The King of Writing

Stephen the King

Okay so there are a lot of Kings around such as Elvis but I won't be writing about him, although he definitely is in another kingdom all his own but that is for another hub. What I will be talking about here is the magnificent writer of the century. Mr. Stephen King. I must have been 15 when I discovered Stephen King but actually I met with his alter ego first, who went by the name of Richard Bachman. Yes I sat up late many a night reading the frightening tales of Richard Bachman, that was before Stephen King decided to kill him off, of course.

Yes the Bachman years were magnificent and I would read everything I could get my hands on during those days. And then something happened for me one day, I received a book from one of my brothers that was written by Stephen King and I asked my brother if this King guy was any good. My brother replied that he could scare the pants off you. Well that is the way I felt about Richard Bachman. Once I started reading this King book I suspected that they were one and the same, I just didn’t know it yet. What did Stephen King have up his sleeve having an alter ego such as Bachman?. Perhaps he thought he did his best writing under the name of Richard Bachman, he certainly wrote some brilliant books then. I knew however that King was going to be a brilliant writer and it was going to be possible for him to be huge.

The Most Prolific Writer

Well it was definitely possible and it most certainly did happen. Stephen King became one of the most prolific writers of our time. I imagine Stephen King sitting at his typewriter, not his computer because I imagine that he likes the click, click, click of the sound that the typewriter makes and it helps his brain to become focused on what he is writing about.

"ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY“!

“ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY”!

I can see him, head drenched with sweat, pounding those keys, determined to meet his deadline and cranking out all of the best novels of our time. The Stand, Dance Macabre, The Talisman (with Peter Straub), Christine, Salem’s Lot, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Night Shift, Skelton Crew, Pet Cemetery, The Mist, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Insomniac, Carrie, Cujo, The Shinning, Cell. It, Desperation, The Regulators.

Humble Beginnings

Stephen Edwin King was born on 21 September 1947, he was 3 years old when his daddy left his mother; apparently he went out for the proverbial pack of cigarettes and never returned, but when he left little Stephen he left him a legacy, a pot of gold, he left him a treasure, no the bastard didn’t leave Stephen with any money no, but he left behind some short stories that he had been collecting.. Stephen got a hold of them and read them over and over and decided that it was like a calling for him. He decided that he wanted to do what was happening in those short stories. He wanted to scare people, maybe his father didn‘t have any intention of leaving anything for Stephen but he left him those books that inspired him so much that he became the great author that he is today.

King finished college and got married and became a High School teacher for awhile until he started taking his writing seriously. It must have been so hard because he had 60 short stories and one book of his rejected before he had one accepted. Oh but the one accepted was a biggy, His inspiration for that story was a girl that died while she was in high school that he knew well. Her tragic short life became what we know now as Carrie. He hated it after it was written and he actually threw it in the trash and his wife literally took it out of the trash and told him to get it published, and he did. That little book made him his first fortune.

A Little about King's Thoughts

I saw an interview once on the View, and one of the women asked him how he comes up with the stuff he writes about, he said that there is a little voice inside his head that tells him what to write about and what to do. When he gets an idea for a book he says that it just comes to him. It follows him around and makes itself known by little things. He said, “Once while he was on a short trip by himself, he stopped in a little town to get some gasoline. The gas station seemed to be empty and there didn’t seem to be any movement in the town. Stephen King would later recall that he thought, “I wonder what happened to the people of this town”? Then he said,” maybe they are all dead“. But why would they be dead he asked, “Maybe the sheriff killed them all”. And Voila Desperation was born.

Desperation and the Regulators are some of his best books to date, but then there are so many that are my favorites that it is hard to judge. I know Lisy’s Story and Duma Key are still on my best list until he decides to write something else that’s going to scare the pants off me. Even the novel Cell was so scary about a weird signal that goes through everyone’s cell phone at the same time at the very minute on one particular day and whoever is on their cell phone and hears the signal, become zombies and start attacking innocent bystanders, brilliant.

