I am a little late to the party, but I finally finished reading Doctor Sleep last week. Between fulltime work and a full-on life, my to-read list has been growing exponentially longer while the pages I manage to get through diminishes by the day.
So instead of reviewing Doctor Sleep, because there are already so many fantastic reviews of it floating in the ether - I'm going to write a list of the spookiest Stephen King moments that I remember from all the books I have read.
The only comment I'll make about Doctor Sleep? It is freakin' good. I haven't felt this absorbed with his storytelling since Hearts in Atlantis. Mr King, when you are at the top of your game, you are unbeatable. Abso-frickin-lutely!
Beware, spoilers abound below!
If I'm completely honest, the scariest moment of this book for me was before I had even started the story. It's because of that spooky little children's rhyme that opens the first chapter: "Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door, I want to go out, don't know if I can, cause I'm so afraid, of the Tommyknocker man". I mean, come on, would you want to get out of bed to find a Tommyknocker outside your door??
There are many spooky moments in The Stand, but perhaps the most skin-crawling is after Randall Flag catches and rapes his intended, Nadine Cross. There are worst things than to become the bride of Satan, and that's to be forced to carry his evil, evil spawn. Shudder. As an aside, pretty much all the scenes containing Flagg make me want to hide under the covers forever. Dude is freeeeaky!
Gah! The entire book is one giant amusement park nightmare. I don't know how people can look at clowns normally again after reading this. Can't sleep, clown will eat me, can't sleep, clown will eat me.
I have always been slightly wary of dogs, and I blame Cujo for this. Apparently King wrote this book while deep into his alcoholism, so in a way, maybe the rabid dog stood for his dark passenger. The entire scene where the woman and the boy are trapped inside the Ford Pinto is terrifying, more so because it is such a plausible premise.
When my cat dies she is getting cremated. End of story.
And this, kids, is why you shouldn't play kinky sex games without a safe word! My vote for the spookiest scene has to be when the dog keeps coming back to snack on poor Gerald's cold, dead body. I mean eww, ick and yuck!
The scene when Jack bashes his own face in with a mallet? Brings new meaning to plastic surgery!
What's your spookiest Stephen King moment?