So many people enjoy horror movies, TV shows, as well as novels. These same people have someone in particular to thank for all the scares and nightmares we all enjoy. The man we have to thank for all the spine chilling frights, and sleeping with the night light on is the master of the macabre and my favorite novelist Stephen King.
A biography of a master storyteller
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21st 1947. He hails from Bangor, Maine where he lives with his wife Tabitha, who is also an established author and his children. Growing up he would escape the reality of his dad deserting the family when he was two years old with his face buried in book after book. He also consumed horror movies faster than they could be filmed. He discovered his talent and passion for writing when he worked with his brother David on a newspaper called “Dave’s Rag” which they produced in their home. King and his wife did not have much money at the time, so Stephen held a variety of jobs, including janitor and industrial laundromat employee. He eventually became an English teacher in Hamden, Maine. His first published work was Carrie, which initially sold for $2,500 from an advance given by his publisher Doubleday books. Two years later, Stephen received news that Doubleday sold the rights to reprint the book to New American Library for a mighty hefty sum of $400,000. Stephen was to receive half of that payment amount. That financial security allowed him to write full time without having to worry about making ends meet. His novel, entitled “The Shining” was based off of a hotel that he and his wife stayed at in Estes Park, Colorado. They stayed in room 217, and King felt a sense of dread for the duration of their weekend excursion. The characters of the novel were based on actual employees of the hotel. Stephen King is a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even channeling his fanaticism into the main character of the novel “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon”. He has written over 30 novels, as well as having millions of works in print and counting.
Masterfully written words
His works have a wide range of forms, from short stories, mini-series, to full blown novels. King’s style of writing can be gruesome, involving supernatural forces as well as often times including adult language as well as sexual situations. They always have a clearly defined line between good and evil. A lot of his novels are influenced by his, as well as a lot of other people’s fears. This is especially true for one of his most well-known and truly terrifying novels, “IT”. This book preys upon everyone’s innate fear of clowns and revolves around a group of children being terrorized by a demon by the name of Pennywise that took the form of a clown to frighten and kill them one by one. The group survives, and in adulthood they are again pursued by the demonic entity forcing them to re-live and confront childhood nightmares. The novel is quite lengthy with the pages coming in at a total of 1152 and it horrifies more and more with each turn of the page. Supernatural and psychological scares in the novel translated well onto the screen when it received the major motion picture treatment.
His everlasting contribution to the art of writing
Mr. King’s effect on the art of the written word will be felt forever. His works have influenced, inspired, and caused many people to start reading as well as writing. He changed the way horror stories are written and is loved, endeared, and followed by millions of readers around the globe. His in your face style forcing you to face what scares you the most will continue to attract new fans as well as entertain existing fans for decades to come.
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