I've read a lot of criticism for From a Buick 8
, and I agree the novel is a little frustrating in its lack of explanation, but some parts of the book really, really
creeped me out. The descriptions of those undescribable creatures who emerge from the buick really made my flesh crawl.
Anyway, of what I've read, the best King novels: Salem's Lot, Pet Semetary
(his scariest book, IMHO), The Girl who loved Tom Gordon
(simple but superb), Needful Things
and The Regulators. The Stand
is a masterpiece that fizzles in its final third.
As for short stories, Gramma
scared the bejeezus out of me, and the conclusion to The Jaunt
was truly horrific. The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
was strange and powerful. I am the Doorway, Sometimes they Come Back, Children of the Corn
and The Raft
also deserve a mention.
But overall, I think Different Seasons
is Kings' masterpiece. Four perfect novellas in one book.
And worst? Dreamcatcher,
an embarrassment in so many ways.