Hello Horrorthon Readers! It’s a great day to get scared and Retweet and Reblog my work! “Gerald’s Game” is a throwback for Stephen King. It was published in 1992 and his readers were used to near or over 1000 page tomes. This book clocks in at a meager 332 and is very pithy and often gross. At this point in King’s life, he was in the middle of or just finished a relapse into drugs and alcohol. Gerald’s Game mirrored his life in many ways; he was tormented by his past and incarcerated by his unresolved demons in his present.
The story depicts Jessie, a woman, who has become subservient to her husband. Over the years of their unequal marriage, she has given up her career and identity at his request to be his quiet lawyer’s wife. This manifests into Gerald’s last desire of pure possession. He begins play a sex game with his spouse where she role plays a handcuffed woman and he plays a pirate rapist. To get the full effect, Gerald uses an off season beach house to use for his game because there will be no one who could come to her aid.
When Gerald begins to perform is rape-game, Jessie decides that she has had enough. She stands up to Gerald, but he decides to rape his handcuffed wife. This causes Jessie to snap and kick Gerald right in the balls, giving him a fatal heart attack. Jessie’s road to hell turns into the autobahn. A dog comes by and eats her husband’s dead body, causing her psyche to kick into high gear hallucinations. In order to save herself, she must deal with her past and how all of her decision led her to her current situation.
This book also deals with two horrific acts that recur often in King’s work – Incest and Rape. The rape/incest scene in this book is purely vomit inducing. We are forced to live through Jessie’s horrible present and past. Her psyche appears often as a college friend and her younger self as a puritan who is being pilloried for sexual enticement. The sexual enticement charge being her self-blame for her father raping her. The book makes you live through each and every moment of her losing her sense of self and volition.
As in his other books, King likes the idea of a primitive sacrifice to conquer a monster or a demon. We see that in It, The Stand, Misery, and his many other stories. In this story, her psyche let’s her know how free herself after she deals with the ghosts of her past. The solution: she must …… I’m not spoiling it that much. You know me better than that by now.
I would recommend this book, but the creepy factor is extremely high. I would recommend this book in audio or paper format. It is perfect for a plane ride or if your weekend plans fall through.