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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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