Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada has few connections with the rest of the world. It is a place, though, where the seams between worlds are thin. Miners at the China Pit have accidentally broken into another dimension and released a horrific creature known as Tak, who takes human form by hijacking some of the town’s residents. The forces of good orchestrate a confrontation between this ancient evil and a group of unsuspecting travelers who are lured to the dying town. This rag-tag band of unwilling champions is led by a young boy who speaks to God. – from StephenKing.com
Coming up with a favorite book for the letter D was a really hard task – oddly enough, EVERY book that I was considering was by Stephen King.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dolores Claiborne. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Doctor Sleep. The Dark Half was amazing. The Dark Tower Series? An epic feat of writing. And really, for those who are uninitiated to the world of Stephen King, Desperation is definitely NOT the place you want to start reading. So why did I pick this book?
Desperation is DARK. Desperation is chock full to the core of gore and torture and terror, and terrible, terrible things.
And that is exactly what I loved about it.
Desperation was shocking to me when I first read it, which was years ago, when it first came to paperback. I had no idea that there were books in the world that were SO GORY and violent and terrifying. When I was reading it, I felt like I was doing something wrong, or getting away with something.
You know that sick feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you drive by a nasty car accident and you just can’t stop yourself from rubbernecking? That’s Desperation, from beginning to end.
It’s a book of terror, not a book of horror. You should know that before dipping in. You should know that, if you do start the book and want to finish, you’re going to be wondering what it says about you as a person that you WANT to finish reading it.
Desperation is not for the weak. It’s for the people who carry a little bit of darkness inside of them, and like that about themselves… Ready to join that club?