Thursday Quotables: Bag of Bones


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones by Stephen King
(published 1998)

I seem to be on a Stephen King tear right now, probably because it’s summer, and somehow King’s brand of writing ends up being my perfect choice for beach reading. (What does that say about me???) I really loved Bag of Bones and the creepy mood sustained throughout.

That’s enough, a voice in my mind said uneasily. That’s enough, now. Go on back and get your car.

Except that wasn’t the plan. The plan was to go down the driveway, just as I had in the final dream, the nightmare. The plan was to prove to myself that there was no shroud-wrapped monster lurking in the shadows of the big old log house down there. The plan was pretty much based on that bit of New Age wisdom which says the word “fear” stands for Face Everything And Recover. But, as I stood there and looked down at that spark of porch light (it looked very small in the growing darkness), it occurred to me that there’s another bit of wisdom, one not quite so good-morning-starshine, which suggests fear is actually an acronym for Fuck Everything And Run. Standing there by myself in the woods as the light left the sky, that seemed like the smarter interpretation, no two ways about it.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Bag of Bones

  1. Fantastic!
    I’ve been a big Stephen King fan for many yers when I was a teenager, then I kind of lost sight of him, I’m not even sure why. But for some reason, I’ve always meant to read Bangs of Bones, there’s soemthign abotu the story that really attracts me.
    Hey, maybe you game me the nudge I needed 😉

    • Ooh, I hope you read it! Besides being a great and creepy ghost story, it’s also quite moving when it comes to depicting grief. Plus, the main character is a writer, and the pieces where he describes how his mind works are really fascinating!

  2. Loved the excerpt! It makes me want to pick up some more King novels. His books (and the movies) always make me scream at the protagonist. As I read this excerpt I kept thinking that it might be a better idea to prove to yourself that there is nothing to be afraid of when the sun is high in the sky and you have a weapon or two in hand.

    • Ha ha, so true — why not wait until noon to go down the creepy driveway?? Every time I read a King book, I want to read more, and luckily, he has enough that I’ll never run out. 🙂

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