Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Synopsis: When a car that shouldn’t drive appears at a local gas station, the police troop that deals with it discovers that it is a portal to another world, one that seems very, very dangerous. Review: I swear I really am reading Anna Karenina. My brain was so fried, however, at the end of this […]

Synopsis: A writer suffers a car wreck and finds himself in the tender loving care of his number one fan. Review: It’s so hard to separate Misery the book from the movie, particularly because Kathy Bates’s performance is so indelibly iconic. However, the movie leaves out a key story element–the actual book that Annie Wilkes […]

Synopsis: An outcast girl with telekinesis wreaks havoc at her prom. Review: I’m ending the year by clearing some easy reads off my nightstand, and gearing up for some big reads in the first part of 2007: Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, Fyodr Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Charles Dickens’s A Tale […]

Synopsis: A little girl becomes possessed by an ancient, evil spirit. Review: Here is a solid case of the adaptation transcending the source material. As a book, The Exorcist just doesn’t have the same air of menace and terror created by William Friedkin’s movie adaptation. Blatty gives readers passages describing black masses, and doesn’t shy […]

Synopsis: A little girl with the psychic power to start fires is on the run with her father, fleeing an NSA-type government agency wanting to capture her, experiment on her, and kill her. Review: This is not the first time I’ve read this book; that would have been freshman year in college, when I discovered […]

Synopsis: While preparing to pack up her deceased author husband’s things, Lisey must call upon the ghosts of the past and the powers of another world to fight a crazed killer. Review: This is King in his wordy, metaphysical mode. It’s a great meditation on grief and on marriage, but the picaresque plot is basically […]

Synopsis: Cell phones turn the world into a post-apocalyptic nightmare, and a small band of survivors must try to figure out how to stay alive. Review: I’m a Stephen King fan, and not afraid to admit it. He tempers his horror with a humanity that I have found missing in other authors, such as Peter […]