Billy Summers

Billy Summers is a professional hit-man ready to retire after his final job. Except everything goes sideways, and things don’t turn out quite as he planned. If this summary sounds like something you’ve read or watched before, it’s probably because it is. The plot of Billy Summers isn’t anything new or revolutionary, and King showcases…

Later

Later occupies that weird space that many Stephen King novels do, somewhere between good and simply “okay”. The prose, as always, is so readable that I finished this book in a couple sittings. That said, I don’t have much to say about the plot. The cynical part of me sees the pieces that were taken…

Misery

Misery is interesting for many reasons, and one of the most peculiar may be King connecting the word to the action of writing itself. Sure, Paul suffers and goes through horrible misery in his time held captive by Annie, but he was already miserable writing about Misery. Though I love his books, I haven’t done…

The Outsider

When a young boy is brutally assaulted and murdered, the police in Flint City believe they have an iron-clad case against Terry Maitland. Evidence and witnesses are piling up, until Terry’s solid alibi turns the seemingly impossible into reality. There is no end to the universe, and things will only get stranger before the case…

The Shining

Coming off the high of reading ‘Salem’s Lot, I was very excited to read The Shining. Being one of King’s most talked-about and notable works, I expected to love it just as much as his previous book. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. I honestly don’t understand why so many people love this novel and think it’s…

‘Salem’s Lot

In my endeavor to read through Stephen King’s rather prodigious catalog, I find myself finishing ‘Salem’s Lot. This is another book that I’d read many years ago, but I enjoyed it much more this time around. Perhaps it is a better understanding of King and literature as a whole but, regardless of the reason for it, ‘Salem’s…

Carrie

Carrie marked an important time in the world of literature, as it was Stephen King’s first published novel. With this story of bullying and insane religious fundamentalism and revenge, the face of modern horror would be changed forever. I had read Carrie a long time ago but, in an effort to finally read my way through King’s prodigious…