Elsewhere: The Long Walk is Stephen King's Best Novel

Over at LitReactor, I made my case for The Long Walk. Probably not my favorite King novel, but objectively the best. Come argue with me.

 

Stephen King has 54 novels under his belt. I'm here to tell you which one is the hands down, no doubt, absolute best.
The Long Walk is a novel King released under his pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979. It was the first novel he wrote (Carrie was the first one to be published), which is impressive, considering how good it is. He was still in college at the time. I'm not suggesting that King was never able to match his first effort; he wrote other masterpieces after this one. It's just that this one inches over the finish line first. 
Before I get into my thesis, let me introduce the book to anybody who might not have read it (that's warning number one).

Retro Stephen King Interviews

I was fascinated to discover some old Stephen King video interviews from the early and late 80s. It might only be of interest to S. King buffs like myself, but I found them incredibly interesting; getting a glimpse of the man he was decades ago and what he thought about writing, horror and his own fame.

He's already a best selling author in these, but he definitely wasn't the legend he is today. A lot happens in 20-35 years.


Dick Cavett Show

This one is for US residents only I'm afraid and I can't embed it either. It's a talk show featuring S. King, George Romero, Ira Levin and Peter Straub. If that doesn't blow your mind, something's wrong with you.


Master of the Macabre: A Conversation with Stephen King

Then there's this 4-part interview from what I think is a channel from the Netherlands. Check out King's pool and bitchin' jukebox. Also if you wanna see King drive a truck and sing along to some rock tunes.


UMO Graduate Profile

Then there's this profile on him from 1982. It's in English, despite the title.


I know there are a bunch of others floating around, but these were my favorites. Let me know if  I missed any great ones.

7 Awesome Made-for-TV Horror Movies

I unironically love trash TV movies. We got a lot of those growing up where I'm from and sometimes it was all you can get outside of video rentals that were few and far between. Some of these I only saw as an adult and thus I didn't enjoy as much. Sometimes the medium is the message, and staying up late on a school night and watching a scary movie on TV is probably the best medium there is for less-than-stellar acting and cinematography. Salem's Lot ''Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.''

Based on the fantastic Stephen King novel of the same name, it's probably my favorite made for TV horror flick. Of course it takes the #1 spot. The scene with the kid floating outside his friend's window is iconic for a reason (and still terrifying today).

Dark Night of the Scarecrow ''In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave.''

It's been a while since I've seen this, but it's a pretty solid revenge/horror flick.

Dont be Afraid of the Dark ''A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.''

Has aged remarkably well, in all honesty. The remake was terrible, so I'd rather watch this instead.

It ''In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.''

Hey, another King adaptation. Arguably the TV movie that has scared more kids than any other. I like the book a lot and while I don't love the movie, Tim Curry is pretty cool and it features some creepy ass scenes.

Duel ''A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by a malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.''

Langoliers ''Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport.'' I'm gonna get flack for this one, but I enjoyed it as a kid, back when I worshiped King. It's goofy as hell, but hey, this was Lost before Lost.

Body Bags ''Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong. The third about a baseball player.''