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Initial post: Sep 13, 2010 8:25:16 AM PDT
I do enjoy SK's books but I have to admit that I'm a bit of a chicken. I can't do scary ghost-type stories and sleep at night. I've read The Stand and Under the Dome and I LOVED them. I'm interested in buying Duma Key but I'm worried that I won't be able to sleep at night. Did it get into ghosts and haunting? How scary is it? LOL.... Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2010 12:00:38 AM PDT
D. E. Lewis says:
This book was awesome! It gets creppy and scary. Not Pennywise scary but something close to it. It shouldn't keep you up if you can handle The Stand you can't go wrong with this book.
It is a great book that will probably be overlooked like Insomnia.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 8:43:15 AM PDT
C. Ruggiero says:
I liked it very much. not much scary in it except a ghost ship in the water.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 8:37:43 PM PDT
There's a creepy part involving a lawn jockey...

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 11:17:42 AM PDT
Bob A. Booey says:
Not really scary, but a good book.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 8:13:50 AM PDT
Any Stephen King Constant Reader (me included) knows that the media has hyped him up as nothing but a horror novelist. He is way more than that; just read his Dark Tower novels. Of course, virtually most of his stories are Dark Tower related. Only, a good portion of 'em one has to "read between the lines". That is, read carefully. * Don't lean on the movies to get you by...a lot of 'em suck or at least mediocre at best. Btw, he knows way more world history than FoxNews & CNN "xperts". ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2010 8:39:30 AM PDT
R. Rogers says:
If you have trouble sleeping from scary books, DO NOT read Duma Key. I couldn't wait for this horror novel to come out and I was not disappointed. The book was the hard copy, weighed a ton, and even with arthritic hands could not put it down. And, I love scary, scary, scary stories.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 8:47:11 AM PDT
LOL... we'll have to see if it gives me nightmares. I bought the book and I'm looking forward to reading it. I just finished Insomnia and will get to Duma Key soon.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 9:42:03 AM PDT
Chris Pearl says:
not scary so much...but creepy. i was filled with dread time after time while reaing this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2010 7:45:57 PM PDT
R. Rogers says:
Did you know that The Eyes of the Dragon was written with his then 13 year old daughter in mind. I read it and while somewhat filled with childlike fantasy, it deals with loyalty, deception, and finally, murder. Certainly grown-up business. SK's talent continues to surprise me, even after 40 years of reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2010 7:49:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 12, 2010 7:51:50 PM PDT
R. Rogers says:
I have read some of SK's novels without going to bed at all. If his book is one that I cannot bear to put down, I wil read it through the night until it drops out of my hands from lack of sleep. Any nightmares I have do not come from what I read, but from what has or is taking place in my own life.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 5:14:35 PM PDT
I loved this book. Took me a while to figure out exactly what he was "getting at" with the story, but maybe my thinking was slow that day. LOL Yes, there are some scary parts but nothing to keep you up at night I don't think. Buy it! Read it! Enjoy!

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 7:53:12 AM PDT
I don't think Under The Dome is one of his best. Took a few hundred pages before it really started holding my attention.

But I have a love/hate relationship with his work. I think The Stand and The Dark Tower series are some of the best books I've ever read. On the other hand, Duma Key and Insomnia have been sitting in my bookcase for years after only being able to get through the first 1/3rd of each one.

Just my two cents.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2010 5:56:16 PM PDT
Chris Pearl says:
i suggest you finish both duma key and insomnia. the former is quite creepy...the creepiest he's written in years, i'd suggest. and the latter has deep dark tower connections. having admitted to being a DT fan, you'll be glad you read it (it was insomnia, after all, that was given as a gift in the dark tower series)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 11:28:06 AM PDT
Your post prompted me to pick up Insomnia again. Will see if I can get through it this time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 10:14:13 AM PST
I realize it's an older post, but I had to respond to this. I too get tired of Stephen King being hyped up as only a "horror" novelist. I think he is a "mystery" novelist. Sometimes his stories have nothing to do with ghosts and goblins, such as Gerald's Game. That was one of the scariest books I ever read. You have to read his books realizing that some of the ghostly parts are hallucinations. Or imaginations. He takes the things that scare you the most, and amplifies the idea beyond your imaginations. Sometimes Spirits of the dead, sometimes things that go bump in the night, sometimes other things. He shouldn't be categorized as only a horror writer.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 6:29:46 AM PST
Duma Key is a nice hallucination-like read in the veins of Pet Semetary. The eventual fate of doom pervades both the story and the characters after the first two hundred characters. I loved it so much that I think it is the best book of him since Wizard and Glass in 1994, and that says something.
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