Fictional Scary Instead of Reality Scary

  
By:  Veronica  •  7 months ago  •  40 comments


Fictional Scary Instead of Reality Scary
Pain is the biggest power of love. That's what Wireman says. - Stephen King - Duma Key

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Let's talk fictional horror to try and get away from the real horror that is sweeping our country and the world.  If only for a little while.  

Has anyone read this novel?  I have multiple times.  It is my July King read every year.  The paperback is a little ragged, but is still together.  

" After a construction accident in which he loses his right arm and his divorce, Edgar Freemantle moves from Minnesota to Florida to begin what his psychiatrist described as a "geographic cure."  He rediscovers his love of painting and finds that he is good at it but his paintings seem to have something "more" to them.  On Duma Key he also finds a new friendship with Wireman, a kindred spirit seeking refuge there as a caretaker for Elizabeth Eastlake.  Elizabeth's past also contains painful memories that have been reawakened bringing all of them together to face an evil entity named Perse. "

https://stephenking.com/works/novel/duma-key.html#:~:text=After%20a%20construction%20accident%20in,something%20%22more%22%20to%20them .

Of course after the move it gets King crazy.  And a little sad.  

Please discuss this or any other horror NOVEL.  Let's get out of heads and into the head of Stephen King and other horror writers, if only for the briefest of moments.


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Veronica
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1  author  Veronica    7 months ago

Please stick to FICTIONAL HORROR.  If it doesn't relate to FICTIONAL HORROR I will delete.  That applies to everyone.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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2  Perrie Halpern R.A.    7 months ago

I used to have the time to read and when I did, I used to read King. I would have to say, that I thought "Pet Cemetery" was his scariest book. The desire to bring back those who we loved that have died.

But then again, "The Dead Zone" was probably my favorite. It was the most relatable, other than "Misery".

I would also highly recommend "The Strain", both the book and the TV show. It's very relatable if not totally creepy with Covid hanging around.

Good choice of topic! 

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    7 months ago

The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal are a great series of books. The first book was the best of the 3. I don't know if I ever finished watching the TV series. 

 
 
 
Veronica
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2.2  author  Veronica  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    7 months ago
Good choice of topic!

Thank you.

"Pet Cemetery" did bother me because I know that I would want my kids back if anything happened to them - kind of like "The Monkey's Paw".  

"The Dead Zone" was an ok read for me, but not my favorite.  "Misery" I did enjoy, along with "Dolores Claiborne".  

I don't really have just one King favorite.  I re-read so many of them.  I love to read his collection of short stories & novellas.  

I would also highly recommend "The Strain", both the book and the TV show. It's very relatable if not totally creepy with Covid hanging around.

I will have to check it out.  

 
 
 
Ender
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2.3  Ender  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2    7 months ago

Pet Cemetery had to be one of the creepiest ones I read. Him sneaking around the cemetery and digging up his son was creepy as hell to me.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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3  evilgenius    7 months ago

I've read most of King's stuff. I have not read this one. 

 
 
 
Veronica
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3.1  author  Veronica  replied to  evilgenius @3    7 months ago

If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    7 months ago

He's written 84 novels/novelettes, and I haven't read any of them, but I've seen 7 movies adapted from them.  Guess I'm really not into horror stories.

 
 
 
Veronica
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4.1  author  Veronica  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    7 months ago

Not all of his writings are horror, but I know some people just don't like the way he writes.  Much I don't like JRR Tolkien.  He is not everyone's cup of tea.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Veronica @4.1    7 months ago

True enough.  I suppose there are some milder aspects of horror in The Shawshank Redemption, such as an innocent man being convicted of murder, although it does not end up like a movie such as Carrie.

 
 
 
Veronica
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4.1.2  author  Veronica  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.1    7 months ago
does not end up like a movie such as Carrie.

Definitely not.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Veronica @4.1.2    7 months ago

Stand By Me is another movie that wasn't that creepy.

 
 
 
Veronica
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4.1.4  author  Veronica  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.3    7 months ago

Based on the novella "The Body".  Good one....

 
 
 
evilgenius
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5  evilgenius    7 months ago

I'm waiting for 3rd book in The Locked Tomb series Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. It comes out in September. The first book, Gideon the Ninth, was described as lesbian necromancers in space. The books are even weirder. I won't even try to explain what's going on. The writing is fantastic though and the characters well developed with a fully thought out magic system I still find baffling after 2 books. 

This is not your typical horror, but definitely has elements of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and mystery. 

