time. The most boring of all was the horse island. Forgot how to spell the name properly. Author was trying to send a message across how he had thought of an idea on how to make the human race more amiable and civilized and gentle by being as reasonable as the horses were. Author also spent an infinitesimal amount of time explaining to the head horse how England and Europe work, down to the last gritty, boring, political detail ad nauseam. I hated those chapters. Couldn't he just shorten it to, "And I proceeded to explain in great length how the government worked"?
The book started okay, then it all went downhill pretty fast....more
Reading this made me feel uneasy. I feel like I was being haunted as well. I don't read much horror stories butOh my fucking god what a heartbreaker.
Reading this made me feel uneasy. I feel like I was being haunted as well. I don't read much horror stories but I love them; I must say that I'm a sucker for the thrill, however cheap or great it is. I love reading and watching horror stuff, and ever since I saw the movie adaptation of this, it's been among my top favorite ghost stories.
But why, though? It's an utterly simple, straightforward story with nothing too special about it: a ghost hunting for revenge. Maybe it was the writing or the pure psyche that drove me nuts and always had me looking over my shoulder towards a dark corner while I read this? Maybe.
Plus it had a rocking chair in it and they absolutely terrify me. It was very well-written and it made me swear off again that I will never ever buy a goddamn rocking chair....more