Revival: A Novel by Stephen King (2014)
Revival: A Novel
by Stephen King
No horror author has enjoyed as much success as Stephen King in modern times. His classic novels—many of which have been adapted for Hollywood—are regarded as the benchmark for horror of the late twentieth century. It is good to see that King has not lost his touch with his latest release, Revival: A Novel.
The story starts off a bit slow, beginning in the protagonist Jamie Morton’s childhood and his first meeting with the minister Charles Jacobs. The story tells of the minister’s interest—intense interest—in electricity as a science, and a tragedy that shakes Jacobs’ faith, leading to his departure from the small town where the Morton family lives. King proceeds to follow Jamie’s story, his love for the guitar and various bands he played with, his descent into drug abuse, and his next meeting with Jacobs several years later at a state fair. After this encounter, the two separate again, only to meet again many years later. Jacobs is convinced that Jamie is a part of his destiny, and his obsession with electricity leads him to perform experiments that makes Jamie (and others who encounter Jacobs) very nervous.
By the time the reader reaches the climax, the pages can’t be turned fast enough. Jamie’s curiosity in Jacobs’ experiments feed the reader’s curiosity, and the ultimate experiment gives a nod to both Mary Shelley and H.P. Lovecraft. Although it starts slow and takes a while to build, the bizarre payoff is well worth it. Revival is a fine addition to Stephen King’s already impressive bibliography.