The task was simple (or so it seemed): list the 5 Stephen King books every American should read before death. After hours of disagreement and indecision; a few heated words, four threats and half a dozen insults, fairly distributed and not excluding a couple of mothers (nothing physically violent, however), confined in the conference office where such important matters are held, and failure to deliver, the J. Marquez Jr. Journal staff discovered its simplicity to be more complex in nature than regarded at first glance and decided it was time to approach the matter in a different way. They did the logical thing to do. They turned to God.
In this, thank goodness, they had the wit to agree.
After carefully choosing their words, they managed to put together a prayer—requesting guidance and light to their dilemma. With knees bent, they orchestrated a cry of help. The answer was delivered via “Gabriel Express”, and written with gold ink, in the most beautiful script, on parchment:
The Talisman (with Peter Straub)-Switching back and forth from America to The Territories (another universe that parallels ours), Jack Sawyer races against powerful and mystical adversaries to save his mother from death via cancer. In this adventurous story, King and Straub take the reader through a journey across the American highways.
Insomnia-The sleep deprived Ralph Roberts becomes a random straggler within Derry, Maine due to his inability to sleep. As a wanderer, he begins to see strange and colorful strings surrounding people’s heads. Ralph then becomes witness of a little creature running around town, cutting these colorful strings, which turn out to be the people’s lifelines. With the help of friends, Ralph sets out to fight evil.
Rose Madder-After 14 years in a marriage filled with abuse and violence, Rosie Daniels decides to run away from her husband. However, running away isn't that simple when one is running away from a cop. Norman Daniels is a policeman with a violent history, who sets out to find Rosie even if he has to kill. Meanwhile, Rosie has made allies and has found refuge and shelter in a strange painting.
It-Seven teenagers, who call themselves “The Loser’s Club”, sharing similar stories, which include a murderous dancing clown, a mummy, a werewolf and other creatures, vow to destroy the monster who is responsible for the slaying of many children in and around Derry. After approximately 3 decades, The Loser’s Club is back in Derry and is prepared to carry out its vow.
Needful Things-Mr. Gaunt is the charismatic shopkeeper of the new shop called “Needful Things”. The citizens of Castle Rock, Maine are curious, at first. After finding their desired items, the Needful Things customers are content. But when pranks are being pulled and old disputes being settled, Needful Things appears to be the heart of the troubles. The small town of Castle Rock becomes riddled with turmoil and is the punch line of a far greater prank devised by none other than the demonic Mr. Gaunt.
The Stand-After the outbreak of a killer virus that wipes out most of the world’s population, the survivors are left with 2 options. Will they join the mysterious black woman, who keeps appearing to them in dreams? Or will they choose the dark figure? As the survivors make their allegiance, a battle is brewing between light and darkness.
The Green Mile-John Coffey, a massive black man, has been convicted of raping and murdering 2 small white girls. Within “The Green Mile”, what inmates call Cold Mountain Penitentiary’s death row, he awaits his execution. But after a chain of events, we learn that John Coffey is gifted and not only possesses the ability to help people but that he might be innocent.
No explanation included as to why a list of 7 books and not a list of 5 per the request was sent to the J. Marquez Jr. Journal staff. However, it is known that God always works in sets of 3’s and 7’s, adding yet more mystery to His mysterious ways.
Along with the parchment, they were given a scroll, also beautifully written with gold ink. It contained another list titled, “The 7 Stephen King Short Stories No American Should Die Before Reading”. This list, however, will not be revealed until next month’s issue, per God’s commandment.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen (friends and neighbors), in no particular order and mandated by God, Himself—don’t die without reading these books.
J. Marquez Jr.