Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King

02
Jan
20

Next time, I’ll just read The Stand again. CBR12 Review 1.

downloadThis book had everything going for it, including multiple comparisons to The Stand, and a massive recommendation from the mothership. I started it back in August, thinking I could whip through it for the Pajiba Says bingo square, and well, I just finished it yesterday. I was…not a fan. I didn’t hate it, but I was incredibly let down by it.

The story starts out strong: across the world, sleepwalkers start marching toward an unknown destination. Their numbers start off small, and as the group (and the “shepherds” who are traveling with them) starts to grow, the world starts to ask questions: Where are they going? What’s wrong with them? How do they know what they’re doing? Why do they EXPLODE when you try to stop them? Meanwhile, a virus slowly makes its way into the population, and seems to be undeniably lethal and unstoppable. The CDC sends their best (and former best) scientists to the scene to try and figure out what’s happening with the walkers and if they have anything to do with the virus — now called White Mask — before its too late.

Here’s what I liked:

I’m down for any book that attempts to emulate The Stand. I’m always curious to see how another author interprets the potential apocalypse and the breakdown of society. I liked the idea of a specific destination (in Colorado, no less! With a special cameo by Las Vegas as the home for the worst of us at the end of days) for society to be rebuilt after the world that we know has come to an end. And I liked that the bulk of the story took place on the road — as the group of walkers and shepherds grew, we met more and more characters. I loved how they became a tight-knit community of RVs and trucks, following their loved ones into the unknown. I really liked Marcy, the ex-cop with a special connection to the walkers; Landry, who started out as a minor love interest but over time became quite a hero; and Dove, the mayor of Ouray, Colorado. I could have spent many more pages with them.

Here’s what I didn’t like:

Pretty much all of the main characters. ESPECIALLY Pete the rock star. UGH.

The quickly wrapped up ending where we find out how the virus really started and how many actually survived.

All of the action that took place within the computer program.

And most of all, I hated everything that was about Christianity and MAGA-veiled white supremacy. Basically, the author chose to make all of the villians members of a militia group that used the reach of the church to poison the minds of as much of society as it could get its hands on. I understood where it was coming from, as clearly the end of the world has to have some anarchy, and that the story needed clear-cut good guys and bad guys, but it was painted with such broad, stereotypical strokes that it was pretty insulting to the reader. And I’m confident saying that as neither a Christian nor a MAGA supporter in any way, whatsoever. If I wanted to be lectured about politics and the state of the world, I would have asked for it. I did not need to have Wendig’s opinions (which really were not opinions, as he is pretty sure he is right about everything) shoved down my throat, page after tedious page.

Did I mention that this book was long? Like 800 pages. It could have used a 300 page trim and wouldn’t have suffered for it. This was my first Chuck Wendig, and I can’t imagine I’ll be reading a second.

22
Dec
19

“He was only twelve, and understood that his experience of the world was limited, but one thing he was quite sure of: when someone said trust me, they were usually lying through their teeth.” CBR11 Review 52.

downloadWelcome to The Institute, my favorite book of 2019.

Was it the best book of 2019? Probably not. But I can’t think of a reading experience that I enjoyed more than this. This book brought me back to the feelings I had when I first discovered Stephen King, back in Junior High, staying up late at night, scared to death about what might happen to my favorite characters. Its been MANY years since those first late-night readings of The Shining and Thinner (not his greatest work, but no book EVER has made more of a lasting impression on me than Thinner. I can remember staying up all night long to read it, and how the ending GUTTED me), mostly worrying about the kids in the story, and if they would survive whatever hell had come down upon them. This story brought me back to being a kid again. Thanks, Uncle Stevie.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of ItThe Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.

The Institute starts off slowly…King introduces Tim Jamieson, a former Florida cop looking to start a new life in a small South Carolina town. King seems in no rush to get the plot moving, instead doing what he does best — bringing a small town and its residents to life. Tim gets a job at the Sheriff’s department as a Night Knocker, patrolling the town all night long, making sure the community is safe. Tim starts to settle in to his new life, when suddenly…

We aren’t talking about Tim anymore. And don’t think about him for hundreds of pages.

Now King shifts the focus to child prodigy (and sometimes mild telekinetic) Luke Ellis, a 12 year old from Minneapolis who is about to start college at Harvard. One night, a black SUV pulls up in front of Luke’s house, the people in the car break in, murder Luke’s parents, and kidnap a drugged Luke.

