What Ricky’s Reading


The Outsider

by Stephen King

Tricks, treats, and tales of horror – October is upon us once again. If you’re looking for a story to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, look no further than the master of horror, Stephen King. King has introduced us to the terrifying clown from It and rabid dog from Cujo just to name a few. Now we are introduced to The Outsider.

“Terence Maitland, I am arresting you for the rape and murder of Frank Peterson.” Terry knew who Frankie Peterson was and the grisly details of what had happened to the young boy, but he had nothing to do with it, and to top it all off, he wasn’t even in the same city when all of this happened. However, eyewitness testimony, DNA evidence, and fingerprints made in the blood of the victim would beg to differ. How can you be two places at once? Obviously, Maitland is lying. The case is ironclad.

The story takes off as Maitland is murdered, but rock-solid evidence is uncovered that proves he was telling the truth. He had been at a conference in Cap City with witnesses. He had not been anywhere near the Peterson boy.

Ralph Anderson, the detective that ordered Maitland’s arrest, now has no idea what to believe, but this is not a case that you can let go of until you have all the answers. No one can be in two places at once. That would just be… impossible! Yet Terry Maitland was definitely in Cap City at a conference at the time of the murder.

This is not the only time someone has been arrested for a crime where they have an alibi that proves they couldn’t have committed a crime, and you better believe that the two cases are connected. Can you believe something that is not possible? Will you follow the case wherever it leads?

I “CAN’T.” You “MUST.”

My thoughts: I hardly ever read or watch anything in the horror genre, but with Halloween coming this month, I thought I would give it a try. If you want horror, you can never go wrong with Stephen King. He is the one that brought us that creepy clown named Pennywise. The first half of the book I could read with no troubles. The second half of the book is a different story. It will have you hearing sounds in the night, checking underneath your bed, and praying that something like this never happens to you. King combines a story we might hear on the local news with ancient lore from another culture that couldn’t possibly be real. Things are unbelievable until they happen to you. Sweet dreams and sleep tight this Halloween night!

Ricky Statham is director at Oneonta Public Library. Visit the library Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to check out this or another great book.