31 Days Of King – Day 9: Rainy Season

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Stephen King never forgets his pulpy roots. Every so often, you can always count on him to give you a story that seems lifted from the pages of Tales From The Crypt. ‘Rainy Season,’ collected in 1992’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes, is such a tale.

Every seven years, on June 17, it rains toads in the town of Willow, Maine. But, these are no ordinary toads. They’re much larger, and their mouths are filled with razor-sharp, needle-like teeth. The town’s residents have learned to deal with the ‘Rainy Season.’ They shutter their houses and flee the town.

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Summer visitors, however, don’t seem to understand. It can’t possibly rain toads, and toads don’t have a taste for human flesh. So, they stay, and they die.

‘Rainy Season’ is the perfect story for a lazy afternoon; a quick, horrific palate cleanser that will leave you chuckling more than you’d like to admit.

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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