King is one of the most successful and prolific fiction writers in the modern era, his books having sold in excess of 350 million copies. Including his works under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman, King has written more than 50 novels and over 200 short stories. Most of his novels have reached number one on international bestsellers lists, and he has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Bram Stoker award, the Hugo award, and the National Medal of Arts.
ability to tell a story. As a teenager, being intrigued by the concept of vampires and so forth, I picked up the book, Salem’s Lot. It fascinated me, not just the story but the style in which it was written. The author had a way of pulling you in, made the characters seem familiar to you, and wrote it in a way that made it very difficult to put the book down. I truly admired that.
As I prepared to graduate from high school, somebody mentioned the book, Carrie, as it was about a girl who unleashed her amazing powers at her high school graduation. Immediately I sensed that same style of writing and characterization, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
A good friend of mine recommended Nightshift, a collection of short stories by Stephen King. I didn’t usually read short stories at the time, but I was really impressed by both the stories and King’s ability to pack such a punch in what was a relatively limited format.
When I entered teachers’ college, I read another Stephen King book; this one was about a young teacher who suffered terrible injuries in car accident, was comatose for a few years, and then awoke with visions of the future. Dead Zone had me hooked from the beginning.
Following that, I considered myself a Stephen King fan, and then read what was perhaps his greatest novel (at that time), The Stand. After that came other favorites like Christine and ‘It’. I devoured these books and searched for any other books that he had written, including The Shining, Firestarter, Cell, Different Seasons, Misery, Insomnia, The Dark Tower series, the Green Mile, Duma Key, the Richard Bachman books, and so on. I also enjoyed many of the movies based on his books, especially ‘Shawshank Redemption’.