For some reason I thought of Stephen King this week. I read a lot of his books when I was younger and really liked him, even though I was scared to death.
One of my favourite Stephen King books is “Needful things”. The main reason I liked this books so much was because of the interwoven plot. Every detail was connected to the others in a very clever way. I can’t remember a lot of details but I know that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I like the cover of the English issue because of the graphic cover style. Stephen King’s books have been re-issued by Hodder & Stoughton, all in the same style with the plain title, an image and a tagline. “Buy now. Pay later.” Pretty much sums it up. You buy at Needful Things and you WILL pay later, whether you want it or not.
Some of the other taglines are very nice, too. “Pet Sematary”, which I found especially frightening, has “A pet isn’t just for life.” “The shining” has “Never overlook the past”. “The Dark Half” has “George Stark. Not a very nice guy.” I like them.
The German cover? Oh, well, another run of the mill cover. Fits the German title I suppose. Again they couldn’t translate the English literally so they chose to go with “In a small town.”
If you have never read Stephen King, would like to, but have no idea where to start, the English publisher Hodder & Stoughton offers a short introduction to Stephen King with some advice.