Bad Little Kid

Posted: March 14, 2014

Bad Little Kid is Kingís latest story. The difference between this one and many others is that itís only published in French (Sale Gosse) and German (BŲser Kleiner Junge). King did this as a thanks to the French and German fans for the nice time he had there in November 2013. Iím sure it will be released in English eventually but no date has been set so far and it might take a while.

The story is about George Hallas who is sentenced to death for the murder of a young child. And now, only a short while before the sentence is to be carried out he tells his lawyer, Leonard Bradley, what really happened and why.

After hearing Georgeís story of a bad little kid with a propeller hat appearing in Hallasí life from time to time, causing death and misery to Hallasí loved ones with him powerless to do anything about it until the very end, Bradley is convinced that Hallas is crazy. But is he? Well, Iím not sure. He could be but Iím not convinced and I think that even Bradley reconsiders at the end.

As usual King create great characters and tells a great story and even though this one is rather short (you can finish it in one sitting) itís just the right length for what the story needs. Itís a simple story but it captures you and gets you to ask why is this happening to Hallas and what has he done to bring it on? Or is he getting exactly what he deserves?

It works perfectly and I like it a lot and the only thing Iím missing is more answers. Why did this happen? Who is that bad little kid? But then again, if we got the answers to those questions we wouldnít have anything to think about once weíve finished the story, right?

Lilja's final words about Bad Little Kid

As I said Bad Little Kid is a great story and itís a bit unfortunate that King only lets his German and French fans read it. I understand what heís doing but it would have been just as nice a gesture if they got it like a week earlier then the English speaking readers.