Book Review: Heart-Shaped Box

If you were to read Heart-Shaped Box, you might not be surprised to learn that author Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. It contains several elements often found in his father’s work. Unfortunately, one of those elements is a convenient, unsatisfying ending.

The Basement

“Bad boy, staring at my legs like that.” She pushed the toe of her shoe against his shoulder, rocking him gently. “That’s what gets you into trouble. First you’re staring. Then touching. Then. Well, then you go too far is all, and then I have to clean up the mess.”

“Joyland” by Stephen King, book review (C+)

Here is what I imagine could have happened as Stephen King was planning to write Joyland: Okay.  I like amusement parks.  I should think of a certain ride that is likely to terrify lots of people.  I know – the ferris wheel.  I’m seeing a struggle on that ride, and it stalls.  Two people are…

Connecting Flight – ch.6-updated

My continued thanks for coming back again.  This chapter is one that is supposed to give the story some direction.  I don’t know if that’s clear, or if that is clear enough.  I hope it works for you.  If not, I know that you will let me know.  What I don’t know is if it…

Connecting Flight – ch.3

Chapter 3 Chris and Ann sat side by side at a wooden picnic table several yards from a small parking lot aside a two-lane road into the state park.  The road was jammed with cars that hadn’t moved during all the time they had been there because it was too narrow to handle as much…

– the next book

Chris and Ann have never met each other but are both on a plane to Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, they will not get there.  The plane crashes, and there is a brilliant light into which some of the passengers are walking.  But Chris and Ann are both certain that they are just not ready to go.  As everyone…

– ghostly encounter iv

call me slow, but i just realized that mostly all the “ghostly encounters” in my house have something to do with lights and electricity.  here’s another. i’ve had this refrigerator about 6 years.  there’s a light on the water/ice dispenser, which is a great help when making coffee in the morning if it’s still dark and i don’t…

– ghostly encounter III

The picture isn’t important or taken well.  It’s a light in my backyard.  It’s got a motion sensor that works well.   What doesn’t work well is the the light when there’s no motion. At dusk it’s supposed to come on steadily at half strength, then kick to full strength when motion is sensed.  But that’s…

– ghostly encounter II

The contents of this picture are unimportant.  It’s what it represents that counts.  Last week, four people were sitting around the kitchen table.  Kid younger was telling a story about something when suddenly something just appeared in the air in front of her face.  There’s no other way to say it.  All four people saw…