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By ChrisMcQueen007
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Bezulsqy wrote: Sun Jun 05, 2022 11:43 am So I really liked Billy Summers. It was an easy and entertaining read.
Can someone recommend some other Stephen King that is modern or feels it. I am going on another holiday in a week and I need some reading material.
I thought „Joyland“ and „The Outsider“ were pretty entertaining. Also read them over a summer vacation.
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By Bezulsqy
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Thanks @Chris for the recommendations. I watched the Outsider together with my girlfriend but she hates supernatural type of stuff so we stopped halfway through. A very good idea to pick up the book.
The same with Mr Mercedes. Only watched 2 or 3 episodes of that show.
I was thinking about The Institute as well.

The biggest problem I had with King from when I read (or tried to read) his books during the end of the nineties was that they felt too long and maybe a tad boring. However thinking of that sentiment mainly came because of IT. That book kept going and it was not for me at the time.
I am not a critical reader. I prefer the more simple and entertaining stuff (like nordic thriller type of books). Billy Summers felt a bit more like literature compared to those books but still a pageturner. Although the ending felt really rushed.
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By tim28212
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Bezulsqy wrote: Sun Jun 05, 2022 11:43 am So I really liked Billy Summers. It was an easy and entertaining read.
Can someone recommend some other Stephen King that is modern or feels it. I am going on another holiday in a week and I need some reading material.
I enjoyed The Institute. I felt like it was a bit Firestarter-ish on a larger scale; bad people, children, drugs, and special abilities.

I also enjoyed The Outsider and (from 2011) 11/22/63

I'm gonna edit this and just add that if your not just looking for Stephen King try Robert McCammon. He is pretty great. If you enjoy a great coming of age story with a mystery and hint of supernatural Boy's Life is truly great. It's one of my top 3 books. Along with Swan Song. Many compare Swan Song to The Stand. I think it was better. I moves along much better than The Stand and I just enjoyed it more. Mine (baby abduction) and Stinger (sci-fi alien) are both really good. All of these date back to the late 80's and early 90's.
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By inksb
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I'll echo @chris's recommendations, Joyland and Outsider are great. They are the only King I've read from the last decade or so. Like you I'm not really into his big long pieces. I breezed through The Outsider even though it's a little on the long side, Joyland is nice and short though.

I just finished up Loveless by Junji Ito, it was an interesting and little different story than his usual fare (but still very much Ito). I just started reading Barker's Weaveworld last night. I honestly don't know a thing about it and I'm excited to read it.
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By tim28212
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inksb wrote: Mon Jun 06, 2022 1:30 pm I'll echo @chris's recommendations, Joyland and Outsider are great. They are the only King I've read from the last decade or so. Like you I'm not really into his big long pieces. I breezed through The Outsider even though it's a little on the long side, Joyland is nice and short though.

I just finished up Loveless by Junji Ito, it was an interesting and little different story than his usual fare (but still very much Ito). I just started reading Barker's Weaveworld last night. I honestly don't know a thing about it and I'm excited to read it.
Ohh Weaveworld! Early Clive Barker. I really like it. Been thinking of rereading some of his early stuff. Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show and The Damnation Game are all great.
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By ScoJo
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I'll throw in T.E.D Klein, The Ceremonies (novel) and Dark Gods (story collection) which includes Children of the Kingdom that might be the single best long dark fantasy/horror story that I've read outside of King and Barker.

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By tim28212
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ScoJo wrote: Mon Jun 06, 2022 2:17 pm I'll throw in T.E.D Klein, The Ceremonies (novel) and Dark Gods (story collection) which includes Children of the Kingdom that might be the single best long dark fantasy/horror story that I've read outside of King and Barker.


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The Ceremonies!! Yes!!
By Chuggers
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Yesterday I discovered z library, "the largest ebook library in the world" ...free for an account. Free to download books. And its database is massive. I did a few random searches just to test, Stephen King, Clive Barker, all the big names. Looked at novelization from the first 3 Halloween movies, the Nightmare on Elm Street novels. David Cronenberg novelizations. Some of these books are only attainable for ridiculous amounts of money so I never planned to get a chance to read them. And obviously with the big names it's extremely convenient if you don't mind ebooks.

https://usa1lib.org/book/4259209/86134a
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By Bezulsqy
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I really enjoyed these two. They are not perfect but I am going to read more of what King wrote in the last ten years.
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Christmas in July...I did not know it was a thing.

A little self promo... I was interviewed for several movies for this book. Only on the first chapter but some of the candid interviews are very interesting. The psychological trauma both lead actors from Silent Night Deadly Night 1 & 2 faced from being in those films and leaving the business and fallout even with family is hard to imagine
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By tim28212
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Not acutally reading this now. I reread this about a year ago. It's a favorite of mine by Michael McDowll from the 80s. A six volume series, the first published in January of 1983 with a new volume each consecutive month. Suntup Editions put the six volumes together into one beautiful book. If you haven't read anything by Mr. McDowell you might look into him. The Elementals is another of his that's highly regarded. Serval book reviews on youtube.
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By Chuggers
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The day you posted I actually got my first couple as well. They were part of a grab bag from Dark Regions Press so obviously no choice what titles I received. Was hoping for something dark, maybe sci-fi but ended up with a copies of The Butcher Boy and Johnny Get Your Gun...which, yeah...plenty dark.