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The voice from above

Justin Cronin wrote a big vampire book, sold it for a $3.75 million advance, and then got a mysterious phone call on Good Morning America.

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Arrived today - the limited edition hardcover of Stephen King’s new novella, Blockade Billy from Cemetery Dance. A nice item, but my first impression is that it’s… erm… a cute little book. Not exactly the best description for a horror story, I’ll admit. It’s very small, and has large print on the inside, so I’d say I could knock it off in one sitting.

Question is, do I read this now, or do I wait until I’ve read all of the 55 books that were published before this, as per my mission statement?

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Cover revealed for Full Dark, No Stars; Stephen King’s new anthology of four novellas due November 9th, 2010.

Cover revealed for Full Dark, No Stars; Stephen King’s new anthology of four novellas due November 9th, 2010.

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But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.
'Salem's Lot, by Stephen King; Chapter Six, The Lot (II), paragraph 2

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Book #2: ‘Salem’s Lot (1975)

It’s not often you read a book that actually changes the way you think about the written word. I don’t want to sound corny, but perhaps I can’t help it. There are many great works of literature which will, according to some, fulfill this function. There are many important works, many classic works, many deep and meaningful (and I’m not being sarcastic) examinations of humanity and the world and the universe. There are, in short, some Big Names out there. These Big Names are studied academically. People build not only entire careers around their study, but can devote their life to it. And not without reason.

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Hail Mary, full of grace, help me win this stock-car race.
'Salem's Lot, by Stephen King

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The scariest baseball player in league history…

The scariest baseball player in league history…

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Book #1: Carrie (1974)

Carrie is an oddity, and I realise that by saying that, I’m sort of breaking my own rules, but having gone from King’s latest (Under The Dome) to King’s first, I just can’t help but make a comparison. Although, turning that around for a moment, by knowing where King is at now, by going back to read the rest of his catalogue in publication order it should be interesting to see if I can see the evolution of his style, themes, plots, etc, over 35 years.

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…and this had been building since that time, building slowly and immutably, in accordance with all the laws that govern human nature, building with all the steadiness of a chain reaction approaching critical mass.
Carrie, by Stephen King (1974)

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"The fact is, we all live under the dome…"

- Stephen King on Under The Dome