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A Review of Stephen King’s The Mist

The Mist (1980) is a novella set in Bridgton, a small town in Maine. Following a violent storm that breaks a stifling heat wave the town becomes enveloped in a thick and mysterious mist. Set in the local grocery store, a group of residents and tourists try to make sense of the strange situation they […]

A Review of Stephen King’s ‘The Breathing Method’

This was written as part of the Stephen King Project. “Birth is wonderful, gentlemen, but I have never found it beautiful – not by any stretch of the imagination. I believe it is too brutal to be beautiful. A woman’s womb is like and engine. With conception, that engine is turned on. At first it […]

A Review of Stephen King’s “The Body.”

Stephen King’s novella, The Body was originally published in Different Seasons alongside three other novellas (Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Breathing Method) in 1982. Several years later it was adapted into the critically acclaimed film, Stand By Me, a title change that emphasises the strong binds of friendship that tie the […]

A Review of Stephen King’s “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project* Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King which originally appeared in his collection, Different Seasons. In 1994 Frank Darabont directed an acclaimed film adaptation called “The Shawshank Redemption. In 2009 it was adapted for the stage (I personally recommend […]

A Review of Stephen King’s ‘Apt Pupil’

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project* Apt Pupil (1982) is a novella by Stephen King which originally appeared in Different Seasons, a collection of four novellas. Set in California, Apt Pupil follows Todd Bowden an all-American, golden schoolboy as he enters into a parasitic relationship with Arthur Denker after discovering […]

Review: “A Face in the Crowd” by Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan

“A Face in the Crowd” (2012) is a short story that follows Dean Evers, a New Englander who has retired to Florida. Evers, a widower fills his days with cheap paperback, lack lustre dinners and baseball until he starts to see dead people who he has wronged sitting in the bleachers staring at him through […]

Book Review: Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project* Lisey’s Story is a 2006 novel by Stephen King which combines romance, sci-fi and psychological horror. In this work, King conjures a complex story that is best that is best summarised in the flap of the book: “Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, […]

A Review of Stephen King and Joe Hill’s “In the Tall Grass.”

*This review is written as part of The Stephen King Project* “In the Tall Grass” (2012) is a short story that follows Cal and Becky, brother and sister, as the pull to the side of road after hearing cries for help from the expanse of tall grass beside them. As they enter the grass to […]

A Review of Stephen King’s The Running Man

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project* The Running Man (1982) is a novel by Stephen King, originally published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman (For those who are only familiar with the film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film is only very loosely based on King’s story). It is set in a dystopian United […]

A Review of Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman’s) Roadwork

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project* Roadwork was published as an original paperback in 1981 under King’s pseudonym, Richard Bachman. The novel follows Bart Dawes as his life spirals out of control due to the death of his son, the breakdown of his marriage and the road work that will tear […]