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Book vs Film: Misery

The tale of Paul Sheldon crashing his ‘66 Ford Mustang in the mountains of Colorado and getting abducted by an abusive ex-nurse was originally told by Stephen King in 1987’s “Misery.” Written as a love-letter to his obsessive fan base, the novel stretched the limits of suspenseful literature in the completely riveting and fast-paced King […]

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The most influential horror writer you’ve never heard of: Introducing H.P. Lovecraft

CW: racism, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H.P. Lovecraft In March 1937, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was nearing the end of his days. Solitary and impoverished, he subsisted on expired tins of food, having […]

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Book vs Film: Carrie

Almost every one of Stephen King’s books has been put to film, with some standout hits (Misery, The Shawshank Redemption) and some embarrassing failures (The Dark Tower, Maximum Overdrive). But it all started with Carrie – King’s first major published novel and first film adaptation. It’s disappointing to see, then, that Brian De Palma’s Carrie […]

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Lockdown Literature Challenge: Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’

I am a reader who has an obsessive need for finding the perfect music for anything I read. I need another dimension to the story, a glimpse into my subconscious associations. A year ago, upon my first read of Stephen King’s The Long Walk, I became captured by James Newton Howard’s song I’m Listening. It […]

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What to Watch in Lockdown. Week 3: Mr. Mercedes

I’ll be the first to admit that this week of lockdown has not been a good week. I don’t know if it’s because the reality has set in and the novelty has worn off, if I’m just getting lonely, or if I miss the vitamin D, but I haven’t really had much energy this week […]

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I Am Not Okay With This

I am okay with I Am Not Okay With This. More than okay, actually. The series taps into that kind of frantic 80s nostalgia that grounds every series of Stranger Things, and shares with it a clear inspiration from the works of Stephen King. Not only does it feel spiritually related to quintessential girl-with-superpowers story […]

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Why does the big screen love Stephen King so much?

It began in 1975. Director Brian De Palma read the 26-year-old Stephen King’s debut novel Carrie; he said that it was a “terrific book” and he was “very interested in doing it”. The screenplay was bought by United Artists, and the film released in 1976. Critics loved the film, and it was frequently cited as […]

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Doctor Sleep – Who’s Afraid Of The Overlook Hotel?

How do you follow up Stanley Kubrick? Furthermore, how do you follow up the cultural behemoth that is The Shining, a film ubiquitous in pop culture and one that shapes its history? This is the question that director Mike Flanagan tries to grapple with in Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, that deals more […]