GROUP DISCUSSION #2 - “The End of the Whole Mess”

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Doc Creed

Well-Known Member
Nov 18, 2015
United States
Sometimes, the King of the late-Eightees, early-Nineties would too readily yield to his eleven year old self...that wild-eyed kid who springs up and shouts, "hey, wouldn't it be cool if..."
He completely gave in to that voice in The Tommyknockers. Just when you think it can't get any wierder, LOL.

Idk, it kind of worked for the bizarre events in 'The Mist'. In this story, though, it may have been better to have not given an explanation at all.


Cantre Member
Apr 5, 2008
120 miles S of the Pancake/Waffle line
BTW, I just looked this up on wiki and discovered that this story was written in 1986 (7 years before the Waco siege).

Most of the dates on the stories in this book are the 80s. There were only 3 written close to the publication date (and another three listed as previously unpublished with no date listed)
Mar 12, 2010
I just watched the film adaptation. Although the film followed the story pretty much exactly, I liked the film a lot better than the story. The only difference I noticed was that Howard used a video recording instead of a typewriter. I don't understand why the film was more engaging than the written word... It was the same story.


Happy to be here!
Feb 18, 2012
Sorry I missed the live discussion! I think that the frustration you guys are mentioning about not explaining the details better is mirrored by Howard. He keeps saying "I have so much I want to tell you." But after the injection, he runs out of time and brain function. Someone asked who he was writing the notes for. He mentioned he had a special container with "good air" in it, in case anyone was around in the future to read it.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the love between the brothers. Bobby may not have been a relate-able character, but he truly felt that this was the only way to save the world. It was going to he!! anyway, so his reasoning was, this would cure it or it would be like giving a terminal patient enough drugs to end "the whole mess."

Look forward to Suffer the Little Children!