Retro Horror Review of Carrie

Posted February 25, 2021 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Retro Horror Review of CarrieCarrie by Stephen King
Genres: Horror
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on April,1974
Pages: 199
Format: Hardcover

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Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...

Also by this author: Skeleton Crew, The Outsider, The Stand, Christine, The Institute, Later

Here is what I thought

It’s time for another retro horror read!! Barb and I are continuing to do this this year and even though we are reading different book we are posting on the same day! So after you check out my pick go on over to Booker T’s Farm to see what she picked out!


Carrie is Stephen King’s first book and only 199 pages and in a totally different format than his other books making me wonder what happened between the short book and all the LONG books he writes…lol.

Carrie is told with a lot of excerpts from documents and books written on what happened that lead up to the horrible prom night incident and how a whole town almost burnt down and a lot of teens died at the prom.

The reader pieces things together from the documents and books and then occasionally it feels like you are getting POV of Carrie. It’s told in three parts, Bloodsport (in which the author really drags out the period scene way to long and I thought if I had to read any more of that I was going to go insane!), then Prom Night and then Wreckage and NO CHAPTERS! What does Stephen King have against chapters!

To be totally honest I was pretty bored through a lot of of it, especially the first 93 pages of the first section leading up to prom night. Though  even prom night was kind of boring but there was some pretty interesting things happening.

I really felt bad for Carrie because she had a horrible home life with her overly religious (more like fanatic) mother who was crazy and didn’t tell her important female things, then she gets made fun of by nasty horrible mean girls and I was right there with Carrie on wanting to just burn them all down. 🙂

I am glad that I read it because it was the authors first novel but it wasn’t a new favorite.

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4 responses to “Retro Horror Review of Carrie

  1. I’ll skip this one. I enjoyed a novella by King but am not a big enough horror fan to brave his huge books and this one has just never grabbed me. The movie was on a couple of days ago and I watched a few minutes but just decided it wasn’t for me. I hope your next retro read is much better!

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