Here’s your premiere dose of the master of horror, one Stephen King. In this first King capsule you will be introduced to four of King’s most popular and well known novels that you might want to start with when beginning with this author. Since he has published 54 novels as of March 2016 (and that’s not including short story collections), this is a lot medicine to swallow.
So it is best taken in small, simple, capsule form.
‘Salem’s Lot (1975): Every horror writer has one, and this is Stephen King’s take on the vampire story. In the quaint small town of Jerusalem’s Lot, or ‘Salem’s lot as some locals call it, or The Lot as others do, things are not always as they seem. Ben Mears grew up here and there are certainly some skeletons hiding in his closet about the town. But now he’s looking to star anew and has moved into the old Marsten home where he plans to write his new book, possibly about the history of the historic mansion; he’s not sure yet. There’s also this cute girl in town who he used to know, and he’s starting to get real friendly with her. There are also some strange things going on in the Lot, and during the day it all seems a little too quiet.
Pet Sematary (1983): Losing a beloved pet can be really hard on a family, especially on a child, so what if there was a way of bringing said beloved pet back from the dead? The Creeds are about to find out. They’ve just moved into this lovely old house in rural Maine that’s close to a road that sees a lot of traffic. And sadly the pet cat finds this out the hard way. But deep in the woods behind the house is a pet cemetery, only there’s something really creepy about it, other than the jagged sign that reads “Pet Sematary.” Also if this place can bring things back from the dead, does that just apply to animals?
Misery (1987): Paul Sheldon is the bestselling and popular author of the Misery Chastain novels. But he’s written the last one and is finally done with character. That is until he gets in a horrific automobile accident from which he barely survives and is nursed back to health by Annie Wilkes, who just happens to be Sheldon’s number one fan. Only she’s not happy with how the last book ended, not happy at all. She wants him to write a new Misery novel, a better one, and if he doesn’t write it like she tells him to, then she’s going to have to teach him a lesson.
The Tommyknockers (1987): Bobbi Anderson is a pretty successful writer living in the fictional town of Haven, Maine. Her old friend Gardener is back; he’s done well as a poet, but also has an alcohol problem. But for Bobbi, she’s doing pretty great with herself, that is until she finds that strange chunk of metal sticking out of the ground near her house. Curiosity gets the better of her and she starts to dig it up, wondering what it is. Only, she can never quite find the edge, as it keeps getting bigger and bigger. The more of it she unearths, the more she’s certain it’s something not from this planet.