But also during this, King was running a contest where he'd ask a question about something in the story, and whoever answered it correctly in so may words or less, would get a signed copy of the manuscript of the book. At any rate, the book was just about the right size to sneak into my work grip bag (as we were not supposed to read while on duty, unless it was the rule book or something pertaining specifically about our job--a really dumb rule, in my opinion, but hey, I just worked there). So during down time at work, and sometimes at home, I could read the slim volumes and it worked pretty well in that format. At any rate, I'd also enter the contest just for grins because I thought it would be totally cool to get a signed manuscript too. Small things in life are the best. Well, I actually won one. It was near the end of the series, I think around book five. I had entered as the previous books were published, but it wasn't until later that I got a letter in the mail, saying I won. It was one of those red letter days.
For me, the ones I've enjoyed have been: Carrie, The Shining, Stand By Me, The Dead Zone, Cujo (that one gave me nightmares for some odd reason), The Green Mile, Salem's Lot and The Stand (TV series), Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, Dolores Clairborne, Hearts in Atlantis, 1408, and The Mist. There are a few others not quite as good, and are a bit cheesy around the edges, but I like them depending on my mood, like: Silver Bullet, Pet Cemetery, The Running Man, Graveyard Shift, Christine, Dreamcatcher, and a few others.
At any rate, I ran across these interviews, and thought I'd share. The first is more recent from a Rolling Stone interview.
The second is an interview conducted by another writer I like, Neil Gaiman interviews Stephen King.
The third is a podcast, which I heard last week from Fresh Air, wherein host Terry Gross interviews King. It was a re-broadcast, but I was instantly pulled into the interview. She interviewed him around the time he was releasing his pulpy novel, Joyland. It was pretty insightful.
Well, Halloween has come and gone. I enjoy that holiday. Over the weekend I had a full blown allergy attack, probably from working outside, cleaning gutters, and blowing leaves with the leaf blower. It seems during the fall I have the same problems with sneezing and a runny nose. It's very much like a cold, but it's just allergies. I load up on Claritin or Zyrtec, and do my NeilMed Sinus Rinse thingy, or some other over the counter remedy, and make due. And so it goes.