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Stephen King

Bird and Bear and Hare and Fish by Scioscribe

'Roland said, "There was a woman who had a wall in her home painted to look like a city. When she looked closely—and she spent many hours looking closely—she could even see the eyelets in the clasps of the purses carried by its citizens, could even see the freckles on a boy and the ribbon in a girl's hair. She fell into the study of it. And, as such things often do, her study turned into her occupation turned into her obsession. Not that that is something I would understand," he said with a smile so beautiful in its ruefulness that all three of his companions separately felt that they should memorize it.' I don't know Dark Tower, but the fantastic story-within-a-story draws the reader into this ensemble adventure. Deservedly widely recommended

[Added 27/12/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Stephen King]

My Soul to Keep by Maidenjedi

'Everyone is a little bit corrupt, he’s found, a little bit naughty inside. And secrets lie behind doors of all kinds, mahogany or framed screen doors, whitewashed doors and barely-hanging-on-the-hinges doors.' Randall Flagg makes a suitably disturbing narrator in this brief prequel to The Stand

[Added 04/10/2013; Drama; 1000-2500; Stephen King]

West by Edonohana & Kore

'Fran figured that even if the dark man won and the earth crumbled, a couple bags of Fritos would float around in space, unchanged and indestructible, as crunchy and salty as the day they were made.' An inspired feminist re-envisioning of the final act of The Stand, clever & moving

[Added 28/10/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Stephen King]

Works of Mercy by Scioscribe

'So that was how Jenny Engstrom left Vegas just ahead of Randall Flagg's tantrum. She rode a motorcycle and slept during the day because it seemed to her that nighttime was his time, when the gaps between the stars each looked like his face, and she couldn't sleep with him looking at her a million times over.' Thoughtful female-centric AU of The Stand in which one change leads to insidious escalation and a different outcome. I love Jenny's characterisation, and how it explains her choices in the original

[Added 24/12/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Stephen King]