I hate to say it, but Uncle Stevie let me down.
That’s right, Revival was a disappointment. Here’s why:
- It was too short. That’s right, I said too short. When it comes to King, I expect door stoppers.
- It was too tame. That’s right, I also expect creep. This one had NO CREEP. Oh sure, the last 26 pages were freaky (oh my god, were they freaky), but 26 pages does not a horror story make.
- There was no really good bad guy. You know, like Big Jim Rennie from Under the Dome. God, I loved to hate that man.
- And there was no Barbie. I want all my good guys to be like Barbie (again…Under the Dome), because yes, I’m still in love with him. Or even Jake (11/22/63) or Stu (The Stand). Jamie was just a little too ho-hum.
And okay, so the last 26 pages were nightmare-worthy, and classic King, in that “what the hell?!?” way that only he can pull off (similar to the weird shit that happens in IT and Under the Dome). BUT. Again, 26 pages? I needed more.
More pages. More horror. More characterization. More King.