Michelle over at Musings of a Writer is talking about her favorite horror novel, Misery by Stephen King. Read on to what she has to say about it!
Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
When I think of scary stories, it’s no surprise the first author that comes to mind is Stephen King. He’s easily my favourite horror writer and if given the chance, I will impulsively buy anything he writes. My King library has gotten pretty extensive at this point. But I think my favourite Stephen King book has got to be Misery.
For those of you who haven’t already read this classic tale of horror, or watched the film starring Kathy Bates, Misery tells the story of an author, Paul Sheldon, who gets into a car accident, and one woman, Anne Wilkes, pulls him into her home to nurse him back to health. Sounds pretty un-scary, right? Except Annie is Paul Sheldon’s number one fan, and she is determined to keep him in pain until he writes the next book in his series exactly the way she wants. And even then, there’s no guarantee that she’ll let him leave her house alive.
The reason I love King so much is because of stories like these – ones that aren’t outright gorey or full of monsters, but get extremely psychological. There are scenes in this book that made me physically cringe away from the page because of how creepy Annie was being. There are certain scenes at the end of the story that made me gasp and then gave me nightmares for a week after I’d finished the book.
King is king when it comes to writing description passages, and he is especially good at getting inside your head. If you’ve just watched the movies based on his books, I’d say you’re missing out. You’re getting the story, but not getting how good of a writer he is. Misery is definitely my favourite eerie tale, but I also recommend The Long Walk or Gerald’s Game to those who are looking for other psychological thrillers.
Thoughts, guys? Personally, I read this review and I decided I needed to read this book ASAP. How wonderfully creepy does it sound!?