Stephen King could write on the shithouse wall and I would read it. You might say that I am one of his constant readers. This, however, doesn't mean that I view everything he writes as equal; or that I enjoy every book the same.
To be somewhat critical, I believe his best books were written during the seventies and eighties. The rest are good reads, for the most part, but the real thrillers – the one’s that reach out of the dark corner of the room and grab you when you least expect it - the classics - are his earliest books.
I dare you to read Salem’s Lot late, on a dark, windy night alone and not get the shivers.
will scare the B’Jesus out of you.
Then there is Carrie, The Stand,
The Shining and we can’t forget It. Pet Cemetery
That said; his new book Doctor Sleep is vintage King. In order to make connections you must have read The Shining (or at least seen to movie.) But this ‘can’t put it down’ page turner will grab you from the very first chapter.
On a side note about movies made from King’s books: most sucked a root.
lot was a sleeper – not up to the actual drama of the book…One exception being
Carrie: this was a production where the
entire theater audibly gasped at the end of the movie, and patrons left talking
to each other and mumbling to themselves about the shock factor. Salem
People seem to either love King or don’t like him…It is probably more their take on the genre.
But if you are a King fan: check out Doctor Sleep.