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Transcript of Stephen King
Master of Horror?
Quote from King
"The horror genre exists on three basic levels, separate but independent, and each one a little bit cruder than the one before. There's terror on top, the finest emotion any writer can induce; then horror; and on the very lowest level of all, the gag instinct of revulsion. Naturally, I'll try to terrify you first, and if that doesn't work, I'll try to horrify you, and if I can't make it there, I'll try to gross you out.
Overriding Question: Does Stephen King have equal literary merit to Edgar Allan Poe?
The Early Years
Born in 1947 in Portland, Maine
Father deserted the family "went out to buy cigarettes" and he never came back
Financial Strain - Mom, David, Stephen
Moved around a lot - Wisconsin, Indiana, Connecticut, Maine.
Father's fantasy/horror books
Science Fiction Movies
Rock 'n Roll
As a boy - friend hit by train
Private School Teacher - Hampton Academy
Tabatha Dunkin Doughnuts
Developed a drinking problem that plagued him for years
Disgruntled, threw away a manuscript recovered by Tabitha
CARRIE - blockbuster novel and film
350 million copies of his work
200 short stories
LIfetime Acheivement from the National Book Award
1975 SALEM'S LOT
1978 THE STAND
1979 THE DEAD ZONE
1982 DIFFERENT SEASONS
1982 - 2004 THE DARK TOWER SERIES
1985 SKELETON CREW
1987 THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, MISERY
1993 THE PET SEMETARY
2000 THE GREEN MILE
*350 million copies of his books
200 short stories
Wrote short stories - published "I was a Teenage Grave Robber"
guitar in a rock 'n roll band
Graduated from high school Lisbon, Maine
University of Maine
Published one more story - paid $75
Met Tabatha Spruce
Still Married Today
Had one child
Graduated - Degree in English Literature
2 sons - both writers
Daughter a Universalist Minister
Tabitha is a novelist