History NightmareFuel / StephenKing

25th Aug '16 12:17:28 PM Sharlee
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** Also the strong implication that it can mess with peoples' minds to encourage them to keep it near them and wind up its key. (The fact that Hal never even considers the option of ''destroying'' the monkey - taking it to bits, or at least removing its arms so it can't clang its cymbals anymore - suggests the FridgeHorror possibility that it's influencing him ''all the time'', not just when it tempts him to wind it.)
10th Jul '16 1:04:07 AM Coenobium
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** Also that really creepy lawn jockey.
9th Jun '16 1:36:36 PM SithPanda16
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* ''NightmareFuel/SalemsLot''
9th Jun '16 1:36:03 PM SithPanda16
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* ''NightmareFuel/SalemsLot''
7th Jun '16 3:06:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[GeraldsGame Gerald's Game]]''. This one is psychological rather than monster-related. It has everything: paranoia, delusion, voices, and a dog eating Jessie's dead husband. She is handcuffed to the bed and as she gets more dehydrated she starts to hear more and more voices, coupled with someone she thinks is moving around the house while she is helpless, but for most of the story it seems this is another hallucination. She finally escapes by [[spoiler: slicing her wrists open on a shard of glass to provide lubricant to tear her hands out of the manacles. She ends up ripping a ton of skin off and almost dying from blood loss.]] Later she writes a letter to one of the people whose voice she heard, which involves [[InfoDump explaining what really happened and what her recovery process was]].

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* ''[[GeraldsGame Gerald's Game]]''.''Literature/GeraldsGame''. This one is psychological rather than monster-related. It has everything: paranoia, delusion, voices, and a dog eating Jessie's dead husband. She is handcuffed to the bed and as she gets more dehydrated she starts to hear more and more voices, coupled with someone she thinks is moving around the house while she is helpless, but for most of the story it seems this is another hallucination. She finally escapes by [[spoiler: slicing her wrists open on a shard of glass to provide lubricant to tear her hands out of the manacles. She ends up ripping a ton of skin off and almost dying from blood loss.]] Later she writes a letter to one of the people whose voice she heard, which involves [[InfoDump explaining what really happened and what her recovery process was]].
20th May '16 10:44:37 AM Seanette
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* The ending of {{Revival}}. Many have called it the most disturbing ending King has ever written, and considering his track record, [[UpToEleven that's saying a lot.]] In short, [[spoiler: the hero and villain of the story find out that once you die, there's no heaven to go to. There is only the Null--upon death, your soul is captured by giant ant-like beings and you are used as slave labor for a giant EldritchAbomination known as "Mother" and a host of other horrors. ''For all eternity.'']]

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* The ending of {{Revival}}.''Literature/{{Revival}}''. Many have called it the most disturbing ending King has ever written, and considering his track record, [[UpToEleven that's saying a lot.]] In short, [[spoiler: the hero and villain of the story find out that once you die, there's no heaven to go to. There is only the Null--upon death, your soul is captured by giant ant-like beings and you are used as slave labor for a giant EldritchAbomination known as "Mother" and a host of other horrors. ''For all eternity.'']]
13th Apr '16 10:55:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** And then there's "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" (a short story). The eponymous dimension is literally accessed by wormholes. Now imagine if you couldn't find a wormhole out, or the car crashed. Given the creatures of Literature/TheTalisman, TheMist, Literature/FromABuick8, Franchise/TheDarkTower series, TheJaunt and nearly every other inter-dimensional tale by Stephen King, we can only assume that such an event would not end well. Mrs. Todd drives maniacally enough to continually find new wormholes, each new route displays a new forest layout, and Mrs. Todd is obviously so warped from her experience that she might purposefully trap herself (and any passengers) in it. If you stumbled upon one of these routes naturally, you wouldn't sleep for decades. If you were guided by the only actual ''expert'', you run a high risk of not being alive if you get out.

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** And then there's "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" (a short story). The eponymous dimension is literally accessed by wormholes. Now imagine if you couldn't find a wormhole out, or the car crashed. Given the creatures of Literature/TheTalisman, TheMist, Literature/TheMist, Literature/FromABuick8, Franchise/TheDarkTower series, TheJaunt and nearly every other inter-dimensional tale by Stephen King, we can only assume that such an event would not end well. Mrs. Todd drives maniacally enough to continually find new wormholes, each new route displays a new forest layout, and Mrs. Todd is obviously so warped from her experience that she might purposefully trap herself (and any passengers) in it. If you stumbled upon one of these routes naturally, you wouldn't sleep for decades. If you were guided by the only actual ''expert'', you run a high risk of not being alive if you get out.
6th Mar '16 10:05:52 PM WanderingBrowser
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** ''The Long Walk'' - An easy comparison to make to ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' and ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', an alternate universe America has 100 teen boys pulled from all fifty states to compete in "The Walk".

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** ''The Long Walk'' - An easy comparison to make to ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' and ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', an alternate universe America has 100 teen boys pulled from all fifty states to compete in "The Walk". What is "The Walk"? A literal ''death march'', forcing the contestants to walk an impossibly huge distance at gunpoint; anyone who slows down for too long, stops or tries to flee is shot dead. ''Why'' do they do this awful, pointless thing? ...No reason is ever given. It's just what's done.
17th Feb '16 7:32:06 PM NervousShark
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* On the author notes at the end of Just After Sunset, he asks if the readers are sure they locked all the doors or turned off the oven, OCD symptom or not, just in case somethings happens. As if he KNEW people would be reading the book in bed, right before sleeping. This troper had just finished reading N. (which deals with OCD) and was so effectively disturbed that got off bed just to check all that and couldn't easily sleep after that. Damn you Stephen King.

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* On the author notes at the end of Just After Sunset, he asks if the readers are sure they locked all the doors or turned off the oven, OCD symptom or not, just in case somethings something happens. As if he KNEW people would be reading the book in bed, right before sleeping. This troper had just finished reading N. (which deals with OCD) and was so effectively disturbed that got off bed just to check all that and couldn't easily sleep after that. Damn you Stephen King.



** For the uninitiated, the whole concept of ''Full Dark, No Stars'' is that not one of the stories has a single proven supernatural element to it. Every story is about the darkness, the evil, the madness within an apparently normal human being. For this troper, it proved to be one of the most genuinely chilling short story collections that Mr King has ever published.

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** For the uninitiated, the whole concept of ''Full Dark, No Stars'' is that not one of the stories has a single proven supernatural element to it. Every story is about the darkness, the evil, the madness within an apparently normal human being. For this troper, it proved to be one of the most genuinely chilling short story collections that Mr King has ever published.
13th Feb '16 11:05:44 PM rushguy1
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----* The ending of {{Revival}}. Many have called it the most disturbing ending King has ever written, and considering his track record, [[UpToEleven that's saying a lot.]] In short, [[spoiler: the hero and villain of the story find out that once you die, there's no heaven to go to. There is only the Null--upon death, your soul is captured by giant ant-like beings and you are used as slave labor for a giant EldritchAbomination known as "Mother" and a host of other horrors. ''For all eternity.'']]
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