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#SKweek King’s Writing (by Kat)

sjtievieWhy Stephen King?

A guest post kindly provided by Kat from The Aussie Zombie

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for horror novels. The tension, the jumping out of my skin, the feeling that something BAD is about to happen, but not knowing exactly when, give me a huge adrenalin rush.

But I was pretty late on the scene when it came to reading Stephen King. My first experience was actually seeing the movie It when I was about 10 years old (bad parental supervision right there), and although I haven’t ended up with an irrational fear of clowns, I’m still haunted by certain images in that movie and it took me years to be able to look inside a drain without a nagging sense of uncomfortableness.

In 2009 I finally picked up my first Stephen King novel – Misery. I’d seen the movie three or four times by that stage, and after a late night horror movie marathon, I decided I would have to read at least ONE King novel, and Misery seemed the logical place to start. And once I’d read it, I went straight on to some of his more epic novels – The Stand and Under the Dome being two of my favourites. Now, Stephen King is actually tied for first place as my Most Read Author.

What makes Stephen King such a great author is something that’s very subjective and individual to each reader, but for me it’s the fact that he can write a thousand pages and still have me glued to my chair. I read Under the Dome in less than 24 hours, and that bad-boy comes in at a scary 1,074 pages. He can write books with only two main characters (Misery), or with a whole town (Under the Dome) and still have me completely addicted. He can write a ‘traditional’ horror story such as The Shining, or a more psychological thriller such as Gerald’s Game and I can still be scared witless but unable to stop reading.

Although my chances of reading all of his books in my lifetime are pretty small, I love that he has so much variety in his storylines, and the amount of imagination it must take to come up with all the different plots is staggering. King novels have been around for a long time, and yet it is difficult to get tired of them. They are my horror comfort zone – give me a blanket, a King book and a cup of coffee and I’m completely in my element.

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