www.mcsweeneys.netBruce Springsteen or Stephen King?1. You take Mary out for a nice drive. Disaster ensues. 2. Bit by bit, this town is killing you. 3. Two remorseless killers careen acro... This is good stuff.
I haven't read the book, but on a thread dedicated to King's stories am I ok to give a shout-out to John Carpenter's adaptation of Christine?
It's a film that you expect little from beforehand, regardless of how mint both King and Carpenter, but then you're about half way through and staggered at just how good it is.
"Misery" is another King novel that was a successful film. In a way it's horror, but the horror is in the situation, and there's no supernatural elements.
I'd also recommend his early dystopian novella, "The Long Walk". Again the horror is in the situation.
Ok, you have convinced me! I will visit the library and see what they have.
Stephen King is erratic, when he's good he's brilliant, but he's also written some right clunkers. I agree with the suggestion of dipping into the short stories and novellas. There are some real gems in there, and if you don't enjoy one you can quickly move on to another.
This thread also reminds me to tell everyone that the soundtrack to his collaboration with John Mellencamp, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, is a fantastic album.
@whispered secret Some of his classics like Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, I LOVE the Dark Tower books (but they may not be everyone's cup of tea) The Stand is an incredible epic, The Outsider was recently made into a TV Series, but I think perhaps starting with one of his excellent volumes of short stories might be a way to see if you like his writing? I've just finished If It Bleeds, but others like Four Past Midnight and Just After Sunset also contain some excellent stories.
I have never read any Stephen King because I assumed they were horror stories which I would not like. Maybe it is time to try one - suggestions?
I must clarify that my post wasn't a dig at Kay, its just one of those things that as a King fan frustrate me. Everyone likes different things. I know folks here who love certain music I just don't 'get'....
I should say, Kay, that King is one of my favorite writers, and I think he is nearly unsurpassed as a storyteller--and I mean by any writer writing in English, ever. But he's not a great writer, a superb master of the language, the way Hemingway, Twain, Morrison were, so again, by all means, he might not work for you.
Unfortunately, King has a reputation for being a HORROR WRITER and that's all a lot of people know about him... Much like people go 'Springsteen? Ugh... Dancing in the Dark, no thanks'.
I've been a little smug and self satisfied a few times when people have given me the old 'I HATE Stephen King's books' and a few minutes later I ask if they've seen The Green Mile. Bar none they always say its one of the best movies they have ever seen and are then shocked into silence when I tell them it was a near faithful screen adaptation of a Stephen King story.
I've just finished a short story volume titled If It Bleeds and i wouldn't class any of the stories in there as horror, although a couple were among the best stories I've read in ages.
King has quoted a lot of Springsteen songs in his books. Notably, The Stand and It open with lines from Jungleland and Born In The U.S.A., respectively. Some of his characters and narrations have mentioned Bruce and he even wrote an insane Springsteen fan into The Stand.
King tells about first meeting Springsteen:
Dunno if I've ever been in such a huge minority but consider me a non-fan of Stephen King. Don't get it, don't enjoy horror, and that's that.
Though certainly didn't know about a Clarence reference.
King is quite the music fan however, didn't he tweet about Justin Townes Earle's death before most of the media?
I remember reading the first Clarence reference in IT and beaming. I won't lie in admitting I never picked up the "Wendy, let me in" reference in The Shining though 😬