In honor of three groundbreaking horror books released 50 years ago: The Daily Jaws

“Carrie” follows the story of a troubled high school student named Carrie White, who discovers she possesses telekinetic powers. Bullied by her peers and tormented by her deeply religious mother, Carrie’s abilities manifest in terrifying ways.

While dealing with the challenges of adolescence and social rejection, a traumatic event at her school’s prom leads to catastrophic consequences.

King’s debut novel “Carrie,” which was rescued from the trash by King’s wife, is a moving story that explores themes of adolescence, isolation and abuse of power.

King’s narrative prowess is evident in the chilling portrayal of Carrie’s struggles, combining horror elements with a poignant exploration of human emotions.

The raw intensity of the story keeps readers captivated from start to finish, cementing King’s reputation as a master storyteller in the horror genre. And fifty years later, he seems unstoppable and there is no less appetite for his written work or film adaptations on the big and small screen.

A film directed by Brian DePalma, starring Sissy Spacek in the title role, was released in 1976 – the first adaptation of King’s work – and still stands up as a great King translation to the big screen, despite some of DePalma’s split-screen antics that anchor the film. firmly in the seventies. But it still has raw power and Spacek excels as the bullied and misunderstood Carrie White, lifting it from just well-executed horror fodder.

Supporting Spacek is a stellar cast including Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Nancy Allen and William Katt.

The Rats by James Herbert

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