31 Days Of King – Day 12: The House On Maple Street

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Rest easy tonight, fellow King geeks. We’re going to take a break from the horror and darkness and turn our attention to a story you could read to your kids.

Published in Nightmares & Dreamscapes and inspired by an illustration in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries Of Harris Burdick, ‘The House On Maple Street’ tells the story of the 4 Bradbury children, their evil stepfather and a very strange transformation taking place within the walls of their house.

In this tribute to Ray Bradbury (the kids’ last name is no coincidence), King trades in otherworldly scares for the fears and wonder of youth. Something is happening to the Bradburys’ house. Metal is growing in places it shouldn’t be – behind the walls, poking through ceilings, snaking in and out of attic eaves – and the bulk of the story focuses on the mere captivating phenomenon of its growth.

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The unknown is almost always fascinating to children. Good or bad, it can captivate the imagination, kick-starting creativity and the need for exploration. It’s this fascination with the unknown that pushes the Bradbury children to solve the mystery of the strange metal growing throughout their house, and provides a plan for sending their wicked stepfather out of their lives for good.

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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