I literally grew up reading Stephen King’s horror stories. You could say I’ve been
scarred marked by them.
When I see prom pictures, I think of Carrie.
It’s impossible for me to walk down a hotel hallway without imagining twin girls from The Shining appearing in front of me.
A deep-seeded childhood fear of clowns made IT especially harrowing.
Every time I go inside an old, creepy antique store I am reminded of Needful Things.
When I went to Las Vegas all I could think about was evil Randall Flagg from The Stand, King’s post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel about the complete breakdown of society after the accidental release of a strain of the flu that kills off 99% of the world’s population.
If Stephen King wrote it, I read it.
Until something life-altering happened in my late-twenties.
I got pregnant and scary stuff, well, it troubled me more. I couldn’t sleep.
I decided “No More Horror” and that was the end. For a long, long time.
Fortunately for me, I grew out of it.
Last week I opened the door of a FREE LITTLE LIBRARY. Upfront and center was a like-new, hardback copy of the recently released The Institute.
This book reminds me of why I loved Stephen King as a young reader.
THE. MAN. CAN. TELL. A. STORY.
What I loved about this book:
- A large portion of the story takes place in SOUTH CAROLINA!!! There’s even a reference to the Columbia Fireflies baseball team, Beaufort, Hardeeville, etc.
- King does not make South Carolinians look like a bunch of racist, ignorant rednecks. Yay!
- The characters are unforgettable; my personal fave was Orphan Annie.
- Incredibly creative plot: brilliant kids being abducted to “serve the greater good.”
- There’s no demonic possession, vampires, aliens, or zombies.
“It came to him, with the force of a revelation, that you had to have been imprisoned to fully understand what freedom was.”Luke Ellis, age 12 (The Institute, Stephen King)
“The Institute” was so engrossing that for five days, I literally read every time I had the opportunity. I could not wait to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this book if you need a good, long escape.
And really, who doesn’t?