Sunday, November 02, 2008

Salem's Lot:
So it looks nothing like the sketch that I produced a couple of days before... I found my old copy of Salem's Lot, the first novel I read on my own. I hated to read as a kid. I loved to draw. Reading was a leeching of time from my drawing in my youth mind. When a friend invited me to a Stephen King lecture Back when Firestarter just came out... We were the youngest in the room. It changed me. I started Salem's Lot and it had a mood, it produced a magnetism that had me. I was 14 or 15 years old. It scared me so bad but was so hooked on the visuals that were being painted in my head. To this day, I don't think I have read anything that has scared me that bad... probably because I had no idea what I was in for. What a fool.

7 comments:

Contessa said...

Sums it up pretty well. Yes, I imagine sitting in the rocker and hearing that fateful tap and the small dead voice asking, yearning BEGGING to come in...out of hunger...It's very Nasferatu, one of the most haunting images ever. I love the ragamuffin look for your "innocent" little boy. I still wouldn't teeter totter with him. Loved it.

Kevin Levell said...

Spooky and really atmospheric - good work sir!

dugbuddy said...

Contessa, thanks heaps. No I wouldn't teeter totter with him either.

Kevin, thanks man, Working in a pastel manner is really different for me.

Breadwig said...

Man that creeps me out. congratulations!

dugbuddy said...

Thanks man, this was a long time coming. Good therapy. I still have to sleep with no limbs too close to the edge of the bed. Just to be safe.

MEECH! said...

I have been a huge King fan since I was old enough to read - the first book I toddled through was Skeleton Crew, and relished it as only a child could, cowering for weeks under the covers but unable to put the book down. His purposeful lack of descriptive detail was what allowed my mind to create the images that deviled me long into the night.

dugbuddy said...

Meech you hit it right on the head. Nobody scares us worse than ourselves.