April 12, 2017

K ~ King

Stephen King is one of the most prolific and well-loved authors ever.  I've read a whopping 62 books written by him.  Some of them were short story collections and some had more than one novel in them, so if I was to count stories...well, the number would be even higher.  This number also doesn't count the number of times I've re-read the same book because I loved it so much.  I have another half-dozen yet to read (which doesn't include the ones he's written that I don't have yet!).  And, he's not done.  Of this, I am sure.

From Carrie (1974) to Sleeping Beauties (2017), from The Stand to the Dark Tower series, this man has earned the title The King of Horror, although I think he's actually The King of Story-Telling myself.  So many of his books have been made into movies (or mini-series), it's incredible.

My favorite books remain the Dark Tower series (which I'm currently re-reading) and The Stand, which is also my favorite of his film adaptations, although the movie made from The Shining with Jack Nicholson and The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are very close seconds.

He is and has been for as long as I can remember the one person I'd like most to meet.


  1. wow! 62 books by him.. and for me, he has been one author on my must-read list forever now.. I am planning to read his memoir on writing soon though...
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  2. 62! Now that's a dedication to reading Stephen King... Your 62 books by one author made me really appreciate his prolific writing. This just puts things into preservative.
    Thanks for sharing
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  3. I must admit, I've only read a few of his books, but I love his non-fiction in particular. His history of horror fiction was wonderful, and his introductions to his short stories also. Above all, he's a writer, not specifically a horror writer, and when he spoke of having been given a ream of typing paper and how for a writer that's like a fifth if Scotch to a drunk, I thought, yes! He has described that feeling perfectly!

  4. And his autobiography/writing advice book "On Writing" is an inspiration to many budding, young writers!

  5. I've admired King as a writer for a long long time and his commitment to the art of writing. His work ethic is exemplary and his stories are fantastic. The Shawshank Redemption is on my top 10 movies of all time.

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  6. I havent read any of his books though Shawshank Redemption is my all time fav movie to watch!!!

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  7. the only Stephen King books I read is 'the girl who loved tom gordon' and 'on writing.' 'on writing' is one my favorite non-fiction books.

    I did see The Shawshank Redemption which is a rather good adaptation but sadly wasn't motivated enough to read the book.

    have a lovely day.

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  8. We own several (several! ha!) of his books and have read even more from the library...so far the only ones of his (that I've read) that I'm not a big fan of are Gerald's Game (for the subject matter), and maybe Dolores Claiborne (however he spelled the first name :P ). I loved The Stand, but it is so freaking long! It took me over two weeks to read that sucker, and I basically had to skim some of the parts just to finish it in that length of time (I think I checked it out of the library to read, so there was a time limit). I love the mini-series adaptation too. Every time I watch old episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent with Jamey Sheridan in them as the captain, I keep going "Flagg!" Took me forever to stop automatically comparing the two characters.

    I actually have his book On Writing, and checked Danse Macabre out of the library (so naturally didn't get to finish it before I had to take it back).

    Insomnia did its job, it took me four days to read that sucker, and I only put it down long enough to sleep (basically four hours and I was awake again, picking up where I left off...definitely aptly named). Christine was good, the book way better than the movie, and I loved It ("We *all* float down here!") but the mini-series (that for some reason they only seem to want to show as a single two-hour movie any more, cutting way too much out of it, like they didn't take too much out as it was) left a lot to be desired. I still watch it when it's on TV, but they left way too much out for it to make any sense to someone who's actually read the book. If you're going to make a mini-series out of a book, at least keep most of the major details in it, and do not start making stuff up (Eddie was still a virgin? I call b.s. on that one!), but my favorite line out of both the mini-series and the book was Eddie's as an adult when they went after It: "I believe in the Easter Bunny! I believe in Santa Claus! I believe in the Tooth Fairy! But I don't believe in you..." You tell him, Eddie! :P So of course Eddie died in the tunnels, but at least the rest of them made it out alive and finally got their happy endings, even if it did mean they would all eventually forget each other (well, except for Ben and Beverly :P ).

    Salem's Lot was just too creepy for words, and the only book of his to ever give me nightmares (six months after reading it). After that I quit reading his books for a while, deciding I needed a break from the horror genre. And don't even get me started on The Shining! Although I like the original movie adaptation way better than the remake (sorry Steven Weber, Jack just did a better job). Not too sure about the It remake, will have to wait* time, although the new Pennywise looks way more demonic than he originally did. It will still take some really great acting to out-do Tim Curry though.

    1. Oh, you made me remember things I'd forgotten. You're right, Jack was better..."Here's Johnny!" Holy cow, that movie nearly gave me nightmares!

  9. He is a unique and interesting writer. I love The Green Mile and The Shining. Have you also read his Richard Bachman books?

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    1. Yes, I've read all his Bachman books. They are included in the 62 because he wrote them. I love how when Stephen King got found out, he said Bachman died of "cancer of the pseudonym". LOL

  10. I've read a few of King's books, but not nearly as many as 62 - the last one being Misery. Each time, I've been impressed by how the narrative has pulled me in. On Writing is one of the most engaging writing advice books out there too!


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