The Stephen King Mixtape
Mark West has put together another of his Mixtapes, this time on Stephen King short stories. I agreed to contribute as thanks to my faulty memory I thought that ‘The Long Walk’ was a novella… well, it’s a novel! It certainly stands up to a re-read, and remains strangely relevant considering current events in America. Mark was happy to include my contribution despite the fact it’s not quite on topic.
Writer Mark West began a intriguing project in 2015, a blog called King For A Year, in which a reviewer discusses one of Stephen King‘s works each week. 52 Reviewers, 52 novels, 12 months. Mark asked me to participate, and today you can read my exploration of King’s 2006 novel Cell. There are extensive spoilers in the piece, just so you know…
don’t answer your phone
In my recent web meanderings I stumbled across an excellent page that offers sound advice to writers: Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do) by Pat Holt. Stop by and pick up some writing tips. Over the weekend I demolished Stephen King’s latest novel, Cell. I have a history with King books. As a kid I read all his early work but stopped at Misery. Actually, I planned to abandon King after It, because that very long book wore out my patience. I gave Misery a chance partly because it was so short–and I’m glad I did as the book is excellent. However, my wariness…