1922 by Stephen King | Book & Adaptation Review

1922 by Stephen King (first story in Full Dark, No Stars)

Goodreads rating: 3.84

Pages: 153

Genre: Adult, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Date published: Nov 9th, 2010 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book: Paperback

Sinopsis

A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.

My review

Trigger warnings: racism and sexism. Also murder, because it is Stephen King.

1922 was published in a short story collection called Full Dark, No Stars. It is rather long, one of the longest in the book.

The story begins with the narrator, Wilfred, telling us this is his confession. He committed a crime, with the help of his son, Henry, and the whole story consists of him telling us why and how he did it, and all the consequences that came from it. As the title suggests, it mostly takes place in 1922, but we also briefly see what happens from 1922 to 1930.

If there is something I love to see in books, it’s historical accuracy, and we definitely get that with this short story. King did a great job at portraying the 20’s. Firstly, there are old-fashioned words, such as ‘grippe’ (the flu). Secondly, there is racism. Lastly, we have sexism. I mean, it can’t get any more 1920’s than that, can it? 😀 (below are a couple of quotes to illustrate these)
Moreover, it is set in the Midwest (Nebraska), so we see a lot of what the rural life in the years leading up to the Great Depression was like, and how they were already struggling during the 20’s.

“You might find yourself going to high school with black niggers”

“Such a bitch!”

“‘Because most women are,’ I said. ‘It’s an ineradicable part of their natures'”

This was the first “book” I read by Stephen King, and I must say I am impressed with the story he created, as well as his [incredibly descriptive] writing. The things this man comes up with… I literally had nightmares because of this story last night, that’s how much it impacted me!

“I thought of tying the wrist off with elastics – of killing my left hand in an effort to save the rest of me – and even of amputating it with the hatchet we used to chop up kindling and behead the occasional chicken.”

Quite the image, huh? There is waaaay worse, but I didn’t want to include it because it would spoil the story for you.

The narrative in 1922 is very gripping – or at least it was for me. To give you an example, the narrator keeps mentioning things, but doesn’t explain them right away, and proceeds to say something like “I will tell you about that soon”. That definitely kept me interested, and wanting to finish the story so I could find out what the hell happened.
You might, however, find it a bit slow at first, but once it picks up, you’ll be hooked!


THE MOVIE

Warning: watching the trailer will spoil the short story, although you’d probably find out what happens within 2 or 3 pages of the story – he tells you right away.

IMDB page – 6.4/10 stars

Director: Zak Hilditch

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Zak Hilditch (screenplay)

Stars: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, and others

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I have just finished watching the Netflix adaptation of 1922, and I must say I really liked it! I was a bit skeptical because of the format of the story. I was having trouble imagining a way for this to work and make sense as a movie, but they totally nailed it!

The main character was ON POINT, he was just like the Wilf from the original story, and had the strongest accent you could imagine 😀 The one character that wasn’t exactly like in the book was Henry. In the book, he seems much more shy and awkward, but in the movie he’s more outgoing.

Stephen King’s vivid and morbid descriptions were amazingly done, although some of them weren’t included in the movie (thank god, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep, yet again).

Just as with the story, we also get the amazing historical setting in the movie. Best part? The cars and the clothes, for sure! 😀

Overall, I thought the movie was very faithful to the story and, therefore, a great adaptation. Original story aside, it’s an amazing thriller/horror movie, with quite a few jump scares and dramatically scary background music – just the way I like them!

Note: if dying or suffering animals are something that really upsets you, you might want to skip this one.

My rating: 7/10 stars


So that’s all for this special post dedicated to 1922! I really hope you enjoyed reading it. This is my first time reviewing a movie though, so if it’s utter crap, I deeply apologize 😀 I should figure out a structure for future movie reviews!

Have you read or seen 1922? What are your thoughts on it? Tell me in the comments below!!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Book Review: The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

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29430798The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

Goodreads rating: 3.6

Pages: 374

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Mystery

Date published: Feb 7th, 2017 (USA)

My rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads // Buy this book:Paperback

Synopsis

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

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My review

Trigger warnings: bullying; domestic violence; murder; gory and disturbing descriptions

The Devil Crept In takes place in a creepy, small town called Deer Valley. We follow Stevie, a 10-year-old kid, during his search for Jude, his cousin, who suddenly went missing. Stevie has had a very hard life – some of his fingers are missing, he speaks in rhymes, his dad left and everyone thinks he’s crazy. Losing his cousin and best (and only) friend is something he really can’t handle, so he tries to figure out what happened to Jude.

“I wouldn’t go in those woods if I were you,” Stevie whispered to himself.

Although most of the book is told from Stevie’s perspective, there is another POV that might confuse you at first, but you will later realize what this POV means.

This book is so darn disturbing. Honestly. I never expected this story to go the way it went, I thought it would just be a regular thriller focused on an investigation run by a child. Boy, was I wrong!!

It seems quite slow and… normal at first. You feel as though nothing scary will even happen, and then it gets creepier and creepier and, suddenly, you will be terrified.

He didn’t like lying, but he was coming to realize that the older you got, the more you had to do it

For the most part, I couldn’t predict what would happen next, and that’s something I really like, because it keeps me on the edge of my seat. There are a few plot twists, the kind that make you fear. As for the ending, I was appalled. I never thought the book would end that way. It is not a happy ending, I will tell you that, but it’s brilliant, and it most definitely will give you chills.

Dunk,
I tryd to wait up but am real tired so I went to sleep.
Wake me up when u get home ok I need to ask u somthing.
ITS IMPORTANT.
Ur brother Stevie
P.S. Dont forget

I really loved Stevie as a narrator, and I grew very fond of him – which is a terrible idea in horror books because, what if a character you love dies!? Either way, Stevie is the purest of kids, and I love him. Can you believe how adorable his note is? (see above)

His heart was a butterfly trapped in a mason jar, beating fast enough to fill the sky with shooting stars. And the crash of the fender against an array of other detritus? Loud enough to wake the dead.

I really liked the author’s writing, it felt adequate to the people that were narrating or talking. Sometimes authors can use the wrong type of language for their characters, but Ahlborn nailed it. Some parts of the narrative were delightfully lyrical, which I appreciated (see quote above).

There is a very delicate and important issue that is portrayed in the book: domestic violence. At times, this was scarier than anything else in the book. The author can really create an atmosphere, to the point where you really feel like you’re in the victim’s shoes, feeling all the pain they describe.

My rating

In conclusion, I really enjoyed The Devil Crept In. It was the first actual horror book I read, and it made me want to get more into the genre. I will definitely pick up Ahlborn’s other books – the next one on my list is Brother.

If you’re into creepy and scary stuff, I would definitely give this one a try – maybe on Halloween, even!

Writing 4-01
Characters 4-01
Plot 5
Pacing 4.5-01

Overall

4.37 stars


Do you have any horror recommendations? Let me know in the comments down below, I’m on the hunt for more books like this ♡

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on The Devil Crept In and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!


Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