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    The lawn jockey scene in Duma Key creeped me out more than anything in other SK books so far. Totally random.
    Amen, AMEN!!!

    It truly scared the bejesus out of me.
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    Flagg Having sex with Nadine in The Stand. The description of her sensations!
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    Yeah... The End is pretty damn scary!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
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    The lawn jockey scene in Duma Key creeped me out more than anything in other SK books so far. Totally random.
    Amen, AMEN!!!

    It truly scared the bejesus out of me.
    out of bears too
    That lawn jockey really creeped me out as well. There's actually a house nearby that has one and everytime I drive by I'm immediately reminded of the one in Duma Key
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjeso View Post
    The one thing that has stuck with me re: creepiness factor is the phone in room 1408. That's the only King story that ever really wierded me out.

    Six! This is six!
    I absolutely agree with this one !! I loved that short story and it genuinely unerved me!

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    There are certain terrible motifs in some of his short stories. I'm truly horrified by "The Boogeyman," and "Gramma." Somewhat related ideas appear in "Quitters, Inc." and "Secret Window, Secret Garden."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather19 View Post
    The scene in Gerald's Game where she awakens in the middle of the night and thinks someone is in the room but it's too dark she can't see anything, so right after convincing herself that noone is there she realizes that in fact someone is standing right in the room with her. ...
    Yes, that was creepy. Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't have much purpose, other than to dispell that one moment. It's been a long time since I've read it, but I believe that was pretty cornily treated as simply an incredible coincidence. What makes the scene so scary is that we all have had such feelings. What would have been really horrifying would be a book in which lurking things only remain hidden from people who are connected to society...

    Some of King's more otherworldly tales which really affected me: "The Moving Finger," "The Monkey," and "The Road Virus Heads North."

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    I think I nearly had a stroke when I read 1408 for the first time. And The Shining . . . oooooh. The fire-hose part gets me every time, as does the part where Danny is playing outside on the playground. I won't be too specific or I'll freak myself out.

    It doesn't help that hotels have always make me a bit uncomfortable; I'm pretty sure Stephen King has really reinforced this little phobia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathoftheturtle View Post
    There are certain terrible motifs in some of his short stories. I'm truly horrified by "The Boogeyman," and "Gramma." Somewhat related ideas appear in "Quitters, Inc." and "Secret Window, Secret Garden."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather19 View Post
    The scene in Gerald's Game where she awakens in the middle of the night and thinks someone is in the room but it's too dark she can't see anything, so right after convincing herself that noone is there she realizes that in fact someone is standing right in the room with her. ...
    Yes, that was creepy. Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't have much purpose, other than to dispell that one moment. It's been a long time since I've read it, but I believe that was pretty cornily treated as simply an incredible coincidence. What makes the scene so scary is that we all have had such feelings. What would have been really horrifying would be a book in which lurking things only remain hidden from people who are connected to society...

    Some of King's more otherworldly tales which really affected me: "The Moving Finger," "The Monkey," and "The Road Virus Heads North."



    I thought that scene in Gerald's Game, and the whole book, was plenty good and scary, and held as much purpose as any of King's non DT books (sometimes its nice to read the stories that arent full of mind-bendng links and "incredible coincidences", even though gerald's game does have links to other books, for instance dolores claiborne). It may not have been his best or strongest story from the early 90's, but I didnt think it was corny at all. And what really makes that scene so scary is not that we've all had such feelings, but that there's a deformed serial killer/necrophiliac stirring a box full of his victims bones and jewelry, watching a defenseless woman handcuffed to a bed in a cabin that reeks of her
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    ...but haven't we all done that too?
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    Good question, actually. (For once. )
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    ...Gerald's Game...held as much purpose as any of King's non DT books (sometimes its nice to read the stories that arent full of mind-bendng links and "incredible coincidences"...
    He just happened to pick that house to enter, right? Take away ka, and that's beyond incredible... unless we're meant to believe that similar situations are fairly common behind closed doors. (I will re-read, tho, if there's some level in it of room for ka which I overlooked or have forgotten about.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathoftheturtle View Post
    Good question, actually. (For once. )


