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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 15:15:24 85 posts
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    Ye he was alright, but not hard hitting and more of a farcical baddy. Compare to the baddy in firestarter that I think kicked a dog to death in the preview, and of course the horrible clown in It. That spooked me.
  • Deleted user 1 June 2012 15:18:26
    11/22/63 takes a different spin on the whole bad guy thing, given it's actually a real documented person, though arguably the 'bad guy' in it is time itself - it becomes an almost malevolent protecting force, resisting change by throwing increasingly ridiculous obstacles at the person trying to do it.

    Spoilered, though it's something explained within the first few pages of the book itself, so it's not a huge one.
  • MetalDog 1 Jun 2012 15:27:04 23,697 posts
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    The dog-kicking dude was from Dead Zone, wasn't he?

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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 15:28:39 85 posts
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    Actually I'm mixing them up, I was thinking about the baddy out of Dead Zone not Firestarter, also the better ending to Dead Zone.
  • Scimarad 1 Jun 2012 16:16:40 8,547 posts
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    Yeah, that was Mr Stilson wasn't it? What a twat!

    Edited by Scimarad at 16:17:38 01-06-2012
  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 16:40:00 27,355 posts
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    meme wrote:
    It's less the satisfaction and more the fact that it often comes out entirely of left-field, often with some contrived deus ex machina device.

    "PS, your autistic mate is actually a super-alien and he can fight the bad guys"

    "PS, I'm going to send the UFO into space using my telepathic brain powers I suddenly have"

    etc etc

    But his books are almost always about the journey, rather than the destination anyway. I've always thought he'd be awesome to tell stories around the campfire.
    My favourite was "Oh look, there just happens to be a giant space turtle here that can kill the evil alien spider that was pretending to be a clown"

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  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 16:43:08 27,355 posts
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    The only book of his that has genuinely made me feel uneasy was Pet Sematary. I think he's said that even he feels creeped out by how macabre and disturbing it is.

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  • MetalDog 1 Jun 2012 16:45:41 23,697 posts
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    Pet Semetary is up and down unpleasant. I read it when I was about 14 and it seriously shit me up. I've read it again since and it still holds up pretty well.

    Quite a few of his shorts are similarly badass creepy. The Monkey, Grandma, The Mangler, etc.

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  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 16:47:32 27,355 posts
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    The epilogue to Pet Sematary still makes me shudder.

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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 16:52:46 85 posts
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    Na Pet Semrtary didn't affect me much. The absolute best was Misery, it was incredably tense, I couldn't stop reading it. Also Thinner was really good.
  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 16:54:00 27,355 posts
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    Misery was good. It was spoiled slightly by all the shitty excerpts from his writing though. I personally thought the film was better.

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  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 16:54:33 27,355 posts
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    Desperation/ The Regulators was pretty good I thought (preferred The Regulators)

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  • evilashchris 1 Jun 2012 16:54:54 7,003 posts
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    Insomnia is a cracker. Love that one.

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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 16:56:08 85 posts
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    evilashchris wrote:
    Insomnia is a cracker. Love that one.
    With the doctors, I loved that.
  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 16:56:12 27,355 posts
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    Insomnia was the first King book I ever read. Couldn't put it down, read it in 2 days.

    I also somehow managed to read IT in 2 days and The Stand (uncut version) in three days.

    I used to read a lot back then :-)

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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 17:01:31 85 posts
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    Cujo was also good, although the moral centre of it annoyed me a bit. You have to forgive him a bit as he said he was pissed out of his skull writing it and couldn't remember anything.
  • Trowel 1 Jun 2012 17:58:50 17,759 posts
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    My absolute favourite thing he's ever written is The Langoliers, in Four Past Midnight. Brilliant characters and pace. The Willem Dafoe audiobook is great too, especially when he falsettos the little girl's voice :)
  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 18:05:09 27,355 posts
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    desirous wrote:
    Cujo was also good, although the moral centre of it annoyed me a bit. You have to forgive him a bit as he said he was pissed out of his skull writing it and couldn't remember anything.
    That covers most of his 80s output, to be fair.

    He's admitted that Tommyknockers was a subconscious admission of his struggle against a massive cocaine habit.

    Edited by darkmorgado at 18:06:05 01-06-2012

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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 20:27:43 85 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    My absolute favourite thing he's ever written is The Langoliers, in Four Past Midnight. Brilliant characters and pace. The Willem Dafoe audiobook is great too, especially when he falsettos the little girl's voice :)
    I don't know that, but there was an ever so poignant short story in one of his books that I can't remember maybe Night shift. I think because it was entirely un-supernatural. I think it was about a young troubled girl who expected her brother to catch her after going badly off the rails. She ultimately killed herself jumping from a building but always had the memory of her brother catching her from a bad fall in her childhood The thing sticking in the mind is the uncharictaristic touch.

    Edited by desirous at 20:32:23 01-06-2012
  • MetalDog 1 Jun 2012 20:32:53 23,697 posts
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    That's 'The Last Rung on the Ladder' and it is in Night Shift.

    He's written quite a few shorts and novellas like that - not as much as his horror/fantasy yarns, but a fair number.

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  • robthehermit 1 Jun 2012 21:05:07 4,075 posts
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    The Long Walk was pretty awesome.

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  • Blaizefm 1 Jun 2012 21:38:54 232 posts
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    I love the Long Walk. Such a simple idea, but magnificently written.

    Thanks to this thread I'm seriously considering reading all his books in chronological order. Even Rose Madder.

    For audiobooks by the way I recommend Thinner, read by Joe Mantagne (think I spelled the name right) and Hearts In Atlantis read by William Hurt. Just brilliant.
  • Lexx87 1 Jun 2012 22:06:34 20,869 posts
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    I want to read the (uncut) The Stand again.

    What a fantastic fucking book that is.

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 22:28:42 85 posts
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    It is apparently deppresing because people think his best work is, The Stand, and was done so long ago. Sorry mate there is truth in it you tit. Like I said maybe the pinnacle of his work like this was done in his 20s? Early 30s? When he probably had a lot more personal issues before he mellowed.
  • Blaizefm 1 Jun 2012 22:29:01 232 posts
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    Try checking out Swan Song by Robert McCammon - very similar to The Stand and a great read. But The Stand: great read. The Talisman is ahead by a nose though.
  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 22:40:33 27,355 posts
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    Lexx87 wrote:
    I want to read the (uncut) The Stand again.

    What a fantastic fucking book that is.
    True, aside from the 200-page epilogue.

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  • Trafford 1 Jun 2012 23:22:34 5,791 posts
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  • Deleted user 1 June 2012 23:26:10
    Has anyone read his short story (still about 120 pages) called 'The Mist' ? I read it about 20 years ago and always remember it as being excellent. Re-read it again this year (found in a horror anthology) and its still great. Not sure how it rates to his other stuff as I haven't read any of his books since Christine :eek:
  • spamdangled 1 Jun 2012 23:27:28 27,355 posts
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    oldgregg wrote:
    Has anyone read his short story (still about 120 pages) called 'The Mist' ? I read it about 20 years ago and always remember it as being excellent. Re-read it again this year (found in a horror anthology) and its still great. Not sure how it rates to his other stuff as I haven't read any of his books since Christine :eek:
    The film is excellent.

    And incredibly depressing.

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  • desirous 1 Jun 2012 23:40:40 85 posts
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    The end of the film was bloody great.
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