A thematic sequel to Mr Mercedes, with the surviving characters and allusions to a third book with the characters, Finders Keepers has some fantastic insights on the relationship between reader and writer, obsession and malevolence as it tells it's story with a modicum of extraneous detail. King never dwells on the unnecessary, following Strunk and … Continue reading Finders Keepers by Stephen King
This is the latest collection of stories by Stephen King, who of late has produced some superlative longform works. It's the short fiction though, that really bites into you. In the introduction, he announces that he's an amateur and then proceeds to show the reward of a work ethic and a dedication with an honest … Continue reading Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Bemused by the recent article as to whether reading is sexy or not, I thought I would share what I have been ploughing through of late 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It's a massive book but I finished it in two days because it is that good, I read with intensity and sadness at how he … Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading
I am a regular reader of Warren Ellis' Morning Computer microblog and he posted a fascinating piece about five books that changed his life. Here are mine. 1. Stephen King, Night Shift. His first collection of short stories, the first adult book that I managed to borrow thanks to a particularly liberal librarian. I … Continue reading Five Books That Changed My Life.
Today was more like work than writing, in terms of continuing to move things forward in increments. Sometimes you're sweeping the floor and it's important to recognize those points as being necessary rather than inconsistent flashes of brilliance. You'll have as many writing sessions where you feel, as Stephen King says, 'that you're shovelling shit … Continue reading Nothing Keeps Me Anywhere 19/03/2015
I am a fan of Stephen King in the same way that I am of Prince. I acknowledge that they've both had their misses on page and on the record, but even their flawed stuff is interesting. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/18/stephen-king-writing-insights-bazaar-of-bad-dreams I've still got the time travel novel and Revival to read, but I find that I can … Continue reading Stephen King