Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

"...I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud."

Fear not, I won't quote what made me think this, but among the things Stephen King's very good at is describing what it's like to be sick. If you've read 11/22/63, about a quarter of the way into the book (Chapter 8, for you masochists), you know what I read on the bus home yesterday. Mmmmmmmmmaybe that made me a leeeeeettle more sensitive to the idea of being sick. It also made me chuckle.

The subject line is from King's excellent non-fiction book Danse Macabre, an analysis of horror. The line, as quoted from Teh Intarwebs (my copy of the book's not handy): "I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud." As I've laughed out loud at both his famously gross "Survivor Type" and Dreamcatcher's raw bacon scene, I support this.
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