Horror. We as humans gobble this up – whether in book or movie form. With dozens of terrifying novels and movies – who does it better than Stephen King? And, 2017 is actually ‘Year of the King’ with two of his greatest masterpieces being made into movies (The Dark Tower and the best book ever written – IT) and two TV shows (The Mist and and Castle Rock). But, what about our furry friends and family members, the ones with paws and claws, the ones Stephen King often portrays in his books as vile monsters and adversaries? Who do they turn to when they want to be scared? To have a fear of the dark? To be afraid of turning out the lights at night and snuggling up to their human for protection?
Stephen BARKing, that’s who! Come check out the greatest horror author for cats and dogs. These seven horrifying and terrifying ‘Tails of the Corn’ will give true meaning to ‘Scaredy Cat’ to any pets reading them. So, turn down the lights cause we are about to enter the creative (and deliciously dark) mind of Stephen BARKing!
(1) FIREBARKER (Originally Firestarter)
As puppies, Andy McFlea and his future wife, Vicky , participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple’s daughter, Charlie McFlea, begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her bark. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as “The Park.”
(2) THE BARK TOWER (Originally The Dark Tower)
Roland Dogchain, the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dog, also known as the Mutt in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Mutt in Black from toppling the Bark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of dog parks at stake, two dogs collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
(3) CATRIE (Originally Carrie)
High school can be tough for many cats, but for CATrie White, it’s especially hellish. A shy and awkward cat being raised by a religious zealot, CATrie is frequently the target of bullies. But CATrie has a secret talent: She can make things move with her mind. One fateful night, an especially cruel prank at her vet pushes her over the edge, and CATrie unleashes her telekinetic powers on all who get in her way.
(4) bIT (Originally IT)
Follow the exploits of seven pets as they are terrorized by a malevolent, shape-shifting, pet-killing monster (referred to simply as “bIT” – as he likes to bite his victims) who lurks in the sewers and storm-drains. “bIT” exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “bIT” primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young animals.
(5) MOLLERY (Originally Misery)
Novelist Stephen King is ‘rescued’ from writers’ block by his newest adopted dog Molly (who claims to be his biggest fan because of their playing fetch together). Molly follows King around everywhere until one day her obsession takes a dark turn when she discovers King is not playing fetch as much (as he is starting to write a new book). As King works on his new novel, Molly grows increasingly more controlling (yapping and needing more walks). In her (violent) misery, she forces the author to spend his free (and working) time to suit her twisted fantasies of playing fetch and giving belly rubs. Molly is truly ‘The Thing of Evil’!
(6) UNDER THE CONE (Originally Under The Dome)
The story of a dog who must contend with the calamity of being suddenly cut off from the outside world by an impassable, invisible cone (barrier) that drops out of the sky and latches around his neck. Facing multitudes of harrowing trials and tribulations — such as a) drink water without spilling it, b) get head rubs from people who think he might be dangerous because of the cone, c) how to catch squirrels and that damn pesky family cat, d) how to survive the heat the cone is causing and worst of all e) how to lick his butt then go in for human kisses — the dog must learn to survive of being trapped Under The Cone!
(7) (how) COULD JOE (Originally Cujo)
In this tale about an animal abuser, dog’s best friend turns into his worst enemy. When a sweet and loving dog barks when the doorbell rings, his owner (Joe) starts behaving oddly and becomes very aggressive. As Joe morphs into a dangerous beast at the slightest thing the dog does, Joe goes on a rampage against the dog.
Like how the novel ‘Cujo’ tells about the worst of an animal, ‘(how) Could Joe’ tells about the worst of mankind. Unfortunately, this story is not a made up one, and is in fact, the scariest story that could ever happen to a pet.