March is said to be a lucky month, but when it comes to fiction we find that a bit of bad luck is more compelling. And for this month’s book, the bad luck comes in spades. This time around, bad luck is nothing more than an escalation of outright terror.

Viking Press

For March’s book, we’ve chosen Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. A film adaptation directed by modern horror maestro Mike Flanagan is set to be released on Netflix later this year, so we thought we’d find out what we’re in store for ahead of time. The publisher’s description reads:

Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to her husband Gerald’s kinky sex games—something that she’s frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a “romantic getaway” at their secluded summer home. After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts—and Gerald crosses a line with his wife—the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison—and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind…as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her…

There are several different editions of the book, so this month we’ll go with chapters instead of page numbers. Here’s our reading guide:

March 1st- March 8th: Chapters 1-10

March 9th- March 15th: Chapters 11-20

March 16th- March 23rd: Chapters 21-30

March 24th- March 31st: Chapters 31-40

As with every month, we will hold Twitter polls and an opportunity to join the conversation with the hashtag #AEBookClub. If you’d like to suggest a cinema-related book for future book club readings, please e-mail your suggestion to bookclub@audienceseverywhere.net or contact us on Twitter @wetalkmovies.

Happy reading, and don’t let your nightmares become your prison.

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