When he wakes up, he is in his bedroom, but it isn’t really his bedroom. There aren’t any windows, and some of his trophies are missing. A startled and confused Luke makes his way outside, where he discovers that he is now at The Institute, somewhere in the deep woods of Maine. A place for kids who have either telekinesis (TK) or telepathy (TP), where they are supposedly trained as secret agents of the government, but in reality, are tortured (and sometimes even killed) in order to test the limits of their powers.

The Institute is run by Mrs. Sigsby, one of the worst King villians in a long time. Her prim pantsuits and calm demeanor can’t hide the fact that she is a monster who enjoys her work and the power she has over the children under her purview. Luke and his new friends (Nicky, Kalisha, George, Helen, Iris, and especially Avery), are subjected to horrible tests and unspeakable acts of torture, as the doctors at The Institute attempt to increase/improve/evolve the potential powers of the children there.

Luke is different than the other kids, though. He is literally a genius, and he has had enough. After he witnesses the death of one of the kids living with him, he decides to plan his escape, and to take down The Institute — and Mrs. Sigsby.

There is a ton of action, some great relationships, and some fun characters here. While I love when King takes his time to describe things, I also love when he ratchets up the tension and has short, one paragraph-long chapters that let you know THE SHIT IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN.

I listened to the audiobook of this, and was constantly trying to find excuses to get in the car and listen, or go for a walk and listen. Turning it off was painful. I needed to know what was going to happen next. I needed to know which kids would make it out alive (because, I knew most of them wouldn’t, and its never a good idea to get attached to anyone in a King story). I needed to know what was going to happen to Luke and Tim and Mrs. Sigsby. And once again (for the fourth time this year), kudos to Santino Fontana for narrating the crap out of this book. He did a great job creating different voices for each character and keeping me invested and on the edge of my seat.

The ending wasn’t perfect, but so much better than some of King’s famous mis-steps, that I didn’t care. I enjoyed every second of this book. Even when it made me cry. Glad to have read this as my cannonball book this year!

08
Dec
19

Burn, baby, burn. CBR11 Review 47.

Firestarter1Clearly, 2019 has been my year of reading Jane Austen reboots and Stephen King. I’m not complaining. For some reason, I just needed some cozy reading this year, and I didn’t stray too far from my comfort zone.

I first read Firestarter so long ago that I can’t even remember reading it.*** I know I did, because I’ve always been a completist like that, but I just don’t remember. I assume I was in 8th or 9th grade, which was NOT recently, so I was happy to revisit it.

***I do remember one detail from my original reading. I remember after reading about how Charlie’s mom was tortured and had her fingernails pulled out that I asked my mom, who was a nurse, about how fingernails worked. I had completely forgotten about that conversation until I reread that scene.

While the first few chapters are filled with uncomfortable 1980s racial/ethnic/gender slurs and commentary, the rest feels almost like it could have been written today. Its a pretty taut thriller, and has one of the few Stephen King endings that I wouldn’t change in any way.

I think most of us know the story:

Andy McGee and his daughter Charlie are on the run from a secret government agency called THE SHOP. Back when Andy was in college, he and his future wife, Vicky, took part in an experiment for money, and took a drug that ended up killing some participants, driving some others insane, and leaving the others with psychic powers like telepathy and telekinesis. The Shop, with help from the kooky psychology professor at their college, ran and monitored the experiement, and continued the monitoring for years after the fact, always keeping an eye on Andy and Vicky, especially after they had a baby. The Shop was obsessed with the potential powers that their daughter might possess.

And it turns out, The Shop should have been a little bit scared as well. Charlie did not have the mild powers of her mother (who could sometimes shut a door from across the room) or the “push” capabilities of her father (who could control people’s minds, but not without a negative physical reaction). Charlie was a pyrokinetic. She could start fires with her mind.

As Charlie and Andy run from town to town, trying to stay safe, The Shop always seems to be one step ahead of them, showing up just when Charlie and Andy think they are safe at last.

Eventually, Charlie and Andy are captured by John Rainbird, a hitman who works for The Shop’s defacto leader, Cap Hollister. They are brought down to headquarters in rural Virginia, immediately separated, drugged, and tested. They go months without seeing each other, until one day, Andy realizes he needs to wake up from his drugged state and save his daughter.

The last third of the book is more or less a huge battle scene — the McGees against The Shop, and it moves fast and furiously. And even when the battle is over, and the story seems to be winding down, the feeling of dread never goes away, and we know there’s more trouble coming for Team McGee. The bad guys will never let up until Charlie and Andy are permanently out of the picture. Until the very last page, we worry about poor little Charlie, until (SPOILERS FOR A 30 YEAR OLD BOOK) she walks into the office at Rolling Stone, and we know she’s going to be all right.

