1408 is a Stephen King book

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Brief description
“In the Cabinet of Death” contains fourteen dark stories that have something in store for every reader. King shows himself in top literary form in "The Man in the Black Suit" and received the O'Henry Award for this story. Each of the stories in this collection is absolutely unique and captivates the reader, regardless of whether he is with Howard Cottrell as "the seemingly dead in autopsy room four" or suffers in "All is final" with young Dinky Earnshaw, whose dream job turns out to be a hellish nightmare turns out. Many bloody and bloodless surprises await the reader in these fascinating stories - and they all testify to the irrepressible creativity of an author who is recognized as one of the greatest in his field ...

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My opinion
After seeing the film "Room 1408", I learned from the credits that this terrific film is a literary adaptation. If you look closely at it, you can see pretty quickly that only someone like Stephen King can be behind it. In the book "In the Cabinet of Death" Stephen King has put together 14 short stories that are as always scary - including "1408".

"1408" is a story that you just have to like. It is about the author Mike Enslin, who makes it his mission to find creepy hotel rooms and rate them. Among other things, emphasis is placed on whether murders, other deaths or supernatural situations have already occurred in the respective hotel or hotel room.
While he is warmly welcomed in all hotels, one would like to get rid of him in the New York Dolphin Hotel, because he would like to move into room 1408, of all things, which has not been inhabited for over 20 years, overnight. It is said that no one survived in the room for more than an hour. When the manager of the hotel cannot keep him from room 1408 either, he goes into the room and experiences a night that he could not have imagined in his worst nightmares.

The story is told easily and casually. Although it is very easy to read, the tension was set very high right from the start, so that it was difficult for me to put the book down. The dramatic and scary scenes in the hotel room are sometimes described in a very confusing and intense way. Above all, the dictation machine that Mike Enslin always has with him creates great drama and shock effects, as he records every movement and every noise in the room very precisely and vividly.

Stephen King also did a great job with the characters, especially Mike Enslin. Mike isn't exactly the easiest person in the world, but he certainly isn't a bad man. His past makes him a very skeptical person who, despite his ghost books, doesn't really believe in ghosts. He is almost completely fearless and difficult to impress, which is certainly a great advantage in his job, but sometimes distracts him from his task because he cannot fully engage in the respective situations.
The dialogues between Mike and the hotel manager Mr. Olin caused some goosebumps. Mr. Olin describes the suicides in room 1408 very soberly and reports on the feelings and experiences of the maids who were responsible for the room over the years.

The hotel, especially the room, is described as being rather old-fashioned. There is almost no electricity in the room and the furniture seems to come from another time in places, as it is very reminiscent of the twenties. By the rather sparsely furnished room, Mike is anything but put off and plays the room down, because he cannot understand how such a room can put off even the hotel staff.

The ending is confusing and shocking at the same time and anything but predictable. Stephen King made it that I had to think along with the whole story and was led astray many times. What looked very predictable at first has gradually developed into a surprise that I did not expect.

Overall, "1408" is a great horror story that captivates and shocks the reader. I will certainly read and review the other stories that are in “In the Cabinet of Death”. Stephen King simply remains the king of horror writers.

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