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  •  The Fear Of Losing A Child (5+ / 0-)
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    cfk, MT Spaces, Monsieur Georges, Dumbo, Brecht

    Even if you've read the book and know it's coming, the scene in the movie adaption where Gage gets run over by the truck is still just as terrifying as reading its description.

    I had plowed through plenty of King tomes beforehand with no ill effects: Carrie was kind of cool, It was kind of funny, and Misery was a hoot. But when I got to the part of Pet Sematary where Louis Creed exhumes the body of his recently deceased infant child, I put the book down and never picked it up again. There was something so visceral, so wrong, and so terrifyingly logical about Creed’s plan. I learned years later that King himself briefly abandoned the writing of the book at roughly the same point in the story, only adding to my pre-teen heebie-jeebies.


    •  Yeah. That was plenty sick. (4+ / 0-)
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      Rimjob, cfk, Brecht, MT Spaces

      I used the word scarring above, and I meant it.  It was scarring, not scaring.  

      IT is a scary book, too.  My favorite book.  But there is one passage in that book that was too much for me to handle.  It was the part detailing the background of the kid Patrick Hockstetter.  That was more disturbing than all the rest of the book put together, and it was only two or three pages.

      There's something pleasing in knowing that a guy like Stephen King can have so much crap like that rattling around in his head and still be a decent guy.  Sometimes I think, "Wow, the guy who wrote this is one sick puppy, ready for the looney-bin," but he seems to have his shit together, for the most part.

      •  "There's something pleasing in knowing that a guy (4+ / 0-)
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        like Stephen King can have so much crap like that rattling around in his head and still be a decent guy."

        Very true. It takes some strong fiber to look so long into the abyss, and not got twisted.

        I applaud Shakespeare for the bravery of his psychology. He could enter fully into Othello's jealousy, Hamlet's doubt and Macbeth's ambition (Richard III's even) completely and, apparently, without any shirking or judgement. But he did have a pretty sound morality and, I think, some serious fiber.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 06:58:26 PM PDT

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