Needs fleshing out May 30, 2011
In this collection horror abounds and you will in that respect get your money's worth. But Stephen King's characters are short too many cards in the deck too many times, so remain two dimensional. As a result, there is no connection between them and the reader.
Because King's single characterization holds back too much , there is a disconnect between understanding and resonance with hin/her and the points he attempts to make. For example, in "Nona", he describes her: 'She was sexy, but the sexiness that came from her was somehow plantlike [...] as instinctual as photosynthesis. You got that wav?' Frankly, no, I do not.
There is, unfortunately, a prosaic quality to his writing which suggests that a little more writing apprenticeship before going professiional could have been a boon to him.
I can recommend "The Mist" for its endless horror that relentlessly drives the plot, and "Here There Be Tygers", a quite effective short short that is tight and with an ending punch which is character-driven.