The Long Walk by Stephen King

The Long Walk, Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman), 1979

My favorite quote: “They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn’t like to look at them. They were the walking dead.”

Notable characters: Ray Garraty, the main Walker; McVries, a Walker who befriends Garraty; Stebbins, a Walker with a secret; the crowd, their real nemesis

Most memorable scene: An uprising along the way

Greatest strength: It’s haunting sense ot reality. You’ll feel your feet get tired before you’re halfway through

Standout achievements: Creating a reality TV vibe before reality TV was a thing

Fun facts: While not the first one published, The Long Walk is the first novel Stephen King wrote. He began it in 1966, during his Freshman year at the University of Maine, when he was only eighteen years old

What it taught me about writing: That even a story about people walking can be riveting if the stakes are high and the characters are interesting

How it inspired my own work: I’ve always seen a little Ray Garraty in Cade Colter, my protagonist in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series

My rating: 4.5 of 5

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

4 thoughts on “The Long Walk by Stephen King

  1. Thank you, I am glad you share your likes; it can help people who enjoy your work find similar good stuff 🙂

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