Every now and again I will go back to a certain series of books and take a look at them with fresh eyes.
Having so many around the house, in every room and on shelves(as well as things that shouldn’t be shelves but end up being, hello stairs!)I tend to not so much focus my reading but wildly flail and end up with 5 books on the go, doing justice to none.
Being a HUGE Stephen King fan, I have pretty much all his books (I had them all but some have gone wandering since my eldest went to uni…coincidence? I think not!).
And there is this cool new show out in America based on the town of Castle Rock which uses the over arcing mythology of Castle Rock, as it pops up or centrally features in a lot of King’s work.
Normally a re-read means starting with Carrie and moving through chronologically, I end up being distracted by Salem’s Lot, move on to IT and then back to my other books.
This time, I tried to start with The Dead Zone ( a much under appreciated novel and frighteningly prescient given the time we are living in) as suggested by the Castle Rock Wikipedia page.
Using this as my ground zero, I have started a Kingathon (still trying to make that word happen!)
So far, I have read through The Dead Zone, Cujo, stories from Skeleton Crew and am now on Different Seasons. The Body is the story principally set in Castle Rock but there are links with Shawshank so I figure I will read the book from start to finish.
Castle Rock, by the company Hulu, is available across an 8 episode 1st season but only via streaming in certain countries-the U.K is not one of these at present.
So in the meantime, I am reading and noticing the links across the decades and the books and trying to make Kingathon and Kingrimmage happen!
It’s a strange little town that marks anyone who lives there, with a dark history and secrets yet to be revealed…
On my Instagram page (RachelReadIt) I have highlighted lots of pictures where connections between different books are made, it would be lovely if you could join in with the bookish chat!
Also, if you have a favourite author that you like to read, or series that you enjoy following, please leave me a comment, or if you have anything to say about Stephen King and his Castel Rock-verse I would love to hear from you!
In the meantime, ask to borrow these books from a friend, check out your library, local charity shops and book sales. There are lots of ways to read without spending a great deal of money and it is pleasantly surprising just how well his books stand up after all these years.