Friday, June 22, 2012

Desperation by Stephen King

There is a group on LibraryThing that reads a Stephen King novel every month in the order they were published. Desperation was scheduled for March but I didn't have time to read it until May. How nice it was to have a giant book to go to Kansas with me! Yes, this book was read on the plane both ways and also came with me to 3 graduations and I still didn't finish it until I got home!

It's been awhile since I've read an actual horror story, which is what Desperation is. It begins with an unsuspecting couple driving down a highway in Nevada through "the loneliest place on earth" and getting pulled over by a crazy police officer who seems to have the power to summon and communicate with coyotes, vultures, and any other animal that crosses his path. WTF?! The police officer continues making up reasons to arrest people, beating them up, randomly killing but mostly collecting them up and taking them to jail in the mining town of Desperation.

It is up to the prisoners to band together and fight the police officer and the evil entity that has overwhelmed the town. Right away you feel as though Desperation is shrouded in some kind of dark force that has been uncovered in the mine. The only one who seems to be stronger than the dark force is a little boy who is able to pray to God and receive instant miracles throughout the story. Handy!

For a Stephen King story it dragged a little for me, but if you're looking to be grossed out, creeped out, and freaked out this book is a good choice for you.

P.S. This book counts as my horror story for the Eclectic Reader Challenge. I took the photo on my flight to Kansas.


auntangi said...

so glad you enjoyed your inflight beverage!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the few Stephen King titles I haven't read, I must track down a copy!

Hmm, that is quite a ask, I'd suggest perhaps Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost or Midnights Daughter by Karen Chance

Thank you for sharing your review for the Eclectic Readers Challenge

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out