I’ll cut to the chase here. The Library Policeman is TERRIFYING. It’s one of those King stories that worms its way into your guts, twists them into a knot and holds tight until the tale is over.
If you haven’t read this one, yet, don’t be ashamed. I avoided it too. When I first got into King, I was only looking for real horror. Pet Sematary and The Shining kept me up at night, but I assumed a story titled The Library Policeman would just be silly.
I was wrong. King’s aim for the first 50 pages or so may be camp, but after small-town insurance salesman Sam Peebles loses 2 books that are due back at the library, all the fun drains out of the story. Hideous childhood fears and horrifying secret histories are uncovered as Sam finds himself stalked by a gruesome creature that hasn’t eaten in a long, long time.
If you’ve read It (or have seen the movie), you’ll notice that the monsters at the heart of that novel and this story share a striking similarity. They both feed on fear. Fear is what drives them, fear is what tempts them, and fear is what they take from their victims. Fear is what permeates The Library Policeman from beginning to end.
I also suppose fear is what you’ll be feeling after you read this one. You’re going to want to sleep with the lights on for a while.
Trey Wydysh is The Geekiverse’s resident Stephen King superfan. You can find all of our 31 Days Of Stephen King posts here. Got a King question? Looking for a recommendation? Feel free to ask Trey on Twitter.
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