I finally bought my first Stephen King book, The Shining. Having achieved the ultimate reading goal and read 100 books, I’ll go for some comfort and casual reading for December. Stephen King is the perfect choice since I have never read him, nor do I know where to start. I want scary, horrifying, creepy; but I have a hard time wading into sci-fi or some paranormal dimension. So upon a little research I came up with a short list that is more than enough to while away the holidays.
1. It. A monster stalks little kids. This book sounds like the true face of horror.
2. The Shining. A haunted hotel. I’m always a sucker of haunted hotel story, despite the fact that I stay in one every month.
3. Pet Semetary. A dead child buried in ancient Indian grounds comes back alive—and ready to kill mommy and daddy. Anyone not scared? It’s like a haunting version of Christianity. Resurrection gone bad!
4. The Stand. This one has scenes that are scary. The tunnel, other Abigail and the wolves, etc
5. Desperation. A book that opens with a crucified cat should be on anyone’s list of most scary King novels.
6. The Dark Half. What if your alter-ego was alive and well — killing people? I thought it was scary.
7. Carrie. Short and to the point, I think this book is really more a novella. However, it is definitely spooky. It rightly set the stage to typecast the author as the King of Horror.
Most of these are only available (new) in pocket paperbacks, which I usually avoid because they can be a hand full with prints so close to the spines. The bright side is that they will make perfect airport novels. The Shining is 659 pages long, in a 12-point Times Roman so it should be a quick read.