“One for the Road” by Stephen King Review

One for the Road follows two aging Mainers, Booth and Herb “Tookey” Tooklander, as they attempted to rescue the family of a motorist whose vehicle had become stranded in a ferocious blizzard.

This story is somehow related to “Salem’s Lot”, and as you might not know “Salem’s Lot” is one of my favorite horror books. 

This whole story takes place 2 years after the events of “Salem’s Lot”. This story shows that Salem’s Lot only seems to be deserted but it is not. And as the locals know, a person does not travel through the “Salem’s Lot.”

This story is around 30 pages long, and it proves that short stories can be as good as the full length novels. 

I need to make a huge disclaimer about this story, which is read “Salem’s lot” before you read this one. Because if you don’t then you will have no idea what is going on and why is things happening in this story. And it will definitely ruin the story for you if you don’t know the whole idea and plot of  “Salem’s lot”.

“Salem’s lot” is terrific and this short story isn’t far behind the main novel. Which doesn’t happen a lot with work related to each other but being done years and years apart from each other.

The atmosphere really reminds of “Salem’s lot”, and this means that the atmosphere is brilliant it is at least for me. Cuz I read “Salem’s lot” when I was still in grade school so “Salem’s lot” have sort of a nostalgia element in my life. However the reason why I give this story so low rating is because it could have been longer and be a sequel to “Salem’s lot” than rather just a short story which is related to “Salem’s lot”.

The writing style is very good as you can expect from Stephen King. 

Characters in this short story are pretty good, they are of course making some stupid decisions but this happens in every book, short story and movie / series. So I give them a pass on this one. There aren’t a lots of characters in this one but these ones who we have are pretty good and decent. 

I give this short story 3 / 5

“I Am the Doorway” by Stephen King Review

The story relates a disabled former astronaut’s account of the terrifying change he undergoes after being exposed to an extraterrestrial mutagen, during a space mission to Venus 

Stephen King does a good job at these short stories but as a die hard Stephen King fan I need to say that he does a much better at the longer novels he writes than the short stories. 

Every time Stephen King writes a sci-fi its either hit or miss and nothing in between these two. I personally don’t am a big fan of Sci-fi genre so maybe thats why this story didn’t work with me. But I still think that it was a good read, and it wont hurt to read it. 

The whole story is told in the first-person narration which definitely sets the tone the story much more. And the fact that this story involves a cosmic space entity and reading it from the first-person narration is very interesting. It isn’t that scary as you might think it is but there definitely something eerie to it.

Descriptions in this story are so good that it makes you see the whole picture in your mind or at least it did that for me. 

The whole story wasn’t the greatest short story I’ve read but it was a good one. It is definitely worth reading, because the plot is good, descriptions are good as well as details and most characters. 

There aren’t a lots of characters in this one, but it is good. As we know quality matters not quantity. So the story needs to get points for doing that.

I give this story 3 /5

“Graveyard Shift” by Stephen King Review

A young drifter named Hall has been working at a decrepit textile mill in a small town in Maine when his boss, a cruel taskmaster, recruits him and others to assist with a massive cleaning effort. The basement of the old mill has been abandoned for decades, and over the years, a monumental infestation of rats has taken hold.

If you don’t like rates, then maybe don’t pick up this story because it involves a lots of rates in it. 

This short story is pretty much a creepy read which takes place in an old mill. This story isn’t that unique, because in the end it is a basic horror story which isn’t that good as most novels written by Stephen King.

This story is enjoyable to read, but I would recommend to read it off you didn’t read all novels by Stephen King. Because in the end this story is nothing more than modern interpretation of “The Rats in the Walls” but written by Stephen King instead of H. P. Lovecraft.

This story really shows that some authors should stick with the longer novels and don’t write short stories and unfortunately Stephen King is one of them. Because the whole story lacks context to it and more depth into it, the whole story is sort of like a skeleton of a story without organs, meat, muscle, nerves etc. 

This whole story isn’t necessarily creepy and intense, but it still is a horror story in that it’s about things you don’t ever want to experience. Just as mutated rats. It’s more unpleasant than anything else.

The whole story is pretty too basic, all it is for the most part is people cleaning an old, abandoned basement and then something happens and shit foes down hill.

The ending could be much better than it actually was, but too late to change it now. The whole ending is more or less feels like squeamish than terrified. It implies what happens next to the men, which was a great ending but so horrid.

I give this story 3 / 5

“Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King Review

An article in the newspaper causes the narrator to recall a time when he was in college and several students were killed. It was a strawberry spring, a false spring, that brought cool weather and fog at night. The first night of fog ended when a young man tripped over the body of a co-ed.

