Swagbucks Book Club – The King of Horror

Hello Horror!  It has become a tradition for the Swagbucks Book Club to honor the horror genre with a spooky selection each October.  This year I’ve selected 4 classic Stephen King novels for your choosing.  But first – thank you to everyone who took part in last week’s discussion of September’s reading selection – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  I especially enjoyed hearing the various  thoughts on how the book represented childhood vs adulthood.  As always, Swagbucks Book Club members expand my interpretation in unexpected ways.  If you want to check out the discussion click here.

Personally, I really enjoyed listening to the book on audible.com and am leaning towards doing the same for the winner of this month’s Stephen King title.  Just the thought of being immersed in the suspense with earphones on, blocking out all other distractions, on a chilly night as the winds blow leaves by the windows… yikes!  If this also appeals to you there is still time to take advantage of the audible.com deal for new members – Free 30-day trial, 2 Free audiobooks + 150 Swag Bucks!  Click Here for more details.

Time to get down to business and choose our next title.  Below are story synopses with a poll at the bottom of this post.  Voting is open until Sunday night at which time the poll will reveal the final winner if you want to get a jump on the reading.  Or come back next Friday to the Swagbucks Book Club for the official announcement.

The Shining – Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Carrie – Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be normal and go to her senior prom. But another act—of ferocious cruelty—turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

‘Salem’s Lot – Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.

The Dead Zone – Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into… the dead zone.
Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip into…the dead zone.
John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in… the dead zone.


PS. Sad news of Tom Clancy‘s passing this week.  Feel free to share your favorite Clancy novel in the comments.