Let's be honest.. I am a huge Stephen King fan. So when I heard there was an illustrated book based off a poem he wrote about one of his most epic villains Randall Flagg I was in! Here is the goodreads description:
I am just not a poetry person. I really have only ever liked Robert Frost's poems. This was also one of those poems I didn't care for. I have no idea what was going on! I am sorry but King is not a poet. I suppose if I sat here in my living room and read it aloud in a deep dark scary voice maybe it would be good:
i have ridden rails
and passed the smuggery
of desperate houses with counterfeit chimneys
and heard from the outside
the inside clink of cocktail ice
Do these words sound like words that would create the ultimate King villain?? No way!! The art is neat.. though a little messy. I suppose that adds to the spooky factor of the book. I find it sad though that the illustrator of the book isn't listed on the cover. This book should be treated like a graphic novel, which it is, so I think the artist Chadbourne should be mentioned. I mean.. there were several pages that didn't even have a line from King's poem only Chadbourne's art.
I am not really sure if this book is out for a money maker or what? Cemetery Dance Publications usually puts out some pretty cool special edition King books. I always love to see what they have in store for everyone. This one though.. I wasn't too sure about. I tried looking through the illustations for King easter eggs to his other novels. I mean.. I thought maybe we would see Flagg in some of the locations in the novels where he visits... but I don't really think there was any.
I would say pass on buying this... I mean... really it's not worth the $25 price. Maybe if you find it at a used book store or somewhere like that it would be perfect. The art work though it neat to look out... it is really busy but that makes it dark and cool.
The crystal ball says:
Rain is pouring... Not sure if this was really worth my time, must get umbrella.