This is my first post and I just wanted to say thank you to Stephen.
This is the first book of yours I have read since Cell and it is the best by far for a long while.
The Shining was such an amazing book (shame about the Jack Nicolson film). I had to read by day cos it was too scary for nighttime.
Doctor Sleep was wonderful! It was great to meet Danny again and his story rang very true. Thank you for writing this. I could hear your familiar voice so clearly through the pages. I now see there are quite a few books I have missed and that I shall catch up on.
Glad you are doing so well. Thank you again for all the books over all the years.
Re: This is my first post and I just wanted to say thank you to Stephen.
Thankee Sai King, thankee well.
I just finished reading Doctor Sleep 10 minutes ago. I couldn't put the book down and sometimes walked from room to room reading it. I read Salem's Lot back in 1976 and first became familiar with this man who introduced me to the kind of characters I'd actually like to meet -- well, some of them anyway -- before he killed them off in many unpleasant ways. Readers usually like happy endings, but King gave us some very hard endings indeed. So I started Sleep full of trepidation about the fate of one Daniel Edward Torrance. Funny thing, when I read The Shining it was when I was snowbound during the blizzard of 1979. When I read The Stand, I actually had the flu, and when I looked out of my attic window I saw a police car in the street two floors below me with the number "A-6" on the roof of the car. Maybe there is something to that ka business after all?
Like most fans, I too would have liked to meet the author of so many of our dark dreams. I once thought I saw him at the bar I worked in at the Golden Nugget back in 1982 -- my own personal Oatley Taproom -- but we were trained not to bother the guests. Maybe it was him, maybe not. I'll never know. I do know one thing, reading The Stand started me on a lifelong adventure filled with real life characters and situations as bizarre as any he ever cooked up. That adventure continues even now, but back during the worst parts of it I was asked by a psychiatrist "Do you read a lot of Stephen King?" Maybe I'll finally put pen to paper and share that story. If anyone would appreciate it I'm sure it would be him. Remember, Its the tale, not he who tells it. Anyway, thank you once again for your imagination and the discipline to share it with us all.
Long days and pleasant nights.