I was SO thrilled to find a new book by Stephen King while randomly browsing for first signed editions. I immediately purchased it and I must say, after reading it, I was in awe. While I’ve never been fond of the Detective Hodges series, I love the short stories and the big books that Mr. King produces for his Constant Readers.
Things always look clearer when we see them over our shoulder, don’t they?
I read this book ages ago and I thought it was fun and action filled and while I was in the search of the full Dark Tower, I didn’t stop enough to admire the way it was written and how much it foresaw of Roland’s final choices and his obsession with the Horn of Eld.
The Wolves were mechanical robots designed to look like Dr. Doom from the Marvel comics and their primary purpose was kidnapping twins from the town of Calla in order to process special enzymes in their brain that would probably be linked to the twins mental ability to communicate with each other. Only one twin would be kidnapped, the other left behind. The twin would eventually be returned but he would be stuck in a mental age less than ten, would forget basic functions like bladder control and when they reached puberty, they would grow to gigantic sizes and they would die.
Tian had his sister stolen when he was younger and when she was returned, she would only speak a few words and he started using her instead of an oxen to plow the dry fields of his plot.
This excerpt is taken from The Talisman. It’s just after Jack took possession of the fabled treasure and he realised that he was holding the axis mundi.
See the TURTLE of Enormous Girth
On his shell he holds the Earth.
His thought is slow, but always kind.
He holds us all within his mind.
On his back all vows are made;
He sees the truth but mayn’t aid.
He loves the land and loves the sea,
And even loves a child like me.
“The moment you introduce the element of IT, which is an interdimensional evil entity, the presence of the turtle comes with it, as a counterbalance,” Muschietti told SYFY WIRE. “It doesn’t seem to pay a big role, but the turtle is there. Like all mythologies, there’s a god of good and a god of evil. I didn’t want to use it as a fantastic character, but it’s hinted, every time the kids are in danger or something, I wanted to hint at the presence of the turtle. It might have a bigger role in the second one.”
“In the book, they somehow address the turtle and say ‘the turtle couldn’t help us,'” he said. “But I think in the second part, the turtle will try to help them. In the second movie, the turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don’t remember. They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that’s how we jump back to 1989. The keys to defeating to Pennywise are left in the past, and as adults, they don’t remember.”
Andy Muschietti – Director of IT
I’ve avoided purchasing “Joyland” when it came out for very simple reasons. I thought that a carnival-themed book would include a clown and I loved “IT” too much to want to ruin Pennywise. The joke was on me as “Joyland” was more like a supernatural story with ghosts and a murderer that escaped than a story about a killer carnie.
You’ll have interesting, fruitful lives, my young friends. You’ll do many good things and have many remarkable experiences.
But I hope you’ll always look back on your time in Joyland as something special. We don’t sell furniture. We don’t sell cars.
We don’t sell land or houses or retirement funds. We have no political agenda. We sell fun. Never forget that. Thank you for your attention. Now go forth.
This was a short and scary book. 384 pages penned under Richard Bachman, just alongside Rage and Thinner, and it probably stands close in time with Running Man. I think Stephen King foresaw what entertainment would look like in the future. Murderous games done as entertainment, Survivor, Big Brother.
“To hell with you. You just don’t want to admit it. Those people, they’re animals. They want to see someone’s brains on the road, that’s why they turn out. They’d just as soon see yours.”
“Sure they’re animals. You think you just found out a new principle? Sometimes I wonder just how naive you really are. The French lords and ladies used to screw after the guillotinings. The old Romans used to stuff each other during the gladiatorial matches. That’s entertainment, Garraty. It’s nothing new.” He laughed againd. Garraty stared at him, fascinated.
This story is probably intimately linked to Children of The Corn as it portrays a third grade school teacher (much like the one in Dolan’s Cadillac) noticing from the corner of her eye how the children in her classroom are slowly changing.
