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Discussion in 'Just After Sunset' started by Sunlight Gardener, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known 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.
  2. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome to the board.
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  3. kingricefan

    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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  4. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome. N is a fantastic little tale.
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  5. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome. Scary tale in a book of many. Love his collections of shorter tales.
  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to the SKMB Sunlight Gardner! :cheerful:

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...welcome ye who tends the wayward boys...N is quite the homage to Lovecraft....I think even better than Crouch End...
  8. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    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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  9. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Welcome to the SKMB. "N" is one of my favorites.
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  10. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

  11. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    I only read the animated version, as it was published online. Great and scary story.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...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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  13. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

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

    Out of Order Need More Time

    I'm finally over counting shoes..........

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I would still avoid bridges though...
  16. staropeace

    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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  17. mrblonde

    mrblonde Well-Known Member

    This is my favorite SK short.
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  18. booklover72

    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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  19. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    I was somewhat disappointed by the intrusion of supernatural. SK could have avoided that and focused on reality alone. There is enough magic around us, no need to come up with fairy tales monsters.
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  20. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Sheesh. In that case, you must be disappointed in ALOT of SK books.
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