It’s important to say that this short story isn’t a typical Stephen King story where there is monsters running around and chasing kids. This story is a mystery thriller story about a killer who strikes only when it’s foggy outside during the “Strawberry Spring”.

The whole plot story is pretty good, however the whole idea of a killer who kills people during a special time which in this case is the “Strawberry Spring” isn’t that unique now on days but since this story was published in 1978, it needs to get its points for sort of being unique. 

The ending is probably the best part of this whole story, because it comes with a twist and it sort of makes this whole story so much better than it was. But of course this review is spoiler free. 

The twist at the ending was that great but most of you wont probably see it coming. So there will be a little surprise at the end for some people. 

The whole atmosphere in this story is spooky, moody and it will give you chills. And the descriptions in this story which make it even better than expected. But still story is far as good as the huge novels written by Stephen King as “IT” or “The Shinning”.

Some of these descriptions which Stephen King gives us in this story sort of gives you the vibe of Edgar Allan Poe or H. P. Lovecraft. Because these descriptions in this story have some gothic elements to it which makes you feel that it was written many years before it was actually written. 

It’s important to say that this story isn’t a horror story is more a thriller story. Because it isn’t scary enough to be a horror story but definitely it has some mass hysteria, suspecting each other, and searching for the killer elements which makes this story to a thriller story.

However this story could have been much better if it was a novel than a short story. But again it is personal thing which people will disagree on so it’s up to you on this one. 

I give this story 2 / 5

“The Man in the Black Suit” by Stephen King Review

Gary, a nine-year-old boy, whose brother has died, not long ago, due to a bee sting. One day, Gary goes out fishing and falls asleep. When he awakens, he’s startled to discover a bee sitting on the edge of his nose.

Another pretty good story from Stephen King, it wasn’t the best thing ever. There were a lots of things in this story which could have been much better but in the end this story was pretty good.

This story is one of the best short stories written by Stephen King have written so far. But as we all know his novels are much better than the short stories. 

This story needs to get points for being short and enjoyable. This story is far from the “average” Stephen King novel because there are a lots of things in this story which could have been better.

Stephen King in this story does a good job in building up the tense atmosphere for the entire story as well as creating an unforgettable & terrifying imagery describing this monster.

The beginning of this story may remind some of you of “IT”, because it involves a young kid, a monster and water. Which some of you may find dark and powerful.

The whole plot was pretty basic, it could be much better if Stephen King would have put much more effort into creating a little bit deeper plot in this story. 

The writing style was pretty good, however it is far from the classic Stephen King style which we can see in his novels. 

It’s important to mention that this whole story have some nostalgic parts in it, which the adults and older folks will appreciate.

The concept of this story is pretty good. But still not much to talk about here. For me this story shows that some authors should stick with the long novels which they are known for.

This story is for the most part about grief and centers around a young boy and his fear of losing his Mom, which most kids relate to.

I give this story 2 / 5

“Battleground” by Stephen King Review

Renshaw is a professional hit-man, who returns from his assassination of a toy-maker to find a package delivered to his penthouse apartment. The package contains a G.I. Joe Vietnam Footlocker, sent to him by the mother of the toy-maker he had recently killed. When he opens the package, he finds that the toy soldiers are alive with working copies of weapons, jeeps, and helicopters. To Renshaw’s surprise, the tiny soldiers begin to attack him

This story is involving toys coming to life and trying to take over humanity come from. Which isn’t bad but this it is super overused now on days. However Stephen King with this story was able to o reel us in and still entertain us with just 10 ish pages.

A lots of horror fans or Stephen King fans will enjoy this story however there will be some people who will don’t like it because in the end this story is very bizarre. 

However this story needs to get points for being humorous yet grotesque. This story is good when you just want to read something without putting any brain power to it. Because in the this story is Toy Story written by Stephen King.

The writing style was okay, but don’t expect the classic Stephen King style in this one because you wont get it here. Which is very disappointing.

I need to give this story points for having an interesting idea which could have been so much better than it actually was. 

The beginning itself was pretty hard to understand the concept of. So thats that, the ending is some how better but still it isnt something which is good.

I give this story 1 / 5

“Misery” By Stephen King Review

93Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Another classic horror novel written by Stephen King.

The story in this book is marvelous, and its defiantly interesting. The whole story is told from an author’s POV.

The writing style is of course typical Stephen King. Which more or less means that it was good. But in the end it could have been better, because there were parts in this book which could have been cut out. And the action could have happened faster, because there were chapters which felt like a huge stretch of time.

The characters here are meh. Annie was brilliant and Paul was annoying at times. Annie is sort of a Norman Bates gone completely wild. There were times when Paul makes some really dumb decisions, which felt like a 10-year-old would take smarter decisions.

