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Dr. Sleep by Stephen King

Dr. Sleep

The ultimate fate of Danny in ‘The Shining’ always made me think sometimes about what would happen to the tot who talked directly to your mind. As always Stephen King surprised me. I figured he would show up somewhere in ‘The Dark Tower’ series after the manner of the little artist from ‘Insomnia.’ Instead, he winds up with a confrontation with a band of gypsy like vampires of ‘The Night Flier’ variety.

Reading Is Fundamental     …and Preferred

Danny’s Story Gets Told In Dr. Sleep

Thankfully, Danny Torrance would go on to be another of those rather large pieces of another universe that got pulled whole cloth from the strange basement level soil which is the mind of Stephen King. As always, King steps on the edges of appropriateness and believability and yet manages to escort the reader past the barriers of credibility to where shortly around page 90 you are hurrying home or foregoing a good movie at the matinee because, no, thanks, ‘Guardians of the Universe,’ I need to see what is happening with Danny and Abra. The fact that the book is an inanimate object that can wait is entirely irrelevant, thanks very much.  

Abra: Will we see more of her? Hope so!

Not that anyone cares, but Abra takes the form in my head of the little girl who stood on a stool at Jacksonville University to look through a telescope during a mathematics competition. 1980? Yes, I believe that is correct.  She asked me if she could use my broad shoulders to steady herself. I was stupid for the better part of two hours. Seventeen year old wannabe mathematicians, it seems, are not immune to blonde curls and perfume no matter how super geeky they may be.

Danny, surprisingly or perhaps not so much, took many of the winding roads that myself, Stephen King, and a neighbor you know took before finding traction.

Dr. Sleep will keep you up all night; I know from personal experience.

Best Regards,

Tim Singleton



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The Strain

The Strain On FX Now

Seldom does Hollywood come up with anything new. The Strain is the exception. Not only did they manage to come up with a new twist on the old vampire legends they managed to wind it up with a new twist on the zombie apocalypse caused by a nasty infection. The culprit? Some pretty nasty looking parasitical worms.

Worms This Time, Not a Virus

Seeing those worms crawl out of the dirt the master bad guy came out of, we now see an explanation for why Vlad Dracul had to carry a box of his home dirt with him. The stories are not currently linked yet, but it would not surprise me to see a conversation on down the road that links this new creepy crawler somehow back to Bram Stoker.

Creative Minds Making Things Worse

I always say it in a laughing tone, but sometimes…when I wake up at three in the morning because my arms and lower back are giving me all kinds of hades… I ask myself is it not interesting that what science fiction dreams up almost always comes to pass?

Horror for me is, at its core, just intense science fiction. Not everyone agrees with me, but that is how I see it. If the writers could predict going to the moon, submarines, and cellphones why could they not be tuning into the same source when writing about things like a viral born zombie apocalypse? Or going a step further creating horror like a vampire whose power and zombie (for a time) followers are the result of a beneficial symbiotic relationship with a worm?

Some Things, Even Though Predictable, Are Carried Off Well

Yes, the relationship between Ephraim and his wife is the usual you-don’t- have- enough- time- for- me- and- I- don’t- care- if- you- are – trying- to- save- the- world- what- is- more- important- my- feelings- or- the- fate- of- the- human- race type of character lead in, but it  is believable. You are so caught up in the story as it unfolds that you don’t even raise an eyebrow at how many times the hero in a movie is being abandoned by their spouse.

I like the nictitating membrane touch. With strength and immortality additional visual strengths makes sense, too.

Too Much?

I don’t know, a third of Europe died from the Black Plague during the Dark Ages that ran from the 5th century to the 15th century while the Moors and such were running slaves from Europe to points South and West. More than a few Europeans left Europe for just that reason. The idea of a plague carrying a nasty type of strength and immortality seems a reasonable offset to a plague that only carries weakness and death.

What is really cool about the set up is that many folks don’t realize it, but if you believe in evolution,  this type of event happened to almost all higher forms of life on earth somewhere in the past. Mitochondria are the organelles that provide you with the ability to make ATP  (adenosine tri-phosphate) that gives you energy. Mitochondrial ancestors were a bacterium that decided somewhere along the line that living inside something else was a good trade off.

I don’t think I would recommend this for kids, as the violence is complete and intense. For grown folks with a taste for science fiction, horror and everything in between, it is a good show.

Best Regards,

Tim Singleton