After reading tons of King’s work, I eventually lost interest in it. This was around the time shortly after he published 'The Dark Half'. I enjoyed that one but shortly afterward King seemed to leave his more 'horrorish' tales behind and wrote what I would call more suspense stories than outright horror. Stories like Deloris Claiborne and Gerald's Game I attempted but outright disliked.
Once in a while I do like to try to revisit the current American master of horror just to see if I can get back into him. Currently Mr. King has been experimenting with all different forms of the written word, which has interested me. There is the audio book only release of Blood And Smoke, the serial he tried on the Internet called 'The Plant' (where each excerpt was paid for on the honour system of a buck) and also this e-book only release of Riding The Bullet.
I first downloaded Riding The Bullet through Amazon.com when they were offering it for free. I got it with the hopes of getting around to reading it soon but that never did happen. After formatting my hard drive on my computer it was lost and I had no way to get it back. It was frustrating as now Amazon doesn't give it out for free, but $2.50 isn't a bad price. I just worry about any future e-book purchases. Can I never format my Hard Drive again if I decide to collect e-books? Or is this format more of a pay-per-view format for literature much like film currently has? I think I'd rather still read stories on paper rather than on my computer anyway. I like to roll around on the bed, hang upside down from the couch, read on the bus, etc. You just can't do that with a computer monitor.
Riding The Bullet is the tale of Alan and Jean Parker. Alan Parker was raised by his mother Jean and is a dedicated son. He loves his mother and has respected her throughout his life at what she has done and how hard she has worked in order to raise him.
One day Alan receives a call from a family friend stating that his mother has had a stroke. Alan, not having a car and living in a different city (attending college) drops everything and hitchhikes his way home.
Alan's experiences hitchhiking change his life drastically. Riding The Bullet is a campfire type ghost story that gets better and more intense the longer you read it. By the time Alan arrives at the hospital I was essentially sweating. As with most ghost stories, questions of whether or not Alan's experiences were real or not fluttered through my mind. I had no idea, no clue on what was going to happen next.
Being raised by a single mother myself, the story may have been a little closer to my heart as well. I really came to respect Jean Parker and felt such sorrow and worry for Alan. I could help but think about what I would do or how I would react if this has happened to me.
Riding The Bullet was an excellent revisit to my old favourite high school author. Stephen King has entertained me countless amounts of times and has done so with his experiment in the e-book world. Although there are some minor things I would like to point out though that I disliked. First off, I hate spelling errors. There were a few. Perhaps I’m just anal, but I figure professionals with editors shouldn't have many typos or errors. The second issue is a major one. If I am going to experiment with e-book purchases there must be a way to back up this story. There doesn't appear to be any way to do it currently. Once you lose it (Hard Drive crash, etc.), you’ve lost it and have to pay for it again. I’ll stick to mostly using the printed page until they do something about that.