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Five fun facts about Stephen King
Yep, okay, I hold my hands up, I am a Stephen King fan.
It all started when, way back in 1988, someone loaned me a copy of Pet Sematary. I was always a bit of a horror fan - Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, basically anything with vampires, foggy cemeteries and creepy Gothic castles - but this book had me hooked. After I'd finished it, I read everything he'd written like a person starving for horror. Which I guess I was.
After this, I was mad for anything horror related. Edgar Allan Poe. Bram Stoker. Clive Barker. H.P. Lovecraft (hm, not so much, mainly because he could not write dialogue to save himself), Dean Koontz.
Back to Stephen King. My favourite KIng novel? Salem's Lot. No, wait, IT. No, wait, The Tommyknockers. No, wait, Bag of Bones. Okay, I give up.
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The fear factor
What are you most afraid of?
What really scares you?
So what kind of stories does Stephen King write?
Not just horror, but he does specialise in it.
Salem's Lot has vampires (OMG!!!! I love fangers!). IT has a murderous clown (OMG!!!! Aren't all clowns murderous?) The Tommyknockers has aliens (I'm open to that). Bag of Bones has - actually I'm not going to give that one away.
Then there's the apocalypse (The Stand). And the apocalypse (Cell). And the killer car (Christine). What about a haunted hotel (The Shining)?
What about a whole bunch of short horror stories (Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Four Past Midnight, or Nightshift)?
Perhaps a special place to bury your dead pet: "Sometimes they come back." Speaking of pets, let's not forget Cujo.
I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.— Stephen King
Here we go with our Stephen King facts!
1. Once, when asked what inspired him to write horror, Stephen King said, 'I have the heart of a small boy. And I keep it in a jar on my desk'.
2. The novelist Joe Hill is Stephen KIng's elder son. His younger son, Owen, is also a novelist.
3. Stephen King is a fanatical Boston Red Sox fan. "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" features retired Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon as the main character's imaginary companion.
4. Many of Stephen King's stories are set in the fictional towns of Castle Rock and Derry. There's a clown to watch out for in Derry. There's lots of stuff to watch out for in Castle Rock.
Where's 5? Carry on!
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Some King scaries, some King intrigues, a Joe Hill scary.
An odd little boy and an even odder dad.
His biggest fan!
This series is based on The Colorado Kid.
More strange goings-on in the picturesque little town of Haven, Maine.
Don't try to spell it in your head, just say it out loud.
Stephen King talks about Under the Dome
I read this novel, which is bigger than a house brick, over one weekend.
A little light reading for a dark night when you're home alone
People in this glass house can throw all the stones they like and it won't make a bit of difference.
Can the human race learn from its mistakes? We don't know.
"He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts". Okaaay!
Home sweet home
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This is the home of Stephen King and his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine. They also have homes in Lovell, Maine, and Sarasota, Florida.
This is a beautiful house but check out the gates. They have bats!
Here's fun fact (not fun for Mr King) number 5:
In 1999 Stephen King was walking along the side of the road near his home in Lovell, when he was struck by a minivan.
His injuries kept him in hospital for a month. The bones in his right leg were so seriously shattered that at first amputation was considered, but doctors managed to save it.
He endured five operations in ten days and considerable physical therapy, but was in such physical pain that he could sit for only forty minutes at a time, which made writing difficult. This is when he began On Writing.
While he was incapacitated his wife redesigned his studio, and when he saw the space where all his books and belongings had been he had an image of what his writing space would look like when he died. This inspired the novel Lisey's Story, about the widow of a famous novelist.
Then he tried something new. - That worked too.
If fantasy fiction is your thing, try this on for size.
Come and meet the Gunslinger!
The journey continues.
If I could have any guests I wanted over for dinner one night, Stephen King would be on the list. The next best thing to having a chat with him is this book. Sit down with it and hear what he has to say.
This is my favourite book about the writing process. I often dip into it.