J is for John Saul

Unknown-3I discovered John Saul when I was a teenager, and I fell in love with his stories.  They were so dark and creepy.  I loved the supernatural threads that wove through all of his books.  They were different from Stephen King’s books and Dean Koontz’s books (my other two favorite horror authors) in that they focused more on psychological terror.  His books often made me think and wonder.

I love quite a few of his books, but the one that influenced me most was The Blackstone Chronicles.  This is a serial story that was published over the course of a year in six stories, then later published as one complete book.  In the book, the Blackstone Asylum is set to be demolished and turned into a shopping mall.  The plans fall through, but then an artifact from the asylum is delivered to six different people who then have bad things happen to them.

I read the completed book, but loved the concept of a serial.  In fact, it’s something I’d love to do, tell a complete story using different people and perspectives.  Though I tend to write from one point of view, I don’t think any story can be complete from one person’s perspective.  No matter how objective people try to be, they’re biased and will make interpretations based on their values and experience.

On a side note, this challenge is making my already huge TBR pile get bigger.  I want to go back and read some of the amazing books I’ve talked about, and I also want to read the books talked about by other bloggers.  Luckily, I don’t think it’s possible to have too many books to read.

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7 comments on “J is for John Saul

  1. Same here!! I have added a bunch! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. A serial thriller, eh? I like it!

  3. Janet Miles says:

    I don’t like to read things that are going to give me nightmares, but, I too am adding lots of things to my to-read list! Thanks!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I remember reading a John Saul book when I was a teen too. I don’t remember what it was called but it had to do with horrific things happening to children.

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