Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My Vice

I am a member of the Stephen King Library. Have been forever. I got hooked on Stephen King when I was in junior high school after my mom read The Shining and told me how much it affected her. I had already ventured into some horror on my own in grade school but Stephen King is way more than horror, as any loyal reader will know.

I don't know what it is about his books, but he always sucks me in even in the first few words. He just has it down and I connect.

So, as a member of the library, I get the hardcover books as soon as they come out and at quite a discount off the jacket price. I received his latest in the mail on Monday and having forced myself to finish the other book I was reading yesterday, I was primed to get some reading in last night before bed.

As soon as I opened that damn thing, I was hooked. I didn't even get to bed until after 1am but still had to read because it had been something I was looking forward to all day long. I managed to only read for a bit before the need to shut my eyes took over but first thing this morning, I cracked open that book again.

I have no willpower...I could easily make some food, go out on my back porch in this great weather and lie on a towel and read all day long.....any other plans out the window. That is how much I love reading his stuff. Of course, because I am also a very fast reader, the book would be over in no time if I just took the day off to read.

I know I must sound like some kind of freak but his stories are always just so good, and these days if there is horror in them, it is a new kind of horror. Gone are the days of vampires, and clowns in the drains....now the horror usually resides either in the book or in the character and the reality of it all is the anticipation that keeps the story moving along without knowing it is going to get you.

So try as I might, I will get some things accomplished today but I can't promise that there won't be a part of the day spent on my deck with the fountain running, the sun shining and me smiling at my 609 pages of pleasure...if I could only make it last.


Haha said...

YOU ARE MY DAUGHTER AND I GAVE YOU THE ADDICTION! I confess you inherited it from me. I don't know why I don't read him anymore, he is wonderful, perhaps it is because he scared the s&wT out of me. Or maybe it is because you don't send me those hardbacks you keep in your library. LOL I should pick him up again as he is the BEST horror writer and do you know why that is. He writes in the Hitchcock movie style. The things he writes about, JUST MIGHT POSSIBLE HAPPEN. That is the secret and that sends chills up my spine!

Mishka said...

I did read some today and am looking forward to getting more in tonight. I also watched 1408 which is based on one of his audio books I believe...well done, I thought.

Chicken said...

I want to read by your fountain!!

Mind Sprite said...

That sounds like the absolute PERFECT way to spend a day! I think you should do it, to-do lists be damned! Do it for me, so I may live vicariously through you!!! ;)

Joanne said...

I can't read him anymore. I tried Gerald's Game and couldn't get past the dogs and the bed. I was too freaked out.