I was 13, and my grandmother bought me the h/c of CHRISTINE.
The rest, as they say, is history.
My father was/is a HUGE SK fan and celebrates his entire collection of books (HC - to collect- and PB- to actually read- of each story) movies, mini-series, and even has the Creepshow mags (which, as a young child just fascinated me to no end - and frustrated me because he wouldn't let me touch them)
I didn't really ever have a chance. One day when I was probably no more than 7 or 8 I picked up Night Shift because it had the most creepy-looking cover. (the hand with all those eyes on it) That's what I started with because I could sneak and read short stories here and there without my mother knowing (my dad didn't mind at all) The first SK novel I read was Needful Things, and I never looked back.
It's been so long ago since I started reading King, I'm not sure which book was my first. It was either Carrie, The Dead Zone, Night Shift, or The Shining...I think. I do know the first King-related piece that crossed my path. It was the late 70's and my aunt had cable before my family did. One night we were visiting and Carrie was on HBO. Scared the living crap out of me at the age of 10 or so. Some time after that, I came to learn that King had written Carrie. Again, not sure which book was my first, but our local TG&Y (long since closed) had a small book section that had paperbacks of King's first several books. I bought one of them, and I was hooked. Started consuming them quickly throughout junior high, then started falling behind during high school, when other things became interesting.... But I've been a King fan ever since.
P.S. Not sure if those TG&Y stores were located across the nation or not, but they were like Wal Mart before Wal Mart became nation-wide.
After I posted, I remembered Salem's Lot could have been my first book also. I also vividly remember watching the mini-series of Salem's Lot, starring former "Starsky and Hutch" star David Soul. That would have been around the same time I watched Carrie on HBO, so my King fascination may have started there. Like I said, it's been a while!
I was 14 years old, babysitting, and bored. The kids had gone to bed and there was nothing on TV, so I perused the paperbacks on the shelves in the living room. I was intrigued by a book called Nightshift, and proceeded to scare the snot out of myself with "Jerusalem's Lot" and "Graveyard Shift" before the parents came back from their evening. But it was official: I was hooked.
I can recall seeing the paperback edition of Nightshift, with all the eyes on the hand, and thinking how strange looking it was. An intriguing cover and a great book. Still some of my favorite short stories in that one.
Same as a lot of people, I got my kick start into SK books from my mother. I think maybe in the 80's she was a fan....I know I have a few books that were hers a long time ago...but until last week when I finally got her to start 'From a Buick 8', she hasnt read him in a long long time. I think it was when she went through her pseudo hippy stage and decided it wasnt 'positive' reading. Oh the days of our book shelves filling with 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior', 'Chicken Soup for the Soul', 'No Ordinary Moments'...maybe ya'll remember? Anyway, thats where the introduction came from....I think maybe even Needful Things was my 1st book I tried...dont quote me.
Whatever it was-I have never looked back. Thanks Mum