Are there any Stephen King Stories that are not scary? I have a pre teen I want to introduce to his.

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...only issue with Joyland is the whole "MILF" moment toward the latter part of the novel.....didn't bat an eye myself, but we don't know the OP's personal situation with the children.....
Oh yeah - that was the best part ;):m_crazy:(hahaha) - it was actually quite touching, I thought

Nothing wrong with your first experience being with an older woman, I figure
 

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Oh yeah - that was the best part ;):m_crazy:(hahaha) - it was actually quite touching, I thought

Nothing wrong with your first experience being with an older woman, I figure
You do realize that I'm not quite at the end of that yet! Joyland is like having one chicken lobster, ore one snifter of X.O. , that's just me probably (or anyone else who worked at UNH's dining hall, spent hours in Hamilton Smith, interned in South Berwick . . .)
I savor these morsels as slowly as possible. One it's over, it's a reread.
 

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I appreciate everyone replying so far. I have looked on line at a few of the titles that some of you recommended and I think that some of you are "pulling my leg"

Also when I asked about "stories that are clean" by "clean" I dont mean that Im bothered by my kids reading swearing or sex. I just want some stories that are perhaps less violent and scary. Im aware that King wrote under the name " bachman" and I read " Running man" and felt that it was fairly tame. So I figured that he may have written other stories that are just not gory and very scary. Also Im well aware of Harry potter etc. I just want to introduce them to the vivid style of King. - Thanks Kids
I would go with Joyland then; a beautiful ghost story within a coming of age story.
 

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This is going to sound weird here but Im fairly new to reading Stephen Kings books and I have a pre teen daughter and son who I feel would benefit from his vivid, intense way of writing but they both frighten easily and have had real life trauma from the type of real life characters that King writes about so I dont think will want their heads filled with macabre tales.

Id like them to "get a taste" for his writing style without all the "blood and guts"

Can anyone tell me if Mr.King has any short stories that are more "clean" and suitable for my daughter and son?

Thanks
Austin
PS: Dont be a smart ass and tell me to have them read "Twilight"

Try "Blockade Billy"... It's a well written, suspenseful, baseball story without the supernatural element. There is some killing, however. It is an SK novel after all. I love SK's baseball tales. His love of the game comes out in his writing.
 
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Muskrat ....didja niver read fairy tales? Lol. We have a witch who was going to fatten up two children to eat. Their parents dropped them off in the deep woods. We have a wolf who ate Grandma after he got up to the dickens with three little pigs. We have that chick from Kansas who passed out in a poppy field, I would too lol. People were whipping their children left and right. That lady in the shoe was committing child abuse. :heart:

Thats so true. Fairy tales were like the epitome of child abuse and even psychologically disturbing the children with them at bedtime. :laugh:

Boy howdy, ain't that the truth. Lots of fairy tales are scarier than some of SK's stories. The story about Hansel and Gretel horrified me when I was young. It still upsets me - I don't think the children should have forgiven their useless weak father.
 

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any grandma's out there?

Gilfs

too far?

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. .forget the hat. What happened to this person? Did we take it a bridge to far with the acronyms? Come back!! Anyhoo. ..
Did anyone mention Eyes of the Dragon? Oh yes, everyone did. You know, I was raised on Stephen King. My parents encouraged me to read everything I could get my hands on. That's what we had. I'm not sure that I would let Alex read it, but he's two. Danny can read what he wants and he REFUSES to read Stephen King. Talk about oppositional, jeez- go ahead kid, cut off your nose to spite your face.
 

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Boy howdy, ain't that the truth. Lots of fairy tales are scarier than some of SK's stories. The story about Hansel and Gretel horrified me when I was young. It still upsets me - I don't think the children should have forgiven their useless weak father.

