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Stephen King

"On Writing"
"On Writing"
"Pennywise" from "IT"
"Pennywise" from "IT"
Stephen King's House in Bangor, Maine
Stephen King's House in Bangor, Maine
Deloris Claiborne
Deloris Claiborne
The Master, Stephen King
The Master, Stephen King

A Little About The Master of Horror

Well, I am kind of hoping that an author/actor will fit in here, because I have chosen Stephen King. (Pen names used: Richard Bachman, and John Swithin)

Stephen King has been my favorite author since I was in high school. The man is just brilliant! I currently own 29 of his hard covers, including his book "On Writing"

King was born in 1947, and has lived most of his life in Maine. He attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he met his wife, Tabitha, and they have three children, Naomi, Joe, and Owen.

Stephen King began writing when he was nine years old, and his aunt paid him a quarter each time he finished a story. He and his brother used a printing machine as kids, and Stephen King used this to print out school newspapers he had typed up in his basement.

In 1987, Kings family and friends confronted him with his addictions, after going through his garbage and finding beer cans, cigerette butts, cocain, marijuana, pills, and cough medicines. After this, he got help, and has been sober every since.

In 1999, King finished the memoir section of "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" but left it unfinished for nearly a year and a half as he didn't know how to proceed with it. On June 19th, when walking on the side of the road, a minivan struck King, throwing him 14 feet from the road side. He spent three weeks in the hospital, with a collapsed lung, cuts to the right leg, scalp lacerations and a broken hip.

In 2002 King announced he was going to stop writing, due to his injuries. He has kept writing, but also stated on his website:

"I'm writing but I'm writing at a much slower pace than previously and I think that if I come up with something really, really good, I would be perfectly willing to publish it because that still feels like the final act of the creative process, publishing it so people can read it and you can get feedback and people can talk about it with each other and with you, the writer, but the force of my invention has slowed down a lot over the years and that's as it should be."

King was a high school English teacher when his first novel, "Carrie" was accepted for publication. He has since written and published more than 30 novels, including, but not limited to:

~The Shining, The Stand, It, Desperation, The Green Mile, Cujo, Christine, The Dark Tower Series, Cycle of the Werewolf, Deloris Claiborne, From a Buick 8, Misery, and many, many more...

I especially enjoyed "Bag of Bones" which was printed in 1998. This haunted love story, of course takes place in Maine. A novelist by the name of Mike Noonan, is grieving the loss of his wife, and gets a writers block. He begins having nightmares about his summer home on the lake, and eventually is drawn back there, where he meets a little girl named Ki, and her mother, who are being tormented by her father-in-law. Mike falls in love with Ki and her mother over time, and tries to help them out. In the midst of revealing ghostly encounters, and nightmares, out of the blue, his writers block disappears... There are other forces at work... What do they want from him? Read the book and find out!

Films made from his books:

Silver Bullet, Cujo, Carrie, Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, It, Dreamcatcher, Creepshow, The Green Mile, The Shining, Maximum Overdrive, Pet Semetary (I and II), The Lawnmower Man, Rose Red, The Langoliers, Salem's Lot, Secret Window, and many others also.


A little advice for us new writers from Stephen King

Misery- Part 10

Horror Poll

Which Stephen King Movie is the Best out of These:

  • IT
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • Silver Bullet
  • Misery
  • Cujo
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jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

The Stand. Long and short version. I also watched the t.v. mini-series. Great characters and plot. I'll never admit the number of times I've read this one.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I've read it twice. Love it!

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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York Author

OH! I LOVE THE GREEN MILE! I think I have read it about 6 times... And it won't be the last, I'm sure.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Most books are better than the movie made from it. The Green Mile is one that I think was very true to the book. Excellent movie!

I've read it 3 times. Takes me a month to read that one. It's quite a commitment!

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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York Author

Yeah- More mystery than anything. I agree. And your not the first one who said they didn't get into Bag of Bones... It actually took me a few weeks to finish it, because Im always on the go... Normally, it only takes me a week, or so!

"It" is good. The book, more so than the movie... The movie took too much away from the whole story...Misery was the same I think.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I read Bag of Bones but, to be honest, I don't remember much about it.  That usually means that I didn't care for it that much.

The weird thing is...of all the King books, my favorite is probably either Rage or The Long Walk.  Those are not even horror books and they are more like novellas.  I suppose my favorite novel by him is It.

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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York Author

I think Stephen King got more "Sci-Fi" after those books. Have you read "Bag of Bones"? It's one of my favorites (out of the newer ones...) A touch of Sci-Fi, yet still good. Let me know! And thanks for the comment!

I, also like All you listed. I just love his mind! :)

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I have read every Stephen King book up till some of his more recent works. I believe it was reading the novels Desperation and The Regulators that made me hesitant to read any more new releases by him. I believe his older stuff is much more superior. What is your opinion Dragonfly?

My faves: Rage, The Long Walk, It, The Stand, The Green Mile, Salem's Lot, The Dark Half, etc.

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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York Author

Yes...they are good books also... I love ALL of his books. He is truly a madman in disguise! BRILLIANT!

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TheRealTruth 7 years ago from Virginia

i would have to add either the stand or the langoliers to your list.

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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York Author

I agree! Yours was obviously put together a lot better, but Im slowly catching on! thanks! Glad we have things in common!

Princessa- thank you very much. Your input always means a lot to me!

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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Great job!! I like how we can both cover the same person, and yet have different takes on King!

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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I have read a couple of King's books and certainly watched a few films based on his work. This hub brings a new light to me on the author, thanks!

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