Miss Sidley frowned after them, reflecting that children had been different in her day. Not more polite – children have never had time for that – and not exactly more respectful of their elders; it was a kind of hypocrisy that had never been there before. A smiling quietness around adults that had never been
there before. A kind of quiet contempt that was upsetting and unnerving. As if they were …
Hiding behind masks? Is that it?
Miss Sidley is disturbed when one of her students tells her that, “Tomorrow a bad thing will happen.” When she probes further into the matter, she discovers that aliens are slowly taking over the bodies of her students. Is her attempt to save them an amazing act of courage, or a fatal trick of the mind?
‘Tomorrow a bad thing will happen,’ Robert said. The words were perfectly innocuous, but Miss Sidley, with the seventh sense that all strict disciplinarians have, didn’t like them a bit. ‘Too-mor-row,’ Robert finished. His hands were folded neatly on the desk, and he wrinkled his nose again. He also smiled a tiny side-of-the-mouth smile. Miss Sidley was suddenly, unaccountably sure Robert knew about her little trick with the glasses.
What was it I saw when he changed? Something bulbous. Something that shimmered. Something that stared at me, yes, stared and grinned and wasn’t a child at all. It was old and it was evil and …
The voices changed, no longer girlish, now sexless and soulless, and quite, quite evil. A slow, turgid sound of mindless humor that flowed around the corner to her like sewage.
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They say revenge is a dish best served cold and this has never been truer than in Stephen King’s short story “Dolan’s cadillac”. Stephen King’s unparalleled imagination is in full force in this collection of four unabridged short stories originally found in the classic, “Nightmares & Dreamscapes“.
Wealthy crime-boss Jimmy Dolan brutally murders a woman who is scheduled to testify against him, and her husband spends the next seven years plotting his revenge. Haunted by the voice of his dead wife, he will stop at nothing to exact his vengeance and allow his wife to rest in peace.
His only shot at success is when “Dolan” is being driven across the country in his cadillac and it is on the road, laying the most incredible trap, that he makes his move. The personal pain and struggle our protagonist must endure in order to give his plan the best chance of success is grueling and torturous….but well worth it.
The initially unnamed protagonist, whom we eventually learn is called Robinson, is a schoolteacher from Las Vegas. He is pale and weak and balding. He is the type that people laugh of not laugh with as he himself points it out – but he has a strong soul and a desire to avenge his wife. So he volunteer to work in RoadWorks and learns all there is to know about paving and the detours system. Under the guise of writing a sci-fi book, he goes to a math teacher and asks him the best way to create a hole in the ground to trap a space ship filled with aliens who are trying to escape Earth who is going 50mph. He learns that just making a cubic hole in the ground is not enough, he needs to make it at an angle, like a funnel – to ensure that the aliens won’t come out through the doors and won’t be able to back out.
Each month, he scans the upcoming roadwork calendar for just the right repaving job. After nearly two years, he eventually notices a 30-mile stretch of highway scheduled over the 4th of July weekend, and begins to make preparations to put his plan into action. His hole digging is determined and his wife’s voice that kept on urging it on becomes like a demon asking for revenge. She beckons him on even after his back gives way and he continues digging though mounds of earth even with a few slipped discs.
His awaited moment arrives and he manages to get the Cadillac into the hole he dug.
It was like the road just opened up and swallowed the car whole.
After only a few sentences, Dolan is incredibly able to identify his captor, and soon makes a proposal: one million dollars, and a personal guarantee of safety, if Robinson lets him out. Robinson’s counter-proposal is that, if Dolan screams loudly enough, he may be freed. Of course, this does not happen, and Robinson proceeds with the burial.
You would say that even after a few weeks have passed he would have been relieved of having gotten rid of the bad guy, but Robinson is an anxious man. He goes to that stretch of the road to see his work and even tries to pee on it. But nothing comes out even though his bladder is full. And he keeps expecting to one day look in the rear view mirror and see Dolan’s decomposing corpse looking back at him.
Do you remember the creepy vampire – infested Salem’s Lot? This is a side story of what can happen if you detour and end up in it.
From Simon and Schuster:
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.