The Birth of the Shinning

Stephen King also recalled how he got the idea for one of his classics, once while staying at a hotel with his wife he felt quite uneasy throughout the night and didn’t know why, he was staying at the Stanley Hotel in room 217 and through this experience The Shinning was born. This horror novel really set his writing career in stone and the movie is still a cult classic.

This man actually had a few of his books on the New York Times Best Seller List simultaneously a couple of times. There are not many writers who can make publisher’s became so incensed because King has monopolized the Best Seller List. Oh those must have been sweet memories for King and his wife Tabitha. Tabitha was actually a poet herself and they have been married since the seventies so you could say that they were made for each other or definitely can just put up with one another better than the average bear.

Richard Bachman Revealed

During the time that Stephen King was writing books under the name of Richard Bachman, it was such a secret that hardly anyone even associated with Stephen King knew about it. King was even asked in an interview about what he thought of Richard Bachman and he replied, “I hate him I wish he would die”! Ha, brilliant!

Finally a bookstore clerk confronted Stephen King about actually being Richard Bachman and his secret was out, it was then that King decided to kill Bachman off and continue writing under his own name. Under Bachman he wrote several books such as

  • Rage-1977
  • The Long Walk-1979
  • Roadwork-1981
  • The Running Man- 1982
  • Thinner-1984

I don’t know what the reason is for King’s father leaving him at such a young age, but there is one thing that is certain and that is out of his father’s lack of paternal feeling for the boy and the little inheritance that he did leave him, King built himself an empire.

Stephen King on Writing.

As a side note one of the best books on writing is Stephen King’s On Writing. He gives some honest and clear advice about writing for a certain genre, characters, and plots. He also lets you in a little into that brain of his and gives you a little bio of himself. It is just an excellent read.

© 2010 ladyjane1

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AuBryJo 6 years ago

Thank you for creating an interesting detailed account of my all time favorite author. I have read and re-read every single one of his books. I have enjoyed reading your hub!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Aubryjo thanks so much for reading and for your kind words. He coninues to be my favorite author. Cheers.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Can't say King is my favourite author but he certainly ranks up there with the best. I enjoyed "On Writing" - especially that bit about TV being the "glass teat"!

Thanks for the write up.

Love and peace

Tony


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

tonymac always nice to see you. You always have something nice to say and I will let the remark about Stephen King not being your favorite go he he just kidding. Cheers.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thank you for this great article about a most prolific talent.


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msorensson 6 years ago

Wow, thanks, great hub!

I was in Machias Maine many years ago and was shown the swimming pool for the Athletic Complex he donated/continues to donate to, generously.


A.M. Gwynn 6 years ago

Excellent write up for King!!

You revealed some things I didn't know about him which I appreciate. I adore King's writing. Those of us who read him, held our collective breaths after his near fatal accident... so thankful he recovered to continue on.

Thanks for this!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

A.M.Gwyn thanks for reading, its always nice to see you and get your opinion. I know what you mean about his accident, I know he went through a lot. Glad he came out of it alright. Thanks again cheers.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

pop good to see you and thanks for your nice comments. Cheers.

@smorenson thanks for visiting its always nice to get comments from you. Cheers.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Wonderful Hub on The King..." The Stand " is my fav...The guy is like the Duracell rabbit, he just keeps going and going...What a remarkable imagination and writing talent...

