“Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters’ theses.” ~ Stephen King That’s what King says, anyway. He should know, right? The man has written a few million words of fiction. Mostly, it seems, without outlining. This story may be apocryphal, but I remember reading, or […]Read more "Plotters Vs. Pantsers Vs. Stephen King"
Prior to reading this novel, I read Hill’s first published novel, Heart-Shaped Box, and a collection of his short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. I loved both of these books. This first was a horror novel about an aging death-metal rocker who purchases a ghost online. It elevated a run-of-the-mill ghost story into something infused with […]Read more "Horns, by Joe Hill — a book review"
When I finished with Season 1 of Castle Rock, I really couldn’t see where they could go with the story in the future. I thought that the show writers had written themselves into a corner. When Season 2 began, and featured none of the characters or apparent storylines from the first season, I thought: “Aha! […]Read more "Castle Rock: Season 2 — a review"
I’ve never read the book NOS4A2, by Joe Hill (who we all know is Stephen King’s eldest son). I have it on a shelf in my library closet. This is a deep, walk-in closet in our office that’s lined with bookshelves, which are, naturally, filled with books. The closet was built like this when we […]Read more "NOS4A2: Season 1: Episode 1: “The Shorter Way”"
I’ve been letting my feelings about the first season of Castle Rock marinate for a while. I finished watching the series around Christmastime. Since then, at odd hours of the day (and night), I’ve thought about the show. I’ve thought about what I would say about it when I finally got around to typing these […]Read more "Castle Rock: Season 1 — a review"
Concerning Stephen King . . . Up until about 1992, I read everything he wrote. Then, he continued to write, seemingly faster than I could read. I estimate that I’ve missed fifteen of his novels, unless he’s published another one in the past few minutes, which is always a possibility. Oh, I’ve read some of […]Read more "Revival, by Stephen King — a book review"
On television, it is popular to characterize nerds as people who dedicate too much time to minutiae. I haven’t watched Big Bang Theory in a couple of seasons, but I remember that Sheldon hosted a web series about flags. And on The Middle (a show I still watch, which is completing its final season […]Read more "Stranger Fonts (a minor digression about typeface design)"