My Childhood: Stephen King

Carrie

I was about fourteen when I first read Carrie.  I remember spending a few hours on the couch and consuming the entire book before the end of the day.  I had never been that engrossed in any book before.  Reading an entire book in one day was something I had never done before at that point in my life.  Since then I have done it with every Harry Potter and a number of others.  This was my first Stephen King book and hardly my last.  For the next few years I would check out King’s books at my local libraries and pick up copies on clearance at book stores.

I loved and started with the ESP related books.  The Shinning and Firestarter were favorites of those style books.  I did the creature books and loved Salem’s Lot and It.  I loved the books about the horrors of reality (It fitting into this catagory too).  The Stand was the end of my run of mainstream King books for a long time.  The Stand was the first very long book I read.  It took me a while to get through it.  I discovered The Dark Tower series and the mainstream King books fell to the side in favor of something so much bigger than anything else he had written.

The Drawing of The ThreeI will probably write an entire entry about the Dark Tower series.  My King related reading was dominated by this series for a very long time.  I started with book two: The Drawing of the Three.  I had no idea what I was reading.  That’s what happens when you start a series out of sequence.  It was weird- a mix of a western and fantasy and adventure and other things I couldn’t place at that age.  I finished the book, found the first and re-started (even going as far as re-reading the second).

I ignored all other King works until Cell came out.  I remember him saying he was going to retire from writing.  Then there were all these new books.  In the past few years I have re-discovered King.  I have caught up on books written while I was focused on other books.  I have gotten into the Dark Tower graphic novels.  I even got to see him speak at UMass Lowell in December of 2012.

Me at UML seeing Stephen King speak.

Even now I am still reading Stephen King and moving on to his son Joe Hill. I love listening to his audiobooks when he does the reading.  King is a quiet reader, but clear and knows how to read his own work.

I am a fan of horror, but not as much as I am a fan of Stephen King.  There is just something about the horror stories he tells that entertain me more than any other horror writer.

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