Cookie Jar by Stephen King
Cookie Jar by Stephen King is a short story that King released on-line for free. Thank you Mr. King!
First, I have loved Stephen King since Carrie. Second, I love free things. Great combination.
This one is classic story-telling Stephen King. A touch of supernatural, and a whole lot of a good story.
When 13-year old Dale has to do a two-page book report comparing the time he lives in to the time of his oldest living relative, he visits his 90-year old great-grandfather in the nursing home. They hit it off immediately, and the old man insisted the boy call him Rhett. Dale sets his I-phone to record. He thinks he’s getting some interesting observations when he hears about the Philco radio, and then ads promoting how good cigarettes are for you, but he hasn’t heard anything yet. Rhett decides its time he told someone his secret, since he figures he’s not much longer for this world. He tells Dale to turn off the recorder, and just listen.
That’s when we hear about Rhett’s brothers and about his war experience. More importantly, we hear the tale of Rhett’s rather peculiar mother, about the map on her wall which she says is a picture of the alien world Lalanka, and what is happening there. We hear about the playing cards she puts over the receptacles to stop the voices. We hear about her suicide. And we hear about his mothers cookie jar.
King has a way of making his characters real, and his short stories are no exception. You can easily picture the old man reminiscing and the young boy leaning forward and eagerly taking in his great-grandfather’s every word. Yes, the cookie jar is a little freaky, but the story is good. It’s not his typical horror, it’s his typical story-telling. And a good story it is!
Read: March 2017
Favorite Quotes from Cookie Jar:
“There were seventy-seven years between them, and Dale Alderson probably considered that an ocean, but to Rhett it was only a lake. Maybe no more than a pond. You’ll get across it in no time, kiddo, he thought.”
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