Today I want to talk to you about Dumah Key, which was released in 2008 by Scribner and is one of my favourite King novels
The novel opens with Edgar Freemantle, a well-off building contractor, discussing a time when he was almost being killed in an on-site accident. He survived the incident but suffered the loss of an arm and a severe head injury. He talks about how difficult his recovery was and how the head injury changed his personality for the worse and caused his wife to divorce him.
Thinner is a short story by Stephen King, and is one of his stories I first experienced as a film rather than a book. As usual when I experience a story this way round, I find myself far more receptive to the film version than I usually am. I still prefer the book simply because a book can do more than a film can, but the film for this story was good as well.
It is my opinion that short stories and novella’s turn into films easier than novels do, novels can make amazing tv series’ however. This is all down to the time restrictions though, books have a lot longer to grab you, develop characters, explore themes and plot points than a two-hour film does. Hence why I think short stories, like Thinner, work well when turned into films.
But I digress, Thinner was published in 1984 under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was inspired by an episode o0f King’s own life when he weighed 236 pounds and felt compelled by his doctor to lose weight. The concept that the weight loss was not his own choice, but rather something forced on him gave King the idea for this story.