Perspectives

This part of the study guide will help you put “Suffer the Little Children” by Stephen King in perspective by outlining aspects related to literary genre, works by the same author, and similar work…

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Literary genre

The story belongs to the genre of horror or suspense literature. The horror genre refers to fiction designed to inspire feelings of fear, dread, repulsion, a…

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Works by the same author

If you want to further explore horror fiction and Stephen King’s style of writing we encourage you to read the short stories “The Boogeyman” and “The Man Who Loved Flower…

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Works with the same theme

To see how other literary works explore fear, insanity, and versions of reality, we recommend that you also read stories like “The Signal-Man” by Charles Dickens, and “The Tell- Tale Heart” or “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.

“The Signal-Man” follows a rational first-person narrator who is persuaded to question reality by a railway signalman who claims he sees ghosts.

“The Tell- Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” explore imagination versus reality, fear, and guilt. The first one follows a man who kills his landlord, while the second follows a man obsessed with a cat, who ends up murdering hi…

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