I saw the movie; I hated the movie. Just now getting to the novella, I'm relieved that it's better and isn't cursed with the horrible celluloid ending.
One of the best perks is I didn't have to listen to as much detailed spiel from that religious woman, who goes down as one of the most annoying characters in horror movie history.
The characters are fine - child is cute and convincing, the MC strong enough although he does distract himself with carnal cravings, and there's the fun un-bonding groups do when they face trouble together.
Creepy mist is creepy - there are some nightmarish monsters out there, especially horrible for those like me who detest spiders. As awful as the other creatures were, I'd take them any day over the horrible spiders in this story. *shudder*
It flies by pretty quickly, not only because it's a novella but because it's not weighed down with excessive prose. It sticks to the point and sets the creepy ambience well.
It's not perfect just because I was only half interested in the story-line (I already knew it going in), but it's a horror novella worth reading.
“The horrors of the Inquisition are nothing compared to the fates your mind can imagine for your loved ones.”
Other Stephen King Reviews: