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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stephen King On Writing

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Stephen King On Writing
 


From Cujo to Salem’s Lot, and from Misery to Thinner, Stephen King has thrilled us with mystery for several decades.



The one I have not read is Just After Sunset. Has anyone read King? How about Just After Sunset?

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20 comments:

  1. Miriam: I am flattered, but I have a way to go. He really is terrific. I remember reading Salem's Lot when it was first published, and it was terrifying. His books are so much better than his movies.

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  2. I have read every King novel up to Skeleton Crew.. I saw the size and backed away! lol...

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  3. Incipient Wings: Thank you. I will definitely read it.

    KBF: Skeleton Crew had some of his best stories in it. I believe it was a follow up to Night Shift. Some of his short stories are better than his novels. It is worth the read.

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  4. @JJ: the size scared me.. lol, will have to give it a chance..

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  5. KBF: Just make a decision that you will read four books this summer, and then read that one. Don't worry. They are short stories.

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  6. I must admit that I've not read any of Stephen Kings books.. I am really just a big sooky la-la. My brother in law has probably consumed all of them. I will have to challenge myself to read one of his masterpieces some day... but I will have to ease my weakling side into it with one of his less creepy writes..any suggestions?? I will have to read it in the light of day!

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  7. I can not trust my brother in law to help me select because I remember him talking me into watching Silence of the Lambs with him. I was adament I didn't want to watch but he convinced me it wasn't that bad. All I can say is I watched it through the cracks of my fingers or behind the couch pillows & felt physically sick... (I apologise in advance for the following statement) He was full of codswollop & horse sh_t! LoL

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  8. Katherine: I'm afraid that even the light of day will not help. Some of them are very scary - so scary that I can't even tell you why. Don't trust your brother-in-law!

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  9. I like Stephen King but I haven't read that book. You write such wonderful short stories I'm sure you will be reading it soon. Give us the book report. I liked King's video.

    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  10. I really liked King's 'On Writing.' He used to write a column for 'Entertainment Weekly,' that I really liked a lot, too. You get the sense he'd be great to share a meal with.

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  11. Manzi: I absolutely will. Thanks.

    Suze: Oh, definitely. I assigned On Writing as mandatory reading for my classes for the past two years. I even have it on audio, and I listen to it now and then when I'm driving out to the Keys.

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  12. @Katherine: The scare is the best part! lol...

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  13. KBF: There is one part when - oh well, just read it.

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  14. When Stephen King first emerged as a force to be reckoned with, I devoured every book. I loved The Stand, but the movie was horrible. Rose Madder is another favorite. Best of all, thought, I like his short stories.

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  15. Judie: I agree. He was a force to be reckoned with from his first book, which I think was Salem's Lot. The subsequent movies were never as good. Thinner, Cujo, Carrie. Pet Semetary OMG!

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  16. Ah, Stephen King, one of my childhood guilty pleasures. I was a very early reader (don't remember learning to read or ever NOT being able to read) who devoured anything I could get my hands on. When I came upon Stephen King I knew it was sort of off limits for my young age, but like the horror movies that I also loved it was such a great escape from reality. And like the others here I agree that Kings writing is so much better than any movie. A true scare that you think about for a long while after, and many stories that could be real. I think that was the real attraction for me. The idea that it could be real and that there would be an end, a let up eventually just when you thought you couldn't stand it any more.
    Thank you JJ, you do such a great job of bringing up things and talents that are universally worth experiencing. There are so many parts of my life that have been compartmentalized. I must remember to bring back some of the good stuff sometimes. Just because something served one purpose at one time doesn't mean it's not still worthwhile and enjoyable for a new and different reason.

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  17. Not to mention the humor, eroticism, metaphor, etc. that is found in Kings work. There is just so much more to his writing than the usual horror genre stuff.
    Haven't read Just After Sunset yet, but am now excited to do so! Kings short stories are second to none.

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  18. 'Yellow Rose' Jasmine: You have said it all. I agree. He is classic.

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