If I had the ability to do so, I'd spend about eighteen hours a day blogging about Stephen King. Not every single day; I'd do that on about ten of the fourteen days of the week, and set aside the others for
some of the other topics near and dear to my heart. But yeah, for sure on ten of those days, I'd get out of bed, have a spot of breakfast, go exercise, read King books/stories (or view movies) for nine hours or so, have some food, go exercise some more, and then write a blog post of some sort for about nine hours. Eat me some dinner, catch up on my shows, sleep for twelve hours, get up, and do it all over again. Not sure how many hours the day'd need to be, but that's mere details.
Yessir, that's the life for me.
Unfortunately, I'm stuck with this one. What that means, in terms of The Truth Inside The Lie, is that I'm perpetually backlogged with things I'd like to be writing about but can't find the time for.
Among those: I've got a number of books about King's works (or about adaptations of that work) that I have not yet made time to read. I hope to knock a bunch of those out before the end of the year, and it seems natural to review each of these as I go.
In that regard, the first domino has fallen:
Published in 2011 by Centipede Press, Joseph Aisenberg's Studies in the Horror Film: Brian De Palma's Carrie is a not-entirely-uncommon breed among books of film criticism: a book I enjoyed greatly despite frequently disagreeing with it.
The book, I regret to inform you, is long out of print. If you're a big fan of the movie, it might be worth your while to track one down. Copies can be pricey, but Amazon has one in what seems to be good condition for $15. It's certainly worth that if you're a fan of the movie; Aisenberg is very passionate on the subject, and devotes well over three hundred pages to analysis of its every nook and cranny. His method is to match through the entire film, one scene at a time, talking about basically any aspect of it that seems worthwhile. The emphasis is on the psychological content and on De Palma's masterful grasp of cinematic language, but Aisenberg also delves into behind-the-scenes issues of casting, filming, etc. He's interested in it all, and it shows.