Posts tagged "stephen king"
"Andrew Pyper, the ITW Award–winning author of six bestselling novels, has read a lot of horror stories. Here he writes about one novel that truly got under his skin.
"The other night, drinking in my backyard with some other writers, some of whom write thrillers and horror as I do, the question came up as to when was the last time we read something that really and truly terrified us. Not a piece of writing we admired for the way it constructed its scares, not something we found unsettling or offputting or creepy, but the real gut-level deal. Bona fide horror in book form.
"It took me a while to come up with my answer. .."
Also a memorial from George R R Martin here.
McCauley was a literary agent, but as an editor his landmark horror/dark fantasy anthology Dark Forces changed my life in 1980. It remains, to my mind, the single greatest collection of original short stories in the genre.
"Robert McGinnis is a celebrated artist and illustrator, best known for his book cover and movie poster work. He began his career illustrating covers for the likes of Donald Westlaker, going on to produce art for TIME and Good Housekeeping, and most recently the limited edition cover of Stephen King’s Joyland. This is the definitive collection of the best and rarest of his work…"
Reading as an adult, this novel’s appeal is in the psychological claustrophobia, not the rather perfunctory horror…
Blank table of contents page for the 1982 CREEPSHOW graphic novel by Bernie Wrightson.
“If there’s one thing that Stephen King understands above all others – above spider demons and psychic communication lines and psychopathic fans – it’s addiction. He’s shown that again and again, with characters demonstrating that what they need isn’t always the same as what they want. In The Shining, Jack wants to write, to look after his family; he needs the drink that he’s trying to escape from. In Misery, Annie’s wants – her basic desires – turn nasty when they become needs (as, frankly, do Paul’s). It’s a recurring theme. So when King calls a novel Needful Things, you know he’s not entering the territory of desire with anything resembling a soft touch…”
"McDowell’s reputation seems to live predominantly on the good things (Stephen) King has said about him, namely that he was at one point “the finest writer of paperback originals in America.” There is a ring of American tragedy in this propensity to do something well that is widely perceived as objectively bad — it is fascinating, bordering on perverse. But McDowell didn’t see his genre that way and neither do the admirers of his work, a group that has been growing steadily since his early death 15 years ago…"
"An excerpt from Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King:
"The waiter returns to ask if there will be anything else. Hodges starts to say no, then orders another cup of coffee. He just wants to sit here awhile, savoring double happiness: it wasn’t Mr. Mercedes and it was Donnie Davis, the sanctimonious cocksucker who killed his wife and then had his lawyer set up a reward fund for information leading to her whereabouts. Because, oh Jesus, he loved her so much and all he wanted was for her to come home so they could start over…"