Are we ready to get pretty darn scared? Well, you’re in luck. Read on for this week’s thriller!
It’s none other than the King of Horror himself…
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If anyone can truly delve deep in to the human psyche, it’s this man. I’ve read a mountain of books by Stephen King (including the one book that scared the living bejesus out of me, Lisey’s Story), and each and every one is just as good as the next. Misery is no exception.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, let me recap for you: famous author, Paul Sheldon, kills off the main character in his best-selling series, bringing it to an end. Annie Wilkes, #1 fan and general nutcase “rescues” him from a car accident, demands that he brings Misery, the character, back to life, and essentially it’s all downhill from there.
The character of Annie is damn terrifying. The acts that she commits against Paul are horrific and gut-churning, including forcing him to drink a bucket full of dirty water and soap, and denying him pain medication for his mutilated legs, among other things (and trust me, it gets worse). It probably goes without saying that this book is not for the faint-hearted. One thing that particularly stood out for me in Misery is the thoughts and games that go on inside Paul’s head as he has near-death experiences and witnesses Annie’s steep descent into total madness. It’s intriguing to hear Paul playing mind games with Annie, grovelling to her but also being incredibly demanding, appealing to her need to take care of him.
Annie is an incredibly motherly figure. She speaks to Paul as though he is a child and speaks of how she needs to look after him and nurse him back to health after his accident. Each ghastly thing she does to Paul always seems to be done with the explanation that it’s for his own good. Paul recognises this maternal need in Annie and exploits it in order to get what he wants.
Stephen King’s writing is descriptive, but not so much that it takes away from the story. The glory of his work lies within his ability to make it seem like your story. Your mind jumps to the worst conclusions, so the subtle and slight lack of detail leave you as the reader to come up with the things that will make you scared. It’s all rather clever.
This book really brings new, totally creepy, meaning to the term “Number One Fan”.
It’s an oldie but a goodie, and if you haven’t read it yet, you can pick it up from Book Depository here, with free shipping worldwide. Perhaps read it with the lights on! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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