Anyway, by far the most terrifying thing he ever wrote was Pet Sematary. Not because of the cemetery but because we live on a very very busy highway and like naiad said it's not about what he writes, it's about what we make it in our minds. I don't freak out over my kids doing anything in the backyard; but the thought of one meandering toward the highway makes me physically sick. Reading it wreaked havoc on my mind.
If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.
Most of King's stuff is paranormal or sci-fi based rather than slasher horror stuff. He has a lot of mystical stuff that takes place - people with telekenetic powers (Carrie, Firestarter, The Stand, Sleepwalkers), fantasy (Eyes of the Dragon, The Dark Tower Series), paranormal (Bag of Bones, Pet Semetary), and some horror based stuff with slashers (The Shining). I like his short stories too. The most recent short stories (Full Dark, No Stars) is very dark and full of murder.
Personally, I like his writing. I've enjoyed almost everything I've read (I enjoyed Under the Dome til the end b/c the ending to me was absolutely stupid and I think he just gave up and ended it just to end it), but there is one book I haven't been able to get into (Desperation) though I've tried.
Hearts in Atlantis, Regulators are fantasy/paranormal based too.
Gerald's Game is interesting... not sure how to classify that one other than calling it a thriller. He's got quite a few thrillers.
A new book (The Wind Through the Keyhole) in the series came out this year, and I haven't had a chance to read it. It's shoehorned between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla. I actually like how the series as a whole ended -- it felt right -- but the way it got there was dubious at best, and eyerollingly bad at worst, with random villains showing up whose only purpose seemed to be to give a meaningful death to an Important Character. Except that I had no attachment to the villain, so that death...not so meaningful.
But Drawing of the Three is one of my favorite books of all time, and Roland and Eddie are two of my favorite literary characters of all time. I listened to the Gunslinger on a drive to and from Chicago/St. Louis. It makes excellent driving material.
My Primal Meanderings
Can I hijack your thread Panda? I was wondering if you had a reader that was familiar with renaissance faire/renaissance era clothing and could PM me so I don't clog up your thread? I'm having trouble shopping.
And I also hope my laptop doesn't freeze so I can post this . . . the Panda Computer always gets fussy and unpredictable during Lady Friend's Eight-Hour-Long Magical Back-Up Spells. (I told you that eye of newt is expired, Lady Friend!)
Okay, I'm up to page 195 (post #1950), but I just had to pause to tell you that I couldn't resist: I've grabbed "Mother's Little Helpers" from B&N for my Nook.
I'm reading through this journal as fast as I can... while savoring all the GP wittiness! By the time I've caught up.... well, I feel like I know you already.