Thoughts on the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

esterday, I finished reading The Wind Through the Keyhole, and in doing so, completed all of the books of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. With the series complete, I thought I’d share some thoughts on the books. I’ll give some general thoughts above the cut. Below the cut there will be spoilers so be aware of […]

Finished Reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series*

ast night, shortly before midnight, I finished reading book 7 of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower. My mind was kind of blown away by the ending. I can see why Stephen King considered this his magnum opus, and while I enjoyed it, I don’t think it was his best work. I still think It is […]

Some Thoughts on Joyland by Stephen King

read Stephen King’s new novel Joyland earlier this week and I really enjoyed it. I don’t want to rehash the plot here or give anything away but I do have a few comments that others considering reading the book might find helpful. The book is a murder mystery and the story is a good one. Of […]

My Favorite Book: It by Stephen King

f someone asked me today what my absolute favorite book, regardless of category, author or any other discriminator, I would say without hesitation that my favorite book is It by Stephen King. On my morning walk, I finished reading it for the third time. I remember really liking it the first time I read it, loving […]

I’m Looking Forward to This (Doctor Sleep Cover Revealed)

tephen King’s official website revealed the cover to the forthcoming Doctor Sleep, King’s sequel to The Shining which comes out this fall, some 35+years since the original novel came out. I’m really looking forward to this one. Fortunately, he has another book, Joyland, coming out in June to ease the gap between now and September. Funny how I’m […]

Scary Stories And Gerald’s Game

‘ve written in the past how most stories and books typically classified as “scary” don’t really scare me. I can count on one hand the number of stories I’ve read that have sent shivers down my spine. There’s Harlan Ellison’s “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” (and that elevator scene in particular). There’s Ray Bradbury’s “The […]

Revisiting Derry: Rereading IT by Stephen King

I first read Stephen King's It back in October 2009. It took me by surprise back then because I thought it was a horror story about a clown who goes around and kills people. And while there is a clown that goes around and kill people, I learned that the story was about the clown […]

Isaac Asimov and Stephen King: A Few Words Between Fellow Writers

Since I am (obviously) on a Stephen King kick again, I thought it apropos to share snippets from a few letters between Isaac Asimov and Stephen King that I recalled reading in Stanley Asimov’s book, Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Lifetime of Letters. According to Stan Asimov: Stephen King wrote this letter to Isaac on the occasion of […]

Stephen King: Digging Beneath the Topsoil

Yesterday, several friends pointed me to an article in Salon.com titled, “My Stephen King Problem” by a fellow named Dwight Allen. Actually, they pointed me to an excellent rebuttal to the article by Erik Nelson titled, “Stephen King: You Can Be Popular and Good.” You might consider reading both before continuing. I suspect they directed […]

The dates at the very end of Stephen King’s 11/22/63

You would not believe how many people arrive at my blog searching for “January 2 2009- December 18, 2010 Sarsota, Flordia/Lovell, Maine” which appears at the very end of Stephen King’s time travel novel, 11/23/63. They usually end up on my review of the novel. A few people have even asked what those dates mean? […]

Reading Stephen King

Last week I wrote about my general experience with Stephen King books and a few days ago I posted my review of his latest novel, 11/22/63. Sometime in the fall of 2009 I started reading Stephen King again after not having read his books for several years. I decided I would start from the beginning […]

Stephen King and me

I’m trying to recall when Stephen King first permeated my consciousness. It had to be the movies. I recall seeing Pet Sematary in high school. It is one of the few movies I’ve seen that I’d characterize as frightening. I’ve always had a problem with horror novels and scary movies because I can’t suspend my disbelief […]