Well, The Dead Zone was a bust. It's a decent novel with an interesting premise and maybe a few too many pop culture references,* but it just plain wasn't scary.** At least not in the way that I wanted to be scared. I want the kind of book that makes me scared to turn the light off. Why? I don't know. Maybe just because it's Halloween. Ray Bradbury has pulled it off, and Stephen King has pulled it off before. But I'm not going to either of them for Jeremy's Halloween 2009 Scary Book Extravaganza. No, sirs and ma'ams, that honor goes to golden-age-of-science-fiction author Richard Matheson. I really enjoyed What Dreams May Come last summer, though I can't remember if it made me scared to turn the light off. I do recall the movie having some chilling scenes.
OK, OK. Without further ado, here is Second Chance Sam's Second Try at Being Scared for Halloween 2009:
Sure looks scary, eh? One early edition touted it as the scariest science fiction tale you'll ever read. I shall be the judge of that, my friends.
*While I firmly believe in looking up words I don't know, I get annoyed having to look up a pop culture reference---for the eighty-third time---because I'm reading the book thirty years after it was published. We sometimes forget that people down the road might not know everything we know as intimately as we know it. If you want proof, play any version of Trivial Pursuit from before 2000. And . . . 5 points for anybody who knows who Arthur Bremer is.
**Some might argue that it would be scary to be in Johnny's position. Meh. I hate it when people say things like, "The scariest part of 'Salem's Lot was how everybody knew something terrible was happening but nobody did anything but run away." Bah, humbug. The scariest part of 'Salem's Lot was when Jimmy, Ben, and Mark go vampire-hunting. Well, really, any Mark-centric passage.