Different Seasons by Stephen King
rating: 3 of 5 stars
I've picked up this collection of short stories off and on over the last two years. The first three stories I was familiar with the movies, but still found King's writing far superior. So superior that I had to put the book down long enough to let the nightmares go away. The stories aren't horror in a sci-fi sense, but horrible in the truth of human actions.
Pub. Date: August 1983
Synopsis: Four mesmerizing novellas, including the ones that inspired the movies The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, and Stand by Me. Hope Springs Eternal (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption): The most satisfying tale of unjust imprisonment and offbeat escape since The Count of Monte Cristo. Summer of Corruption (Apt Pupil): A golden California schoolboy and an old man whose hideous past he uncovers enter into a fateful and chilling mutual parasitism. Fall from Innocence (The Body): Four rambunctious young boys venture into the Maine woods and in sunlight and thunder find life, death and intimations of their own mortality. A Winter's Tale (The Breathing Method): A tale told in a strange club about a woman determined to give birth no matter what.
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