Archive for the ‘Horror’ category

Joyland

One area in which King shines is in his ability to write compelling characters. In the opening scenes of the novel, King introduces a carney who works at Joyland, and within about four paragraphs, I have a well-rounded impression of who this character is and why I already find him charming. One descriptive…

American Psycho

I’m never sure if a chapter is going to drag me through the most grotesque murder scene I’ve ever read, or if it will simply put me in the middle of a conversation with a bunch of men who can’t decide where to make a dinner reservation. It’s unnervingly hypnotic, and…

Dracula

Even if we are living our lives through books, trying to find meaning in the way our personal stories develop, we are never living only one story at a time: we have a main plot, yes, but it is littered with subplots and asides, grocery lists and electric bills and…

Frankenstein

The creature described here far better conveys the notion of disparate human parts sewn together into a living ragdoll, creating a more nightmarish apparition than the budget-limited design of Universal. Yet it is the latter that has persisted through so many incarnations. The question of why this should be is not something I intend to consider in a review of the book (although I might archly suggest that…