40 Years of King

By | Sep 29, 2014

In a few weeks (November 11, 2014) Stephen King will release his latest novel Revival. Along with his recent release, Mr Mercedes, it will be 40 years since his first publish book was released. Carrie came out on April 5, 1974.

Nearly everyone has heard the story about how that novel was nearly not completed, since King had thrown away his original 16 pages or so and that it was retrieved by his wife who liked it suggested that he continue.

I have been a fan of Stephen King since the summer of 1976 when I picked up a copy of ‘salem’s Lot. I knew nothing of King, this was his third work and movie adaptation of Carrie was still in production. It was released in November of 1976. I wasn’t even much of a horror fan, but the cover intrigued me. It was plain black cover, embossed with a figure and one drop of red blood.

From there I read The Shinning and Carrie, in the reverse order that they were written. They were enjoyable. It was the collection of stories, many that were first published in ’70s Men’s Magazines, Night Shift that really hooked me. The Stand was the first of his works that I purchased in hard cover. Even with 40 years of writing, I still consider this to be my favorite Stephen King. I still pick up all of his works within the first few days of their release.

I’m not one to think that everything that he wrote was good. There were a few he wrote in the late ’80’s and ’90’s that I couldn’t finish. Maybe one day I’ll go back and try again. I am also not a fan of the Dark Tower series. I still haven’t read the final few chapters.

But sometimes I do go back to some of the older stuff. I just recently watched “Maximum Overdrive” a movie that he not only wrote based on the short story “Trucks” from Night Shift, but also directed. At the time I thought it to be a terrible movie. So did a lot of people, since it was a big bomb. But watching it last week, I found that it wasn’t really all that bad.


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