Whether you are someone who loves a chunky book or one who loves your tales on the slimmer side, sometimes getting into an epic 800+ page tome is a lot of fun. I approach books of this caliber on two levels. First, the obvious one, I am about to be told a tale of adventure/horror/fantasy. That is always something to look forward to. But I look forward to short books in the same way.
So what is it about these “chonky bois” that make this so much fun? It is the second reason. The journey of completion is, in itself, just as much a reward as the story itself. I have read the unabridged version of The Stand. It has an extra 600 pages in it and clocks in around 1400 pages. Did The Stand need to be this long, no? Absolutely not. Please do not bring the tar and feathers at me, sometimes King needs an editor. And this book badly needed an editor, which it received in the revised edition. But there was this extra level of reward to the fact that I read it. It was War and Peace, but for Horror, and I loved that. I remember plowing through it and my hand getting exhausted from holding the mound of dead tree shavings back that were accumulating as I walked the roads of a plague-stricken United States.
The idea for this came from a conversation that I had with authors Krystle Matar, and Justin T. Call. Both are authors of thick books.