Hearts in Suspension

Posted: November 21, 2016

Hearts in Suspension is an unusual book. Itís not fiction even though some of it might seem to be. Itís not a biography even though parts are. Itís Stephen King telling us about his years at University of Maine. But not even that is all it is. Twelve fellow students and friends have also told their side of meeting King at University of Maine during those years.

All this makes the book an interesting look at a young Stephen King and gives us an idea of what made him who he is today. Itís almost like listening to a bunch of friends sitting around a campfire telling stories of their youth. And as if that wasnít enough we also get a reprinting of Kingís story Hearts in Atlantis and four installments of Kingís college column; Kingís Garbage Truck.

The book is rather short for being something with Kingís name on it but itís still a very enjoyable read. Each essay is pretty short and you can easily read each of them in one sitting. And itís good to read them after Kingís because they complement his experiences, as if you look at the same thing but from a slightly different angle.

The book is published by University of Maine and has to be ordered from them. That, in itself, isnít a problem because they have set up very good ways for you to order. One problem might be that itís released in a lot fewer copies than a usual King book. Iím hearing numbers like 30,000 and right now we have no idea if it will be released in any other version. Books like these usually arenít released in as high print number as Kingís regular books. Same goes for translation to other markets. So, get your copy now if youíre looking to get one!

I enjoyed Hearts in Suspension a lot and even learned a thing or two. King is very open about his past substance abuse and after reading the book Iím very happy that things turned out the way they didÖ

Lilja's final words about Hearts in Suspension

A big Thanks to Jim Bishop for putting this together. If it wasnít for him I donít think we would have seen this book.