I’d like to apologize for the extended absence, as it is my intention to update this blog at least once per week. Some weather patterns that moved into the New England area caused some changes in our update schedule as we worked to unbury ourselves and our neighbors. That being said, we are right back to it, and thankful in some ways to this recent storm and the additional snowfall we are getting at this very moment to inspire the next topic of discussion here at the Great Stories blog.
For me, these winter days make me want to find some warm and comfortable place in the house and open a good book. In between the shoveling, frostbite, and watching the neighborhood kids laugh and play, there really is nothing better than to grab some hot chocolate and some peaceful reading time…at least for me. In keeping with the theme of winter storms, Stephen King has provided us with a great haunting tale sure to keep your eyes glued to the page and pull your family a little closer to you. “Storm of the Century”.
King originally wrote this story back 1999 and it was released as a screenplay with a TV movie released to viewing audiences directly after. The book form is actually in screenplay form, which is exactly how King wrote it, which makes for a vastly different reading experience. The premise of the screenplay centers on the community of Little Tall Island, off of the coast of Maine which is in preparations for the biggest storm to hit in 100 years. With access to the island being blocked off by the impending blizzard, the town suffers a tragedy as one of their residents is brutally murdered by a mysterious stranger named Andre Linoge, who seems to know all of the dark secrets of the town and makes a promise to spare the town if given a young child in exchange. You see, Andre is an emissary of Satan himself, and he needs to train another soul to take his place in this unholy mission. As King reveals the true nature of the antagonist and the hold he has over the town, we the readers are left with only shock, amazement at the plight of this town, and a shiver in our bones as if the cold of the Storm of the Century was ours to experience.
I cannot recommend this decade plus old story enough to you all the next time you are snowed in, and feeling warm and cozy in your favorite chair, under your most comfortable blanket, and sipping at your mug. Escaping into the imagination of a great storyteller can be just the thing to pass the time.
What story can you recommend to those of us, who don’t mind feeling a bit of a chill in the comforts and safety of our own homes?
Until next week,
Chris & The Great Stories Team