Stephen King

Why Do Our Favorite Horror Fiction Monsters Still Frighten Us?

There is, of course, a very definitive list of 50 books that cover the spectrum of what scares most people — ranging from killer clowns to waking up without any limbs, possessions, haunted houses, bloodsuckers, and more. But it’s when you look past the fright factor to consider what it is about these supernatural stories that keep us coming back for more that you realize how much more there is to the recurring archetypes in horror fiction than just unshakeable fright. … Read More

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The Scariest Movies for Phobic Film Fans

After learning about the Northampton Clown, a mysterious man (recently unmasked) in a creepy clown costume who makes pop-up appearances around the East Midlands region of England, our worst nightmares were realized — and we know we’re not alone. They say the best way to conquer your fears is to face them head on. ‘Tis the season for scary movies, which makes this the perfect opportunity to tackle your deepest phobias with a little help from horror cinema. We’ve curated a selection of 15 different fright films for 15 common phobias that will either help you or haunt you for the rest of your… Read More

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10 Cultural Icons’ Letters to Themselves

What would you hope for yourself 10 or 20 years from now? What fears would you want to overcome? These are the questions ten pop culture icons pondered before writing a letter to themselves in the past, present, and future. Connecting the timeline of their lives, these famous personalities time traveled in order to relate important messages to their younger and soon-to-be selves that would make an impact — life lessons, life mistakes, and life milestones. See what advice, reassurance, and words of wisdom ten stars had to give to their other selves, below. … Read More

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No to Wire Hangers, But Yes to Wire Sculptures: Links You Need to See

If you saw Gravity, you know that droplets of liquid (including tears!) will fly all over a spaceship. Luckily, one brave soul has figured out how to brew beer in space. No matter how you fall on the party-line divide, perhaps you will still enjoy seeing the popular Republican congressmen made-up… Read More

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The Devil’s 10 Best Appearances in Literature

We’re in the middle of spooky season, a particularly American phenomenon where the supernatural meets the commercial. There’s plenty of candy corn, jack-o’-lanterns, and people slapping together last-second costumes so they can look like sexy Dracula, a sexy mummy, or a sexy flesh-eating zombie.

It’s all good, clean fun (if you don’t count toilet-papering a house as “dirty”), even though the holiday does have its roots in both pagan and Christian traditions. Still, it’s hard to deny that there is something downright evil about contemporary Halloween. And who is the personification of all evil? The devil, of course. … Read More

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Who, Exactly, Is Supposed to Care About the ‘Carrie’ Remake?

Tomorrow, a new film version of Stephen King’s breakthrough book Carrie opens in theaters. Chloe Grace Moretz plays the title role, Julianne Moore plays her mother, and Boys Don’t Cry filmmaker Kimberly Peirce directs — all promising factors. Is it any good? I can’t tell you; MGM and Screen Gems waited until last night to screen it for critics, and we weren’t invited. (As you might imagine, last-minute, quasi-secret press screenings are rarely a good sign about the quality of the film in question.) What can be said, with some certainty, is that Carrie 2013 is an utterly unnecessary return to very familiar material — even by the standards of the Hollywood remake machine, which is pretty much in constant motion. … Read More

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Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ Is Even Stranger and More Radical Than You Remember

The rehabilitation of Stephen King as Serious Novelist has been in progress for quite some time now. The process started around the time his memoir On Writing was published in 2000, and gathered pace with his lifetime achievement prize at the National Book Awards in 2003. Even then it felt well overdue, because his early work, in particular, was groundbreaking in its own way. No one’s ever going to pretend that 1970s-vintage King was a great prose stylist, but sometimes all we need from our novelists is the ability to tell a good story and tell it effectively, and from the very start, King delivered on both criteria with aplomb — never more so, in fact, than with his debut novel. With a new film adaptation of Carrie due out this week, it seems a good time to revisit King’s debut, and marvel again at what a strange book it is. … Read More

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice. Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to… Read More

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The 10 Best Cults in Pop Culture

Calling a social group a “cult” in a contemporary context means you aren’t speaking of them in the most positive light. Decades of tabloid news causes us to associate the word with worst-case scenarios, from the Manson Family to the Peoples Temple. Generally, belonging to a “cult” nowadays is a no-no and, for the most part, ends badly. In fiction, however, small groups of people living together and worshiping a person or deity not from one of the major religions can make for great — and even sometimes lighthearted — entertainment. We’ve rounded up some of the best examples. … Read More

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