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Dan Simmons Is The Writer Stephen King Wishes He Could Be
on May 3, 2014
He's nice enough to contribute blurbs to every Simmons release, though, so good for him. It's easier to come to the realization you're a hack when writing crap made you hundreds of millions of dollars. Magnanimity was invented for the rich. Summer of Night spawned the reverie about King because on the surface, it's a lot like a version of 'It' that doesn't suck. It shares the same bucolic, 1950's New England childhood that King favors, and the terrifying, malevolent presence getting bolder as its power grows. After that, however, it's all Simmons. The characterizations are excellent, the plotting is tight, and the moments of horror are actually quite horrifying. Most importantly, it's entirely unpredictable, and a very satisfying read. After finishing the last page, I immediately wished there was more of it. As it turns, there is, as many of Simmons other novels feature characters from Summer of Night.