I went straight from this one into reading The Institute, so I’m all about kids with crazy powers and shady government agencies right now.

10
Oct
19

If Uncle Stevie’s name is on it, odds are I’m going to read it. CBR11 Review 44.

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Its no secret that I am not a huge fan of flying. I understand that it is the safest way to travel. But I usually choose to drive if I can. I like to be able to choose my own route, to leave when I want to leave, to stop when I want to stop. I like to be in control of my journey. I think the lack of that control in an airplane is part of what makes me uneasy. Oh, and the fact that I’m in a metal tube shooting across the sky is another part.

So the odds were good that this book about the potential horrors of flying was going to get under my skin. And some of it did, quite a bit.

Here is a list of what is included in this collection:
Introduction by Stephen King
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
Air Raid by John Varley
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow
The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James Dickey
Afterword by Bev Vincent

I listened to this audiobook on and off over several months, and to be honest, can’t even remember what some of these stories were about without looking them up…but I’ll do my best to try and figure out which one was which.

Highlights for me included:

Cargo, a story about a young guy in the military who was assigned to the cargo plane that flew the bodies of the Jamestown victims – mostly children — home after the mass suicides. What happens on the plane might even be worse than what happened with Jim Jones. This story was narrated by the great Santino Fontana, and he really made me feel for the young officer and the other military members on the plane.

The Fifth Category, which was suggested for the compilation by Owen King. Those Kings know their stuff – this one creeped me out. A former intelligence officer, infamous for his involvement in places like Guantanamo, wakes up completely alone on a plane. What was real? What was fabricated? And why?

Diablitos, a mesmerizing and horrific tale about a poor young idiot who decides to make money by smuggling South American artifacts back home to sell to rich Hollywood art collectors. Things do not go well for this guy, and for everyone else on his flight. And probably the rest of civilization.

You Are Released, by Joe Hill, who I’m finding has more and more to say about the state of current affairs. Like his dad, he isn’t afraid to name names and point fingers. In this short story, North Korea nukes Guam and the US retaliates, all while this small group of characters is on a flight. Unsure of where they are going and what they will find when they get there, this one scared me beyond belief.

And of course, we have to talk about the all-time classic, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. There’s a reason that Richard Matheson is so respected and revered by authors like King and Hill. His ability to create a feeling of horror – in a story that literally EVERYONE knows – is unmatched. So much creepier than either the Shatner or Lithgow Twilight Zone versions. David Morse reads this for the audio version and he truly becomes Robert Wilson.

And yes, there is a “new” story by Stephen King in here…and it is fine. It feels like an old story, one that he wrote decades ago, but pulled out of a drawer and tweaked to add modern vocabulary and technology. It wasn’t that scary or threatening, but I still liked it. It reminded me a lot of Everything’s Eventual – a mysterious organization paying excellent money for someone to not really do anything at all, and it somehow makes a difference between life and death for everyone involved.

The absolute scariest thing in this collection was learning that James Dickey’s epic poem was based on the true story of a stewardess who was sucked out of a plane in 1962 and fell to her death. I can’t even imagine the terror of that poor woman.

None of the stories were bad, I just didn’t feel like they all belonged in the same collection. Yes, they were all about flying, but they didn’t all fit together too well. We had hard scifi, classic who-done-it tales, a lyrical poem, and zombies. Overall an interesting bunch of stories, but the lack of cohesion brought it down a star for me.

10
Sep
19

HOLD UP. This is the first of a trilogy? Yikes. Part of me wants to know more, and part of me is just too tired. CBR11 Review 39.

downloadI feel like a bit of a failure as a reader (well, a listener) after this experience. This was not easy.

I really wanted to love this story. It was beautifully imagined and written. This story had everything: drama, action, humor, and adventure. The audiobook performance was unbelievable. The African mythology it was based upon made me want to know more.

And yet, I barely made it to the end.

From Amazon:

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose”, people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy’s scent – from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers – he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving story. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

I struggled from the very first chapter, in which our narrator, Tracker, starts talking to someone (we find out later, his inquisitor, as he is in prison) and telling random stories that don’t seem to fit together. (NB: having finished the entire book, I guess maybe the stories actually do fit together, but at the time I was so confused and discouraged that it was literally CHAPTER ONE and I was lost). And then Tracker talks for another 600 pages about his quest to find a boy. On his quest, he meets tons of fascinating characters, gets himself into crazy situations, and sees some unbelievable things that I didn’t completely understand, but most of the time just went along with.

