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Halloween Countdown 2020 – Christine by Stephen King


Christine by Stephen King

Chosen by Olly

“This is the story of a lover’s triangle…It was bad from the start. And it got worse in a hurry.”

It’s love at first sight for high school student Arnie Cunningham when he and his best friend Dennis Guilder spot the dilapidated 1958 red-and-white Plymouth Fury for sale—dubbed “Christine” by its original cantankerous owner—rusting away on a front lawn of their suburban Pennsylvania neighborhood. Dennis knows that Arnie’s never had much luck in the looks or popularity department, or really taken an interest in owning a car . . . but Christine quickly changes all that. Arnie suddenly has the newfound confidence to stick up for himself, going as far as dating the most beautiful girl at Libertyville High—transfer student Leigh Cabot—even as a mysteriously restored Christine systematically and terrifyingly consumes every aspect of Arnie’s life. Dennis and Leigh soon realize that they must uncover the awful truth behind a car with a horrifying and murderous history. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and heaven help anyone who gets in Christine’s way…

It’s a cliche to include King in horror lists, but Christine holds a special place in my heart as the first modern horror novel I read. I was about 12 when I borrowed it from the library, my dad insisted he flick through it to make sure it was suitable (god only knows how he missed the regular and deliberate of the main character’s surname, Cunningham). I’d read Lovecraft before this, but Christine really opened my eyes to how horror could be skillfully integrated into tales of everyday life.


Check out Lilyn’s review of Christine

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

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