I just got here.....I don't know why it never occurred to me before to look for a place like this, it just didn't. I'm a big internet user, (though not for socializing, with the exception of email,) and I've been a huge fan all my life, but it just never crossed my empty head that I might bump into Steve here....I guess I compartmentalized my brain long ago....social life here, literature there, work over there, business over here....just wasn't expecting his presence HERE...not more than say, a wiki entry or over on amazon.
Which is how I found it, btw, amazon.
So now I'm here, I wrote my initial "omg he might just read this" entry, and then I browsed around.
I can't get over it! Really! I remember watching him speaking at some university somewhere on TV many years ago...he seemed shocked to find himself so famous. In fact, I've read countless interviews and quotes from him to that effect, so I guess I always saw the self-deprecating humor as a bit of truth. It's not that he isn't an awesome wordsmith, or that I doubted that he was greatly admired....I guess I just hadn't realized how hugely famous he's really become. I wonder if it's ever really sunk in for him?
Am I the only one that wants to elbow my old buddy Steve and say, "Can you believe this, Man?" Our reader/writer relationship has long felt personal to me. If you read anybody's work long enough, they become a presence in your life, and you tend to think of them as an old friend. You find yourself thinking comments you might make to him, like, "Cars have their own personality, you know." while on the street, or "yup, that's a low man over there" while walking through the airport, and sometimes, "SSDD, right?" I'd bet I'm not the only one.
I'm sure I'm also not the only one who remembers the reviews he got, (the hate that spewed forth from much of the literary community) when he was just getting his feet under him, so I'm not going to reiterate that. It's just to go from THAT, to THIS, when I hadn't really noticed when the change came, well, it's a bit shocking, even for a fan. I can't imagine how the guy who didn't want to publish ebooks ended up here is such a huge way. I had no fricking idea!
I'm also a huge fan of Poe, have been to the museum in Richmond, his tomb in Baltimore several times, and well, you just didn't really feel that rockstar vibe like you do here. And let's face it folks, King's the man, but Poe ain't no slouch either. I just find it odd that I could be the only visitor all day at the museum for Poe, can drink for hours on his tombstone, completely undisturbed, yet here's King, who could have his hand fall off before he made a dent in the list of people who want his autograph!
Don't get me wrong, love the guy, and am very pleased to have a place and fellow readers to discuss the work with...it's just, well, I guess it's just taken away some of the intimacy of the relationship we had...I feel less special, knowing there's a million longtime fans and readers just like me out there. It's like he's been taken away from me, as my friend, and been distributed out in a million pieces and parts to everybody else. Hell, half the reason I'm still browsing here is to see what part somebody else got that I missed!
Most of you have obviously gotten over that, and I suppose I will too, but I don't mind telling you, it's a little depressing, and it's gonna take some drinkin'.