Reading Stephen King in the Dark in the Aftermath of Sandy…

I live in northern New Jersey which, like the entire northeast, was directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy. But we were more directly in the path than most, and I live one block from the waterfront, so our town was hit particularly hard. No power for four days (Monday night through Friday night).

What’s a safe, comforting reading choice in this time of anxiety and destruction? Stephen King, of course! Here is my review of his collection, Night Shift,which I reread last week with more wisdom and appreciation than I first approached it with ten years ago.

And before I sign off, yes, our town was hit hard, but a lot of places down the Jersey shore had it worse. Our home was without power, but others have no homes to return to at all. Donate something– time, money, canned goods or clothes– to help those who have nothing left.

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2 thoughts on “Reading Stephen King in the Dark in the Aftermath of Sandy…

  1. Amy says:

    I read “The Stand” after the huge storm in Sept 1999 by candle light. I enjoyed that book more during that reading then any other. Good Luck!!!

    • Hi Amy,
      Reading Night Shift by candlelight, sitting in my bay window over a completely dark street, was great! The dark and silence eliminated any distractions and let me totally immerse in the stories. I’ll bet reading a novel like The Stand would be even be better. In a short story collection, each story gets a fresh start and a new setting. But I can imagine being wrapped in that one epic storyline would be even more engrossing.

      Thanks for reading my blog! (and for reading King, too!)

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