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    ...Gerald's Game...held as much purpose as any of King's non DT books (sometimes its nice to read the stories that arent full of mind-bendng links and "incredible coincidences"...
    He just happened to pick that house to enter, right? Take away ka, and that's beyond incredible... unless we're meant to believe that similar situations are fairly common behind closed doors. (I will re-read, tho, if there's some level in it of room for ka which I overlooked or have forgotten about.)
    I'd say what's common behind closed doors may be the scariest thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meaella View Post
    I think I nearly had a stroke when I read 1408 for the first time.
    "1408" was first released as an audiobook, and I too nearly had a stroke while listening to it. Those that have "Blood and Smoke" can surely attest to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathoftheturtle View Post
    Good question, actually. (For once. )
    Quote Originally Posted by thebumblerinblack View Post
    ...Gerald's Game...held as much purpose as any of King's non DT books (sometimes its nice to read the stories that arent full of mind-bendng links and "incredible coincidences"...
    He just happened to pick that house to enter, right? Take away ka, and that's beyond incredible... unless we're meant to believe that similar situations are fairly common behind closed doors. (I will re-read, tho, if there's some level in it of room for ka which I overlooked or have forgotten about.)
    I don't know, I guess Im just not as picky as some with stuff like that. I havent read it in awhile, either, but even if the guy does go into her cabin randomly, I'm okay with that, because that's just the way King wrote it, and I know that strange and stranger coincidences like that do happen everyday.

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    For me it's probably in Misery when Paul is sneaking out of bed in his wheelchair and Annie comes home a little early. Nightmarish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pathoftheturtle View Post
    Good question, actually. (For once. )
    I kid.
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    ...Gerald's Game...held as much purpose as any of King's non DT books (sometimes its nice to read the stories that arent full of mind-bendng links and "incredible coincidences"...
    He just happened to pick that house to enter, right? Take away ka, and that's beyond incredible... unless we're meant to believe that similar situations are fairly common behind closed doors. (I will re-read, tho, if there's some level in it of room for ka which I overlooked or have forgotten about.)
    I'd say what's common behind closed doors may be the scariest thing.
    Well, you've definitely got a point there. Nonetheless, I continue to see Gerald's Game as sort of like Pulp Fiction without any sense of humor.

    If you want to talk about the horror of evil as a commonplace, though, another one of SK's scariest passages, IMO, is the motel in the town of Harko seen in Black House. *shudder*

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    Oh, I forget that. It's been too long since I've read that one and my memory is VERY short.
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    The thing that scares me with that one scene in Gerald's Game is that I'm sure everyone has at some point awoken in the dead of night, and heard a noise or thought they saw something. Well what if there actually was someone right there in the room with you....
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    Yes, that's exactly what I was saying. It's terrifying! I felt disappointed that that concept wasn't what the story was about. As I kept reading, I recall, there were only some daffy action sequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronz View Post
    For me it's probably in Misery when Paul is sneaking out of bed in his wheelchair and Annie comes home a little early. Nightmarish.
    Absolutely!!! I literally "felt" that whole horrendous scene. The whole book scared me to death as the premise was so possible. Annie was was of the best characters ever in my opinion and Kathy Bates really rocked that part in the movie too. One of the few times where I liked the movie as well as the book!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjeso View Post
    The one thing that has stuck with me re: creepiness factor is the phone in room 1408. That's the only King story that ever really wierded me out.

    Six! This is six!
    Yes!

    1408, N, and The Road Virus Heads North all scare the shit outta me. Not just the first time through them either. Every time.

    BUT, there are so many terrifying passages in so many different books! I'm reading IT again right now and it seems like I'm getting goosebumps every few pages!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BROWNINGS CHILDE View Post

    isn't it interesting how this book changes so dramatically once a child is in your life? i never thought twice about it until my god daughter was born. i haven't read it since. i just can't bring myself to pick it up.
    Me either since having my daughter (10 months)! I know it will be too disturbing for me, at least for right now. Everything becomes scary once you're a parent: car rides, germs, small objects...
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    The entire time it took to read Gramma I was feeling uneasy.

    Hedge and firehose parts in The Shining.

    Sacrifice in 'Salem's Lot.

    Plaster man/The Guardian in The Waste Lands.

    Overall, the scariest was Pet Sematary.

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    The hedge animal scenes in the Shining. *shudder*
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    What about the tunnels in The Stand? You don't need to be scared of the dark to be freaked out with that scenario.

    But overall, to me, the scariest stuff King does is usually his Lovercraft-attempts in the shorter stories. I'm thinking Jerusalem's Lot here.

    Oh, and I know it's probably too easy, but Pennywise in the sewer, offering balloons to Georgy? Talk about setting the tone for a story right there.

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    So many:

    Lincoln Tunnel scene in The Stand
    Teenage Werewolf chasing the kids in IT, basically anything involving the house on Neibolt St.
    The last scene in Salem's Lot in the basement
    The thudding of the roque mallet in the halls from the Shining

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