Stephen King - The Mist This was always a favorite of mine, having first read it in high school out of a hardback book that weighed more than a newborn baby. *SPOILERS: Beware* Anyway, a tremendous storm knocks something loose in a government facility called The Arrowhead Project. There's great secrecy surrounding the Project...nobody knows for sure what they're working on, but many think that it might be particle accelerators or "different atoms" or high intensity lasers or "masers". The accident, some think, has ripped a hole from another dimension into this world. All sorts of creepy-crawlies come through, along with a thick mist, trapping a quarrelsome bunch of people in a supermarket. These people find that it isn't the creatures outside in the mist that aren't their biggest threats...but each other! One of the characters, Mrs. Carmody, is portrayed as a loonie. She's a bible-thumper, a trouble-maker. She's explaining to the people in the store how the mist was foretold in the Book of Revelation. It's God's judgement on the world, she says. Later on, Mrs. Carmody begins telling these people that the only way to bring back balance is through a blood sacrifice. This story really makes you consider what might happen, in reality, if a monster-saturated mist ever rolled out onto the world. The way Stephen King tells the story, you feel like one of the townspeople, trapped inside a place that isn't so safe. However, if you're easily offended by Christians being portrayed as the bad people and the zealots and the crazies (as I am), then I really wouldn't recommend this story. I'm not sure about the movie, which comes out this week, but as an old Stephen King reader...I think I'm going to see it. Just for old-times sake. The "hero" of the story actually has an adulterous affair while at the same time worrying about the safety of his wife (who he left at home, in the mist). Troublesome, isn't it, that a hero would commit adultery. And the bad guy would be a bible-thumper...?