CAIN ROSE UP is one of Stephen King’s earlier short stories. He wrote it in 1968, and it was first published in the Spring 1968 issue of Ubris magazine, and later republished in King’s short story collection, SKELETON CREW, in 1985.
This story is somewhat dark, and the subject matter is disturbing . The story centers on a young college student, Curt Garrish, who goes on a shooting spree to kill as many as he can at the campus.
A.J. Gribble takes care to tackle this very serious subject matter with caution, yet still maintains the integrity of Stephen King’s work. The gender change from a male lead, to that of a female, is one A.J. feels makes for a more interesting version of the story. The film was made well, but does leave the viewer unsettled in some respects. With today’s headlines full of tragic, real life circumstances of shootings at schools, malls, and concerts, this is once again another example of Stephen King’s fictional work, imitating life, through storytelling.