Carrie

Everybody hates Carrie. Poor Carrie White.  She gets it from everyone and she can’t even find solace at home.  Her Mother is a straight-up monster.  What happens when you push someone to their brink?  What happens when they have telekinetic powers? A few years ago, I stepped into a used bookstore and I picked up…

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

In 1993, Stephen King released Nightmares & Dreamscapes, his third short story collection (fifth if you count his two novella collections “Different Seasons” and “Four Past Midnight”). In all honesty, as a collection, I thought this was pretty bad.  When you look at the quality of Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, it’s hard to believe…

If It Bleeds

Stephen King returns with his strongest work in years with If It Bleeds, a collection of four novellas. King kicks it off with Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, a story featuring a student and mentor dynamic between two unlikely parties.  Mr. Harrigan, a retired business magnate, settles into Maine to live out his golden years.  Craig, a…

The Institute

Tim Jamieson stumbles into the sleepy South Carolina town of DuPray.  A former police officer, Tim works his way up the law enforcement ladder from glorified night watchman to cop proper – gun and all.  However, that’s the last we’ll hear from Tim before the story shifts focus. Luke Ellis is a gifted child.  At…

Needful Things

Because in America, you could have anything you wanted, just as long as you could pay for it. If you couldn’t pay, or refused to pay, you would remain needful forever. A new business has opened in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The proprietor, Leland Gaunt, will sell you whatever your heart desires…

The Dark Half

Following a commercial flop with his debut novel, author Thad Beaumont begins writing violent crime stories featuring tough-guy Alexis Machine under the pseudonym George Stark.  This seems to do the trick as Beaumont is massively successful.  But the urge to return to his original dramatic style brings about the end of Stark.  After a mock…

Elevation

With each passing day, Scott Carey weighs less and less, however, he continues to retain mass.  What will happen if he hits zero?  That’s not Scott’s only problem, either.   A young lesbian couple next door walk their dogs every day in front of Scott’s home only to have the dogs relieve themselves on Carey’s front…