I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I am your worst dream come true. I am everything you ever were afraid of!
~ Stephen King, It ~
But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in a way an old friend will settle in your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since he last saw you.
~ Stephen King, Salem’s Lot ~
If y’all heard a scream off in the distance a few minutes ago, that was me as I received an ARC of Stephen King’s upcoming The Institute (9/10)!
If you guys have been following me for a minute (okay, slight exaggeration), you know how much I LOVE Stephen King and WORSHIP the ground he walks on. Hmm. Is that too much? Do I sound stalkerish? Ah well. The KING of Horror has gotten me through good times and bad over the last 4+ decades. A few weeks ago something possessed me and I sent an email to Scribner pleading my case and asking if there were any ARCs available. To be honest, I never expected to hear back from them. Much to my shock, I received a reply last Friday saying they’d be happy to send me a copy. THANK YOU MIA! So, how happy am I? I’ll let Dean say it for me.
Rest assured I will be posting a full review most likely next week, as soon as I’ve finished. In the meantime, I hope this video makes you as happy as I am.
Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.
I was built with a love of the night and the unquiet coffin, that’s all.
Stephen King, On Writing: Memoir of the Craft
The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.
For the last several nights, this eerie fog has settled over our town. It actually gets even worse once it’s completely dark. Now here in New England, fog isn’t that uncommon. However, this is the sixth night in a row this has happened and to be honest, it’s starting to creep me out! So, if I’m absent for several days, my husband and I may have been eaten by one of these beauties from an alternate dimension!
And if you hear coastal MA has suffered from a chemical or gas leak/explosion, don’t believe it!
Amazingly Stephen King is 69 years young today! There are many writers who have earned the title “Master of Horror”, but since his first book, Carrie, which he wrote when he was twenty-six, and after more than forty years of writing there is only one “King”! There are so many wonderful quotes to choose from to illustrate what an amazing writer he is, but this one from Salem’s Lot particularly appeals to me.
But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since he last saw you.
Tomorrow, Stephen King will be awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. This is the highest honor the U.S. can bestow on an artist and is reserved for people who deserve “special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.” I myself have been a disciple of King’s since I first read Carrie when I was 14 years old. While many critics decry his writing style I don’t think anyone can deny this prolific writer has made a huge impact with generations of readers. In honor of the “Master of Horror” I’d like to share a some memorable quotes by him. There are so many to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites.
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well.”
~ On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ~
“I never had any friends later on like the friends I had when I was 12.”
~ The Body (Stand By Me) ~
“Oh yes, we all float–and when you’re down here with us, you’ll float too!”
~ Pennywise the clown in It ~
“Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again.”
~ The Stand ~
“High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.”
~ Carrie ~
“Remember, hope is a good thing Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
~ Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption ~
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