In the book and movie Pet Sematary, Stephen King gave a description of Spinal Meningitis that involved deformity (bent back, “face pulled down until it was like a mask”, “hands were like birds’ feet”) and excruciating, long-term pain. Per Web MD and many other sources, Spinal Meningitis can cause many long term effects (mental impairment, hearing loss, loss of limbs due to gangrene) but nothing like King described. And especially nothing like the body seen in the film. Is this at all a realistic depiction of this disease?
In Stephen King's "The Shining," there is a scene earlyish in the book where the parents (Wendy and Jack) take their son to a pediatrician. The doctor is asking them about Danny's imaginary friend Tony. The doctor says... [more inside]
Pretty sure this was a short story by Stephen King because I remember seeing a nod to IT somewhere within. [more inside]
Back in the 1980s, when I was an impressionable lad, I read an essay in which the author remembered a friend of his insisting that Debbie Harry sang a lyric that included "finger-fucking" in the hit song "Rapture." I remembered this as appearing in Stephen King's book Danse Macabre, but I just checked the e-book edition and it's not there — and it doesn't really fit with the mission of Danse Macabre, anyway. Do you know where this essay appeared? [more inside]
If Stephen King's short story collections Skeleton Crew and Night Shift are my favorite short story collections of all time, what other short story collections might I enjoy?
I want to get to know Stephen King! Which book should I read first? [more inside]
My book queue is empty, and my brain craves fiction! Could you please recommend some books? Favorites include : DeLillo, Murakami, Pynchon, Bolaño, Lethem, Barthleme, Franzen, Chabon, DFW, Bulgakov, Rushdie, David Mitchell, Gabriel García Márquez, Mark Z. Danielewski, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, George Saunders, Joe Hill, and Raymond Chandler [more inside]
Long ago I had a book of collected Stephen King interviews, published chronologically based on the title he was promoting. What was it? [more inside]
I am writing a story about an artist who is held captive on the condition of creating a work for the captor. I want to know what other works in the same sub-genre are like. Can you suggest some books and movies with a similar motif, especially where a captive is expected to do something for the captor as a condition of their release? Thanks!
Calling all Stephen King fans: If you could ask him a question, what would it be? Alternately, if you have heard a great question posed to an author, what was it, or what made it good? [more inside]
Have I been spoiled? Question about "Under the Dome" by Stephen King - possible spoiler warning. [more inside]
Is the fact that the Harry Potter epilogue is set nineteen years later a Dark Tower reference? Or is this just confirmation bias? [more inside]
Could someone please explain these lines from Stephen King's The Tommyknockers? "For want of a shoe, the kingdom was lost... for the choice of a path, the ship was found."
It's time for another round of "Name That Book!" Looking for the title of a compilation of horror stories from the 1980s or 1990s. [more inside]
Who said "There is nothing more frightening than a closed door."? I seem to remember an attribution to Hitchcock, but that may be apocryphal. Also, my recollection of the quote may be a paraphrase.
A close friend of ours is moving away in a few days and I'd like to get him a token of our friendship to take with him. I know he's a huge fan of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, so I'm trying to come up with a symbolic object or phrase from the books that would be meaningful. I read the books myself a while back, but am terrible at remembering details and I won't have access to them in the next few days to look anything up. Any ideas?