Friday, 15 October 2010

Quoth the Scotsman: Stephen King on Bad Juju

Seems there was some confusion over the first edition of Quoth the Scotsman, in which I quoted a short passage from Cat Valente's forthcoming novel, The Habitation of the Blessed.

Thus, let me make myself doubly clear from here on out: unless otherwise indicated, none of the quotes quoted in the following article are representative of the beliefs of the person in question quoted nor those the person quoting the person in question. Additionally, any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental... or is it?

In short, Quoth the Scotsman is just a space here on TSS for me to post neat quotes as and when I come across them. Simple. As. That.

So what do I have for you this week? Well, thanks to a certain sweetheart over at Hodder and Stoughton, I was lucky enough to score an advance galley of this year's Stephen King, a collection of four previously-unpublished novellas set to rival those brought together in Four Past Midnight or - dare I say it? - Different Seasons.

Without further ado, then...

"There are always worse things waiting. You think you have seen the most terrible thing, the one that coalesces all your nightmares into a freakish horror that actually exists, and the only consolation is that there can be nothing worse. Even if there is, your mind will snap at the sight of it, and you will know no more. But there is worse, your mind does not snap, and somehow you carry on. You might understand that all the joy has gone out of the world for you, that what you did has put all your hoped to gain out of your reach, you might wish you were the one who was dead - but you go on. You realize that you are in a hell of your own making, but you go on nevertheless. Because there is nothing else to do." (p.39)

From Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Coming in November from Hodder and Stoughton

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful article? You have described very well. How you got this idea? Great work.