My latest reading challenge is to read one Stephen King short story every day from today until the end of October. In addition to SK stories, I’ve also started reading “Mr. Mercedes” on OverDrive. All it takes is the falling of some leaves and slightly cooler temperatures and I’m ready for some Stephen King, studies be damned! I will most likely randomly pick a story from either “Just After Sunset” or “Everything’s Eventual,” as those were available at the library. The one I really wanted to get back to was “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” but I think someone else had the same idea, as it was not on the shelf. I have read so few of his books that I hang my head in shame, because I really enjoy him. The Stephen King Inventory is one of those life goals you set as a reader, sensibly thinking “It’s not going to happen overnight, just chew it up in small pieces and it will all eventually get digested.” Well, I’m behind on my “digestion” and with October half over already, I’m just insane with fear that I won’t get my King time in this year. I know, SK is completely cliché this time of year but it’s still a life goal! Fellow Book Bloggers, let me know what kind of scary stuff you’re reading right now, I always love new ideas! (By the way, I have to say that I’m only a chapter in with “Mr. Mercedes” and already I need to read more!)
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the perp; and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
Loving the Spooky Stuff,