I confess, I love a good short story or novella. Some of my favorite authors have written short stories that stick with me to this day. Edgar Allen Poe, James Joyce, O. Henry, Flannery O’Connor, John Cheever and, my favorite, Stephen King to name a few of those I admire. I enjoy short stories so much I decided to attempt to write some. I was … Continue reading Anthologies: Why Read Them?
In the third and final installment of the Bill Hodges trilogy Stephen King brings back Mr. Mercedes, “The Mercedes Killer”, Brady Hartsfield back to center stage. Much like the shark in “Jaws 2”, just when you thought it was safe to look away the big, bad guy returns with an even more diabolical plot. Bill Hodges and his assistant Holly Gibney are now private … Continue reading End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 3) by Stephen King
I make no secret of that fact that Stephen King is my favorite modern writer. His short stories thrill me, on the whole. None of them are mediocre and of course I have my personal beloved. This new collection of stories, some fresh off the presses, some previously published, has not disappointed. Not all are in your face horror. In fact many are more like … Continue reading The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King
It’s the first day of fall, the Autumn Equinox. For some reason fall has always struck me as a spooky time of year. It is my favorite season. I love the leaves changing colors before they fall, littering the ground with a carpet of crunch and leaving bare tree limbs stretching like long bony fingers into the sky trying to catch dull gray clouds. Fall … Continue reading It’s Autumn! Fall In for Scary Reads
When I was writing my first book, “View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale” I decided to start each chapter with a quote from a famous person. I have no idea why I did it. It certainly added time to the writing. I’d sit down to start a chapter knowing where it was going. Then I would try to find a quote that would … Continue reading And I “Quote”…
Finders Keepers by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Being a big fan of Stephen King’s writing I was excited when I received my copy of his latest book, “Finders Keepers”. Something of a sequel to “Mr. Mercedes”, a book I thoroughly enjoyed, “Finders Keepers” introduces new characters and brings back some old ones. Beginning with the murder and robbery of a well … Continue reading “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King
Revival Stephen King has hit another home run with “Revival”. The story follows Jamie Morton’s relationship with Charles Jacobs. But the story is about much more than their friendship; the story is about other relationships as well. The families and friends of these characters are woven throughout the tale, each playing a role and setting down a stepping stone to the finale. Even when you … Continue reading Revival by Stephen King
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes is a frightening trip into the mind of madness. With a taste of Robert Bloch’s Psycho and picking up on the current trend of mass murder King tells a tale that is all too close to reality. The characters are so fully developed you could pass them on the street … Continue reading Mr. Mercedes- Stephen King