The Institute reminds me of Firestarter, which I read as a kid. I remember being terrified bad doctors would come thief my sister and I if they found out we were smart. 🤦🏾♀️🤣😂 The climatic ending is great as well, complete with suspense, action magic, and violence. #ClassicKing Everyone gets what they deserves and the telling is gratifying.
One day, while struggling to complete her exercise on the communities suicide stairs, she meets a man in a black hat. He offers to change her life forever, and does. Pretty much overnight, she becomes the smart, attractive, popular girl the popular guy is interested in.
Overall, I loved Full Throttle. All the stories were horrific in that Hill/King style of twisting our reality against us in the worst possible way. I was throughly frightened!
#InterestingRead My greatest desire as a reader is to be grabbed at sentence one and taken on a long roller coaster ride of a story. In every practical sense, Imaginary Friend delivers, tenfold.
With 21 stories and forwards by King, this is a pretty big short story collection. All the stories are interesting in that weird King way that he makes ordinary people deal with extraordinary phenomena.
Alicia loves Gabriel, and is devoted to him, their life and convincing him she is fine. No spoilers, but eventually Alicia shoots Gabriel and ends up in a psych ward, not speaking and regarded as a lost cause.
The writer, Barbie Wilde plays the only female Cinnabite in the Hellraiser movies. As I’m a fan of all things horror and Hellraiser is a cult fav, I was super excited to dig in.
It’s not the typical psychological thriller where the turnaround is overhanded. It’s actually quite subtle but, months later, you’ll still be wondering about it all.
Cyrus Jakoby and his sidekick Otto have healed from their physical wounds, but, continue to be batshit crazy otherwise. They’ve vigorously pushed forward with their plans of ‘thinning out the herd’ (Thanos, anyone?) by killing ‘mud people’ through maximizing on genetically engineered diseases.
The short stories are odd tales centered around ghosts and death. The good thing (because I like to find something positive), the stories are short, and include I’m sure what was considered racy language at the time of first print. I kept reading because the beginning and middle of each story captured my attention.
This is a super fast read you will not be able to put down…except to flip some lights on, for sure. It’s nonstop action, you will like the characters, and the author will rip your heart out..over and over.
“The series tells the story of people that have been exposed to ‘Living Blood’. Depending on how the blood is taken, you could live a healthy 200+ years or forever. This entry gives a lot of history on where the blood originated and demonstrates the lengths some will go to get it. “
“… murder, mayhem, sexy deep voiced black men (in my head💁🏾), some African gods, a big beautiful, creepy house, and very interesting characters make this a great haunted house story. “
“The story twists and turns and we get to enjoy some great self discovery about the characters but, the shit is weird. You will think twice before exploring weirdness in real life.”
This guy seemingly goes out of his way to add some texture to his characters: Gun loving, drunk veterans, single Black moms, Asian editors, Russian terrorists and a gay, female, heroine. Enjoy the ride.