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Stephen King

Pet Sematary

"This is the place where the dead speak...."  Behind Louis Creed's bright, welcoming home a path leads to a clearing, and there is the Pet Semetary, a collection of mismatched, makeshift headstones made from popsicle sticks, rocks and boards that mark the graves of various family pets who have died, many due to the nearby highway.  But it is the stony ground beyond the pet semetary that  hides the key to life after death... or does it?  Stephen King, as always, knows how to create a nightmarish world of shadows and light.  This one is no exception.  If you've seen the movie already, don't let that stop you from reading the book.  There are many things that were left out of the movie or weren't done with as much elegance or creepiness.  Highly recommended. (KK)


Rock n' Roll has always been a theme and a love of King's, as you will be able to tell by reading Christine.  She's a shiny, just-like-new, finned, red and white- you've gotta love her.  And nerdy Arnie Cunningham does.  Anyone who has seen this movie knows Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury with her own personality. I love the movie almost as well as the book-- the movie cannot quite match the vivid, creepy visions King's writing evokes. (KK)

The Dead Zone

Dean Koontz

The Voice of the Night

Colin, who is fourteen, moves to a small town and is befriended by Roy, a popular, outgoing teen. But Colin slowly comes to realize that Roy has a sinister secret. Another chilling book from Koontz.

The Hideaway


Fear Nothing

Sieze the Night


A young Vietnamese man recieves a strange doll- a white thing with X's for eyes and a mouth, which is left on his doorstep with a note. He thinks it is odd, but brings it in. After he reads the note, the doll comes alive- first, the stitches pop out and an eye is revealed. Slowly, a very alien and very scary, reptilian thing is revealed. He is given a message by it on his computer screen- The deadline is dawn. The thing begins to endlessly pursue him, following him no matter how far or how fast he runs.

This book was entertaining, but is not on my list of favorite Koontz books. Koontz's usual humor is present, along with his talent for scaring the wits out of his readers, but there are several things which detract from this. The book completely changes in the middle, losing a lot of it's scariness. The doll-thing also seems scarier earlier on. Books where dolls come alive tend to be pretty scary to me in general. I expected a good, scary book- and I got it, but I wonder if I may have liked it better if I just stopped reading halfway through. (LK)

Christopher Pike

Die Softly

The Immortal

The Last Vampire

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