Dean Koontz is another writer that can really creep me out...Thanks, for this...Larry


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

maven 101 thanks so much for visiting and Im glad you enjoyed my hub. He is definitely my favorite to get creeped out. I appreciate your feedback. Cheers.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love King and need to discover more of his books. I had no idea he started writing as Richard Bachman. Well why not, you've started writing as ladyjane1. Great hub! Thanks


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Thank you for the share, Stephen King in my humble opinions ranks up there with some of the greatest writers of our time. I have read a number of his books and watched the movies as well. The Shining...what can I can, one of my all time favorite actors, Jack, he scared the hell out of me in that flick. Pet Cemetary...another dark one..He is a giant writer and I thank your for honoring the man and gracing this hub to all of us....good work..Big UP from moi.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Green lotus thanks for reading and for your kind comments. I have read everything the man has ever written. His writing gets darker and gloomier although he has had some great nonhorror books as well such as Stand by me and Hearts in Atlantis. Glad you enjoyed it Cheers.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

saddlerider thanks for reading and for your very nice words. I have loved stephen king since I was a teen and still love his books and his movies. The movies are all so well done because he has a very firm hand in the say of how they are made, I guess he can afford to be since he is the boss. Thank again and cheers.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I was first introduced to Stephen King by my sister, and next through the movies. I remember seeing Carrie at the movie theaters and wondering who could have conceived such a movie. Cujo terrified me (I am afraid of large dogs). And then, of course, there was the Shining--one of my favorite horror films of all time.

Nice tribute to a talented writer.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Mike thanks for your feedback and kind words. I have had pretty much the same experience with large dogs as well after watching Cujo. Thanks for visiting Cheers.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Now King is a complex and interesting creature. Great Hub. Thanks for the detail research. Thanks and Peace:)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Katiem2 always nice to see you here. I must get over to your hubs and finish the rest of your stories I do apologize. Thanks for reading cheers.


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

he as well as clive barker are at the top of my list.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree loveofnight and thanks for visiting.Cheers


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Dearest ladyjane...

In spite of not being my type of stories. I have read books an seen movies based on his books. Yes! He is brilliant. No one can deny that. However, what kept me stuck to the hub was how well it flowed. Very nicely written, dear! Thumbs up! Rated up! Stumbled!

Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Mystique1957 thank you very much for that compliment and thanks so much for visiting always. Cheers.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I certainly respect your and all your commenters' ratings of Stephen King! Of course his name is as familiar as Alfred Hitchcock and John Grishom, both of whom I follow as faithfully.

I simply have never been too attracted to horror stories. Sometimes I switch channels in the middle of a show if it begins to get too scary. I guess it stems from going to some pretty gruesome Halloween midnight movies (with Mother, of course) when I was a kid. One I remember vividly was "The Vanishing Corpse" about a woman who stayed looking young and beautiful by drinking the blood from a recently dead beauty, and she had a team of corpse-stealers to do the dirty work. Of course there was the story of one of the young beauties - all brides intentionally turned into corpses for the purpose. I had to cover my eyes. Another was about a monster born to a family. This "thing" who was like a serpent was kept in the attic but gets out to terrorize and hide in the garden maze. We read that book, too. (shudder)

In retrospect they don't seem all that scary but to a skinny little girl, they really were.

But a few dark stories I've liked. "Dragonwyk" was one - I read the book several times and saw the movie finally. The ones I like betterr are dark in a more "natural" way than some of the best of the horror movies. They usually involve people whose lives became twisted from various influences and one can hope they'll muddle through to better understanding.

But - what the heck. I'm a big girl now - Maybe I oughta give Stephen King a read after all. I've seen a couple of the movies, - "The Shining" was really good. As you say, saddlerideer - Jack was superb. I think I went out of my way to avoid seeing "Carrie" though.

You've done a slam-bang job of presenting King & his works so favorably, ladyjane! It's a really good write-up and knowing how he developed his interest in writing in the genre he chose helps humanize him for me.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great read LadyJ. You always "have that way" though! Thank you Ma'am!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Your hub is a super tribute to the King of horror fiction. I loved the few King movies that were developed from his books but they never quite matched the excellence of his writing.

Thanks for a very remarkable and well-researched hub.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Nellieanna thanks for visiting and I know what you mean about being a kid and watching scary movies but really Stephen King is not the normal scary guy, in his books he deals more with your inner fears more than gore. Of course the movies are a little more gory but they always have a good story line and that is what attracts me to him. Try reading Hearts in Atlantis or Stand by me. Those are not scary and you may enjoy them because he is an amazing writer.Thanks again for visiting. Cheers.

