Carrie by Stephen King

True sorrow is as rare as true love.

So, I finally got around to reading Stephen King’s first published book, Carrie, and I’m in awe. I’ve been terrible about putting books off where I’ve already seen the movies. Even though this was Stephen King’s first book, it reads like any of his other words.

Gripping. Enthralling. Horrifying.

This book is one of my favorites by Stephen King. This book is the epitome for bullying and where it can lead. Carrie, while so lost and filled with suffering, is relatable for almost any girl. We all know how it feels to have other women stand against us and push us down. Women can be the worst of monsters.

I’m still reeling from this book, so I apologize for the lack of words. The thought that Stephen King was going to toss this story in the trash breaks my heart, and I thank Tabitha for pushing him on.

Rating: 5 stars!

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10160130Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

Seed by Ania Ahlborn

Her body went tense at the thought; she had assumed someone had come in, but the more she put it together the more it seemed like someone, or something, had gone out.

What can I say about this tale of terror… Amazing!

When I started this book, I knew after merely 25 pages of reading that this was not one to read before bed (my usual reading time), so it did take me longer to complete. I’m prone to night terrors and do my best to not… instigate my own personal demons, if you will. 😉

The characters are well put together. I loved reading about the differences between Jack and his wife Aimee and how they struggled, but still did what they could to make their marriage and home life work. Even when they were mad at each other. The children reminded me my own childhood, being vastly different from my sister in age and likes. Friends, family, and acquaintances were also well done being that they could be your average Joe next door. In other words, the characters brought a King-esque feel to mind… and you know I love the King of horror.

“I’ve never seen any miracles,” Reagan said, “but I sure as hell have seen my share of darkness. Does God exist? I don’t know. But I kind of hope he does. Because if he doesn’t? We’re probably fucked.”

I’ve been looking for a good possession type of story, and this one hit the nail on the head. The concept alone is terrifying, but to place yourself in these moments is truly captivating with fear. While overall this book did not terrify me to the point of stuffing my book in the freezer, there were scary moments that caused my skin to crawl.

And I have to say, Ania Ahlborn can kill it when it comes to book endings! They never disappoint. In all honesty, the ending was my favorite part. The inner workings of the story and getting to the end is all completely relevant and intriguing. BUT THAT ENDING…

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Rating: 4 stars!

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61yjjmcsxalFans of Stephen King, Jack Kilborn, and Blake Crouch… prepare to meet the Devil.

In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.

Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.

But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.

And then she begins to change.

Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.

But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.

Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.

And it’s hungrier than ever.

A new breed of dark fiction: the subtlety of Seed will haunt you, and the end will wickedly satisfy.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

This is not what I was expecting this novella to be – short and sweet, completely unique. Take a journey back to Castle Rock and meet Gwendy and her button box. Her story is both beautiful and tragic. I couldn’t help but feel for her throughout the entire tale. I don’t want to give away much of the story line, so I’ll just keep this review all about my feels.

This could pass for YA fantasy/mystery. So while I like that, many might not.

While this book is short, it’s brilliant. This is something completely different on the SK list for me. But I also haven’t read all of the King’s books, so I can’t say definitively if this is in fact true. Even though I feel it’s exponentially different, I was incredibly pleased. This wasn’t scary like many of Stephen King’s novels, but it has an ere of mystery and fear with the button box. So while it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was something different that brought a smile to my face and has stuck while writing this review.

This book kept me completely immersed from start to finish. Not once did I put it down (except to let the dog out). Stephen King has always had a fan in me, but now, Richard Chizmar does too.

Rating: 4 Buttons!

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34430839The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

It took me two tries to get into this book. Unfortunately, Joe Hill’s writing style was something else. Most books have a rhythm and flow. I struggled to find a smooth flow, which made reading in long sessions difficult. The first time I picked up the book, I struggled with the writing style and needed to take a break. When I decided to pick up the book a second time, I figured out the author’s flow a little better, and was able to continue and really get into the story.

And thank goodness I did give it a second chance because the story/plot itself is great! I knew the story line alone was going to drag me all the way to the very end, and it did just that. The creative mind is vividly displayed in this debut novel. The characters were not very likable at first, but they grew on me as the story continued. They were flawed and realistic, and made me enjoy the story that much more.

Overall, the plot was fantastic and had a lot of real potential, but his writing style in this book wasn’t my favorite. However, it will not deter me from trying another of his novels.

Rating: 3 stars

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153025Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

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The Shining by Stephen King

Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.

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This is so much better than the movie!! Which we all generally know that going in, I suppose. For the longest time, I put off reading The Shining because I had already seen the movie. And not just once.

This book blew the movie out of the water. Why, oh, why did they have to have the movie stray from the raw terror of this book?! I’m so mad at myself for having seen that YEARS ago even though I had no control over that moment in time.

The book is always better. It’s just fact, and this book proves it.

Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it didn’t hold my attention for extended lengths of time. I’m blaming some medication I’ve been on for that. That stuff makes me drowsy and sleepy, so that’s why it’s taken me so long to finish this book.

Even though I couldn’t read it for extended lengths of time, the effect of the story was not lessened. Anything KING is worth the read. His descriptions paint a picture of fear and the suspense that rides out the pages keeps you in a constant state of wondering. If you love KING, this is clearly a must.

Rating: 4.5 frightening stars!


Blurb:

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.