Now that Halloween is in the rear view mirror, I wanted to follow up this year's countdown by providing a sampling of books I've enjoyed by Stephen King that just missed making the cut. It was very hard to leave some of these classics off of the list:
- The Shining -- the ultimate "haunted house" story, this classic book has a totally different [but equally as potent] ending than that of the equally memorable film, directed by Stanley Kubrick
- Gerald’s Game -- creepy psychological thriller that takes place in a remote cabin, where a tied up woman is helplessly trapped after her husband suffers a fatal heart attack. Only she doesn't stay alone for long...
- The Dark Tower, Book VI -- this book brings King's masterpiece decades-spanning series to its ultimate conclusion, finally revealing what happens when Roland the Gunslinger finally reaches the subject of his obsession
- Duma Key -- fast paced supernatural thriller about a man who moves to Florida to recuperate from disfiguring injuries, and becomes embroiled in a bizarre haunting
- Desperation -- an evil force terrorizes a western town after being unwittingly unleashed from an abandoned mine. King wrote this book to connect to it's sister book, "The Regulators," published under his Richard Bachman pseudonym. Both books are noteworthy in that they used many of the same characters, but in different contexts
- From a Buick 8 -- unusual sci fi tale [told mostly in past tense] about an abandoned "car' that opens a gateway to another dimension and causes trouble for the state police that have impounded and stored the vehicle over the years
- Dolores Claiborne -- unusually clever format, told as a run-on-sentence narrative from the title character, with no interaction with any other characters, no chapters, etc.
- Lisey’s Story -- a successful writer's widow discovers dark secrets about her husband's tormented past