Elevation by Stephen King

This is, without a doubt, the best Stephen King work I’ve read in a long time. Not in any way a horror story, it’s more a fantastical allegory which can perhaps be read as about a man finding his soul lightens when he gives up on petty concerns and instead focuses on helping others. (Although…

The Dark Tower by Stephen KIng

Dear Stephen. First let me say, thank you. I’ve finally come to the end of the road to The Dark Tower and I just wanted to express my thanks for the path travelled. I’ll be honest with you, it was a path I resisted for years and years. In my childhood I had a bad…

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

In anticipation of the film coming out, here - week by week - are my reviews of THE DARK TOWER novels. Here's a question: Does Stephen King writing himself as a character into the penultimate episode of THE DARK TOWER make it more or less epic? Mid-way through, our heroes Roland and Eddie find themselves…

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

In anticipation of the film coming out, here - week by week - are my reviews of THE DARK TOWER novels. Coming off the forward momentum of THE WASTE LAND, this wasn’t the book I was expecting. But then, is that necessarily a bad thing? Surely part an author’s job should be to subvert expectations,…

The Waste Lands by Stephen King

In anticipation of the film coming out, here - week by week - are my reviews of THE DARK TOWER novels. In the afterword to THE WASTE LANDS, Stephen King writes about his difficulty in entering Roland of Gilead’s world, how the episodes of his immense fantasy saga were harder to create than his other…

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman

I’ve read most of the pseudonymous Bachman novels (RAGE, THE RUNNING MAN, THINNER, even THE REGULATORS – though the less said about that last one the better), but I’ve never found them particularly essential. They were perfectly fine, but weren’t compulsive, must read King. (I am perfectly aware though that there are plenty of Stephen…