Welcome to one of my favourite horror stories from Stephen King. Set in a very tight space (a supermarket in a small town), with a larger-than-life event going on outside (a mist spreading out and killing whoever dares to go outside), the story analyses human behaviour in crisis situations.
It seemed to him that whoever thought that one up really got hold of something, because it was darker than a woodchuck’s asshole this morning, and dawn wasn’t far away.
You gotta give it to Mr. King. He can definitely write a good horror novel. If you have liked these lovely books involving Finders Keepers, you might have run across “End of Watch” – the last story involving Bill Hodges before he finds his untimely death.
I think everybody’s read Misery by now or has at least seen the absolutely fantastic movie from the 90s about a writer’s biggest nightmare: an obsessed fan.
Apparently, the book came to be when Stephen King had been asked for an autograph at a diner by a woman who called herself “his no1 fan”. He then started thinking (in his very Stephen King manner), what would happen if there was such a fan, an obsessed individual, who would have no qualms in torturing the author to receive the best ending for a series. Maybe he was thinking about the hoards of Dark Tower fans asking for the next instalment?
“Want your boat, Georgie?’ Pennywise asked. ‘I only repeat myself because you really do not seem that eager.’ He held it up, smiling. He was wearing a baggy silk suit with great big orange buttons. A bright tie, electric-blue, flopped down his front, and on his hands were big white gloves, like the kind Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck always wore.
“Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end. We did fall through, but we helped each other out. We’re still helping each other.”
Welcome to the Supernatural Zone. Not Twilight Zone since Jordan Peele destroyed it with his political agenda. I’ve picked up this book in Audio format thinking it’ll make a great read, much like Elevation did. And it worked in a way and it didn’t work so well in other ways.
For over a decade now, Lilja has been one of the leading voices on the Internet when it comes to covering and reporting on Stephen King’s books and movies. His website, Lilja’s Library, is the die-hard fan’s source for information about new King projects and breaking news, but Lilja has also featured his own in-depth reviews and interviews with the most important people in King’s world, including Stephen King himself.
Had a read and while I think this blog-book conversion was good, it was pretty much only useful to me for the Stephen King interviews. While it featured other authors as well, they did not interest me as much so I kinda skimmed over their accounts.
From the Stephen King sets, I’ve selected the best interview snippets below!
Well this was a pretty interesting story! Probably a horror story for any publisher out there. There was an editor who removed a manuscript from someone and instead of rejecting it outright as the guy sounded like a crackpot, he decides to give the guy a shot. He receives the full manuscript and what do you know! The entire story is absolutely horrific, realistic depictions of murder accompanied by Polaroid pictures which do not look doctored.
I went past the bookstore the other day and I ran across a little book with Stephen King’s name on it. Not wanting to dish out £14 for something so tiny, I went up on Audible and downloaded the Audio version to listen to on my way to work and back.
Looking back, I think I made the right choice. While the book is good, it’s not extraordinary enough to warrant £14 (which I normally pay for a leafy hardcover).
Well, I suppose Mr. King has to keep his income going!
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (October 30, 2018)
You’re good for the ones you love. You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.
Have you ever read a story which stayed with you well after the book was put down? A story about loss and love and a bit of a magical world that only writers can create?
Well Lisey’s story is this one. I think Stephen King wrote it with his wife, Tabitha, in mind – and envisioned a future where he would be dead and she would be left to pick up the pieces.
Here is one of Stephen King’s most elusive books.
History: In October 1998, Stephen King asked Michael Alpert to produce The New Lieutenant’s Rap. The book was wanted for the April 6, 1999 Anniversary Celebration of Stephen’s 25th year a a published novelist. The chapbook (a pocket sized booklet) has a stitched cover with a total of 22 pages. The text replicates King’s handwriting, including the cover page and copyright info. The New Lieutenant’s Rap was later published in King’s collection, Hearts in Atlantis, but that version is substantially shorter.
After receiving Stephen’s story, Michael worked on the book during the next five months, finishing it in time for Stephen’s New York extravaganza at The Tavern On The Green in Central Park.
As is often the case with Philtrum Press books, Stephen asked him to use innovative book-design ideas similar to The Plant and The Eyes Of The Dragon in previous years. For this book, Michael incorporated Stephen’s hand-printed text within the long tradition of fine bookbinding.
The New Lieutenant’s Rap was printed on beautifully crafted German all-rag paper, and was sewn with green Irish linen thread. After printing, sewing, and numbering the edition for the Carrie party, Michael discovered that he had on hand 24 designer’s proof copies that were used at various stages as guides for the final numbered and signed edition. These working copies are out-of-series (ie: not numbered) and are not meant for Stephen’s signature. An explanatory sheet accompanies each of the 24 proofs.
There is a long standing rumor that at the party” “Reportedly, approximately 28-42 copies were left on the table and thrown out by staff that night. None were recovered from trash. Stephen was so disgusted that drunk guests did this, that he took the remaining 380+ copies and placed them in his office safe in Bangor, where they remain to this day.”
This was never published or intended to be for sale to the public. It has become available on the secondary market as some of the people who received it as a gift have sold their copy and then others have resold it but it is quite pricey. (currently USD 325)