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�Lisey�s Story� By Stephen King: A Romance Just In Time For Halloween
Stephen King has published a new book that is supposed to be a romance. But it turns out to be a romance that should might best take place during Halloween. He has not only written about two characters who loved each other; he has reverted to character.
While based somewhat touchingly on his relationship with his wife, recently deceased, the story turns things around a bit. Now, the lead character is the wife, Lisey, who is going through the papers of her well-known writer-husband, recently deceased.
You guessed it. She discovers scary things.
While most of the story is about their marriage, Scott lives on �in her mind�s eye (where the past is always present).� And Scott lives on in the haunting sense that he has left his beloved Lisey hints and warnings, not just in the natural world but in a fantasy world they visited together.
So what we have is a novel with enough romance to give Mr. King and his fans a break from his usual scare-you-into-an-early-grave antics, but with enough frightening matter to invite the curiosity of his usual readers.
We continue to wonder what the entertainment value of being frightened is, especially in a real world, as we noted in our Dreadline, that�s so frightening it makes Halloween night seem downright safe.
Given such a spooky everyday reality, you�d think people would pay more for novels that make them feel, not more, but less spooked.
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