Tracker is not a very reliable narrator. He’s very (Extremely. Extraordinarily. Oh, so very.) opinionated and is more or less fueled by the hatred he has for those who have done him harm. Or is he fueled by love? Are hate and love the same? I DON’T KNOW.

This book is dark. There is a lot of violence and profanity. Some of the violence was hard to get through (oh my god, in the scene with the white scientists, I literally had to pull my car over to the side of the road). I enjoyed the profanity a lot more than the violence, for sure. Some of it actually made me laugh out loud. I thought many times about just stopping, but remembered some of the reviews here on the site (narfna in particular) urging readers to keep going. I’m glad I finished it, but disappointed that I had such a hard time with it and wish I had enjoyed it more than I did.

I listened to the audiobook, which was an amazing feat of voice acting from Dion Graham. Each and every voice was different and distinct, which when you have such a large cast of characters, both men and women, is no small accomplishment. But I had trouble understanding a lot of what he was saying at times. Some of the characters spoke too quietly and some of the dialects were difficult for me to decipher. This was my problem, not Dion Graham’s. I give him nothing but kudos. Another issue with the audiobook is that I wish I had been given access to a map and a list of characters (which I think was part of the hardcover edition). At times I didn’t have any clue who was involved in certain scenes or plots or where things were happening. This world created in this book is huge, but I had trouble differentiating locations and people.

Something interesting that I wondered throughout is if Marlon James had read The Dark Tower books…Tracker and his crew often travel across huge areas by using “magical doors,” of which there are “ten and nine.” Those who have read any of King’s Dark Tower books know that magic doors are how Roland and his ka-tet travel from world to world and that 19 is a magic number. I’m sure this a just a coincidence, but I obsessed over it anyway.

I know that Michael B Jordan has purchased the rights to produce this as a film or a show. I hope it becomes a show on a network that can throw a lot of money at it, because I think it could be amazing to watch.

CBR11 Bingo: #farandaway

 

04
Sep
19

“Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not on the subconscious level where savage things grow.” CBR11 Review 37.

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The first time I read this book was the summer before I went into 8th grade. A friend at camp had her mom’s copy of The Shining, which we all read, and became obsessed with. The next time I went to the library, I headed right over to the Adult “K” section, and found a paperback of Carrie, sitting along with Firestarter, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Cycle of the Werewolf, Night Shift, and a few other King titles. I read them all that summer, and never looked back.

I remember enjoying Carrie, but other than the prom and the pig blood, really didn’t remember much about it at all. Why did it take me so long to read it again?

The story of Carrie White is pieced together through book/magazine/news/interview excerpts. When the book starts, we already know a few things.

Carrie White is dead.
Carrie White had telekinetic powers.
Carrie White had not had an easy life, both at home and at school.
Carrie White killed her mother and hundreds of other people at the school and in town before she died.
Carrie White was not a monster.

We learn that Carrie was often (frequently) picked on for being different. Carrie has a crazy mother. She never wore the right clothes or said the right things or had the right (or any) friends. For as long as anyone can remember, she’s been the butt of every joke. Every desk and bathroom wall has her name on it:

“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, but Carrie White eats shit.”

Carrie’s mother was a religious fanatic. She punished Carrie for going through puberty, locking her in a dark closet to pray for hours (days?) at a time for being impure. Of course, Mrs White never bothers to tell Carrie anything about her own body, so when Carrie gets her first period in the locker room showers, she thinks she’s dying. The girls in class think this is just about the funniest thing ever, and pelt her with pads and tampons, while chanting “plug it up!”. Only the gym teacher and one other classmate, Sue Snell, feel even a bit of remorse for how they treated Carrie that day.

The emotions she experiences from this incident –ANGER. SHAME. — wake up Carrie’s dormant telekinetic powers, and soon she can control pretty much any object at will.

Sue Snell feels so badly about how they treated Carrie in the shower (not to mention how they’ve been treating her for years) that she convinces her boyfriend to ask Carrie to the prom, unknowingly saving her own life by doing so. Tommy agrees, not only to make Sue happy, but because deep down, everyone knows that they’ve been mean to Carrie for no good reason for too long.

“But hardly anybody ever finds out that their actions really, actually, hurt other people! People don’t get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don’t stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it. Lots of kids say they feel sorry for Carrie White—mostly girls, and that’s a laugh—but I bet none of them understand what it’s like to be Carrie White, every second of every day. And they don’t really care.”

