Sunday, March 27, 2011

Oz the Gweat and Tewwible

I submit that the scariest book ever written is Pet Sematary.

Don't watch the movie.  (In fact, never watch a movie based on a Stephen King book or novella unless it's called Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, or The Green Mile.  No, The Mist does not make the cut.)

Just read the book. 

If you have kids, read the book during the day.

Maybe even if you don't, read the book during the day.

A song that makes me fall asleep: These Are The Days, Van Morrison

A song from my favorite band: All These Things That I've Done, The Killers (Not sure if they're really my "favorite band," but they're in the rather fluid top 5.)


  1. That omission was accidental, but I do not love The Shining movie. The book is way better. I attribute this almost entirely to Shelley Duvall, who drove me bananas. I wanted her to get stabbed, particularly when she was running around the hotel holding that knife with her limp wrists.

    But compared to various miniseries, The Langoliers, It, etc. ... The Shining is definitely better.

  2. Holy crap. I read this book on a 6 hour car ride home from a college visit, in the dark, and when we arrived home I didn't want to get out of the car.

    The only book that scared me worse was "IT" by King. Read that over two days while on break and couldn't sleep for 4 days I was so scared. I refused to watch the movie [yikes!] because I am a huge Tim Curry fan and I didn't want to have to hate him for playing the "Clown in the Sewer".

    That book/movie created a whole new generation of people that have Coulrophibia.

  3. I agree about Duvall. A smiling Shelley Duvall is as scary as any other part of the movie. I haven't read many of King's scary books, but I really liked The Talisman. I'll make a note to read Pet Semetary.

  4. Misery is a pretty good film. If only for Kathy Bates performance.

  5. Dang, another valid point. K, fine, I give you Misery as well.

  6. Pet Sematary is indeed scary.

    While we're talking about Stephen King, do we all agree that the man doesn't know how to properly end a story? He is great at setting the scene and making things scary...and then it's like he has no idea what to do.

    Take "It" for example. (SPOILER ALERT) They defeat Pennywise but then they're wandering around the sewers. Stephen King could have just had the kids get out of the sewers and said THE END, but instead he has to throw in some crazy group sex scene. With 12 year olds. What the what?!

    Even The Shining ended poorly if you ask me.

  7. NIKOL - I will give you that. IT is actually the one Stephen King book I never finished, particularly because of the 12-year-old sex scene. A thousand pages of scary and I threw it down with only 200 to go - no, just not going to do it, Uncle Stevie. You have lost me. It was definitely the worst.

    I read something Dean Koontz once wrote about Stephen King being such a good writer that he ended The Stand 200 pages after the ending, and no one minded. (I didn't, honestly. I loved the characters, I wanted to know what happened.)

    I do like the endings to some of his books - Misery, Dolores Claibourne (my fav), The Stand, and I'll go to bat for The Shining. But there are other ones that are just a giant, "What the hell?" Primo examples: The Tommyknockers. Under the Dome, which I otherwise loved. Cujo. (Which according to S.K.'s memoir, he can't even remember writing because he was so drugged out. Given that I WASN'T stoned when I read it and still don't know whether the dog was evil or just rabid, I believe it.) I'm sure there are others, I just can't remember them.

  8. My father-in-law is a veterinarian, and too bad Cujo puts both him and my husband into a rage whenever it comes up. Apparently, rabid dogs just simply wouldn't act that way. I've heard a whole series of lectures on rabies, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT, STEPHEN KING.

  9. Desperation as a novel is better than the movie.