#FridayReads - Teresa Reasor recommends Stephen King

Welcome the fabulous TERESA REASOR to my website today! Teresa is a wonderful author and marvelous friend. She's visited here several times before, and today she comes with her very own summer reading recommendations. Take it away, Teresa!

This summer I’ve decided that for every thousand words I write, I’m going to read a thousand.  And I think I’m staying pretty close to those numbers in recent days. The reading helps the writing and the writing helps the reading, though I’m slower at the writing part.

My summer reading suggestions are short stories that you can consume one short read at a time, while you’re vacationing or hanging with the family. But they aren’t just any short stories. They’re Stephen King short stories.

King is a prolific writer and never ceases to amaze me.  I have five volumes of short stories written by him. And they are all still in print.

 The first one I purchased was Night Shift. Since its publication in 1976 the collection has been rereleased several times. And you’ll recognize some of the titles as classic King because they’ve been turned into movies, Graveyard Shift, Sometimes They Come Back, The Lawnmower Man ,The Mangler and Children of the Corn.  My favorite story in this collection is Some times They Come Back. I’ve always thought there was no way any director could capture the terror on film that King’s words can illicit. I have to say the written story is sooo much better than the movie.

The Second volume is Nightmares and Dreamscapes, released in 1993. Though this volume has the wonderful story, The Night Flier in it. My favorite is Popsy. It’s about a child abductor and his captive. And though it reminds me of O. Henry’s Ransom of Red Chief , O. Henry’s captive boy was tame compared to this little fellow. Popsy has a bite to it that readers will love.

The third volume is Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales.  It was published in 2002. In this one I have two stories that run neck in neck with one another for my favorites. Autopsy Room Four addresses everyone’s fear of being autopsied alive, with a twist. And the second one I love is That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French. What if you were stuck in a loop of Déjà vu that just won’t quit? Or you could look at it in terms of Do you believe in signs?  I do.

In 2008, Stephen King released Just After Sunset and hands down he wrote one of my all time favorite short stories in this volume. It’s titled A Very Tight Place and it’s about how bad having a rivalry with a neighbor can truly get. You have to read it to believe it.

The fifth Volume is titled Full Dark, No Stars. It was published in 2011.  This is actually a collection of four novellas. My favorite was 1922. It’s about a father and son’s journey following an event they share. It haunts them both in different ways for the rest of their days.

I’ve just purchased a copy of Different Seasons, which was published in 1983. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read the short story that inspired the movie Shawshank Redemption. I’ve decided I need to rectify that and so I’ve purchased the volume that has the story in it and several others I’m certain I’ll enjoy.  

And I’ve also bought Skeleton Crew, published in 1986, which has the short story in it that inspired the movie of The Mist. I’ll keep you posted on how well I like these last two volumes.

Happy Reading!
Teresa Reasor

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  1. And I thought I was a Stephen King fan. These sound like some great reads Teresa. Congrats on your books.

  2. Thanks Sheena-Kay. I'm determined to read all of Kings books this summer. I've already read most. I have one more short story collection and his Dark Tower series and I'll have read them all.
    I'm fascinated by how he gets into each character's head.
    Teresa R.