Children of the Corn
From the unrivaled master of horror and the supernatural, Stephen King. “Children of the Corn,” first collected in the extraordinary collection Nig ...more
The creepy part for me was when main character Burt goes into the abandoned church. The imagery, the altered Bible verses from the Book of Job 38:1-4 to include the verbiage 'He Who Walks Behind The Rows', and the books titled:
'Thus, Let the Iniquitious Be Cut Down So That The Ground May Be Fertile Again, Saith The Lord God o ...more
"You are now leaving Gatlin, nicest little town in Nebraska—or anywhere else! Drop in anytime!"
Gatlin, Nebraska (1970s) — Determined to fix their marriage and to seek for a fresh start, the struggling couple Burt and Vicky drive through the cornfields in rural Nebraska for their vacation in California and for a visit to Vicky's brother. During the drive, Burt accidentally runs over a young boy who was thrown over the road and whose throat was slit, wi ...more
Embarking on an extended road trip, Burt and Vicky continually argue about everything and anything...plus their troubled marriage...but soon find there is much more to worry about...like the unknown object that has just vanished "under the T-Bird's bumper."
As the vacationing couple investigate what they hit on the deserted road, a feeling of unrest overcomes them..."someone's watching us"...and they hurriedly get underway, with their burden, to the nearest to...more
After running over a child, Burt and Vicky head into the nearby town of Gatlin, Nebraska to look for help. This is widely considered to have been a bad move.
This short was excellent. It's well-written with plenty of memorable moments and there is near constant tension. Pretty damn creepy too. ...more
I got into a huge Stephen King mood the other day, so I started searching around. This one was there for Kindle for, like, $1. I had to. I just had to. So, I got it because I remember liking the movie and I forgot he actually wrote it. (Isn’t it crazy how you can forget his huge body of work?)
But, since this is such a short story, this is going to be a pretty short review.
I thought it was a solid story. It had a great basis and it was interesting the whole time ...more
Nope, afraid not. However, I really like the story version better than the movie. First off the story in the book makes much more sense, and suspension of disbelief isn't strained to ...more
Creepy children are a great subject of horror and I did enjoy this book moderately. My favorite by King will always be Thinner. I saw the movie as well and besides the creepy kids eerie resemblement to the Trump kids, it was not very good. I find King's books are always better then the movies.
This is one I plan to reread soon. ...more
fulfilling my shortie Spooktober challenge to read one spooky short story a day.
Day one: The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells
Day two: Everything's Fine by Matthew Pridham
Day three: It Came From Hell and Smashed the Angels by Gregor Xane
Day four: Sometimes They Come Back by Stephen King
Day five: The Curse of Yig by H.P. Lovecraft
Day six: The Spook House by Ambrose Bierce
Day seven: An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Day eight: The Murders in ...more
The film does the short story a disservice. This was far more interesting and better executed than a tale of creepy cornfields has any right to be. Though, it's not perfect. Adverbs are littered throughout. And the final scene is unnecessary, and mostly there for exposition. When I read the line, "And here, in the heartland of Nebraska, in the corn, there was nothing ...more
A classic from King! It's been years since I read this. Fear the children in rural Nebraska and He Who Walks Behind The Rows! I really wish this had been expanded into a novel. Fab. ...more
Seemed like a novel that was just dropped. Seemed incomplete. I guess because I wanted more.
I felt unsatisfied.
Even still, there is something I love about King's early books that is missing in his newer stuff. The older ones have a grittiness to them. Their less polished, less, refined. More human. Darker.
Would love to see this one as a full novel, but I suppose that's not gonna happen.
Content concerns: (view spoiler)[ Violence, cursing, man & wife trying to save marriage ...more
An eerie story about a couple who accidentally run over a dead body, seeking to report the incident to the authorities they find themselves in a quiet, deserted town seemingly frozen in a time capsule. All is not well in this sleepy town where the corn grows lush and in perfect, neat rows.
Listening to this really heightened the creep factor to the story. I also really liked how in the end everyone is a victim to the corn.
4/5 - this is the type of King book I like.
A couple embark on a road trip to California in hopes that this will save their marriage. They make it to Gatlin, Nebraska and the wife is immediately on high alert. While fighting again, he becomes distracted trying to prove her wrong and he does not notice when a child runs in their path and they run him over. Once out of the car, he notices that the child's throat was slit ...and the husband is determined to hand ov ...more
Some of the fun was gone because I knew the premise but enough was different in the movie vs. the short story that it was still very enjoyable - in fact after the initial setup, most everything about every characters "ending" was totally different.
Trying not to spoil anything so I'll just say that I really ...more