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  •  Yes, I've read all the ones you have (2+ / 0-)
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    chosen.  They are all one-of-a-kind which is why I enjoy reading Stephen King so much.  He is the master of his genre and is able to create completely different kinds of horror each time.

    I know that King doesn't usually approve of the movie versions of his novels and I often agree, but the one movie which scared me even more than the book was Salem's Lot.

    I read Danse Macabre when it first came out and recommend it as well:

    In the introduction, King credits Bill Thompson, the editor of his first five published novels, and later editor at Doubleday, as being the inspiration for its creation.

    ... Bill called me and said, "Why don't you do a book about the entire horror phenomenon as you see it? Books, movies, radio, TV, the whole thing. We'll do it together, if you want." The concept intrigued and frightened me at the same time.

    Thompson ultimately convinced King that if he wrote such a genre survey, he would no longer have to answer tedious, repetitive interview questions on the topic.

    I'd love to hear his radio broadcasts and like you, am happy he is another progressive voice with power.

    May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 07:54:45 PM PST

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    •  Thanks, msM (2+ / 0-)
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      for these tidbits on King.  

      You call him the "master of his genre" and I'll take your word for it, because really, I've not read much in the horror genre besides King.

      But that's my greatest compliment to him. To me, he stepped outside a genre I'm not really all that interested in with his writing, from Salem's Lot on to many other books.  (BTW, never saw the Salem's Lot movie, but take you at your word that it was scary. However, for me, the supernatural is never that scary, only intriguing for the fantasy of it. For me, what's REALLY SCARY and leaves me shaking in my boots is the real stories of human cruelty.  For instance, Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" haunted me for weeks.)

      Again, for me, it is always about the power of King's narrative and his characters.  In some of his later books I have not liked, these things have seemed rushed and incomplete to me, leaving these books to be more about the horror and less about the narrative and the story, and therefore less to my liking.

      But I agree, King is a fascinating man and a superb writer, and YAY, a progressive, like you and me.  Wouldn't we love him to write a book inspired by politics?  Wowza, that could be one hell of a read, huh?

      •  I was more of a fan years ago than I (1+ / 0-)
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        am now, only because I started a few of his later books and like you, didn't get the feel of the original writer.  It's also been a long time since I sat down and read a really yummy novel.  Truth to tell, the last author in this genre I got hooked on was Anne Rice and that was prompted by Interview With a Vampire.

        I did read In Cold Blood (1966) when I was a teenager (gasp) and again like you, had some very bad nightmares for a long, long time.

        The kitchen scene in Salem's Lot (movie-spoiler alert) when the Master first appears is hair raising and every time I hear strange noises under my sink - and that is often - my impulse is to run like hell.  James Mason just oozes evil.

        Thanks for the recommendation, I may just need a new writer to get me interested again.

        I'm a little surprised that King hasn't turned his attention to contemporary politics (if he hasn't already).  He has a wicked sense of humor and he could spin a yarn about today's "monsters" in a way no other person could.

        The Wiki entry about the background of Salem's Lot describes King's disgust with politics of the day...

        Politics during the time influenced King's writing of the story (Salem's Lot). The corruption in the government was a significant factor in the inspiration of the story. "I wrote 'Salem's Lot during the period when the Ervin committee was sitting. That was also the period when we first learned of the Ellsberg break-in, the White House tapes, the connection between Gordon Liddy and the CIA, the news of enemies' lists, and other fearful intelligence. During the spring, summer and fall of 1973, it seemed that the Federal Government had been involved in so much subterfuge and so many covert operations that, like the bodies of the faceless wetbacks that Juan Corona was convicted of slaughtering in California, the horror would never end ... Every novel is to some extent an inadvertent psychological portrait of the novelist, and I think that the unspeakable obscenity in 'Salem's Lot has to do with my own disillusionment and consequent fear for the future. In a way, it is more closely related to Invasion of the Body Snatchers than it is to Dracula. The fear behind 'Salem's Lot seems to be that the Government has invaded everybody."


        May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 05:07:30 AM PST

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    •  Oh and one more thing, msM, (1+ / 0-)
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      If you like King, another up and coming author in his vein, but very much his own man all the same, is Michael Koryta.  I HIGHLY recommend his "Cypress House."

      There is a very definite but disciplined thread of the super natural in this book.  But mostly it is a very moody, atmospheric, noir kind of story that focuses on characters and narrative.  A really yummy read!  

    •  Some friends and us had dinner at their home (1+ / 0-)
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      many years ago, when our yougest sons, both 6 or 7 at the time, saw Salem's Lot.  Their kids loved horror movies, so that was the choice that night.  It was late autumn, that time of year.  For months afterwards both of us heard all about "grampires" from our youngest ones.  My oldest wouldn't sleep without a hall or bathroom light for days.  I had seen it years earlier, and it scared the heck out of me.  I forgot about the "grampires."  Thanks for the memory.


      "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

      by AnnieR on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 04:38:16 AM PST

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      •  I just replied to StellaRay's comment re (1+ / 0-)
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        Salem's to comment:

        I needed to refresh my memory so went to Wiki and think you'll enjoy the excerpt.

        I love horror films and as a kid was mesmerized by the Hammer films about Dracula (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing), so Salem's Lot fell right into my Favorites List.  IMO, it is one of the all time scary movies which stays very close to King's novel.  

        May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 05:20:52 AM PST

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