There was one, that I was reading to my boys once upon a time, that I came to this point that I was in utter shock at what was happening as I was reading it aloud. I had to start skipping parts and making stuff up. It was called The Seven League Boots and if it was bad enough the state of the seven poor hungry children that the dad carried to the woods and abandoned , because he and his wife couldn't bear to watch them starve to death in front of them (sounds familiar right?) but these 7 kids come to an ogres house who eats little children... and then, to make a long story short, a really long detailed story, the ogre accidentally sneaks up while the children are sleeping in their beds to slit their throats! but the good part is , that the seven victimized children swapped beds with the ogres seven children , they took their clothes also , and so the ogre he was shocked and angry that he had killed his own children, and so the children do manage to get away after being more traumatized during pursuit, but they get away, thanks to the Seven League boots, that belong to the Ogre, because they are Magical (wheeeeee) and when its all over and done, the poor children do make It back home with abundance of food and other material things they steal from the Ogre, and then, the children and their parents live happily ever after. :icon_eek::icon_eek::icon_eek: See how well I remember that after all these years and I only read it ONCE. :laugh:
 
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There was one, that I was reading to my boys once upon a time, that I came to this point that I was in utter shock at what was happening as I was reading it aloud. I had to start skipping parts and making stuff up. It was called The Seven League Boots and if it was bad enough the state of the seven poor hungry children that the dad carried to the woods and abandoned , because he and his wife couldn't bear to watch them starve to death in front of them (sounds familiar right?) but these 7 kids come to an ogres house who eats little children... and then, to make a long story short, a really long detailed story, the ogre accidentally sneaks up while the children are sleeping in their beds to slit their throats! but the good part is , that the seven victimized children swapped beds with the ogres seven children , they took their clothes also , and so the ogre he was shocked and angry that he had killed his own children, and so the children do manage to get away after being more traumatized during pursuit, but they get away, thanks to the Seven League boots, that belong to the Ogre, because they are Magical (wheeeeee) and when its all over and done, the poor children do make It back home with abundance of food and other material things they steal from the Ogre, and then, the children and their parents live happily ever after. :icon_eek::icon_eek::icon_eek: See how well I remember that after all these years and I only read it ONCE. :laugh:

EEP! That's horrifying! I feel sorry for the poor little ogre children :( Do you remember if they were depicted as being as mean as the grownup Ogre?
 

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EEP! That's horrifying! I feel sorry for the poor little ogre children :( Do you remember if they were depicted as being as mean as the grownup Ogre?

Thats a good question, I cant remember anything else about the ogres children except that they were there, and then sleeping, then killed, but Im thinking they probably were not bad like him. The Ogres wife seemed sweet, she felt bad that her husband was evil and tried to warn the children when they had showed up, that they were at the house of an ogre who eats children. :icon_eek: I think worst part was the graphic image of a throat slitting while they were sleeping, and that is sooo graphic and brutal especially for a fairy tale.
 

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There was one, that I was reading to my boys once upon a time, that I came to this point that I was in utter shock at what was happening as I was reading it aloud. I had to start skipping parts and making stuff up. It was called The Seven League Boots and if it was bad enough the state of the seven poor hungry children that the dad carried to the woods and abandoned , because he and his wife couldn't bear to watch them starve to death in front of them (sounds familiar right?) but these 7 kids come to an ogres house who eats little children... and then, to make a long story short, a really long detailed story, the ogre accidentally sneaks up while the children are sleeping in their beds to slit their throats! but the good part is , that the seven victimized children swapped beds with the ogres seven children , they took their clothes also , and so the ogre he was shocked and angry that he had killed his own children, and so the children do manage to get away after being more traumatized during pursuit, but they get away, thanks to the Seven League boots, that belong to the Ogre, because they are Magical (wheeeeee) and when its all over and done, the poor children do make It back home with abundance of food and other material things they steal from the Ogre, and then, the children and their parents live happily ever after. :icon_eek::icon_eek::icon_eek: See how well I remember that after all these years and I only read it ONCE. :laugh:
That's one I have never read! Now, it does remind me of the Von Trap family . .. :D . . Well done. I got the other references, don't worry :lurve:
 

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The author on Amazon is going by the name Stephen R King... Just be careful. The true Stephen King does not use a middle initial. F.Y.I
Welcome! Yes, we are aware of this imposter, but it never hurts to remind everyone and bring it to the attention of new people who might pass through. Thanks!
 

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this thread gave me a chuckle. i read It when i was 10 or 11, so it's funny to consider that i might have technically been "too young" for all that. is there really any king works devoid of violence *and* scary stuff? tall order
 
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