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When one hears about a new Stephen King novel, one has certain expectations. We know that it is going to be a compelling story. We know that it will feature mysterious, likely supernatural elements. We know that the ideas resting beneath the narrative surface will be thoughtful and engaging.

And we know that chances are good that it will be long.

Not so with King’s latest. Titled “Elevation” (Scribner, $19.95), the author’s latest is a much slimmer story than we usually see from him – just shy of 150 pages. Have no fear, however – this Castle Rock tale more than meets all the other expectations you might have. But while the inexplicable and uncanny are present, this book isn’t ABOUT that. It’s a charmer of a feel-good story that illustrates the breadth of King’s talents, breaking some new ground while still doing what he does best.

Published in Buzz

PROSPECT - Stephen King fans rejoice – one of our area’s most hallowed Halloween events is bringing the works of the master of horror to life this year.

The 19th annual “Fright at the Fort” features many of King’s most loved stories, taking shape in the massive granite stronghold of Fort Knox.

Published in Happenings

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Stephen King is the preeminent American storyteller.

Apologies for my broken-recordness on the subject, but it always bears repeating – there is no one in American letters over the past half-century who has managed to be as prolific and as culturally relevant as Stephen King.

And there’s a reason the zeitgeist is awash with King-inspired and -adjacent properties. Not only have the majority of his iconic earlier works withstood the test of time, but his late-career renaissance puts on display a King who has evolved while still maintaining an unprecedented degree of narrative skillfulness.

Oh yeah – and his stuff is still REALLY scary.

King’s latest is “The Outsider” (Scribner, $30), a pulpy, propulsive tale reminiscent of some of his earlier highlights. Yet even as he elicits memories of his own creepy stylings from 30 years ago, he infuses that throwback thriller with pointed references to the present. The end result is a book that is somehow both Now and Then, where early King and late King combine with an eerie smoothness. It is dark and creepy and thought-provoking and engrossing – everything you hope for from Stephen King.

Published in Buzz
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:43

Derry observes It Day

DERRY – Many people have been wondering about the recent onslaught of March storms, with heavy snow battering the Northeast. Not the folks in Derry, though. They’ve known this was coming for weeks.

Because It saw its shadow.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:46

Dark side of the muse - ‘Misery’

PTC’s latest offering an intense, visceral whirlwind

Published in Happenings
Thursday, 28 September 2017 11:37

'Gerald's Game' well worth playing

We’re in the midst of a Stephen King moment.

If it seems like the master of horror has achieved a sort of pop culture ubiquity recently, well … that’s because he has. Big-screen cinematic projects (“IT,” “The Dark Tower”) and television series (“Mr. Mercedes,” “11/22/63,” “The Mist,” “Under the Dome”) have been abundant over the past couple of years, but the latest new offering lands somewhere in the middle.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:51

Perchance to dream - ‘Sleeping Beauties’

A haunting collaboration from Stephen & Owen King

Published in Buzz
Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:57

Pennywise, pound terrifying – ‘IT’

Stephen King is one of the best-selling, most-celebrated novelists of his generation. He’s written dozens of books over the past few decades; all have their merits, but there are a few that have achieved a sort of general consensus as the best of the best.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 03 August 2017 13:57

'The Dark Tower' stands strong

Stephen King’s epic series finally hits the big screen

Published in Movies

A look at options for when one book just won’t be enough

Published in Cover Story
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