Bag of Bones

January 21, 2014 - Comment

Bag of BonesBag of Bones is partly inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, but there’s more than homage in this novel of horror and romance. Like du Maurier’s Manderley, King’s scary old place (on the shore of Maine’s remote Dark Score Lake) is haunted by the late lady of the manor. There are many

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Bag of BonesBag of Bones is partly inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, but there’s more than homage in this novel of horror and romance. Like du Maurier’s Manderley, King’s scary old place (on the shore of Maine’s remote Dark Score Lake) is haunted by the late lady of the manor. There are many gory ghosts afoot though: men, women and wailing kids. The hero, a thriller novelist, stirs up hell’s angry shades while investigating his wife’s death. It turns out she either had a dark secret herself or was onto some dread scandal lurking in Dark Score Lake. As in King’s previous book, Wizard and Glass, the fabric of reality is thin and nosy narrators are in peril of plunging right out of this world and into a rather hostile otherworld.

Bag of Bones is a writer-haunted book, too. The spirits of Herman Melville and Ray Bradbury are deeply felt, and so are the tale’s two romances (the hero muses on his marriage and falls for a young single mum with a marvellous psychic daughter). There is also good- humoured satire of the real bestseller book world–the hero complains that “the publicity process is like going to a sushi bar where you’re the sushi.” In its deep concerns with love, sprawling families, the writer’s life, endangered children and good old-fashioned storytelling, the book resembles a John Irving novel. It is also absolutely classic Stephen King, packed with nifty turns of phrase, irreverent wit and lurid ghouls who grab you from beneath the bed while you cower under the covers. –Tim Appelo, Amazon.com

Comments

Mr. J. C. Hull says:

Bag of Bones I was up until midnight last night finishing off this book, which has taken me ten years since it’s original release – but unfortuneatly it was one of King’s books that passed me by. However, I recently decided to go through all of King’s work again, starting with Carrie, and Bag of Bones was next in line. I think the reason I delayed reading this book, was because it wasn’t King’s typical early “horror” style of writing – but a more developed of late King style, where he incroporates more of a supernatural, psychadelic thriller atmosphere, rather than going for all out horror and gore. This, however, isn’t a bad thing, and to be honest, after reading this book, I have come to realise that King’s more developed style is his best–and Bag of Bones, in my oppinion, is also his best.Never before have I felt so involved with the characters–not to the same degree as I did with this book. It follows the story of Mike Noonan, and Irish writer living in Derry, America, who’s…

Anonymous says:

Captivating but not one of the greats 0

Anonymous says:

I miss the Old Style Stephen King 0

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