Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, thriller
Year of Publication: 1981
It's 1981 in Castle Rock, Maine where a 200-pound St. Bernard AKA Cujo chases down a rabbit into a hole that is occupied by bats, and one rabid bat bites Cujo's nose. Then on he looses control of who he is and unleashes his terror on the people of Castle Rock.
Cujo is trapped inside whatever's driving his body for him. He hurts those he loves. He is brutal and remorseless, because he is not himself. Those who would stop him are cut down or trapped. They can only look at him through windows and pray he leaves them alone, or that they get a chance to stop him.
This was my second King read and I'm proud I read it from cover to cover, finally (the 1st was 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon'). Given all the rants I heard about King's prowess with thriller/horror I was wary and frankly scared even before I read the book this was postponed for 2 years. We are here now, satisfied that I enjoyed this incredible, dark read that tore my heart open and squeezed all the juices out.
There are no chapters, no page breaks: it's a constant rush of words, darting between characters and with reminiscing periods of backstory, but always pushing forward. The books stops, however, right after Cujo dies along with one of the characters. 😢
Why do the dogs have to die?
The writing style was a bit of a challenge to get used to but effortless once you get used to the Maine(ish) lingo. The themes of alcohol abuse, family, promiscuity, transition, lack of control are vividly painted that my mind is now tainted.
And there is more to this story than meets the eye apparently, reflecting on the state of mind of the writer. Bits and pieces of King are in the book and that adds more flavour, steam making it more personal and real.
With that, I say yes to more of the King of horror (pun intended) but in slow motion.
Read this one? Thoughts? King fans, what's your favourite works by him?