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Doctor Sleep – Finding Lost Locks

26 Sep




To return again but to step away.

Finding not a sequel but your old self in a new town.

Time to run away.

It can be cured again.

Mix the puzzle pieces and it might be write again.

To be unfinished and so to dream.

I read 100 pages I wish to read again.

But how I fear the drift.

May I slip between the cracks?

Of some longed for instant. Other outcomes.

To skate beside King’s usual flex.

Then discover.

Old town. New town.

Danny Torrance’s references. The wine purchase in the morning.

Tony waving in the turret window.

Is there another hallway down a burned manuscript page?

But it isn’t over.

As I said: 100 pages deep.

Oiled Rags, Hideous Mutants

24 Sep


E.A.P.: Where are we?

H.P.L.: Back where we began….

S.K.: Anyone mind if I put “Hot Jet Chrome” by The Cars on the turntable?

E.A.P. & H.P.L.: Suit yourself!

H.P. Lovecraft – THE BAND, STUPIT!!!!!!!!!!!

12 Sep

yES, wHerever you gO I’lL bE wANderin’ after yoU, mY thORNZSSSSss:


yOu gOTTA liSten to ThESe psycho-delic BeASts on hEad pHonEZ aNd LOUD!!!!!!!

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No, No. no^%<no!MO! nOT thE BaND, StooooooooPID!!! ThE gnawer of RaT’S BlooD to blow ThorNy StoRy BlISTer in the FuRRY mold that is LeFt iN your SynaPses!

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(some images found at the awesome blog Too Much Horror Fiction)

The Masque of Red Death’s Shining Room 237

12 Sep


I will not repeat or repost Poe’s story here, nor will I regurgiate with blood and feathers The King’s Shining.  


The question lurking out of every his & her mussed-up/mashed-up/mashed-up must and will and well might be: so, if you watch the film backwards on 2 screens simultaneously (one in front, one behind you) while riding around on an exact replica of Danny’s POWER WHEELS while in a state of GENTLE autoasphyxiation, then, yes, you may just as well admit that whipping yourself right into Room 237 could easily be done; and what a dreamy room it ‘TIS! Okay, so, whaddya wanna yadda an yadda on about the film? There are crack-pot theories and then there are CRACKED theories; this one had them all, though I did buy the bit about the German typewriter…and of course the N.A. imagery is REAL OBVIOUS, so….

5 Hypothetical Plots for Doctor Sleep

8 Sep


1. Danny Torrance becomes a psychic in NYC. Life is grand until someone leaves a present at his doorstep. It’s Tony trapped inside a puppet with a feverish rage to kill, kill, and…uh…kill!


2. The scrambled amalgam of Overlook caretakers–the fabric of which Jack has also become a part–returns to visit Danny Torrance in Malibu where he’s sunken into bitter alcoholism following a successful horse-betting scam. His shining powers have diminished, so he hardly notices Grady working the gate at his apartment complex until it’s too late.


3. Tony makes a surprise visit one Halloween shortly after Danny’s twin daughters have blown out the candles of their birthday cake. He’s walking around in the birthday cake, trying to avoid falling drips of candle wax when he says, “Grady was your real father. He’s waiting outside. He just a job at the Overlook. It’s time to leave.”


4. Following Dick Halloran’s funeral, Danny decides to never shine again. By taking beta-blockers, he has discovered it’s possible to turn off his talent. But after his mother Wendy is murdered, he decides it’s time to shine again…but this time with a VENGEANCE!


5. While on holiday with his family in Colorado, Danny encounters a massive snowstorm. They finally manage to find a motel but there’s only one room left: 217. Actually, there’s one other room: 237. Danny takes it but finds the ghost of Stanley Kubrick who forces Danny to rewrite The Shining 237 times  WITHOUT A SINGLE POP CULTURE REFERENCE while chained to a chair. His family, meanwhile, must reenter the motel 237 times while Kubrick flies about on his crane/steadicam filming and re-filming it.

Doctor Sleep: The Shining Anticipatory Review

7 Sep

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I decided to reread this classic before Doctor Sleep comes out (in two weeks or so). I admit to seeing the film before I read the book when I was in middle school. It has remained an enduring favorite: one of the best horror films of all time. Strangely, King has been quoted, on numerous occasions, as expressing distaste for the adaptation; rereading it, was struck by how faithful it is (literally whole pages of dialogue repeated verbatim). True, there are some major plot alterations (the ending, as is typically remarked upon, for instance), but in some ways Kubrick represents the gradual slide into insanity with greater accuracy (I was dumbfounded that the “all work and no play…” scene was absent from the book!). I really loved the extended dog costumed man scene in the book (only a flickered image in the film), but am going back and forth about the effectiveness of the topiary as an object of terror (Kubrick’s emphasis on Grady’s daughters was a far better choice), however I preferred King’s handling of the ghost party; where Kubrick played it straight, King’s party was much wackier and wild. Kubrick also misses King’s emphasis on Jack’s alcoholism–a fascinating back-story that adds a great depth to a character which, in Kubrick and Nicholson’s hands, occasionally veers into parody. I wait expectantly to see what King has cooked up in Doctor Sleep and why he’s chosen to return to these characters after all these years.