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  1. Sunlight Gardener
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    Sunlight Gardener Active Member

    This is probably my favorite in the collection. There were some other good ones as well, but I think N. is tops for me. Very Lovecraft-esque. And the fact that it deals with mental illness and OCD specifically also interested me a lot.

    I felt sympathy for N. trying to imagine the torment of the OCD symptoms he was experiencing. I loved the descriptions of Ackerman's Field and how things got worse each time he visited. I like how the Psychiatrist's outlook changed as the story went on.
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    Welcome to the board.
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  3. kingricefan
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Welcome! Indeed, N. is a very unsettling story. Have you seen the animated version? It was available 1st in installments here on the SKMB and then later with a copy of the Just After Sunset hardback special edition with DVD inserted in a sleeve at the back of the book. Really a creepy little film!
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    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome. N is a fantastic little tale.
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome. Scary tale in a book of many. Love his collections of shorter tales.
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to the SKMB Sunlight Gardner! :cheerful:
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...welcome ye who tends the wayward boys...N is quite the homage to Lovecraft....I think even better than Crouch End...
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    Many people do associate it with Lovecraft. Stephen was thinking of another piece, Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan, when he wrote "N." He was also influenced by Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story "The Yellow Wallpaper".
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    Welcome to the SKMB. "N" is one of my favorites.
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    Haunted My favorite place

  11. Lisey Landon
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    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    Welcome!
    I only read the animated version, as it was published online. Great and scary story.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...and I knew that, and see the parallel on Machen, just as a child who grew up-cutting his teeth on Lovecraft and Ambrose Bierce, Lovecraft was my first thought...
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    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    You weren't alone on that. :)
  14. Out of Order
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    Out of Order .........................

    I'm finally over counting shoes..........
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I would still avoid bridges though...
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Yep Gilman had the lady being very obsessive. N reminded me of the styles of some of the Victorian ghost story writers and of Edgar Allan with the letter writing. This is my favorite as well.
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    mrblonde Active Member

    This is my favorite SK short.
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  18. booklover72
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    booklover72 very strange person

    yes i enjoyed it read it 3 times, had the comic version. but it does deal with obsession and ocd. i think for the moment i won't go into a field that says no treaspassers. it is a brillant tale
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