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Stephen King & True Horror Epiphany

billyargh
A thing I wrote on Facebook that people seemed to like, so I'm putting it here to give it extended shelf life:

I was rereading "Gramma," which I think is one of Stephen King's best short stories, and this occurred to me: True horror is not the evil zombie grandmother. True horror is the vast gulf *between* the evil zombie grandmother and the cheerful cartoon grandmother on the telephone notepad. True horror is in the lightyears of distance between the way your heart knows things ought to be, or wants them to be, and the way your eye sees they are.

Crossposted at Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you will.

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p_m_cryan
Dec. 8th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
That makes a LOT of sense to me, and is particularly relevant to my life right now. It's quite the yawning gap.
autopope
Dec. 8th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like William Burroughs' naked lunch: the sudden unbearable moment of clarity when you see exactly what's on the end of your fork, and can't ever unsee what you've seen.
docbrite
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Yes!
mariadkins
Dec. 8th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
would you mind if i shared this with my writing group?
docbrite
Dec. 9th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Go for it!
mariadkins
Dec. 9th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
thanks!
jeffpalmatier
Dec. 8th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I checked to make sure that story was in Skeleton Crew. I bought that in hardcover when it was first published. I was thinking recently how that's one of the books I want to get in Kindle so I reread it easier.
mariadkins
Dec. 9th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
yeah. it's too bulky for me to hold these days.
jeffpalmatier
Dec. 11th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Yes! I should have added this reason to my post about why reading on a tablet device is easier. Some people can't hold certain books or it's just too damn big or whatever to read comfortably. I tried reading Bugliosi's huge tome on the JFK assassination but it was so thick that I couldn't read it in bed while lying on my side, which is when I do most of my reading.
mariadkins
Dec. 11th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
have you seen these? as weak as my thumbs are (arthritis), i have to wonder how well they work. but they look cool!

http://www.amazon.com/Thumb-Thing-Holder-Bookmark-TPG-TT3/dp/B003QDSRN0
dr_ninjapants
Dec. 9th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
"True horror is in the lightyears of distance between the way your heart knows things ought to be, or wants them to be, and the way your eye sees they are."

The transgender dilemma right there.
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