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It appears that King has finally moved on from his brush with death in 1999, when a distracted driver ran him over with a van. The accident clearly had a huge impact on King, not only physically, but emotionally as well; he had recurring nightmares about the accident and had great difficulty sitting up for more than forty minutes to write. Almost all of his books written after the accident had underlying themes of near death, accidents, and theories about time reversal and how it could affect the future. Several books have characters that were suspiciously similar to King and who dealt with the consequences from near fatal accidents. It was perhaps due to his emotional and physically painful recovery (as well as maintaining his several decades long sobriety) that King began writing the disjointed and muddled books that marked the 2000s. There were no great hits from King, no books that would make the reader's blood run cold or keep them up at night. Fans worried that this was the end of an era; Stephen King was a has-been, an author who had run his course of success. Yet, with these two novels, King has triumphantly returned. He has returned to his classic form: a suspenseful build-up of a battle between good and evil, with ample interjections of fear spawning not only from objects and surroundings, but also from everyday people.
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Can The Stand or Salem's Lot ever be recreated? No, of course not. King's earlier books literally launched a genre; he introduced mainstream literature that was not your typical crime or romance novels. King's novels from the 1970's have earned their spots in literary greatness simply because of their originality and their (at the time) unrivaled content; they will not be outdone by King again. However, readers can now look forward new, fresh Stephen King books, books that have all the components that made King a legend plus his renewed vigor in storytelling. There might never be another The Shining, but give these two a chance; you won't regret it.
LOOK FOR KING'S NEWEST BOOK REVIVAL, DUE OUT NOVEMBER 11, 2014!