The Most Terrifying Part... ***spoilers***

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by EddieDeanofNYC, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. EddieDeanofNYC

    EddieDeanofNYC Active Member

    ...for me (and this may seem odd considering the other horrifying aspects) was when Trash was out in the desert looking for his toys where he finds the radiation symbol on the door. Is there nothing more chilling than a manical firebug finding a door with (an already ominious in any circumstane) a radiation symbol on it?

    Bonus points: for some reason the line 'the Walkin Dude was back in Vegas' has always chilled me to my core. Flagg has already been shown as a truly disturbing character who inspires fear wherever he goes. This line (which opens a chapter btw) comes after a string of events that can only be described as a terrifying clusterf**k. Coming also towards the end of the novel...man this one always gets me.
     
  2. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    The cyclic nature of evil...that is disturbing. I wonder if the same can be said for good...is there a cyclic nature of the good? Or is cyclic the wrong word? Does pendulum fit better? But then, bewildered again, Flagg puts on a face he has worn before.
     
  3. Devannah

    Devannah Member

    I have literally just finished reading, and I know there was a few moments i shifted in my seat, but right now I cant think of THE most terrifying. I shifted in the shoot out scene with Lloyd and Poke, I shifted when Frannie was sitting on the loose stone on the hearth, I shifted in my seat when Glen Bateman laughed and laughed at Lloyd and RF. I know i shifted more than that... im just still reeling from the book in general to think of specific moments!!
     
  4. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever

    OoO i am going to read this again when i'm done with The Cell. My favorite Stephen King story ever. I love the part where Trash goes looking for the nuke bomb or w/e they called..
     
  5. no bounce no play

    no bounce no play I am Borg

    The most terrifying part of The Stand for me was
    when Larry Underwood and Rita Blakemoor traveled through the Lincoln Tunnel.
     
  6. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    Agree
     
  7. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Yup, me too. The claustrophobic feeling was the bad part--I don't really find THE STAND to be scary so much as sobering and thought provoking, though. For scary, I look elsewhere :)
     
  8. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    I think everything in life is like.... A ferris wheel. If one thing is on top but already going towards returning down, the other one is at the bottom, but on the rise. Not so much individually, but more like... ehm, what's the word. Globally?
     
  9. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Stu Redman and his confrontation and subsequent events at the Vermont facility.
     
  10. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    I'm 400 pages into it for the 1st time, so I cant comment yet... But so far, for me its how relentless King was with the characters. You really never know who's next, and King proves that early on. Many books you really get a good feel for and even though sometimes you are wrong, you can kind of get some sort of idea on who you think will live or die.. But this one, totally unpredictable!
     
  11. Tanith

    Tanith Member

    For me, it was the depiction of the breakdown of society. Nick sitting on the sheriff's porch and watching the TV networks struggle to convey the illusion of normalcy, the President coughing as he tries to reassure the nation, and the way sai King described the sound of TV snow running on and on in lifeless homes a little later.

    In its way, it's more chilling than the nuclear fireball so much apocalyptic fiction offers.
     
  12. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I loved the sheriff and his wife, and the doctor... After taking the sheriffs shirt off to check him.... What a set he has... Just take a look at em, Nick.

    And also the first thing Nick wrote.. to his teacher.. In handwriting in the book..

    And how tender he was with sheriff wife. and how frustrated he could not talk.

    Frannie did the same thing with her father and Gus in the lighthouse. He loved his garden, Harold.
     
  13. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Love your new avatar NN, and I also loved the bond between Nick, the doctor, the sheriff and his wife.

    I think for me, I really felt Lloyd's sense of desperation, panic and fear when facing starvation in the cell, and also being faced with the dilema of whether or not to
    eat his dead cell neighbour
    That's probably the most terrifying part of the book.
     
  14. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    And when he worked and worked so hard to get that chair unbolted. Bloody hands.. Only to bang it on the bars to wake the Motherlover up.
     
  15. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    Have not read this in years, but Flagg was pretty terrifying in a lot of scenes. It scared me when he teased Lloyd about food. And didn't he sit on someone with the flu? Something like that, or is that a complete phantom memory? And Lloyd killing that guy who was tied up...I didn't like that at all. Oh, and wasn't there a thing with a rabbit in a cage? Oh, seriously, I don't even want to think about that.
     
  16. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Just Purr-fect

    My favorite scene, and the one that scares me most, is
    when one of Flagg's followers fails to kill The Judge without marking his head, and Flagg says "YOU SCREWWWWWED UP!" and "Sometimes there was teeth." ends that bit.
     
  17. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever


    Yes lol he did jump on the guy with the flu.:devil:
     
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  18. We all Float

    We all Float Member

    I loved everything about Nick Andros. I paused for a while when he sent Fran away and found the shoebox in the closet. Almost like a moment of silence for him.
     
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  19. flipska19

    flipska19 Disremember

    At the bookstore inside my local library I spotted a 1990 hardcover edition on the freebies table. I can believe no one else took it! So I grabbed it and look forward to re-reading this one. I t's been over 20 years since I read it. The part that sticks out in my memory is...

    The people that were crucified on the telephone poles. It always stayed with me. How did the bad guys manage to do that?
     
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