I have a tendency to fall down rabbit holes. Something sparks my interest and holds it for weeks, months, sometimes even years. I start reading, watching, googling everything adjacent to it.
This has happened to me more times than I can count.
And it’s happened again, for the second time in two years, for the same author, because of Hulu’s Castle Rock.
This is all my way of saying that I’m suspending The Epics Project, partially because I can’t get into Infinite Jest and partly because all I want to do right now is read more Stephen King.
So I’m doing that. I’ve started Needful Things, and I’ll do The Dead Zone and The Darker Half and Different Seasons soon. (Though I’ve read The Body a few times) I’m sticking to the Castle Rock stories for now, (so also Cujo I guess…) and I figure soon enough that will lead me back to the Tower, which means I’ll go for IT and Hearts In Atlantis and Insomnia.
Anyway, on to Castle Rock, which has been feeding me at the moment. Taking the King atmosphere and combining it with the Bad Robot puzzle box is a great idea, and one that’s irrestible to me, especially my research obsessed, head down the rabbit hole brain. References pop up, some that I know (less from the books, more from movies) others that sound familiar (likely referenced in The Dark Tower) and a quiet solid hope.
Deep in the bowels of Shawshank Prison, a young man is found locked up. He looks an awful lot like Pennywise, but it turns out that he’s not. He might be someone else though. (Randal Flagg, PLEASE BE RANDAL FLAGG! Or at least have Flagg show up to get him out.)
The show’s great, and I think we’re all going to have a few fun weeks while I gobble up some Stephen King stories. I’ll still report as I finish them, I still want to make my reading goal, and I might jump back into the epics, but for now, I need a pulpy, scary break.
I’m thinking I might even start a notebook where I just write down all the connections I catch.
Seriously, I haven’t gotten this nerded out about something in a long time.
Watch Castle Rock, y’all, then we can talk about it.