Micky Dee thanks you flatter me way too much. Thanks for visiting cheers.

drbj always nice to see you and thanks for reading and your very touching words. Have a good weekend, cheers.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Great hub thanks for sharing


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks jayjay40 appreciate your visit. Cheers.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

He is undoubtedly agreat author, but I don't read him because I am scared :-)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

De Greek he's not so scarey for a big Greek guy like you!! lol Anyway, he has several non-scary books as well. But thanks for reading, Cheers.


loriamoore 6 years ago

I always said I'd hate to be the boys who teased Stephen King as a geek in high school because he's way too creative and could think of some horrendous retaliation!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very well written article about such a successful writer. I have only read a couple of his books and liked one quite well, but overall I don't like the evil he writes about. However, you hub was excellent.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Great Hub, LJ...I have tried King but he gets a bit too tedious for me at times. I have enjoyed his works in movie format like "The Shining", "Christine" and "Cujo". That big ass dog really scared me! I do admire his creativity and his ability to create 'the scare'. Certainly that is a talent few writers have in their bag. A friend once told me that King's best advice to a new writer was 'to write what you know'. When I look at what he writes about, I fear what he might know! Thanks again, LJ...enjoyed the read!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Pamela thanks for reading I appreciate your comments. Its true that he isn't for everyone but he has written some non horror books that are really good as you mentioned. I appreciate you visiing. Cheers.


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ltbarbara 6 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

Good Post. I am not a big fan of Stephen King's choice of expression of the dark side. But I have read his book on Writing. He has a refreshing take on writing. Nicely put together post. Thanks.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Wayne thanks for reading, I guess I just love to be scared always have and I often hear people say that they think that Stephen King is weird coming up with all that scary stuff but he just has the ability to take your deepest fear and run with it, I guess thats what I admire about him. Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Itbarbara thanks for reading I appreciate your visit and feedback. Cheers.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

ladyjane1

Brilliant write -up.I'm not a fan of King,but I do appreciate his talent .You did him proud!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

itakins thanks so much for the compliment appreciate your visit. Cheers.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Great post about one of the most prolific and interesting writers of our time. I started to read one of his novels years ago - Pet Sematary - and had to put it down. Too scary. Now I can appreciate him more.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

SilverGenes thanks for reading and commenting. Perhaps you can try one of his non horror books which are quite good as well. He has a few out there. I appreciate your visit. Cheers.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hiya, this is a great tribute to a fantastic author. I have also read virtually everything he has ever written. I love the book Rose Madder, and Geralds game. They were slightly different from his usual horror, and he did a great job with them. Also The Talisman and the follow up black house. Great stuff. thanks nell


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hiya Nell thanks for visiting, I think you are absolutely right about Rose Madder and Gerald's Game was crazy. I have loved this man forever warts and all. LOl Cheers.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

I just found this hub and enjoyed reading it, yes Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, and I appreciate the link in. Thank you.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

wesley your welcome, your hub is awesome!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

King is amazing, but I think some of his earlier novels are superior to his later ones. Great hub!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Habee I do love his esrlier work but he seems to get deeper and more ominous in his later works I guess I like them all lol. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

I have always been a big fan of King. I haven't read much of his stuff lately but my favorite was The Stand, which I read in high school. You did a great job with this one. He really is an Icon.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Tammy great to see you and thanks for your comments. I agree with your opinion of Stephen King he is amazing. He has lots of great books after the Stand check em out. LOL Cheers.


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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Very good hub about a very talented writer, written by a very talented writer!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

geegee77 I think I love you. Cheers.


ray 6 years ago

great hub I love the King!


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

thanks ray I appreciate your visit. Cheers.


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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

You are quite the King aficionado... I had no idea how prolific a writer he was...

Thanks for sharing, very informative...


