Friends — I haven’t read this book, so let reader Barbara Crooks explain:
Dear Free-Range Kids: I have been reading your blog for a very long time and learned from it that I was a Free-Range parent without knowing it. I learned today just how bad it is in today’s culture for men. How did I come to this understanding you might ask. Well, I was reading a Stephen King novel. It must be truly bad out there when one of the characters in a horror novel (who happens to be our hero) is worried about talking to a young girl in public because he might be viewed as a pervert instead of the guy trying to save her from the monsters.
From page 231:
He had told her they would have to be careful, and Abra – a child of her culture- understood at once. They had agreed that the best thing would be to meet in the open … so stop worrying that someone will think you’re – She finished the sentence with a mental picture – a cartoon, really. It blossomed in an instant, crude but clear. A little girl in a dark alley was being menaced by a hulking man in a trench coat. The little girl’s knees were knocking together, and just before the picture faded, Dan saw a word balloon form over her head: Eeek, a freak! .. He made is own picture and sent it back to her: Dan Torrance in jail stripes, being led away by two big policemen.
Lenore here: Well, no one ever said Stephen King didn’t understand horror. And one of the real horrors in America is how easily a man can end up on the sex offender registry (or even in jail) for doing something that did not hurt a child. That’s scary.