All tagged Infinite Jest

The Long Walk: Part One

The Long Walk may not be a great book but it’s a fascinating career choice for the emerging Richard Bachman, and a tremendous palate cleanser between King’s earliest works and the flurry of cocaine-fueled activity that would be the hallmark of his late-1970’s and 1980’s output.

I Am The Doorway

“I Am The Doorway” is not King’s best short by far, but it is noteworthy because it’s one of his first direct dives into science fiction AND body horror. He would do a better job with both of these genres with his short-lived work under the pseudonym Richard Bachman (in particular The Running Man and The Long Walk in sci-fi, and Thinner in body horror), but for a departure from form “I Am The Doorway” is a solid start.

The Shining

The Shining represents a huge step forward for King, both in the level of mastery on display and in the multi-layered story. If there were fears that Carrie and ‘Salem’s Lot were flukes, The Shining put those to bed.