eBook: 32 Pages
Series: Short story standalone
Yet another Stephen King short story and the last in the Halloween reads. This one was actually recommended to me by Sandra, more or less, and I’m glad I decided to read it.
Dean Evers is all alone; his wife died, his son Pat has his own family and not enough time to visit the old man, and he doesn’t keep in touch with many friends. One night, while watching a baseball game on TV, Dean sees an apparition, someone who couldn’t possibly be there, someone who by all accounts and purposes should be dead.
He tries, and succeeds, to convince himself that he’s imagining things. Until the next ballgame, that is, when he sees yet another person who shouldn’t be alive.
This short story is excellent. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the constant baseball talk/lingo. I know virtually nothing about baseball, I don’t watch it, hell, we don’t even play baseball.
Other than that, it’s great. Eerie, both because of the premise and the MC’s behavior, A Face in the Crowd actually provides the reader with some characterization, too, which is unusual for short stories. It’s only Dean that gets sketched, the other characters being secondary, but it’s enough for a better understanding of the story.
Furthermore, the ending comes as a surprise, in terms of character behavior.
However, I do think that King can do so much better, I know he can. Can’t say anything about O’Nan because it’s the first time I’ve read anything by him.
My next King book is going to be Four Past Midnight. Must see if it’s as good as the movie. 🙂