Everyone knows what happens at the prom. Pushed too far, Carrie releases all of her power at once, destroying everything and everyone in her path.

I think the most amazing thing about Carrie is that even though everyone (honestly, even if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you still know) knows what happens, every single thing that happens fills you with dread. When the book starts, we know that Carrie and hundreds of others from her small Maine town are dead.  But the devil’s in the details here – everything we find out about Carrie, her mother, and the kids at school, ratchets up the uncomfortable feeling that this is going to end way worse than we though. The whole thing is pretty impressive for a first time novelist who supposedly threw his first draft in the trash. Thanks to Tabitha King for taking out of the garbage and making Uncle Stevie take another look at it.

Carrie appears on the ALA list of 100 Most Challenged books 1990-1999.

 

23
Apr
19

“When creative people do their best work, they’re hardly ever in charge, they’re just sort of rolling along with their eyes shut yelling wheee.” CBR11 Review 17.

Unknown-1I have had this beaten-up paperback copy of Everything’s Eventual in my backpack for at least a year, reading a few pages here, a short story there. I was enjoying it, but kept forgetting it was there, usually opting to listen to Audible or read on my kindle when I had some free time. And finally, I went for a walk at lunch today, found a cute table outside a sandwich shop, and sat down to finish it.

I’m pretty sure that this was only my second time through this specific collection of stories from Uncle Stevie. Kind of strange to have spent so little time with this book, seeing how many times I’ve read Skeleton Crew (seriously, I’ve read The Mist at least 10 times) and Just After Sunset. Some of these stories I’ve only read once before, but you know how it is as a Constant Reader… some of these – The Little Sisters of Eluria and The Death of Jack Hamilton – I’ve definitely read numerous times in various places (I can remember my dad sending me some of these that he cut out of his copy of The New Yorker, along with some of the cartoons that he thought would make me laugh and a few crossword puzzles).

What I love about King’s short stories (and the same mostly goes for Joe Hill’s short stories) is his ability to make the reader become invested in characters and situations in such a short period of time. Some are just a few pages. Some are really novellas. But they move quickly and pull you in immediately. Sometimes you want the story to move faster, maybe its scaring the crap out of you and you just need it to be over (The Road Virus Heads North), and sometimes you wish there was a little bit more (seriously, how did Dinky make his final journey over to Algul Siento?).

My favorite thing about this book is how King provides either a little blurb at the beginning or the end, explaining why he wrote it, what inspired him, how it came about. I’m fascinated by the way that he can turn a very simple idea into a fully-fleshed out story, almost immediately. For one of the stories (Luckey Quarter), he said that he had an idea in a hotel room, sat down, and wrote the whole thing out on the hotel stationary in pencil. I can’t possibly imagine ever being that inspired creatively, and it is truly amazing. I can barely write out a list of things I need at Trader Joe’s this week.

For my money, the scariest stories are The Man in the Black Suit (old time HORROR) and The Road Virus Heads North. Did you ever see that bizarre miniseries that TNT made about 15 years ago, taking some of King’s short stories and attempting (mostly unsuccessfully) to translate them into one-hour blocks of tv? I remember watching all of them and thinking some were great (The End of the Whole Mess with Ron Livingston and Henry Thomas), some were crap (Hi, Steven Weber, I’m talking to you and the bizarre You Know They Got a Hell of a Band episode), and some were riveting simply because the actor involved really got what King was saying. Tom Berenger played horror writer Richard Kinnell in that episode, and I remember the terror on his face when he realized just what was going on with the creepy-ass painting in the trunk of his car. Re-reading the story, I pictured Tom Berenger, and even though I knew what was going to happen, I still tore through the story breathlessly.

Everything’s Eventual has something for everyone. Dark Tower stories. An award-winning homage to Nathanial Hawthorne. Historical fiction. Inspiration for a lackluster John Cusack movie. A few are genuinely frightening (The Man in the Black Suit, Autopsy Room Four, The Road Virus Heads North). A few are unsettling (Lunch at the Gotham Café and That Feeling, You Can Only Say What it is in French). And two are must-reads for fans of Roland and his ka-tet (The Little Sisters of Eluria and Everything’s Eventual).

Flipping through a list of my previous King reviews, it looks like I’ve rediscovered old favorites like Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. I’ve been underwhelmed by bulk of the stories presented in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and content with the collection in Just After Sunset. I think its time for me to dig up an old copy of Nightmares & Dreamscapes or pull out the most dog-earred book I own – my original copy of The Bachman Books…watch this space.




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