I’ve just finished re-reading Needful Things by Stephen King. I first read it when it came out over 20 years ago, and I picked up a second hand copy last month, for $3.80, plus a harmless prank to be played on Lester Platt. Only joking, it was 8 Singapore Dollars.
I reckon I’ve read about 15 or so Stephen King books over the last 30 years or so. Most of those were read as a teenager interested in horror movies and records with devils on the cover, but I’ve never really lost touch completely with him, and I enjoyed the most recent one I read, Joyland (To be honest, I think I’ve enjoyed all the books of his I’ve read with the exception of The Dark Half, which I never really warmed to).
Needful Things was probably, along with Pet Semetary, my favourite of his books back in the day. Partly because the basic idea is a good one (Shop that sells your heart’s desire, at a price) but mainly I think because the book gives King plenty of scope to do what I think he likes the most: write about the people and secrets of small town Maine. You get the sense that he really enjoyed writing this one.
I know there are King fans out there, so why not come in and tell everyone which of his books are your favourites? And don’t worry about those noises you can hear. They’re just loons.