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

loua thanks for visting and for your nice comment. Yes I do love the way Stephen King writes there is no stopping that man. Cheers.


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Phoenix Poet 6 years ago from Somewhere Out West

I'll be honest. I have only read one of his books (Skeleton Crew). I have, however, seen ALL his movies. I have even read the first comic book version of Dark Tower by my favorite author, Peter David. The guy is definitely an entertainer.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Phoenix Poet I agree with you. Thanks for visiting it is appreciated. Cheers.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Actually Stephen King was an exceptional writer, with the rare ability to make you feel completely inside the book. And this went on until half the series of the Black Tower. I don't know if it has been the car accident, his quitting drugs and alcohol or what else but his inspiration has gone. I've read all his older books around four or five times, "It" too, so I know what I mean. After the last episode of the Black Tower I decided to avoid wasting money on his books anymore. A sad end for the preferred writer of my youth but now his books are simply bad. He's no more able to make the reader sink into the pages, so to speak. Given his previous wonderful books he's still able to earn a lot of money, but this is not due to the actual quality of his writings.

Very good hub LJ, it reminded me of my youth. ;)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Hypnodude how are you? I guess I never thought that I would see the day that I actually disagreed with you on something. I do love Stephen King's earlier stuff but his later writings I am able to relate to better for some reason and I don't think that he has lost his quality in his writings at all my friend, he is still the best to me. I can't get enough of him. Oh well we agree to dissagree then? LOL thanks for stopping by. Cheers.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Lady Jane, excellent topic. I doubt were it not for King I would have read as much as I have. I have my favorites and the Black Tower Series was one I was afraid I'd never see completed, as he made remarks to the effect that he might not.

I did get to finish them. He is a writer of hit or miss for me. When he is on he is ON, but Cujo, Carrie, and the one with the killer car, slipped my mind, just didn't represent him as well as most others. I'm not saying I didn't read them but they were just so so. The Stand is the only first generation hard back I have and it seemed like such a huge book, but it turned into a can't put it down 2 week read. He is second to none in modern day writing. Their is but one book that I hold above all others. Peace.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Caliber thanks for reading. One of his best writing to me was Insomnia that is a huge book and took me a couple weeks to read because it was worth it. I guess everyone has their favorites. And he is quite amazing. Cheers.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

:) Ok, we agree to disagree. But maybe I'll give a chance to one of his last books and see if you are right and he's still good. ;)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thats a good Idea Hypnodude let me know how it goes. Cheers.


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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

I agree, King was extremely influencial on me as a young writer and reader. My faves were of course the Stand, IT, Nightshift, Salem's Lot, and the little read but interesting book Danse Macabre. Good job lady LJ. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

The first King book I read was "The Stand", when I was 12. In sixth grade, as an english assignment, I wrote him a letter, which he responded to. He said to be a great writer, I needed to write.

Glad to finally be taking his advice, a lifetime later.

Namaste.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

The early King is one of my favorite authors...I, too, had a passion for Bachman but didn't make the connection like you did, ladyjane. However, I share hypnodude's experience. I couldn't make it through the Black Tower series and quit reading him after that. Perhaps it was King or perhaps it was me, but somehow the magic was gone, and reading the later King became more a chore than a pleasure. Thumbs up on this informative review of a great writer.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Sally's Trove thanks for your honest oponion and thanks for reading. Cheers.


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passonno73 6 years ago

King rocks!


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burning bush 6 years ago

What a strange guy. He's like a writers version of a train wreck. You know you shouldn't watch yet you can't look away. Great article. I will watch for more. Thanks.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

burning bush you are right he is a very strange guy and he has managed to scare us all the way to the bank. The man is very brilliant and the train wreck is a good analogy of him. I just finished Duma Key and boy that was weird but very a very good read. Thanks for reading cheers


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

The King of fearful *Thin*king

King Stephen uses a pen,

to trap his victims in Castle rock,

his pages entertain by flipping fearful images,

with gut wrenching speed, in front of all

who are held spell bound.

