I first read it in my teens, after I’d watched the TV mini-series with David Soul and James Mason. Even though I knew pretty much what was going to happen, I was absolutely terrified. It’s a long book and slow in places – but slow in a good way, as he introduces you to the town’s inhabitants, their lives and affairs, draws you in . . . and then all you can do is stand by as they get picked off one by one. I’ve read a couple of other Stephen King novels, but this was the one that grabbed my imagination and hung on.
Sorry, but I can’t watch them! I saw a few when I was younger, but I haven’t watched any for years now as I tend to find them either too nightmare-inducing or just plain distasteful.
Favourite scary song . . . Ghost Town by The Specials.
Spooky vocals and political undertones (yes, I was a rebellious teen when it came out in 1981!) You Tube link here
Funny, intelligent, scary, emotional . . . great stuff! If I had to pick one particular episode for scariness, then it would have to be ‘Hush’ from the fourth series (and my daughter agrees with me on this one!) Black humour and extremely scary baddies – just thinking about The Gentlemen floating menacingly around town, scalpel-in-hand, makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
And now, over to you. I’d love to hear what your favourite Halloween choices are . . .