 
 
 
Veronica
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5.1  author  Veronica  replied to  evilgenius @5    7 months ago

I am pretty sure I have read some of her short stories.  Her name sounds so familiar.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6  Trout Giggles    7 months ago

My favorite Stephen King book is "The Stand". It was a good apocalyptic book. All of his characters have flaws even when they're the good guy. His bad guys almost always have a vein of humanity...except for Randall Flagg. That guy is just pure evil

 
 
 
Ender
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6.1  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @6    7 months ago

Don't screw with my disco Nadine.

 
 
 
Veronica
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6.1.1  author  Veronica  replied to  Ender @6.1    7 months ago

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1    7 months ago

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Trout Giggles
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6.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1    7 months ago

I thought it was don't fuck with my disco, Nadine

 
 
 
Ender
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6.1.4  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.3    7 months ago

Made for tv..  Haha

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1.4    7 months ago

gotcha...I read the book about a thousand times

 
 
 
Ender
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6.1.6  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.5    7 months ago

I always thought Rob Lowe had it made in that movie. No lines to remember...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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6.1.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1.6    7 months ago

He did!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Trout Giggles @6    7 months ago

Have you read The Dark Tower series?  King ties all his books into it, Firestarter, Cujo, The Stand, The Langoleers, Apt Pupil, The Body, Salems Lot, all of them up to around 2005 / 2006 time frame

Don't watch the movie.  The move The Dark Tower was pure garbage. 

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
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7  magicschoolbusdropout    7 months ago

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Every time I went outside, I would always check the Tree's and electrical wires for signs of "Bird packs" .

 
 
 
Veronica
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7.1  author  Veronica  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @7    7 months ago

That is one fucked up movie.....Have not read the book.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
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7.1.1  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  Veronica @7.1    7 months ago
That is one fucked up movie.....Have not read the book.

The Old movie is better than the book !

It's easier on the imagination when you can see what you read, happen on TV. LOL !

 
 
 
Veronica
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7.1.2  author  Veronica  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @7.1.1    7 months ago

So true.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
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8  mocowgirl    7 months ago

I'm not really into reading horror.  In the 70s, I read Rosemary's Baby and The Omen.  In the 80s, I quit reading horror books when Dean Koontz managed to paint evil so vividly I felt it was a living being.  After this, the horror books I read had vampires, werewolves and other mythical creatures that were evil.  The humans were the good guys most of the time.

I liked Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake vampire series.  I bought the series until it became mostly violent porn.

I read some of Charlene Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series.  Own most of The True Blood series, but rarely watch any of it.  The second season is my favorite.  

Today, if I want to be entertained by gore & violence, I watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.  It is my favorite parody movie of the horror genre.  

 
 
 
Veronica
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8.1  author  Veronica  replied to  mocowgirl @8    7 months ago
Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake

I read those too...for a change in pace.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
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8.1.1  mocowgirl  replied to  Veronica @8.1    7 months ago
I read those too...for a change in pace.

Who did you prefer?  Jean Claude or Richard?  Or neither?

 
 
 
Veronica
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8.1.2  author  Veronica  replied to  mocowgirl @8.1.1    7 months ago

I am a Richard fan.  I prefer furry to dead.

 
 
 
Ender
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8.2  Ender  replied to  mocowgirl @8    7 months ago

I read the Anne Rice vampire books. She basically tried to make them as beings that one should feel sorry for, kind of like melancholy figures that are misunderstood.

I watched True Blood but never read the books.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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8.2.1  pat wilson  replied to  Ender @8.2    7 months ago

I liked the Anne Rice books but after a while they were really out there, got to be a "jump the shark" scenario.

 
 
 
Ender
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8.2.2  Ender  replied to  pat wilson @8.2.1    7 months ago

Yeah, the last one I read they switched bodies or something.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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9  pat wilson    7 months ago

I read Duma Key a few years ago, it was pretty good. Just finished "Blaze", found at a Little Free Library down the street. Not a horror story but rather disturbing.

 
 
 
Veronica
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9.1  author  Veronica  replied to  pat wilson @9    7 months ago

I read "Blaze" years ago.  Think I will have to check it out again.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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10  JohnRussell    7 months ago

Dont really read much in the way of horror fiction. 

For a horror movie I'd have to go with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

 
 
 
Veronica
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10.1  author  Veronica  replied to  JohnRussell @10    7 months ago

The Birds creeps me out everytime I see it.

 
 

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