Halloween Favorites

Halloween is the coolest, hands down, most excellent holiday in my book. So, I thought I'd do something different and put up a post of my favorite halloween movie and book. The movie is "Constantine" and the novel is "The Stand" by Stephen King. I found a quote by Stephen King "The Stand":

"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."

How cool is that?! This book is a long one but really really worth the effort. To get lost in this one is a treat, it's one that as soon as I get to the last page, I think long and hard about just turning back to page one and giving it another go. And to be truthful, some days the mini series based on this book knocks "Constantine" back to second place. It's amazingly fun.

"Constantine" appeals to me because I'm fascinated by hell. I admit it. The idea proposed by the often great writer Edward Lee (he wrote two books on this theme that I adore called "City Infernal" and "Infernal Angel" of hell being a large thriving city is really interesting to me and Constantine portrays hell similarly. Exploring old places fascinates me no end and I think this is partly why I find this idea so intriguing. So, here's the trailer, I hope you enjoy. And once again, Happy October, Halloween and Haunting.


Taunie Cavanaugh said...

A lot of Stephen King's work is too dark for me. I get scared and can't sleep! I do like 'The Stand'. I've seen the movie several times.....I'll have to read the book. I have read and really enjoyed 'Secret Window, Secret Garden'. The movie starring Johnny Depp was also well done. He makes a great psychopath!

Kara Boulden said...

Hey Taunie, how cool that you've seen "The Stand" several times! I adore that, it never gets old. I love "Secret Window" too, I've just seen the movie though so I'll have to try the book. One of the movies made from a Stephen King novel that scares the tar out of me, so to speak, is "The Shining." Not the original movie with Jack Nicholson, but the newer longer version. I keep trying to get up the courage to watch it again but haven't made it yet. We recently watched "Stir of Echos" based on the novel by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. I couldn't sleep for 2 nights after I was so scared. Though, I must say, "Stir of Echos" was a good movie and I would watch it again (I know when to close my eyes now). :)

Michelle Christensen said...

Same here about Stephen King! But I still like some of his stuff. Btw, I didn't draw the pic you liked on my blog! It was by Mercer Meyer.. I really like his work! Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen!

Kara Boulden said...

Hey Michelle, Happy Halloween back! Halloween rocks! Actually, I did recognize the pic you put up that I commented on, just couldn't remember the illustrator's name. It just really struck a chord when I saw it cause I was feeling like that at the moment so I really loved it! His work IS fun. Seeing that brought back memories of reading books with his illustrations as a kid. They are AWESOME.

J.J. in L.A. said...

I was browsing and found this blog...I *adore* The Stand! I first read it (long version) in college. I now have the paperback.

I also love The Shining and The Dead Zone. I saw the movie repeatedly and had a crush on Christopher Walken (for awhile). lol!

Kara Boulden said...

Hey J.J., thanks for your comment! So cool to meet other lovers of "The Stand!" It's one of the best movies/novels ever, in my book. I've been thinking about reading it again. I'm just finishing "Single White Female" by John Lutz (outstanding!) and just might do that.

I agree, Christopher Walken is really cool. Did you see him in "Man on Fire?" His role was fairly small but I really thought he did an outstanding job.