If you know me, you know I have had a love affair with Stephen King when the movie version of It scared the living daylights out of me as a child. I still have vivid memories of walking down the school halls in constant fear the Pennywise would ooze out of the sprinklers in the ceiling! While I have been in love with his horror, it took me a long time to finally pick up one of his books. The first was Salem's Lot back in 2008. The way he was so seamlessly able to craft the horror in the small details, the little changes throughout the town, and so on was simply amazing to me. After that, I decided to move onto Pet Semetary. I was working at the local theatre at the time. I remember sitting in the ticket booth alone at night! Even though there were people in the theatre and the occasional customer, the book had me on edge! And it didn't stop there! I finally got up the nerve to recapture my childhood terror and decided to read It. At the time, I was helping my parents move to Memphis, TN. and staying in hotel rooms by myself. Once in Memphis, I had to sleep in a foreign bedroom all alone. I settled for sleeping with my laptop on, so I didn't have to be in the dark. After reading that, there was no doubt in my mind that he is the master of horror.
Sadly, I have moved away from his books. I set out to spend an entire month (or more!) reading his novels. While trying to decide the perfect time for this, my brother and dad started reading him again. I have spent many hours on the phone talking to both and their new found experiences with their long favorite writer. And I couldn't wait to pick up his books again. So, I thought, "To hell with announcements on my blog, I'm just going to read him!"
Surfing the book blogging community this evening, I happened to stumbled onto this gem! I decided to join fellow book bloggers in discovering King once again. I don't know how many books I will get through, but I look forward to the challange!