Stephen King’s scariest quotes
October 27, 2017
Stephen King’s UK editor Philippa Pride picks out some of Stephen King’s scariest quotes.¬†
‚ÄėSome birds are not meant to be caged‚Ä¶Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.‚Äô – Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
Halloween would not be complete without some scary quotes from the master.¬† But what creates horror?
From some it‚Äôs the fear of the supernatural or the unexpected surprise in your small town ‚Äď a clown who peeks out of the storm drain (IT), the ghostly visitations to a house on a lake (Bag of Bones), a jealous car (Christine the Plymouth Fury).¬† For others it‚Äôs the voices in our head (think of Jessie who is tied to a bed, alone in a remote cabin in Gerald‚Äôs Game).¬† But for others yet true horror resides in the people to whom we are closest, people who should make us feel safe ‚Äď¬†the spouse we think we know but don‚Äôt (‚ÄėA Good Marriage‚Äô),¬† an ultra religious mother (Carrie),¬† a deranged fan (Lisey‚Äôs Story),¬† a father who is a conflicted alcoholic (The Shining).
And always, always we are scared because Steve‚Äôs characters are so close to real.¬† Think about Annie Wilkes the nurse who holds writer Paul Sheldon prisoner in Misery.
Stephen King is a writer who cannot be caged. Words are his power ‚Äď to terrify or break your heart.¬† His imagination always soars brightly, his songs reaching beyond the trappings of any genre definition. As Kings says in his introduction to The Shining, ‚ÄėThe truth is that monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win. That our better angels sometimes ‚Äď often! ‚Äď win instead, in spite of all odds, is another truth‚Äô
‚ÄėWe all float down here! – It
‚ÄėEddie discovered one of his childhood’s great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.‚Äô –¬†It
‚ÄėSo what?…Ghosts can’t hurt anyone. That’s what I thought then.‚Äô ‚Äď Bag of Bones
‚ÄėI was scared,‚Äô she said, and then uttered a shaky little laugh. ‚ÄėI guess you don‚Äôt know what scared is until one of your kids screams in the dark.‚Äô ‚Äď¬†Christine
‚ÄėI‚Äôm peeling my hand, she thought. Oh dear Jesus, I‚Äôm peeling it like an orange.‚Äô ‚Äď¬†Gerald’s Game
‚ÄėYou realize that you are in a hell of your own making, but you go on nevertheless. Because there is nothing else to do.‚Äô ‚Äď ‚Äė1922‚Äô, from Full Dark, No Stars
‚ÄėFor the last time, let us pray‚Äô‚Ä¶Momma leaned forward and the knife came down in a shining arc.‚Äô ‚Äď¬†Carrie
‚ÄėShe saw a man standing on her back porch stoop. And it was a man, not a lawnmower or a vacuum cleaner but an actual man. Luckily, she had time to register the fact that, although he wasn‚Äôt Deputy Boeckman, he was also dressed in Castle County khaki. This saved her the embarrassment of screaming like Jamie Lee Curtis in a Halloween movie.‚Äô ‚Äď Lisey’s Story
‚ÄėOnce, during the drinking phase, Wendy had accused him of desiring his own destruction but not possessing the necessary moral fiber to support a full-blown deathwish. So he manufactured ways in which other people could do it, lopping a piece at a time off himself and their family.’ ‚Äď The Shining
‚ÄėYet he could not tell Annie that, and not just because it might rile her up. He could not tell her because it would hurt her badly, and in spite of all the pain she had afforded him, he found he could not hurt her in that way. He had been hurt that way himself.’ ‚Äď Misery