Memory Lane

Discussion in 'Everything's Eventual' started by JCBrennan68, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. JCBrennan68

    JCBrennan68 Member

    The other night I decided to go back through my collection of Stephen King books and found one of his short story collections "Everything's Eventual." I re-read the introduction about a short stories becoming a dieing art and thought how sad it would be if they did become a thing of the past, a reminiscence of what once was. The tragedy that would transpire if future generations never know what a short story collection was and the joy that came from them. Then I read the first story "Autopsy Room Four" and found myself on the edge of my seat once again wondering if they, Dr. Arlen and Mr.Baywatch, Peter, would realize he wasn't actually dead in time. I have read this collection of stories many times and knew that Dr. Arlen and Peter would not cut into a live man. But still I was on the edge of my seat, biting my finger nails, screaming in my head "don't do it, don't cut into him...he's still alive!"
    My point is it would be such a shame to lose the art of short stories and I wanted to share this with Mr. King and thank him for all the times he has left me in the dark, on the edge of my seat, excited and scare to find out what would happen next.
     
  2. do1you9love?

    do1you9love? Alive and Kicking!

    He is the master at creating that feeling.

    Welcome to the boards!
     
  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I remember reading that - I love that Stephen King so loves and respects short stories. While I love a good long SK novel, my favorites are short stories. I have a collection - Best American Short Stories - that SK guest edited - I love his Editor's notes in that volume and I love his picks. I hope the short story never dies.
     
  4. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

  5. kingzeppelin

    kingzeppelin Member who probably should be COMMITTED!

    Hello and welcome. Like you I like short story collections but I much prefer a real weighty "monster" of a read. I know that once I'm aboard and enjoying the ride of a tale, and desperate to know what happens next, I'll wish that it would never end. So the longer the story is, is all the better for me. :D
     
  6. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Short stories are not my favorite. I like a big fat novel. But. SK is the only one who can put so much in so few pages. Ecerythings Eventual is my favorite collection of his. Welcome and looking forward to hearing more from you.
     
  7. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the board. I love short stories as well, especially Sai King's .

    The short story market is a hard one to break into. The problem, I think, is that editors fall in love with certain authors and publish them over and over again, not giving the "new guy" a shot. Sometimes, they don't even read the "new guy's" stories, but simply reject them as a matter of fact. Its a shame, really. The amount of good authors that such a hard time getting published, I think that's why many simply start out with novels (not that they are any easier to get published). I think that authors don't want to give the time and energy that goes into attempting to have a short story published for what can only amount to a few hundred dollars or less. With a novel (assuming you get published by a bigger company), you have the possibility of a several thousand dollar advance and royalties. A writer can do well without a published novel, but the key is to break into the market with several editors, that way you can publish multiple short stories and make a decent income. Then, your novel(s) will theoretically sell better because you will have a following.

    I realize that its not all about the money, but one needs money to live, and for authors such as I, we want to make our living doing what we love. In order to do that, you must make money.

    I write both novels and short stories. I love them both. :)
     
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  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...warm welcomes honey...I firmly believe that as long as there are practitioners of the craft, there will always be short stories and novellas...some ideas don't lend themselves to novel length treatment-but still beg to be put on paper...Unca Steve is undoubtedly one of the best, but he has plenty of company still...
     
  9. JCBrennan68

    JCBrennan68 Member

    That he is. I have been reading his story's since I can remember. He sold his first story the year I was born but I remember reading the night shift collection when I was twelve years old. I was hooked after that. Thanks for the welcome.
     
  10. JCBrennan68

    JCBrennan68 Member

    Thank you. I had thought about writing a long time ago but just never got the nerve. But Mr. King is my all time favorite writer and if I was going to join any conversation it have to be about him.
     
  11. OKKingFan

    OKKingFan Active Member

    I don't know which I like better, his novels or short stories. But some of his short stories just blow me away. Don't know if I can say that as much about his novels. Seems like the best of his short stories are the creepiest. I also think they have the potential to be the best movies; you don't have to leave anything out when you make a movie out of a short story.
     
  12. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I agree. His short stories are wicked tight.
     
  13. JCBrennan68

    JCBrennan68 Member

    I love them both and I do believe one of his best movies was the Green Mile. The beauty of that movie is that it followed his book almost perfectly. In addition, I loved how he put it out in chapter books instead of one big novel...the suspend almost killed me (lol).
     
  14. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

    ...I hear ya!...back in the day, drove the lady who owned our local bookstore nuts, pacing around-waiting for her to unpack them each month...damn I miss having a "local" shop...they have gone the way of the Edsel...
     
  15. JCBrennan68

    JCBrennan68 Member

    LOL, I know! I miss many of the thing that "use to be." I guess that is why I began this conversation. The simple things in life that we grew up with are disappearing and the only one's that can keep them alive are us. I miss my little town as well; you know, the one were everyone knew your name.
     
  16. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator



    ;) :biggrin2:
     
  17. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Why Chew Through The Restraints?

  18. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Welcome to the board! While I much prefer a loooooooong King novel (I just never want them to end!), I very much enjoy his short stories. He's able to pack a lot into a few pages!
     
  19. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome! I absolutely love his collections of short stories and novellas. I'm gagging for him to do another collection!!!
     
  20. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Welcome! I agree with you that King is a master of the short story. I will never forget the first time I read Night Shift (way back in the day when the paperback had the blue cover with the eyes staring out at you and when you opened the cover there was the hand with tiny eyes all over it) and I finished the first story (Jerusalem's Lot) and thought 'My God! This guy can really, really write!' and the use of the 'old' language. Up to that point I had read his first three books and the Stand so to read something that he had written in a totally different 'voice' was like a punch in the face to me. It really woke me up to how gifted this guy was and put him on the top of my list of writers. Almost every story in Night Shift is different in tone and style and really shows what a powerhouse King was (and still is!).
     

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