King’s best book about a novelist is also a great horror story that is still quite relatable today. A disturbing look at fandom, Misery is what happens when a writer’s work becomes a mad woman’s obsession.
Paul Sheldon, writer of Victorian-era romance novels, suffers an accident on the road during a snowstorm. He is rescued by Annie Wilkes, a former nurse who is coincidentally Paul’s biggest fan. And she’s not very happy about the ending of his last book. So Annie decides to kidnap Paul and keep him hostage until he fixes the damage he’s done.
Imagine being kidnapped by an angry mob of Ghostbusters fans after telling them that the new team will be made up of an all-female cast, and then forced to rewrite the entire script. That’s Annie Wilkes.
Misery is a fascinating psychological horror tale about the dangers of fandom and a writer’s connection to his work. And if you need a great Stephen King movie, the film adaptation is pretty fantastic, as well.