Not A Fairy Tale, A Nightmare Here

Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King and Owen King

Horror, apocalyptic, sleeping epidemic, women, possessed, fiction, survival.

Rating 10/10

In a town called Dooling, a sleeping epidemic is spreading but the only victims to fall into this never-ending sleep is any female. There is no age barrier, only if a female falls asleep. The female’s bodies become consumed by moths and cobwebs. One guy thought it would be safe to remove the cobwebs but made a fatal mistake that kills him. Anyone to wake these sleeping beauties, the women become ravenous and possessed to kill. Undisturbed the fallen sleeping women are in a lovely dream state. Only a few women survive but with the assistance of caffeine or drugs that force them to be awake. In the meantime, most of the world’s women are asleep and leaving all the men alone. This creates chaos since men can’t be controlled so this becomes a violent era to live in until women start to wake up from the sleeping epidemic.

As a lover of Stephen King, I had found this book slow at first, but it builds up tension. It was nearly impossible for me to put down the book. King has done it again with this novel, scaring the shit out of me then proceeding to make me rethink reality. What if this does happen, what would be the result? It is scary to think about how this might be King’s phobia. Pretty much since most of his books are based off phobias possibly of his own or others in general. On the other hand, this incredible novel was a collaboration between Stephen King and his son, Owen King. Father like son, Owen King had executed the same chilling story telling his father, Stephen King, had with all his novels. I want to see both authors work on something together in the future.