Skeleton's rattle like bent, and twisted hangers,

in his vast storehouse of manuscripts.

He courts disaster, and then organizes it,

into utter chaos,

His armies of demons run amok through the cells

of ones brain held prisoner to his madness.

The devil dog of Hell, Cujo,

a fur ball of rabid foaming teeth and snarls,

guards the sacred treasures of his keep.

The King works on a blood-type-writer

but also enjoys the poisoned pen.

Just a click of his Bic then,

your heart beats quicken.

Dark rimmed glasses wrap around,

a dark rimmed mind seeing visions,

that only those long dead,

are used to enjoying.

He can take the innocence,

of a camping trip with kids,

simply roasting marshmallows on a stick,

and turn it into a malicious Indian ghost

creating tricks with a sudden gust,

of spirited wind that causes one

flaming mass of goo to fall,

from a stick onto the barefoot

of a teenage girl,

still burning, adhered to her flesh

and not removable, as she runs screaming,

and begging relief over the side of a nearby cliff,

to become a ghost herself.

As fingers turn the crisp white pages,

colder digits of fear work their way up

ones spine, then tap you on the shoulder,

only for you to turn and find no one is there!

His tombstone should be a page from

one of his most frightening novels,

the most graphic part etched in stone,

to cause all who read it, to tremble and quiver

in broad daylight, in the center of a yard,

that is suddenly become much graver.

He takes you to the places you dread the most,

and then leaves you there till you're begging

for an escape while awaiting his resolve.

The worst two words he has ever written are...

"The End."

Stephen King,

the king of fearful thinking,

a ruler of darkness,

abandon all that is sane,

Ye who enter his domain.

Great Hub--MFB III


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree with you wholeheartedly MFB. Thanks for the great poem as always. Cheers.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

I, too, read King's On Writing book and it was probably the most informative book on the craft I have ever read. It truly inspired me and helped me on my early voyage as a scribbler. Recently I read Under the Dome and it is classic King: entertaining, morbid, hilarious, educational and a whole lot of fun. Glad to meet another King fan and thank you for this post.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Doug its always nice to meet someone else who appreciates great writing. Entertaining, hilarious, educational and a whole lot of fun can describe just about all of his books lol. Thanks for stopping by, cheers.


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PR Morgan 5 years ago from Sarasota Florida

Stephen King is the best...He lives close by were I work in the winter. I wish I could run in to him at the grocery...I would freak and probably act like an idiot.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Pr Morgan I totally agree with you, I would probably act like an idiot as well. I hear he is a real down to earth guy though and he would probably be totally cool. Thanks for reading and commenting, cheers.


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The Fanboy 5 years ago from South Africa

Great Hub. I'm a huge Stephen King fan. He is the reason I want to be a writer.


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

The Fanboy thanks for reading and Im sure that Stephen King has inspired many a writer. Good luck. Cheers.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

Jack Nicholson may have been scary in The Shining, but it was the novel that kept me up for nights, trying to sleep with the light on. lol

Also, I like to remind myself every time I receive a rejection slip that Stephen the King actually wall-papered his study with rejection slips before his first novel was accepted by a publisher. So who am I to get disheartened?


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

visionandfocus thanks for reading and you are right, you should never get discouraged and keep up the good writing. Cheers.


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cynamans 5 years ago from Washington DC

I love Stephen King, he is one of my favorite horror writers. Great hub.


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

Stephen King is my all time favourite author... I love this hub voted up and awesome... I Love the films that of been made but they dont really compare with the books...They do not portray his Horror very well onto the silver screen, the same cannot be said for his other stories.. Shawshank and Green Mile were brilliantly portrayed on the screen. Great HUB


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Scarface how are you? Thanks for your nice comments and I totally agree with you about Stephen King. As much as I love the movies the books are by far much better. I appreciate your comments. Cheers.

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