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    What I Learned From Stephen King

    Hi all!

    I've been a columnist for Cemetery Dance for the past few years now, but for some reason never even realized they had a forum!

    I've written a little over a dozen of these doo-dads for Cemetery Dance Online over the last few years, exploring the hidden wisdom and life lessons I've found in King's work. Thought I'd drop the links in here for anyone who would like to read, or discuss. Thanks everyone and glad to have found this place! (I've put my favorites at the top, lol)

    The Letter I Wrote to Stephen King, and the Response That Changed My Life
    http://bit.ly/2w2XTSN

    What I've Learned From Stephen King: An Introduction
    http://bit.ly/2vYyUQu

    It & Other Childhood Demons
    http://bit.ly/2IQshXJ

    Everyone Has An Annie Wilkes
    http://bit.ly/2MrYWGj

    Cujo & Other Grown-Up Monsters
    http://bit.ly/2N5WsK0

    The True Villain in Carrie
    http://bit.ly/2nVHr2k

    Firestarter & Standing Up to the Man
    http://bit.ly/2MNOM29

    What Makes a Great Teacher
    http://bit.ly/2N6wLJd

    The Long Walk of Life
    http://bit.ly/2OQmKjR

    The Hero in The Dead Zone
    http://bit.ly/2N5VnSe

    Christine and the Roads Traveled
    http://bit.ly/2PrW4qz

    Night Shift and the Nature of Fear
    http://bit.ly/2N5Xohu

    Pet Sematary and Why Sometimes Dead is Better
    http://bit.ly/2MqjiQc

    Thinner and the Blame Game
    http://bit.ly/2MtrdfG

    'The Flexible Bullet' of Madness
    http://bit.ly/2MocFOd

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    Welcome to the forum Jason!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    Welcome to the forum Jason!

    Thanks, Dan!

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    Thanks for sharing, glad you found us! What are you reading? And don't say Stephen King LOl!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
    Thanks for sharing, glad you found us! What are you reading? And don't say Stephen King LOl!!
    HA! Weeeeell, I hate to disappoint you, but I am reading The Dark Half for the first time, having just completed The Tommyknockers. lol BUT! In between, I did manage to revisit one of my favorites, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. I also just read Richard Matheson's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" for the first time.

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    As long as your not just taking the easy way out LOl!!

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    Welcome to the forum! I have read some of your past articles and they are always interesting reads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Welcome to the forum! I have read some of your past articles and they are always interesting reads.
    Thanks, Ben! Glad to hear it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Sechrest View Post
    HA! Weeeeell, I hate to disappoint you, but I am reading The Dark Half for the first time, having just completed The Tommyknockers. lol BUT! In between, I did manage to revisit one of my favorites, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. I also just read Richard Matheson's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" for the first time.
    Welcome, Jason! I have read your articles as well and they're great stuff! I really enjoyed The Dark Half but Tommyknockers was not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian861 View Post
    Welcome, Jason! I have read your articles as well and they're great stuff! I really enjoyed The Dark Half but Tommyknockers was not for me.
    I really enjoyed the first 1/3 of The Tommyknockers. I loved the opening story of Bobbie. Enjoyed Jim's opening story enough too. And once we get into the town of Haven, it's like a series of EC horror comics -- a different one happening in each household, all of which I loved.

    And then... I'm not sure what happened. Somewhere along the way, I lost interest. It did feel as though the story was taking forever to get to its conclusion.

    I know King once said he believes there's a great short story hiding somewhere in The Tommyknockers. I'm inclined to say there are at least 3 or 4.

    So far loving The Dark Half, but have only just begun!

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    Welcome! And thanks for posting these here. I've read a few. Now I can catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozmosis7 View Post
    Welcome! And thanks for posting these here. I've read a few. Now I can catch up.
    So cool. Thanks, Oz! ...

    And for anyone interested, it looks like my short story was just published by Cemetery Dance as a FREE read on their web site this morning!! I've got another one debuting in their mag next issue too.
    https://www.cemeterydance.com/extras...ason-sechrest/

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    Senior Member Jeez! Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Martin's Avatar
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    Jason, thank you for posting these here. I have read and enjoyed most of them and will get to the rest.

    On a side note Mr. Sechrest also has a Patreon which offers stories in both digital and audio. I have been planning on joining the audio level when the weather allows for more outside activities. It appears to be about here so I will sign up soon.
    https://www.patreon.com/jasonsechrest

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    Senior Member Jeez! Don't you have anything better to do with your time? bookworm 1's Avatar
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    Thanks for the links and welcome to the funny farm...ummmm I mean forum....... okay I really meant funny Farm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    Jason, thank you for posting these here. I have read and enjoyed most of them and will get to the rest.

    On a side note Mr. Sechrest also has a Patreon which offers stories in both digital and audio. I have been planning on joining the audio level when the weather allows for more outside activities. It appears to be about here so I will sign up soon.
    https://www.patreon.com/jasonsechrest
    Coooooooool! Look forward to seeing you over on the Patreon page. We have a lot of fun there!


    Quote Originally Posted by bookworm 1 View Post
    Thanks for the links and welcome to the funny farm...ummmm I mean forum....... okay I really meant funny Farm
    I'll fit right in here. They're coming to take me away a-ha!

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    James Wan to Produce Remake of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot
    et ready for a return to America’s most famous small town that happens to be filled with Orlokian vampires, Jerusalem’s Lot.
    ‘Salem’s Lot was only the second novel published by Stephen King when it first hit shelves in 1975, and it remains one of the author’s more well-known works. A tale about a writer who returns to his childhood town of Jerusalem’s Lot, only to find it overrun with a vampire infestation, it has been adapted twice before: As a well-regarded 1979 TV movie by Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, and again as a quickly forgotten 2004 miniseries.

    Now, ‘Salem’s Lot is headed to the one place it’s never actually been: Into movie theaters. As reported by The Wrap, New Line Cinema is producing a big screen adaptation of the vampire story, which will be produced by The Conjuring maestro James Wan and written by It scribe Gary Dauberman. No word yet on who would be directing, but Dauberman would presumably be a possibility—he just wrapped his directorial debut in the upcoming Annabelle Comes Home, also set in New Line’s Conjuring universe.

    Compared with weighty tomes such as It or ponderous stories like The Dark Tower, ‘Salem’s Lot is a pretty straightforward King adaptation—an ideal project for a director with visual styles to craft a back-to-basics vampire horror film. The script from Dauberman will likely increase anticipation from some horror fans, given the positive response to It. Dauberman has also written the It: Chapter Two screenplay, as well as the script for the upcoming Swamp Thing. Wan, meanwhile, has become one of the biggest producer-directors in Hollywood, successfully shepherding DC’s Aquaman to financial and critical success, even as he prepares to produce The Conjuring 3.

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    Dreams do come true. If you had told me 3 years ago that my name would be on the cover of Cemetery Dance Magazine, I'd have said that's impossible! But nothing is impossible. And I cannot wait to share my story, "Orange Grove Court," with you in their next issue.

    I hope you enjoy getting to know the neighbors on Orange Grove Court as much as I did. They're nice folks... Just be sure to keep an eye on your kids. Summer 2019.

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    Hey, you forgot to mention I was in there too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    Hey, you forgot to mention I was in there too!!

    cdfixed.JPG
    HA! lol... Looks kinda cool. An electronically signed copy!

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    I'm going to try to get CD to add a section on the cover labeled: "No Contribution By"

    Maybe I can get in that section!!

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