Title: Carrie

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 306 Pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

The Blurb

Carrie White is no ordinary girl.

Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis.

To be invited to Prom Night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie – the first
step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues.

But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she
is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her . . .

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Ok. So this is probably going to be an unpopular opinion because I know that Stephen King is the master of horror and a genius at his craft but I just didn’t rate Carrie. I think the problem is that I was expecting to be absolutely petrified and I just wasn’t. I was a little bit underwhelmed if truth be told. This may have been due to many reasons; those being: I am of a generation that has seen so many real life horrors that it will take something pretty massive to scare me or because of Stephen King’s legendary status I was just expecting more.

One thing I will say about Carrie is that it really does excel in showing the cruelty of school kids. That is something that he definitely got right.

I plan to read more of King’s novels to see if this was just a one off.

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Title: The Amityville Horror

Author: Jay Anson

Pages: 188 Pages

Publisher: Pan

The Blurb

On December 18th, 1975, George and Kathy Lutz, with their three children, moved into their new home at 112, Ocean Avenue, Amityville.

Twenty eight days later, they fled from the house in terror.

Plagued by extreme cold and strange unearthly smells, by clouds of flies in the dead of winter, by voices and music that came from nowhere, by green slime that came from the walls…by unspeakable phenomena inconceivable this side of the gates of Hell!

The Review

Ok, let me paint a picture. I’m sitting in my house reading and I realise that I have never really read a horror story. Like ever. So I picked up The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson and I prepared myself to have the wee scared out of me. I had a pair of nail scissors, a heavy book and a remote control next to me to be used as a weapon should I be attacked by anything nasty.

The only thing that attacked me was a nasty case of disappointment. Maybe it is my Gen X MTV attitude but it just didn’t have any effect on me whatsoever. I am disappointed.

I’m sure The Amityville Horror was scary in its day but it just isn’t as powerful with a modern day audience.

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is available now.

2 Stars