The writing style is of course typical Stephen King. But, which for me personally was a huge waste of story because the whole story could have been written from Annie’s perspective and at the end we could shift to Paul’s perspective. But that’s just my opinion.

This book isn’t scary, it is rather unsettling and have some strange vibe to us that makes us think that there are a lot of strange people in the world.

I give this book 3 / 5

"The Outsider" By Stephen King Review

99An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

This book really shows why Stephen King is the best horror author in the 21 century.

Quality over quantity rule is of course here with us. The characters which we have in this book are so fucking good made. Every character is different from the rest and overall they feel almost like real people. Every character in this book make both good and bad decisions which may have consequences. All of these characters in this book are multilayered which makes this book even better. As an extra thing we also have Holly Gibney from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy in this book.

The story itself is super unique. I personally didn’t see anything similar to the story which is in this book. so this gives this book extra points.

The writing style of course is at a high level like in almost every Stephen King book. The writing style is so good that it felt like it was rather like watching a movie than reading a book.

This book is a page-turner which can be read in 3 days or more than this if you really try to do so. This book also leaves you on edge almost the whole time as it goes on.

This book is very moody and scary, and it might even give you some old school vibe. This book is both a murder mystery and supernatural. This book is different from other stories because it involves folklores and legend.

Descriptions in this book are amazing, and there are a lots of them in this book. We get a lot of details which brings the whole book to even a brighter light.

This book have all the best parts of murder mystery, supernatural and folklores genres and they are put together in this book.

I give this book 5 / 5

“Pet Sematary” by Stephen King Review

89When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son-and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly car. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth-more terrifying than death itself-and hideously more powerful. The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

The characters are just the amazing nothing more and nothing less. They are good described, they are different from each other and they feel again as real characters.

The story is completely unique and brilliant. I personally didn’t see anything even close to the plot of this book. This book makes you addicted to it and you can’t stop reading it, and you get so much into the story that you can read this book in 2 days.

I need to give you a warning because this book involves child deaths so if you get triggered by this than maybe don’t pick up this book.

The last 25 % of the book keeps you on the edge of the thing which you are sitting on, and your heart will go on a marathon run.

The vibe of this book is interesting, creepy, exiting and shocking. This book is defiantly super dark because it involves death. And it may fuck you up a little bit.

The writing style is very good. It goes very deep and the way how the whole book is written is just through the roof. The way how emotions are described in this book are on very high level.

This book deserves to be overhyped because it is brilliant. And you should have high expectations for this book if you haven’t read it.

The origin of the pet cemetery in this book, and why does something happening in this book are very good explained.

This book involves some hardcore death scenes so here is your warning.

I give this book 5 / 5

"The Shining" by Stephen King Review

92Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

One of the classic in the horror field now on days. This book is a typical haunted house story which a lot of things go wrong in. However, this whole book have to it an very fun old timey tone to it.

The characters are again very well done. The descriptions and the tone to them are just through the roof. It feels like every character have its own soul in this book and it also feels like every one of these characters in this book are different from each other but at the same time alike at the same time. The characters are just wow and they feel like real people and just fictional characters in a Stephen King book.

The characters are so well done that you cant just don’t like them. The relationship between the characters was also incredible. You can feel the dynamic in all relationships and you can relate to both the relationships and the characters in this book.

The fact that it takes Jack so long time to turn into the psycho who wants to murder his family is amazing. It would have ruin this book if he had turned to the insane psychopath over night.

The thing with this book is the huge involvement of hallucinations ish in this book. Who doesn’t love a doze of hallucinations in books and movies?

In the end it isn’t a great horror story because its not that scary as people claim it is. But the story and overall everything in this book are an amazing piece of art.

Danny is sort of a main character and a lot of this book is written from his perspective. And here is the thing. Everything which happens when you are a child are sort of much scarier than it actually is. However there are times when Danny feels like a complete pain in the ass.

The point that there are very few characters in this book, makes it even more fun to read it. Because you don’t have to remember every character. And as we all know there is much better with having few characters but good characters than a lots of shitty characters who are poorly done. There is around 15 characters in this book,

In the end this book isn’t that scary, for the most part this book about family drama and how someone can go insane if they are isolated.

As someone who had read this book, I can tell you that this book is way overhyped. This book is not that scary and it is not that good as everyone is saying that it is. Of course it is a MUST READ, but let’s not get crazy. This book shows that Stephen King is one of the greatest authors of all times.

There are couple of boring and annoying parts in this book. But for the most part they are survivable. There are parts of this book which could have been cut out because they pretty much put anything to the story of this book.

The writing style itself is on point with Stephen King. Which means that it is advanced and good. It feels like every word was specially chosen to be there.

I give this book 3,5 / 5