I'd be interested to hear how others got into King's work. For me, it was a family thing. My Grandfather was a high school drop out, a greaser from the 50's but educated himself through reading. He became a fan of Stephen's work and as a child, I admired the "large" books he read. It wasn't until high school that I developed a passion for reading and writing that I picked up my first King Novel (Bag of Bones). It became a bonding experience for my Grandfather and me, something outside of the Yankees that we could discuss, an intellectual meeting ground for the uneducated and the educated, a bridge through generations. Since my Grandfather passed away, I read King's work with a duel interpretation: how I interpret and receive the words as well as how my Grandfather would have read them.
I started by a friend giving me the book "Thinner" I was hooked right away. I have read every book. I used to be in the club where the new book was sent to you once it was released in hardcover, these I never opened but kept for my library. Once the book was out in paperback I would get those to read and still do.
I picked up Carrie from the library when I was in high school. You know how it is; you gotta watch it when the first one's free...
I read a lot of King over the years (though I don't remember a lot of it - I have a ton of re-reading to do!) I do remember loving The Stand and The Shining, but at some point I got away from reading King for awhile.
Then I picked up On Writing, and got hooked all over again; it is the best book on the craft that I have ever encountered.
I found this board because of the Fun With Dick &Jane exercise, and was told The Dark Tower was a must-read. True, that...I loved it. I've been trying to catch up on stuff I missed or don't remember, an undertaking hampered by a year and a half of reader's block. Thankfully, that finally seems to be history, so I'm back at it now.
No kidding Nate - I feel the same. I can't even remember which book of his I read first. It was the late 70s so I suppose that's as good an excuse as any!
Me too!Late seventies,if had to guess,would say the stand was my first,late seventies,or maybe salem's lot..whichever,was hooked from the get go,and bought em all piecemeal,as they came out,mostly hardbacks but some softcovers sprinkled in..anybody ever think what their reading life would have been,without SK?Lotsa good stuff out there,but his writing suits my taste perfectly..life woulda been much more boring,tasteless..thank you Stephen!
If so Grrl,glad you are over your block,like your writing too!
My senior year (1998) high school English teacher did a semester on popular horror literature. In order to get a lot of works looked at, we mostly did short stories. We had to read a bunch of stories out of Skeleton Crew. Here There Be Tygers hit home so fast reminding me of my grade school restroom fears, I just became obsessed with reading all of his works. I hate scary movies with a passion, but love Stephen King's books!
I loved reading horror stories from the time I was 10. I saw a copy of Carrie when I was 13, and have been reading Stephen King's horror books since 1977. He inspired me to write horror stories myself. I am the author Thomas Kleaton!