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31 Days with the King – Carrie

31 Days with the King – Carrie

October is finally here and what better way to kick it off than some Stephen King praise. King, dubbed the master of horror, has written over 50 novels and 200 short stories during his career as an author. While some of his themes tend to lean on the fantasy side, his main bag is horror, which has produced many of our favorite go-to horror films when we’re craving a little scare. King’s first novel, Carrie, became a best seller world-wide, selling over a million copies in its first year. It also became a hit at the box office when Brian De Palma brought the book to life on the big screen in 1976.

Carrie White is an example of an awkward, introverted teenage girl bullied by other students, causing her to avoid contact at all costs. After a particularly embarrassing moment after gym class in the shower, Carrie begins to tap into a special power she has that no one – other than her mother – knows about. Being embarrassed at prom in a regrettably terrible prank, Carrie unleashes her powers, causing a rather unforgettable night for everyone. This book is an easy read, but an enjoyable one, capturing the reader with each suspenseful word. And after you finish the book, check out the movie Carrie starring Sissy Spacek and get ready for a night full of revenge – best served hot.

About The Author

Mells Bells

Once upon a time there was a girl born on a dark and dreary winter day. She grew up knowing she was different from the others, but never being able to put her bony finger on what it was. Until one day she read a Stephen King novel, which unlocked the madness that would become her life. She quickly devoured book after book, moving on to classic horror films and deciding that she would live her life different from the others. She researched serial killers and tried to figure out the psyche behind what drove humans mad. She rapidly absorbed cold cases of missing people and became, if only in her mind, a savant of the true crime world. Now she lives her life converting unsuspecting humans to the dark side. The dark side of Mells. She now lives amongst the others as one of them. Waiting for her next conquest. She sounds crazy ... but make no mistake. Her Southern accent will put you in a trance and soon you too will become a true Mells Bells. Seriously, I have two dogs, a kid, and an old man. A devout horror fanatic and obsessed with true crime, I read a lot. A lot.


  1. Acadia Einstein

    No love for Chloe Moretz? NONE? Also I think he was close enough to high school to get a lot of that stuff right, even if the villains are wayyyy over the top. But maybe they aren’t, considering the real shit we see people do.


    • Jackie Torrance

      It’s really interesting if you read King’s memoir “On Writing”, he talks about how he wrote the first hundred pages of Carrie and then threw it in the trash because he said he couldn’t write as well as he wanted from the perspective of a female character. His wife fished the pages out of the trash, told him she would help…and the rest is history. And today I still remember reading Carrie for the first time and being struck at how raw and realistic his portrayal of what it means to be a unpopular high school girl was.

  2. Andrew

    Don’t get me wrong, I liked Chloe Moretz’s performance but nothing could live up to Sissy Spacek’s turn as Carrie. She embodied that character in a way that couldn’t be matched.


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