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Old January 30 2011, 04:17 AM   #31
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Old January 30 2011, 04:22 AM   #32
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Can anybody recommend any of his short stories (not novellas)? It struck me that he might have written some really powerful ones, given his penchant for terrifying atmosphere. Any suggestions where to start?

I'd recommend picking up two of his collections, Everything's Eventual and Just After Sunset. JAS has four or five really good ones IMHO, although the best one, "The Gingerbread Girl", is edging into novella territory at 55 pages long in my hardcover copy. Three of the stories in EE were filmed: "1408", "Riding The Bullet", and "Autopsy Room Four" (the last one was done for TNT's Nightmares And Dreamscapes anthology series).
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Old January 30 2011, 04:22 AM   #33
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Different Seasons (both Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption are from this collection
"Apt Pupil" as well.
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Old January 30 2011, 04:39 AM   #34
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Can't see anyone filming "Breathing Method" any time soon, though, given the subject matter.
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Old January 30 2011, 04:53 AM   #35
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Ah... they've done Human Centipede. There is no line left to cross in movies.
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Old January 30 2011, 05:07 AM   #36
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Good point.
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Old January 30 2011, 05:57 PM   #37
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My fav Stephen King books are.....

1. The Dark Tower series....I started reading this series in 87, and finally finished in 05, In my opinion, Kings greatest work!

2.The Stand....A fantastic book, it has everything!

3. Desperation and the Regulators.... I count these books together, a great duology!

4. Cell.....Zombies done the SK way!

5. Different Seasons....One of his best!

6. Eyes of the Dragon.....Kings version of a bedtime story

Also i would like to mention the talisman and and its sequel black house, two great reads!!!!!
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Old January 30 2011, 08:56 PM   #38
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how would star trek be if stephen king did a story.
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Old January 30 2011, 11:03 PM   #39
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how would star trek be if stephen king did a story.
The Season 6 episode (Frame of Mind) where Riker goes nuts and he's in that play......the whole mind-f**k type of story....that'd be what King would do.

That or Schisms, another Season 6 episode.
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Old January 31 2011, 12:10 AM   #40
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I'm listening to The Drawing of the Three on audiobook and it's a hell of a story. I like it a lot more than I did when I was in high school and read it.
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Old January 31 2011, 12:45 AM   #41
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I'm listening to The Drawing of the Three on audiobook and it's a hell of a story. I like it a lot more than I did when I was in high school and read it.
The Drawing of the Three is one of the best books from the Dark Tower Series......I'd say books 2-4 are the highlights of the series whereas the rest are not quite as strong.
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Old January 31 2011, 12:46 PM   #42
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My wife and I own a copy of every piece of fiction that he's ever written, including comics, and we've read about 75% of it so far. My faves:

1. Different Seasons---I've actually re-read this one a couple of times

2. Eyes of the Dragon---very solid sword n' sorcery stuff

3. Salem's Lot---the prototypical "eclectic group of characters team up to fight the bad guy" story

4. Storm of the Century---I watched the mini on TV before reading the screenplay---very interesting premise

5. Cell---I would love to see this one made into a gazillion dollar blockbuster---the visuals are so intense

6. Lisey's Story---gut-wrenching and disturbing---man, do you root for that heroine!

7. Dark Tower---haven't finished the saga yet, but I'm really getting into it

The only things of ol' Uncle Stevie's that I did not enjoy were a few of his early short stories---too many Lady or the Tiger endings, and Dreamcatcher, which was a fantastic idea for a 600-page book, but it was, unfortunately, a 900-page book.

King-based movies and TV minis have been all over the map, but I would say that my faves (be they faithful to their sources or not) were Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and Kubrick's The Shining. Carrie, Cujo, and Christine are enjoyable, in a B-moive kind of way.

He has said in his articles and in interviews that he's a liberal Democrat, but I don't recall any of his books that give that fact away. Perhaps I am obtuse.

BTW, I used to love King's articles in Entertainment Weekly. He still do those?
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Old January 31 2011, 04:55 PM   #43
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anyone see famliy guy's version of stephen king ?
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Old January 31 2011, 07:32 PM   #44
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That doesn't make the ending any less silly, however...
What was silly?

That's exactly what makes it silly.

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Old January 31 2011, 07:36 PM   #45
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The thing I love most about Stephen King is how he makes me feel so nostalgic about my childhood as a young boy in America in the '50s. There are at least three ways that ought to be impossible.

I've come to King quite late, so I've not managed more than a few of the more famous ones yet. What I'm discovering is that he writes an utterly fantastic first halves of books. I love the conceits, and the atmosphere he creates in It, Pet Semetary, Cujo and Carrie, but I wasn't much moved by the pay-off in any of them.

Can anybody recommend any of his short stories (not novellas)? It struck me that he might have written some really powerful ones, given his penchant for terrifying atmosphere. Any suggestions where to start?
Just read Night Shift for a start. Most of the stories in it are marvelous. Different Seasons, while less straight horror, is fantastic as well - it's a collection of 4 shorts.

Read his earlier work, which suffers less from the lack of pay off problem. I quit reading his stuff for that very reason, but Dead Zone, 'Salem's Lot, Carrie - basically all the pre-Cujo stuff is very strong and often have great endings. Except The Stand. Hard core King fans love it, but I thought it was the worst offender in the great build up, lousy ending arena.

This is a little off topic - but has anyone read Justin Cronin's The Passage? It kind of reminded me of King at his best.
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